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Yoga for your health and wellbeing, helps with your heart and anxiety and depression

 

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Many of us who have withdrawn from either benzodiazepines or SSRI antidepressants, both, have heart palpitations and other heart symptoms quite often as an iatrogenic injury that accompanies withdrawal syndrome. I’ve noticed that for my PTSD and psychiatric drug withdrawal induced tachycardia that yoga really does help minimize its horrors. It’s not a cure all but it sure as heck helps one get through when things are rough as well as perhaps creating a foundation for long-term healing

 

Tachycardia is when the heart beats like crazy. I also just get palpitations with a normal heart rate that can also be quite overwhelming. Both of those are common among folks coming off these drugs. I never had them before I went on the drugs and that too is the usual scenario with most people coming off of the meds. These symptoms are induced by global autonomic dysfunction that the drugs themselves cause.

 

The following report is not on exactly the same thing but it’s not all that far off and yoga’s applications are many and diverse. I’m making the assumption, based on my experience, that yoga helps me for much the same reason as those with atrial fibrillation are helped.

 

I’m sharing this here today because I’m quite sure many with psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes might be helped too. I imagine those with anxiety disorders as well could respond quite well to calming yoga postures. Below the excerpted article are a few postures that help my heart calm.

 

 

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Gia,

 

I just got out of cardiac telemetry unit for bradycardia. Heart rate was down in the 30-40s. No cardiac causes found; attributed to hypothyroid.

 

However, what I thought felt like tachycardia/racing heart was actually palpitations with bradycardia. When my rate fell, I got palpitations. Perhaps the heart trying to correct by working harder? This surprised me as what felt like racing was actually not.

 

Has anyone else monitored pulse during these episodes?

 

As always, thanks for great info, Gia.

 

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Thanks, Gia. Those are excellent, gentle exercises.

 

A yoga expert told me the legs up on the wall (or chair) pose is good for sleep, too.

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yeah...my palpitations happen regardless of heart rate...and you're not the first person I've seen in withdrawal with the uber slow heart rate...

 

I've seen rapid heart rates and really slow heart rates as well as really high and really low blood pressure -- most of which clears up and normalizes (except in the rare instances it actually is something other than part of the autonomic dysfunction that is characteristic of withdrawal syndromes)

 

I got my heart checked out a few years ago and since then regardless of what has happened I've refused to go back to see a doctor because of all the horror stories I've seen of people getting dosed with benzos etc once they go into emergency rooms...

 

I have dealt with really severe heart stuff but it's all been withdrawal related.

 

it's important to rule out anything more serious (read life-threatening) but I sure as heck have felt like I was dying many times over. It's really awful.

 

glad you're okay Barbara...it may clear up as your withdrawal syndrome clears up. I hope so...mine of course is still going strong a few years in...it gets rough at times, no doubt.

 

I do check my blood pressure and pulse from time to time and kind of know what my whacked out "normal" is.

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These very simple and easy techniques really help me a lot with a whole lot of the autonomic nervous system chaos...so I thought I'd share...

 

 

This post introduces belly breathing and then also gives some tips for easy yoga relaxation.

 

You can practice in the manner shown in the video but then belly breathing is really good anywhere, anytime and in most positions: standing, sitting or laying down. It’s become second nature for me now and I don’t have to think about it when it’s helpful, my body just does it.

 

Good for anxiety and pain both: Belly breathing and a bit of yoga

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Thanks Gia.....good stuff

Intro: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1902-nikki-hi-my-rundown-with-ads/

 

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This looks so calming.

 

I've dreamnt of doing yoga for a long time but have never taken the first step.

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

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that's why I post these sorts of really easy exercises...I think lots of people think about doing stuff and don't try...getting past the initial inertia is sometimes all it takes though

 

these exercises if done with a meditative state are so easy and effective and they'll really help people understand that potential power of yoga in general...

 

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As my body heals from the iatrogenic injury caused by psychiatric drugs, the process of healing the autonomic nervous system demands the continual working with fear in the body.
 

This morning I did the below yoga session.
 

Yoga is wonderful for training us to be with the sometimes uncomfortable sensations in our body, which is a skill that can be transferred to our lives in a multiple number of ways.  Practicing and learning to be with discomfort is a good skill to have.
 

I enjoy Melissa West’s yoga videos. I’ve shared a couple of others too.
 


Anxiety is basically a clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and in opposing fashion fear and/or anxiety is often referred to in Buddhism and other alternative philosophies such as yoga, as normal. Which is why many techniques to cope with anxiety have been inspired by eastern practices.  There are many methods to learn how to be with these normal feelings, whether they’re very intense or not. As individuals some of us may be more prone to more intensity than others. We can all work with whatever it is we experience.
 

For more support with working with fear and anxiety see this collection: Fear and anxiety: coping, reframing, transforming…

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withdrawn from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug.
 

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