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Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: How not to cry
« Last post by PeaceBear on April 10, 2013, 10:56:05 AM »
Thank you very much Dr Ronnie. I appreciate your reply and its so helpful and youre right in that my Mom would want me to be happy and live my life, without being so sad. She is in a good place and not suffering now and is at peace. Hugs,PeaceBear :) :-*
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: DP Recovery
« Last post by DrFreedman on March 29, 2013, 01:05:50 PM »
When an individual is tense and fearful, the body reflects this signal from the brain. Muscles tighten in an attempt to put into action the "fight or flight" reaction. When one recognizes this response and learns how to calm and relax, the muscles that have been so tightly contracted for so long, begin to loosen. This is experienced as a twitching sensation as the contractions release. Getting into bed at night demonstrates this reaction as one is falling asleep. This twitching sensation is easily recognizable as muscles release tension of the day.

The reason you are more reactive to news about illness and ailments is because the set point in your brain concerning reactiveness to stress is temporarily higher than usual. This is a normal reaction to constant or extended fearful worry. The brain naturally goes into overdrive to protect you from perceived dangers UNTIL you learn how to settle down, at which point it resets back to normal reactions. This is cooling down a brain that is in temporary overdrive.

It's interesting to note that there is always a logical explanation for all anxiety reactions. One who experiences anxiety is just naturally more reactive to all outside stimuli and therefore experiences reactions in a slightly exaggerated manner. Medication is high on that list of triggers.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Anxiety and Depersonalization Recovery Treatment
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Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: How not to cry
« Last post by DrFreedman on March 29, 2013, 12:12:30 PM »
Dear PeaceBear,

When you are fearful about specific emotions, they seem to become stronger. Whatever we resist, persists.
Therefore, it is often helpful to give yourself "permission" to feel whatever feelings surface. Once they do, you have a choice. You can act on these feelings or work with them in a way that is helpful in the situation.

When sadness surfaces, breathing through the sensation is often helpful while focusing on the present moment. Remembering what your mother wished for you is a very strong support for you in times like these. Above all she would want you to be happy. This is a very powerful way of moving through the barrier of sadness. Anyone you were that close with would ultimately wish for you to continue on with your life and enjoy living it in honor of that person. I am sure your mother did everything in her power to ensure your happiness. Therefore, you owe it to her memory to continue forward, to enjoy your moments and to do this in her honor, her memory, because this is what she would have wanted for you. This is the best way to honor her and her wishes for your happiness in life.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Anxiety and Depersonalization Recovery Treatment
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (EST)
Order Line: 1-800-670-4673
Sliding Scale available so no one is denied help
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: White Coat Syndrome
« Last post by DrFreedman on March 29, 2013, 11:39:05 AM »
There is a way out of this syndrome. Going to the doctor's office might not be the most pleasant of experiences for everyone, but it can become easier and not as difficult when approached differently.

Your body is reacting to the input your brain is providing. You are telegraphing fearful messages and the mind is preparing for "fight or flight." Changing the way you view the experience allows you to create more productive messages so the body does not feel it has to be on constant guard.

Remember your purpose:
- You are there to get well and the professional is key to achieving this.
- If it was so terrible, no one would ever go, and you know this is not the case.
- Most treatments are relatively painless and fast.

Learn how to speak to yourself before leaving the house. Everything begins with a thought. Learn how to tell the truth about the situation without adding fearful commentary which only sets off adrenaline and cortisol (stress chemicals) in the body. Above all, learn how to quiet the mind and body by following the steps laid out in the program. This will bring you instant relief, no matter what the situation, and when constantly followed will retrain the brain and cool down its set point for anxiety reactions. It's a fact that medications cannot change this set point but changing behaviors and rewriting a conditioned response can achieve this. You have the power to retrain the brain and bring forth a calmer and less reactive result.

Take care and best wishes,

Dr. Ronnie Freedman
Anxiety and Depersonalization Recovery Treatment
Office Hours: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (EST)
Order Line: 1-800-670-4673
Sliding Scale available so no one is denied help
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: DP
« Last post by DrFreedman on March 29, 2013, 11:25:54 AM »
Dear Kam,

It's not about distraction. This just prolongs recovery. As demonstrated in our program, it is more about learning how to go through the symptoms the "right" way, and by doing so you come out on the other side and realize how much power you had over this all along. This is the true path to permanent recovery. The way out is through. Once you apply this method, you lose your fear of the symptoms and they no longer sneak in. It's learning to perceive these symptoms in a brand new way, where they no longer matter. When something does not matter, the fear is gone and so is the behavior.

It's also important to learn how to use activity. Your interest and attention needs to be in a healthy place instead of inward. This promotes the space for your mind to refresh and clarity will return.

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 / DP Recovery
« Last post by as1909 on March 28, 2013, 07:53:09 PM »
I am happy to say that I have been using methods from your program and they are working very well. Changing my diet has been one of the most beneficial things in recovering from this ordeal. The depersonalization I have been dealing with for the past 3 months was brought on my very first (AND LAST!) use of weed. I feel extremely fortunate that I discovered what was happening to me so quickly and that there are programs like this out there to help with full recovery. Despite my progress, I do have a few questions regarding my experiences.

For the past 5 weeks or so, my entire body has been twitching. The twitching only occurs when I am relaxing or meditating. Also, after it occurs I feel better--more in touch with my body. Is this my body's way of releasing tension or should it be a cause for concern? I assume it is a good thing, but I just thought I would ask about others' experiences.

Secondly, I notice that I am much more paranoid now than I ever was before this happened. I can hear about a rare disorder and worry that I will develop it, etc. I also worry that I have in someway "changed." That when I fully recover, I will be different somehow (personality, sexuality, etc). Becoming emotionally flat is the most terrifying thing I have ever experienced. Seeing friends and family and not feeling anything towards them is surreal and confusing. It makes one question everything about them self, reality, and life. I assume that the excess cortisol in my body is making me more susceptible to paranoid thought?

I never considered myself a highly anxious person, but my body has always been more sensitive to stimuli, especially medicine. I would also consider myself a deep thinker--two things you said are personality traits for those with depersonalization.

Anyways! I just wanted to post this thread to hear what others have experienced and hopefully receive some input from you, Dr. Freedman.

Thank you for your time, and I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: DP
« Last post by kam1971 on March 26, 2013, 11:49:20 AM »
Thank you so much for your reply!  It made me feel better, although I still feel completely out of it.  I have tried to distract myself, and I think I am fighting it, so I'm not feeling any relief.  The only relief I get is when I sleep, which I don't have a problem doing.  It's no wonder since my thoughts are racing all the time!  But the minute I'm awake, I start thinking about how weird and disconnected I feel.  I know it's a hole I'm going to have to dig myself out of, but it sure isn't easy!  Another part of my problem is that food is so uninteresting, so I know I'm not eating right.  If I feel any additional anxiety or stress, it puts the DP over the top.  I'm trying not to do that   :)

Thank you again for your time!
Anxiety Natural Recovery / How not to cry
« Last post by PeaceBear on March 26, 2013, 08:16:57 AM »
I have anxious feelings at times when I have to go places that I might have to talk about
my Mom, who died 2 years ago. I dont like to cry in public or at appointments. So is there
a way to make myself not cry in these situations?

Actually I dont like that I still can cry all day off and on about my Mom. But at least at my
own home its ok.  But in public around people I really dont want to still be crying.  I hope you
have some suggestions! Thank you. Hugs, PeaceBear  :-*
Anxiety Natural Recovery / White Coat Syndrome
« Last post by PeaceBear on March 25, 2013, 06:24:15 PM »
Is there anything I can do for white coat syndrome?? Every time I have an appt, especially at the family dr. I feel soo nervous and jittery. When they take my blood pressure its high. Then later its ok. I have tested it many times and its ok..just high at appointments and they say its white coat syndrome. Even when I do deep breathing in the waiting room and repeat relaxing  thoughts and try and relax, it doesnt seem to alleviate the reading when they take it!!!! :-X
Anxiety Natural Recovery / Re: hard to be social
« Last post by PeaceBear on March 25, 2013, 06:19:43 PM »
This is good advice and makes sense. I just have to be brave enough to put myself out there. But it wont happen if I dont  try. Hugs, PeaceBear ;D
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