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Hello. I am a 53 YO male. I am in school and this semesters assignment had me looking around for anxiety support. I have noticed in the last year that I am getting more and more anxious... about everything. Honestly, I'd just like to stay home and not go out anymore. I am so tired. I was hoping to find an online or mobile phone app that can help me deal with my anxiety. Something that I can use frequently from wherever I am. I found one, based on my research, called myPromise but it's only for folks in Australia. If anybody has any suggestions please let me know.

A little background - I was sexually abused repeatedly by my older step-brother when I was a boy and again as a teen by an adult. I lived in a house with a violent alcoholic step-father and a drug medicated multi-suicidal mother. I have been in counseling to overcome an eating disorder... which was mostly successful. I still have body image issues but eating and exercising are no longer obsessions that drive my life. I have struggled with depression all my life. I know that seasonal depression is an issue for me.

I am medicated - Remoran, Lamectal, and Zoloft.


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Here are some things that might prove useful to you; they are videos, books and workbooks suggested by other people on this site:

1---"I've found David D. Burns' "Feeling Good" and "When Panic Attacks" to be very helpful."

2---"I am working through the anxiety workbook by Dr David Carbonell and it has helped immensely!!! "

3---TRE (Trauma releasing exercises) is something you can learn in a class but you don't have to talk about your problems and once you have learned the technique you can use it at home.

4---The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook

Practical DBT Exercises for Learning Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance

By: Matthew McKay PhD, Jeffrey Wood PsyD, Jeffrey Brantley MD

A Clear and Effective Approach to Learning DBT Skills

First developed for treating borderline personality disorder, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has proven effective as treatment for a range of other mental health problems, especially for those characterized by overwhelming emotions. Research shows that DBT can improve your ability to handle distress without losing control and acting destructively. In order to make use of these techniques, you need to build skills in four key areas-distress tolerance, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Source: NewHarbingerPublications

Caution for non-Buddhists: Zen Buddhism inspired aspects of DBT, along with behavioral science and dialectical philosophy. Source: GoodTherapy.com.

5---"A good book that I came across recently is "The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, 6th Edition" by Edmund J. Bourne, PhD. You might find this book to be of some help to you, although communicating your thoughts and feelings in a group setting is enormously helpful as well. "

6---For anxiety: Claire Weekes audio books on iTunes.

7---Another really good CD and book is the Linden method.

8---Videos on YouTube by THAT ANXIETY GUY helps with anxiety re: depersonalization/ de-realization states.

9---"Go on the psychology today site and look for a therapist that specializes in anxiety."

10-“Have you ever listened to Louise Hay on YouTube? Some of the talks help motivate you and hopefully you will feel a positive energy.”

11—“I called one of these online therapist sites. The therapist was really good. It was prestoexperts dot com. Her name was Lori Burke. Definitely a professional and she got me through this awful depression/anxiety morning.” (There is a charge for this service.)

12---For meditation look at:

Tara Brach and Chopra Center

13---“The book DARE, which is about anxiety. It’s a very good book about accepting anxiety and letting go of the fear. The author is Barry Mcdonagh and he also has a YouTube channel and a Facebook support group.”


Suesz, what a great reply, you've taken time to write a long and very informative response to someone asking for help, that makes you a pretty awesome individual in my opinion and I hope it's appreciated by the person asking for help.

You share your experiences and knowledge to help others, that's truely a lovely thing to do,

Bless you xxxxxx

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Thanks, Suzie. Some positive reinforcement never hurts! I save whatever I find and after that, it's copy and paste!

I especially appreciate any blessings! Bring them on!

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Agreed, sharing n caring, having this forum was my lifeline at one point, even now after recovery, I find the people here truely wonderful and understanding xxx


Hi mccobalt,

I neglected to say that you seem to have weathered a lot of abuse and I hope you continue with counseling unless you truly believe you have thoroughly covered all that is needed for you to lead a healthy and happy life. As I'm sure you know, counseling for an eating disorder is very different than focusing on the abuse issues. They may have similarities, but they have to have differences, too. I wish you a long and healthy, happy and successful life.


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