Anxiety…I have it pretty severely. First day with my current shrink, he said my anxiety was a bigger problem than my schizophrenia. They have me on meds for tremors which also really help with anxiety.
I naturally have high blood pressure and intense anxiety. Like really bad cases of both. I used to drink like an alcoholic to manage, and I did manage.
What can you do besides meds? Avoid stimulants like caffeine. Exercise every day. Uh, how do I phrase my third tip…release sexual tensions. Okay. That sounded politically correct. You know what I mean. Go to therapy- it is essential for us, especially the more cognitively fit people with scz- we think too much! The term “shrink” comes from “shrinking your head.”
I used to smoke and drink and that did help, but that is like the equivalent of telling medical doctors and licensed psychologists and counsellors to ■■■■ off and that is just not okay.
I really think that many of the people on here could benefit from a benzo such as klonopin. Xanax is more for acute bouts of anxiety and wears off quickly. I take it because it gets me through the worst parts of the day and eases my akathisia, then it wears off and I go exercise then take it again to chill back out. For example, I need it to sit in class and pay attention and take notes, but I need it to wear off to exercise intensively. I need it to go out with friends in public. I need it before bed or else my left leg just won’t quit pulsing and that prevents me from sleeping.
But if you aren’t going and doing things which require you to be at a baseline level of arousal, I wouldn’t take it. It’s got issues with long term use and some people abuse it. I’ve seen college kids crush benzos up and snort them to get high, whilst I need it to function normally because I am very far from normal without it.
Some cases of anxiety are so pathetic that the docs just prescribe the anxiolytic and keep a close eye on the patient. My case is that bad.
I was socially defunct before being medicated for anxiety. I was a formidable athlete, however. I was mentally acute. What good is that when I couldn’t sit through class? I just studied at home while drinking and smoking and the showed up to exams and I had no social life except for drinking buddies, true alcoholics.