Our expert says:
I disagree with HomoeoPsych on some points. Acupuncture does indeed help some peopl, if you have access to a good and experienced acupuncturist. "Analytical hypnotherapy ", though, is a bogus technique with absolutely no good research showing it to have any genuine benefits, and no professional consensus in its favour. LEarning to relax onself directly and deliberately is, how ever, very practical and better when NOT connected with "hypnosis" --- it can be learned as part of CBT ( COgnitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which helps you to analyze and revise the automatic thoughts and assumptions that may lead to your getting over-wrought, and to learn to relax when you need to, by deep relaxation techniques and others.
Any of the benzo drugs --- Valium and its many relatives --- which you have been trying, are sedative ; the one anti-anxiety drug which is relatively non-sedative and not potentially habit-inducing, is Buspirone, now available in a cheaper but equivalent generic which would be preferable ; which has a gentle and gradual onset of action.
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