Does Prozac really give Anxiety Relief?

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Prozac (Fluoxetine Hydrochloride) is a antidepressant and is considered by many to be the best anti anxiety medicine out there and that is probably because it is the most popular.  Prozac was a phenomenon when it first came out.  Prozac is an antidepressant that belongs to the group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs.

Prozac and its generic equivalent, fluoxetine, is manufactured in scored tablets and capsules of 10, 20 and 40 mg.  It is also available in a liquid oral solution.  It is also often used for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety,  Panic Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder as well.  Prescribing Prozac for anxiety relief also has its negative aspects.

Prozac controls the balances of serotonin levels in the brain and is called a Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor (SSRI). Serotonin is a chemical that affects your moods.  It is very popular and gets a good percentage of people who take it report relief from anxiety disorders or depression.  Despite all the positives the drug takes time to work and there have been reports of many side effects including nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, diarrhea, dry mouth, inability to sleep, dizziness and sweating  Sometimes these side effects ease over time but you really have to ask yourself if it is worth taking it.

Some  people are concerned about the possibility of addiction with Prozac.  Just like other types of anti-depressants, Prozac has the potential to be addictive.  If you decide to stop taking this drug then you have to wean yourself off it gradually. Eating a healthy balanced diet, proper exercise, and relaxation go a long way to help you with anxiety relief.  They dont have side effects except for improving your overall health.

What are some of the other treatments aside from Prozac for anxiety relief?  Pure Psychotherapy is one of them.  It relies purely on behavior modification and relaxation techniques to eliminate anxiety symptoms.  Acupuncture  and Alternative Health & Herbal medicine are also gaining ground as natural remedies as they are non addictive treatments.


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How to reduce Debt Stress

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Many of us worry about our ability meet a loan or some other debt repayment and this causes debt stress.   It has become so easy for us to pay for what we want with credit cards whereas in the past we may have saved for it.

Negative stress from money worries is blamed for all sorts of physical ailments such as hypertension, insomnia, obesity and hives to mention just a few. Did you know that you are more likely to have health problems than those people who are debt free?  Why is that do you think?  Well, worrying about money causes anxiety, sleeping problems, anger and other behavioral problems and affects our overall physical health.

There are some ways you can help yourself with debt stress and these are:

Talk about it
That sounds simple doesn’t it but many of us don’t seek help.  Unresolved frustration leads to negative stress.  Fix the frustration and you fix the stress.  See a financial adviser or bank and for our health you should consult a doctor.

Understand why
Look into why this has come about and accept what you can’t change now and change what you can.

Exercise
Meditation and exercise can reduce stress and tension.

Look at how you react to stress
What can you do to change this?

These are just 4 ways you can help your current situation but long term planning will help you avoid the problems in the future.  Don’t forget to stay positive and practical and don’t less debt stress get to you.

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Remove that Fear of Failure

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Like most anxieties we often avoid the problem rather than face it and this is the case with fear of failure.  It is easier not to take the risk so we go in avoidance mode.  We must understand what has made us fear failing in the first place.  Has outside influences had a part in our feelings?

An example of this might be that we are told in our youth that we can never do anything right and so be believe it.   Is this outside assessment an accurate one or just something we have accepted as truth?  Fear can immobilize us and we get so wrapped up in that fear that we really will fail or not try at all.

Think of ways to overcome this fear of failure.  What would be the outcome of taking the risk?  What is the worst case scenario?  How long would it take you to recover from the failure if you did take it?  Looking at these things will help you decide to face the fear and act or not.

When you plan things, especially in smaller steps, then it is easier to take a risk.  Have a back up plan also, and this especially will give you the confidence to act and face the fear.  Once you do it, it will become easier the next time eg joining a club, making a speech or having a first date.

The greatest obstacles to your success is avoidance and procrastination.  We tell ourselves we will do it tomorrow or not at all.  If we don’t take risks and face our fears then we will be in the same situation we are in today, tomorrow, next week and next year.

Fear can immobilize us but we can face our fears and our lives will be change hopefully for the better.  We don’t need to worry about the fear of failure, just take the chance.

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Tips for panic attacks

How to cure yourself of panic and get a normal life.

The following are tips for panic attacks that have worked for me. They include methods that you can use to help yourself to stay in control and reduce stress.

Stay in the present – don’t allow your mind to skip ahead to ‘what might happen if’. Concentrate on what is happening NOW.

Change your thinking and how you react to it. Realize that anxiety is affected by what you are feeling and its not life threatening. You have some control over yourself.

Don’t be self absorbed -join in a conversation, take in what’s going on around you, take a walk and appreciate the beauty around you. Try and concentrate on doing something. Distraction is my greatest ally in combating panic attack. We tend to over analyze our thoughts and negative self talk is our greatest enemy. Continue reading Tips for panic attacks