Aspie Anxiety - Coping Skills
By Jessika Endsley
Hi, this is Dizzy. I'm back. I haven't made a video in a while. I'm going to make this one about ways that y'all have to deal with anxiety, and panics, in various situations that I find difficult personally. Basically, coping mechanisms for when stuff goes bad, or when stuff is just too much sensory stimuli for people with Asperger's like I have and however, people go about dealing with it. Because I was medicated on Klonopin for a long time, since I was 16, so about five or six years of this, yeah, more like six. Then when I came off of it, I didn't know what was going on, because for so long, about six years, I did not deal with my anxiety without being medicated.
If you know a lot about Klonopin, you know that it inhibits the GABA receptors so that you don't really make your own GABA. That's why they treat the withdrawal with Gabapentin, it makes your brain function again, after it's been stoned [01:35] ____ for so long, etcetera. So regardless of what anxiety medication you're familiar with or if you've ever taken any, it's definitely a crutch. You shouldn't stay on that stuff for the rest of your life, but if you've been on it for a while, then you may have forgotten how to deal with anxiety, and have no coping mechanisms.
So here's some things that bring on anxiety, and what are your ways of coping with these things that don't involve medication. Crowded areas, such as going into a restaurant that's got tons of people all over the place. Sometimes for me, that's more of a comprehension issue than it's being worried about people, 'cause if I have to have a conversation I wasn't expecting, I usually do okay, but I'm not ready for it. And then things like just how you go about doing certain various... Like particular things, it can be a little weird.
Anyway, that one was hard to explain. Driving in traffic, this is partially just a sensory thing; having bad reception doesn't help it, but especially someone with bad directions... I have no sense of direction, so it takes me a while to find places. So how do y'all deal with that? Home life chaos: Home is supposedly a place that you go to where you can relax, but that's not always the case in everybody's living situation. So how do you go about coping with other people's poor emotions in the house not influencing yours? How do you deal with just chaos in the house? Troubled home, broken home, anything that you can relate to on that.
Death: What about how do you cope with death? That's not really an anxiety thing, although it can give you a panic attack. I've dealt with a lot of death, and I think I deal with it differently from other people, but how do the rest of you cope with it? So if you've been in that experience, anyway. Not seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, which can be depressing but can also just be a lot of anxiety. How do you cope with that? College social issues; if you have Asperger's and you have to go around the whole ton of people every day, it can throw you off your frame. It throws me way off the frame, but I think I'm ready for it now, but when I started college, I was not. So how do y'all cope with that?
And illogical panic attacks; panic attacks don't have to have a reason. If you have a panic disorder, which I don't have that, but a lot of people do, or they're prone to panic attacks, then you can just have a random panic attack, everything can be going all fine, you're just like bam, panic. I don't know how that happens. So there's that, how do you cope with that? And how do you cope with low self-esteem, and what do you do about that? Because poor self-esteem, when you're having to go out and do all the other things I mentioned, that can make it difficult for some people, especially if you usually make eye contact, and you're low self-esteem is making it to where you don't, then people are obviously going to notice it.
If you're like me and you never make eye contact, nobody's gonna notice that you're not making it. So those are just some common issues, I think that... I have some of these, and I know a lot of people have these. What is y'all's opinion on this? And I will write down the answers and maybe I will make an actual helpful video about it, because I quite honestly don't have the answer to all those. I mean, I try to meditate a little. I'm really bad at that. ADD, okay. Home problems, I don't deal with those well. And don't recommend substance abuse, that's not good. And don't say the usual stuff like "try yoga". I already do Yoga, and a lot of people with anxiety problems do yoga too. We obviously need more than yoga. So the ball is in y'all's court. Have fun with it. I hope you have a good day.