Videos for anxiety

#4
I occasionally suffer from very severe anxiety/panic/obsessive rumination, like this week, and have been looking at various youtube videos, whether mindfulness meditation or other guided meditations. Does anybody here use such videos and find some particularly helpful? Psychological, spiritual, anything is welcome.

Thanks in advance.
Could I suggest hypnotherapy?
 

Brian_the_bard

Lost Pilgrim
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#5
I occasionally suffer from very severe anxiety/panic/obsessive rumination, like this week, and have been looking at various youtube videos, whether mindfulness meditation or other guided meditations. Does anybody here use such videos and find some particularly helpful? Psychological, spiritual, anything is welcome.

Thanks in advance.
Search Youtube for "binaural beats" and find either an alpha or a theta video. You will need headphones to get the psycho-acoustic effects. Some people don't get the effects for some reason but if you do, it is well worth it!

I have a thread on Binaural beats
 
#6
Meditation is great for maintenance but when the panic/anxiety kicks in I don't think it will be enough...
I've never had a full blown panic attack but anxiety ... a lot, especially for work crunch times. My boss is an arsehole... (which would be me :( )

These helps quite a bit for mild anxiety issues:
B vitamins (esp B3 and B6), magnesium, zinc, ashwagandha (the "sensoril" extract, specific for anxiety)

And running on a regular basis too. Even slowly, it doesn't need to be an athletic thing, in fact I run at turtle speed. :) Still works great.

Cheers
 
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Ian Gordon

Ninshub
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#9
Thanks for your ideas and likes, guys. I feel the support and it means a lot.

My anxiety/emotional-mental storms are more like PTSD reactions, stemming from, well, (very early starting) trauma. I've already got different therapeutic modalities (psychological, chemical) going on now for almost a couple of decades. I can go through long stretches feeling fairly stable, with light anxious undercurrents, and occasionally extremely hard-to-manage reactions like this week. The thing is it's hard, when you're in it, to not freak out and think you're going to stay that way, because it's so intense and can be unrelenting. When it happens, I always regret not having already established meditation techniques.

Obi, I once had irritable bowel syndrome and a couple of sessions of hypnotherapy got rid of 90% of it, and I no longer have it. I later tried it (a few sessions) for anxiety/mental meltdown and it didn't do anything, although it might have eventually done some good. I am interesting into looking into self-hypnosis videos, though.

Bucky, unfortunately I've just developed foot pain that means I have to stop running for a while - just when I needed it! So that's partly why I'm trying to find other means.

When I get this way, I need to feel safe/secure and stop my mind from its hyper-alarm survival trying-to-find-solutions-to-any-and-all-felt-present-and-future-catastrophes mode. The way I've been made to understand it is a visceral fear reaction rooted in past events/contexts, triggered by whatever subtle or not-so-subtle current stressors, that takes a hold of the mind, which projects those feelings onto the future and tries to "solve" them. The thing is even when you understand this cognitively, while it helps framing it, it doesn't necessarily neutralize the reaction if it's intense enough. I've been going from videos that guide towards feelings of calm and security, to some that try and create a meditative distance from the overactive mind and obsessive rumination states, like this one that I listened to last night:


It did help to some degree and I'll be getting back to it.

Meanwhile this helps too when I just want something in the background that's calming and comforting. :)

 
#12
Are you sure it's made calm and not just deaf?
Or maybe it's the onset of severe panic attack and the baby is too scared to cry?

As the forum's big pharma and psychiatry apologist, I must ask, have you tried taking drugs, Ian? A benzodiazepine like xanax or klonopin could help a lot. Of course they take a while to kick in, so it might not help if you need an immediate solution. You could try whippets for something that works a little faster.
 
#14
Yeah I mentioned chemicals. SSRI, benzo. Trouble with benzos is they become addictive. I use one (evening-ly) but it's gotten less effective with overuse.
Oh yeah, I should have caught that.

A lot of people with severe anxiety find out they have untreated sleep apnea, which is super common for some reason. It can also greatly exacerbate already present anxiety. Main sign of SA is snoring... Just thought I'd mention that too for what it's worth.
 
#17
Obi, I once had irritable bowel syndrome and a couple of sessions of hypnotherapy got rid of 90% of it, and I no longer have it. I later tried it (a few sessions) for anxiety/mental meltdown and it didn't do anything, although it might have eventually done some good. I am interesting into looking into self-hypnosis videos, though.

Bucky, unfortunately I've just developed foot pain that means I have to stop running for a while - just when I needed it! So that's partly why I'm trying to find other means.
I would say that you clearly know that you can be hypnotised, and that hypnotism has cured you of a physical problem. I think I'd stick with it a bit and see what it can do for you. Since you say your problems started with some childhood trauma, I guess a hypnotist could help you to relive that and get control over it (or whatever the jargon is).

Regarding the foot pain - you haven't just been prescribed statins by any chance!!!!!!!!

David
 

Ian Gordon

Ninshub
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#19
Regarding the foot pain - you haven't just been prescribed statins by any chance!!!!!!!!

David
No, I haven't. It's the result, I've deduced through reading about it, of wearing worn-out shoes and bad footwear in the house (flip-flops): (self-diagnosed) plantar faciitis. My diet and health is otherwise perfect - no cholesterol, low sugar levels, low salt-sugar-saturated fat diet, perfect blood pressure.
 
#20
No, I haven't. It's the result, I've deduced through reading about it, of wearing worn-out shoes and bad footwear in the house (flip-flops): (self-diagnosed) plantar faciitis. My diet and health is otherwise perfect - no cholesterol, low sugar levels, low salt-sugar-fat diet, perfect blood pressure.
I'd recommend orthotics and a good podiatrist if you haven't tried it. I was amazed at how effective mine was.
 
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