Originally Posted by leigh
Wow, really? I didn't put any words in your mouth, but I'm guessing this is your way of dealing with somebody telling you that you're wrong. Because when you said:
You were wrong. Unless you're an expert on psychiatric disorders and wish to dispute current understanding and treatment of them? But hey, go ahead and chuck your toys and tell people they're creating strawmen and flinging mud if that makes you feel better, even though you and I know I did no such thing.
Just before you completely and utterly finish putting your foot in it, I should probably inform you I've read up pretty extensively on the subject over the years for a number of personal reasons, and do, despite what you might hope, know what im talking about. I make no claim at all to be an expert on any subject, but I do have a better understanding than most because I need to.
And just before you go ahead and mangle my words further to suit your POV, I'll head you off with some generally accepted facts; and do note, I am not including disorders caused by drug abuse or serious post traumatic stress, they dont affect my life, theyre clearly not in the gist of this discussion and Im not knowledgable enough on them.
Yes, there are certainly plenty of drugs you can take to calm yourself down and make life easier, but just because there is a medication, does not mean there is any intrinsic chemical imbalance in the body which would cause the symptoms. A person can have a panic attack without there being something to medicinally cure.
Most common anxiety disorders are caused by a persons own overactive worries, concerns and paranoia about a given situation; this isnt belittling the problem, its facing it head-on for what it is, hence most can be solved by nothing more than words. Be they from a councillor, psychiatrist or friend. Phobias, OCD, GAD, social anxiety are all often triggered by a specific event in someones life which then balloons and commonly grows to take over their everyday life. Much of the time, the person wont even realise what it was that triggered it.
Sure you can start chomping down any of the well known drugs to suppress the effects, but very few of them are a long term cure and almost every last one has significant side effects, in many cases worse than the initial problem. For most people, the best solution is to just talk about it, and heres the bit you hate hearing, but im past caring at this point; in many cases a person just needs to be told firmly and reassuringly by someone they trust, that the thing which is causing them to obsess, isn't a real, credible problem.
OCD about germs? The commonly accepted solution is to hit them head on by putting them into a situation which they fear and dread, and show them that the thing they are afraid of most, isnt a real credible threat. Yes you have to judge the level. Go too fast and theyll panic and it wont work.
Phobia of spiders? get them down to the nearest zoo and ask if they can hold a tarantula.
Social anxiety? Depending on the exact nature, drag them out to the nearest bar, crowded space or awkward situation and solve it head on.
Noticing a theme here?... maybe?... perhaps? These are not my solutions, they are generally regarded as THE solutions by the people who know what theyre doing. And hey guess what, the same goes for general anxiety disorder, which by the scant details, is likely what the OP has.
Just to quote your first reply again though, because its been pissing me off:
Did you even read the first post properly? I doubt someone would use the term "anxiety disorder" if they were just "overreacting" or "worried" about things, and being blunt isn't exactly a tactic I'd imagine many psychologists or psychiatrists recommending for dealing with someone who is vulnerable.
The absolute definition of most anxiety disorders is that they are overreacting and worrying about things which are not a threat. The most effective solution for the most common types is to be blunt.