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Anxiety Natural Recovery / The Dangers of Prescription Antidepressants
« Last post by Administrator on November 07, 2013, 08:52:06 PM »
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Anxiety Natural Recovery / It's been a while
« Last post by rustyallen on October 15, 2013, 04:11:44 PM »
Let me start off by thanking you for everything you have been a tremendous help and because of you I feel like I was able to complete my first year at college with a 3.6 and stay focused. And I also had a much better summer then I expected. I had bits and pieces of the symptoms here and there but I would just ignore it and accept it because I knew what it was. I recently moved from wear I was living because the living situation got rough and I needed to get out. So I took an opportunity to move to eugene oregon from California but the schooling transfer didn't work out. I've been stuck up here no job and no school and I have been looking but no luck! When I first moved up here I loved it!! I have been here for about a month. And in the first 2 weeks it felt so good. Now i am so down in the dumps that I don't even want to get out of bed but I do. And the dr and anxiety symptoms have been so strong in the last 2 weeks like wow! I felt I have been in the dreaming state! I'm just not sure where it
Came from! I'm about to move home because I feel like I need my families emotional support in my life right now. I think not going to school had taken a big
Toll on me. My mom says it's hard being 19 and in my head I agree but I just want to tell her try being 19 and having dr\anxiety lol. Sorry for the ranting and raving but we haven't been in contact in a while and the symptoms just got extremely strong out of no where and really needed to talk to someone hope all is well.
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: Hearing and anxiety
« Last post by DrFreedman on September 30, 2013, 02:39:49 PM »
Dear Mary,

It's not unusual for an increase in some (if not all) of one's senses after a traumatic event. This sensitization is temporary and with the proper approach it will settle down to normal volume and frequency. This is precisely what sensitization is all about as one becomes reactive to even the slightest sound, visual, scent, taste or even touch.

The tinnitus may be due to a clogged ear, which probably opened up while you were driving. I would also suggest you see an ear specialist to rule out any type of inner ear problem as well.

Feel free to give me a call if you have further questions. My office number is 215-635-4700 (10:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST).

Take care and best wishes,

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Hearing and anxiety
« Last post by Mary on September 03, 2013, 01:10:09 AM »
I've been having terrible anxiety lately since I had a miscarriage a few weeks ago and my most troubling symptom is that a lot of the time my hearing seems too loud.  It started one night when I was driving home, all of a sudden everything seemed like someone had turned up the volume control, I got home and the symptom persisted for a while until I calmed myself down.  This has happened almost on a daily basis and I'm getting really worried about it.  Does this sounds like a symptom of anxiety, has anyone else experienced this. I also have tinnitus which I've had for around 10 years but it's never been a problem. Any feedback appreciated!
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Rapid Heart Beat
« Last post by PeaceBear on July 26, 2013, 03:33:04 PM »
 :-X Lately many times I notice a rapid heart beat. Many times it just goes away but sometimes it stays and stays. I have been somewhat stressful over the past while so is this related? I try and lay down and do some relaxation but it doesn't  seem to help that much.

Also I can go thru the day fine then when I lay down to get some sleep it starts. This always scares me and keeps me from
getting any sleep. Last night I got a dry mouth and throat on top of all this and only got 4 hours sleep sitting up in the chair. I am miserable and not sure what to do.  When I get the dry throat drinking water doesn't really do much but for a minute.

Please can you help? Thank you! Hugs  ;D
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: Driving in Heat
« Last post by DrFreedman on July 10, 2013, 04:49:50 PM »
Dear Katie and Skip,

The reason one experiences heightened sensations during the warmer weather is not difficult to explain. The body, when exposed to higher temperatures, secretes higher levels of cortisol, which creates feelings of irritation and agitation. This is why anxiety levels often rise when one finds him or herself stuck in traffic on a warmer than usual day. Most are agitated when hemmed in during a traffic jam. Tempers flair during warmer days due to this cortisol release. Those who are prone towards feelings of anxiety will react in an anxious manner to this heightened release of cortisol, rather than an irritable fashion. Anxiety trumps irritation in these circumstances and the combination of heat, traffic and anxiousness are the perfect storm to fuel this reaction.

This is why we recommend the following:

- Keeping cool through cotton clothing, air conditioning and hydrating through water.
- Learning and using coping skills that interrupt the intrusion of anxiety symptoms.
- Eating correctly for the weather...lighter foods, lots of fruits and vegetables along with lean protein.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Anxiety and Depersonalization
Office Phone: 215-635-4700
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (EST)

Depersonalization/Derealization Natural Recovery / DP Damage?
« Last post by Marion on July 05, 2013, 10:13:03 AM »
Can I believe that this dp isn't something serious? This is a big worry of mine. I read how so many are better but what if mine is different. I went through the battery of tests and they keep telling me it's anxiety. What if I'm the one who is really damaged and someone missed it? I am tired of getting so many tests but what if the next one comes up that I'm sick or something?
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