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23 Mar 2024, 4:41 am

What kind of substances do you use to deal with anxiety, other than alcohol?



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23 Mar 2024, 7:34 am

I don't use substances. I have learned that to rely on drugs is to expose myself to harm and abuse of my health and maybe my safety due to lack of judgement and impairment it can cause.

I control how I am exposed to social situations, being careful to avoid forcing myself beyond the level of comfort I experience.

I have learned I can do ok with one or two, maybe 3 other people in some environments, but that my processing simply can't cope with forcing myself to do many things others expect of me (or that I used to try to do without success and with much distress).

I do not avoid social situations, I just choose which kinds are healthy for me and seek those out, avoiding others which are too hard, upsetting, dangerous, etc.


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08 Apr 2024, 8:23 pm

autisticelders wrote:
I don't use substances. I have learned that to rely on drugs is to expose myself to harm and abuse of my health and maybe my safety due to lack of judgement and impairment it can cause.

I control how I am exposed to social situations, being careful to avoid forcing myself beyond the level of comfort I experience.

I have learned I can do ok with one or two, maybe 3 other people in some environments, but that my processing simply can't cope with forcing myself to do many things others expect of me (or that I used to try to do without success and with much distress).

I do not avoid social situations, I just choose which kinds are healthy for me and seek those out, avoiding others which are too hard, upsetting, dangerous, etc.


I wish I can control things. I just move to a group home cuz of money, everything in California is soooo expensive. I already got social anxiety, keep crying, little meltdown, wanting to pull out my hair, being sooo overwhelmed, wanting to die, staff in the group home think they know better, refusing me stuff.



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08 Apr 2024, 8:41 pm

Nothing. I take very low dose ADHD meds, but no antidepressants. I've tried a few in the past but could only take the lowest doses and they didn't work. I don't like pot very much because it makes me dizzy and I already have balance issues. I'm not much of a drinker at all because there are alcoholics in my family history and I was always scared of drunk people.

I have some Lorazepams but only take one about three times a year. I've had the same bottle of 20 for a few years now. They tend to make me depressed afterward so I find they aren't worth it.

The most helpful thing I take is Omega 3 supplements and methylated B complex vitamins.


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08 Apr 2024, 8:58 pm

When I was pre-teen?

Anger and hate surpassing the fear and worry.
On other words, recklessness and make others fear instead.

Is this cope? I'm not sure.
I have to make do with the fear and worry.
As a child, I had enough physical prowess and cruelty to afford that kind of mentality.

Back then, to me, it's a choice between being able to move with everyone's (certain) fear and hostility, or me not being able to moving out of (uncertain) fear and hostility of everyone.


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08 Apr 2024, 8:58 pm

My sheer determination and will. :lol:


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08 Apr 2024, 9:53 pm

Whatever's handy. :skull:


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09 Apr 2024, 5:21 pm

Buspar/Buspirone~ helps my anxiety a lot in general & probably helps my social anxiety a little or at least helps prevent panic attacks.

Neurontin/Gabapentin~ helps with my OCD thoughts & compulsions. I don't think Neurontin helps my social anxiety but my social anxiety is not related to OCD. Some people do have OCD obsessions & compulsions related to social anxiety & since Neurontin helps my OCD with other things I'm just tossing it out there.

Klonopin/Clonazepam~ helps me feel less anxious if taken before an anxious situation including social ones. I only see a reason take it occasionally for anxiety though.


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