It just so happens that there is very good evidence that exercise, diet and a regular routine of going to the gym has as good an effect as taking medication. Thats what you should try...but you have to go regularly,and for at least 6 months.
I personally don't know if there's any tangible evidence, but I can sure tell you that excersize and a heathly diet signifigantly help me with my minor depression and occasional anxiety. Plus it's a great way to start the day when you look in the mirror and like what you see.
Yes, diet changes do help. I don't really get alot of exercise, just alot of walking at work, but I recently cut out sugar of my diet. I could tell a difference in one week. I have also never taken medication for anxiety.
i tried posting a comment but it didn't take. the jist was. i would try the drug. everything you do with your body is an experiment. not exercising is a more harmful experiment than taking a drug. sometimes you need a boost out of the "i am worthless" type feelings to start living healthy. i have had no problem coming off the drugs. at least nothing that compared to living with anxiety and depression. drugs can really help.
good luck. R
I'm in gradate school for community counseling. I'm stressed and I have anxiety. I want to relax but I don't know how. I feel myself tensing up more and more, day by day. For example, I noticed that my hands are cliched in bed at night and I have been grinding my teeth while I sleep. My breathing is shallow at times. I am also afraid to fly, but my fear has not stopped me from flying. I just want to relax. I'm in good health, at my target weight, but I don't like vigorous excersie. I work part time and attend classes, I don't have time to go to a gym until I graduate. I don't want to take medication. What do you suggest?
wow, my tech school offers Community Counseling classes and is cheaper than Graduate School.
Slow down - what good are you to anyone for counseling if you can't maintain because your healthy self? Try a yoga class to relax! It worked for me and I'm stressed with Occupational Therapy class full-time.
Plus I heard that anti-histamines work for anxiety which is less to play with than the SSRI's that the doctors hand out like candy.
I'm stuck on this Paxil 40mg for 2 years and want to have kids soon - Aaahhh! The YOGA and Cardio seem safer than these SSRI's !