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Does meditation work?

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I have heard that meditation works with social anxiety to calm the person and find some degree of inner peace.
Does anyone have some experience with it?
If it really helps i might want to learn more about it
 

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I have heard that meditation works with social anxiety to calm the person and find some degree of inner peace.
Does anyone have some experience with it?
If it really helps i might want to learn more about it
Hi and welcome Charliecharles. Lots of folks here have experience with with a number of medications that are used to help social anxiety, I'd suggest you speak with your doctor describing the difficulties you've been having in social situations and have them start you on a trial to see what might best work for you. Different medications work to different degrees for different individuals but you can find significant relief if you find the right one for you. Again, welcome,
 

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Triceps...I think he was asking about meditation not medication.;)
You make a very good point there Jones. He'll try the meditation and then we'll see a post that I'll have already answered. Thanks for pointing that out.
 

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I have heard that meditation works with social anxiety to calm the person and find some degree of inner peace.
Does anyone have some experience with it?
If it really helps i might want to learn more about it
Sorry Charlie. Only the best.........I misread not only your post but the title of it. But again, welcome.
 
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I admire anyone who gets relief from meditation, havent had any luck with it myself, probably doing it wrong! I guess it does work for some, so i say...good luck and give it a try!
 
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It will work if you put consistent effort into it. Won't be a miracle band-aid cure of course, or let you fix everything in one grand gesture at once, but you should see results if you do it properly over time.

It's helpful to limit it to about 15 minutes a day, as the negative effects of too much meditation can make a person narcissistic, or overly avoidant. You might be too calm and relaxed to challenge yourself.

The ideal is 10-15 minutes a day, every day. Meditate a little, but live your life much more.
 

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Hey there, and welcome @Charliecharles ! Lots of folks have good success with meditation and relaxation techniques. I'm not particularly good at it myself, but I'll admit that I haven't tried that hard. (ha!) My husband loves it, and it helps slow his racing thoughts down when he's stressed. I HAVE tried yoga and it makes a big difference for me, but it works more to calm the body and all the uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety in the body. Even the most simple yoga (which is about all I can do at this point) helps stimulate nerves in your body that will release all the "good" chemicals to help with digestion, slow your heart rate, relax your muscles, etc.

If you're just curious about it, there are lots of simple guided meditation apps that you can download, or simple stuff on YouTube. Good luck to you!
 

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I'll have to try that and let you know. By the way, is anyone on SSRIs ? Do they work and are they hard to get off of.
 

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I'll have to try that and let you know. By the way, is anyone on SSRIs ? Do they work and are they hard to get off of.
Hi Rosy. Lot's of us are on SSRI's. They generally have minimal side effects and are not a problem getting off of them if you slowly taper off. I've been on Paxil, Zoloft and currently on Lexapro. I've liked the Lexapro the best sofar (8 years of use) as it is both an anti-anxiety drug along with being an anti-depressant. But it might be a moot point for you as it's hard to take them with unreliable water.
 

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Hi Rosy. Lot's of us are on SSRI's. They generally have minimal side effects and are not a problem getting off of them if you slowly taper off. I've been on Paxil, Zoloft and currently on Lexapro. I've liked the Lexapro the best sofar (8 years of use) as it is both an anti-anxiety drug along with being an anti-depressant. But it might be a moot point for you as it's hard to take them with unreliable water.
Ha! :) Made me smile.... @Rosy I have also been on both Paxil and Lexapro. I had a really rare reaction to Paxil (like, REALLY rare - I had gout....), so it was a no-go. I've been on Lexapro on and off for about 6 years, and it really helps keep me stabilized. I don't have as extreme of ups and downs, and it really cuts down on the panic attacks and overall anxiety for me. SSRIs are normally not hard to wean off of, no - just do it the way your doctor would prescribe.
 

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Thanks for your input. I only tried them once about 2 yrs ago and could not take them. Only for 7 weeks. Dr. said I didn't have to taper off. I had a bad time for quite a while. Anyhow I was just wondering if they worked well. My son was on Zoloft and had no trouble on or off it. lol
 

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Thanks for your input. I only tried them once about 2 yrs ago and could not take them. Only for 7 weeks. Dr. said I didn't have to taper off. I had a bad time for quite a while. Anyhow I was just wondering if they worked well. My son was on Zoloft and had no trouble on or off it. lol
Yeah, seven weeks wouldn't be enough time for you to need to taper. And honestly, it might not be enough time for you to see whether or not they would work for you. It can take a few weeks for your body to adjust - I felt light-headed, kind of spacey, a little nauseous, etc. in the beginning. A lot of people quit during the adjustment period because they think it's the medicine making them sick. If you stick it out, those side effects usually go away completely during the first few weeks, and then you start to see the real benefits. It also depends on the exact medication. Lexapro has been the most successful for me.
 

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thanks again. I'll let you know if I go on something else. I sure hope you get some rest tonight. My husband has a stomach virus and I am sick with this anxiety thing so a can of soup for supper it is. lol
 
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