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can my anxiety be manageable without medication?

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Last Updated: 08/31/2020 at 2:46pm
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May 24th, 2015 9:06pm
I think anxiety can be manageable without medication. There are many helpful techniques to reduce everyday anxiety and also helpful strategies for coping with anxiety that pops up on you. Things that you can do to reduce everyday anxiety are: doing some fun physical activity (exercise can produce great stress-reducing hormones which will help reduce anxiety), taking time out to meditate or center yourself, and taking time to focus on your breathing. Medication can definitely be helpful, but if that isn't the route for you, definitely try some homeopathic remedies for anxiety. Hope this helps! :)
August 10th, 2015 1:35am
It's very difficult to say. Everyone has different methods dealing with their anxiety. Medication being one of those options
August 23rd, 2016 1:38pm
It takes a lot to overcome anxiety but it does not always need medication. Sometimes, our fears and worries can be cured by the people we surround ourselves with.
April 4th, 2015 12:17am
Yes! There are many ways to decrease and manage anxiety without medication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), meditation, and exercise are all effective ways. Medication should be a last resort as it creates a dependency cycle, the effectiveness of the drug can wear off, and there are often side effects.
August 31st, 2020 2:46pm
Your anxiety can certainly be manageable without medication! Of course, everyone is different but there are so many coping methods out there. It’s best to experiment and see what works for you. Some common coping mechanisms include breathing exercises, listening to music, focusing on a few things you can touch/hear/taste, journaling, practicing mindfulness, etc. These are pretty basic methods, but there’s also much more unique ones out there! Also, it’s great to have a support system in your life. This can be your family, friends, or anyone you feel like you can rely on! If you’re unsure if you have a support system in your life, just know that 7 Cups also counts as one, and everyone is here to support you! Remember that when your anxiety feels uncontrollable and it starts to effect your life to the point where you can’t do simple tasks, it’s best to reach out to your healthcare provider and talk about the options.
May 13th, 2015 7:28am
Yes. that is the only answer. I have really bad anxiety and i have had it for years, i've never been on medication yet i can still control it when it hits. I overthink situations all the time and worry myself constantly, basically i make it worse than it iss when i shouldnt. I just tend not to think about it till im doing it, that way my anxiety can't stop me
June 13th, 2015 5:25am
Yes, but it's hard, very hard for most people, but it can be done by finding the reason of why you have anxiety, but like i said, it's very hard, you can do it without taking medication, but if it's too difficult, you don't have to be angry/mad because you need medication's help, like the Sertraline, it's usefull for many people.
June 22nd, 2015 3:57am
Anxiety can be managed without medication in a variety of ways. Number one thing that has helped me is to take myself out of the situation like walk away somehow and take a breather like go to the bathroom at the very least, walk up and down halls, get outside if you can. Ask yourself what is giving you anxiety and walk away from that specifically. Getting too many phone calls at work? Don't answer the phone (if you can). Have a line of customers... see if someone can take your position for a few minutes. I think this method only works in short term or used sparingly or else it could lead to more issues like avoid the actual problems. Look into mindfulness and meditation. In the long run this can help you break away from anxiety and take more control of the situation. Talk to a friend or someone you trust, even if you have a problem trusting people take a chance with someone you feel good about at least. You can really gain a friendship that way. 7 Cups of Tea and talking to anyone available can help you relieve the anxiety by talking it out and having someone who listens. Over time these coping mechanisms may collective resolve anxiety issues. Short term use of anti anxiety medications may be needed through really rough times where you are unable to have the strength to try the above methods (speak with your doctors/providers). Have a goal to not rely on medication and find ways not to become dependent on medication.
June 22nd, 2015 11:53pm
Yes, it can. Not everybody has the same level of anxiety, so it's really a personal choice as to whether or not you want to try medication to help. There are lots of ways to manage anxiety and keep it at bay, I've found a lot of great tips on this site and sites similar to this. The internet is your friend when it comes to anxiety.
July 6th, 2015 12:14pm
of course it can, theres many ways and rouds to look at before medication,like therapy, meditation, exercising or all of them mixed together. u just have to find the right "cocktail" of activities and process that help u best
August 4th, 2015 4:59pm
Yes, there are so many differents methods to reduce/get rid of anxiety such as trying lavendarade instead of lemonade, going on walks to somewhere you love every day for 20 minutes and each day go somewhere with more and more people. This should help. Research different ways because there are so many.
September 8th, 2015 9:22am
Yes, I personally manage my anxiety without medication. Some people feel they need medication to get better and that is fine, it's a personal choice and when you have anxiety you need to do what you feel most comfortable with. For me I didn't like the idea of taking medication to feel better, that was my personal choice. There are herbal remedies, diet and exercise changes, talking or cognitive behavioural therapies, a huge amount of things you can test out and try until you find something that works for you.
December 28th, 2015 12:07pm
Yes and no, for some people it is intense and they should get medication and if it is not intense than you should not take any medication, it depends on if you have intense anxiety or not intense anxiety
January 5th, 2016 12:26pm
Depending on your level of anxiety, you could do very well with some psychotherapeutic techniques. Actually, anxiety is one of the relatively easy mental disorders to manage with psychotherapy. Usually, medication should be reserved for acute and severe conditions and not as a life long option for sure.
January 9th, 2016 12:47pm
Some people can and some people can't. It depends of your level of anxiety. Pople with severe anxiety usually use medications, while some don't have to.
February 1st, 2016 3:44am
of course, there are many ways to cope without medication. daily breathing exercises help greatly, and walking around the block once a day or keeping a journal helps aswell.
February 29th, 2016 12:12pm
yes, it can. You can use various anxiety controlling methods including writing thought records before actually facing a stressful situation, meditation, talking it out to a friend/ a listener, etc
August 9th, 2016 9:10pm
I have found with experience, that hanging out with close friends and my fiance can ease my anxiety (I have anxiety when going out and thinking people are judging me) and that pets help as well.
November 15th, 2016 4:51pm
Yes it sure can, you can either read self help books, have someone close to you support you through the tough time, and or get help from a therapist.
February 7th, 2017 5:13pm
Yes, anxiety can definitely be manageable without medication but it depends on the severity of the anxiety. Some people can find coping methods such as meditation or therapy that helps them, and others need medication as well because that does not work for them.
February 14th, 2017 9:13pm
It can, but some people may need or prefer medication to help with it, it also helps to talk about it too.
September 18th, 2017 4:25pm
There are a lot of tools in the toolbox when dealing with anxiety. For example, some people find great success with breathing techniques, imagery, and other stress reduction methods. Some people find help through therapy or even with a listener such as those on 7 cups! Medication is another such tool. Though some people find help elsewhere, many find that medication gives them the help they were looking for. Work with your doctor or therapist to find what's best for you.
November 7th, 2017 7:37am
I believe so, not now but I just need to keep focusing really hard on the things I'm doing to fight it. Getting rid of medication is something I want really badly and I'm currently working on it
March 13th, 2018 10:57pm
Anxiety can very well be managed without the use of medicinal treatment and through other support networks such as the anxiety help guide on 7 Cups or other helplines such as childline where you can talk to a councillor over the phone or on 1-2-1 chat. You may also contact a listener if you need to talk to someone if you are feeling panicky. There are lots of places that can help you manage your anxiety.