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Good evening, I am Dr Ruff. Please could you tell me your age? Thanks
Great thank you, ***** ***** you for the information you have provided. I can promise you that your breathing is not going to stop, it is not possible to stop breathing because you forget. You are clearly describing anxiety. Would you agree?
It is not uncommon, but then a bit of a vicious cycle.
What have you been doing for your anxiety? Did you say Sertraline was just started?
Okay, so sertraline would start becoming much more effective from day 7 to day 21, maximum effect by 6 weeks. So at 2 weeks this is normally a good time to decide if the drug needs to be increased or consider stopping and trying an alternative
Okay, so there are few things you need to read about as they may benefit you. The first is sleep hygiene, improving your sleep quality massively reduces your anxiety, the next thing is about Mindfulness, a way of using your breathing as a way of relaxing yourself (including other things), and finally Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, this can be done with a psychologist, but there are online options to do this yourself.
These in combination with your medication will do a lot of good for you. There is strong evidence that CBT is as effective to an SSRI (Sertraline) for mild symptoms, moderate symptoms the SSRI has strong evidence it is much more effective compared to the placebo. You have started doing the right things, just a few more things to do...
What do you think?
I can find you some useful links for those things if you like, would take me a bit of time though
Fair enough, but you are still asking the right questions, doing nothing wouldn't lead you to this website, but I also appreciate this website is much more accessible than phoning your GP etc.
If you could kindly rate my response to your question, I will happily look for some useful links for you to start the process. May take me about 10minutes though to find them
Yes please, this doesn't close the thread though, but allows Just Answer to acknowledge my response
Sorry, just look this up now.
Here is one source re CBT, but if you google it there are online/website ones which are not a video call.
This is the NHS mindfulness link, it has a few useful links towards the end
Yes, face to face will exist, but most will start on the phone or video.