Is there a treatment for my anxiety that doesn't include medication?
Art Matthews Says...
The feeling you described is called "de-personalization" and occurs when you are in a heightened state of anxiety called the fight/flight response. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has been the standard recommended treatment for many years for people who wish to avoid talking medication for their anxiety. But you should know that there are medications you can take that are non-addictive and not habit forming such as beta-blockers and anti-depressants (SSRIs), although there has been some evidence that Paxil does have a "discontinuation effect."
Another option for you would be Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming or EMDR Therapy, which has been developed in the last 10 to 15 years. Neuroscientists are suggesting that having clients mimicking eye movements observed during REM Sleep Phase while processing distressing events can help desensitized the client to triggers to their anxiety, allowing them to have a more normalized reaction.
Look to your state/governmental regulatory agency to identify qualified professionals who are trained and certified in the type of therapy you choose and of course, learn more about CBT and EMDR on the web or through your local library.
Best of luck to you. Life is to be lived. Don't let your anxiety allow you to avoid your life one more minute.
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