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I am training to be a counsellor and have crushing social anxiety anyone have any tips or medications that can deal with this apart from therapy ?

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Always been anxious really have had low mood and experienced drug induced psychosis at 21 I am 28 now and training to be a counsellor but I am freaking out with clients I’m getting palpitations, head zaps, adrenaline surges, twitches you name it I get it I haven’t run out of a session yet and have my own therapy on the side but I don’t think it’s helping I feel I need a medication if I am to ever be able to do my dream job. I also came out of a abusive relationship a few months ago which went on for two years that defiantly has made my anxiety worse. I just want to feel normal again!!
 
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Hi. i am sorry you are finding things so difficult. I do think you need to seriously consider whether you are up to having clients at the moment. I dont want to sound harsh but from what you are saying how you are may be impacting you in the counselling room. I say this because i am in counselling and i think i would find it difficult to feel 'safe' with you Have you discussed this with your own therapist. You need to focus on you
 
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Yeah been discussing it in therapy myself and have determined that medication and a break might Be the best option a the moment
 
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Just wondering if you have any other support other than your therapist. Have you spoken to your doctor about medications
 
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Yeah my doctor is well aware of this and has suggested some medications I’m just not adement that it will fix me
 
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Think it is usually a combination of things that can help, eg meds, therapy, support etc. Hope i dont say wrong thing
 
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Exercise really helps.

How many sessions you had? It doesn't get better over time?

For meds beta blockers help and are more or less without side effects.
 
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The right medication can really reduce the symptoms you describe. I'm not a medical professional, I don't know your diagnosis but I would consider an antidepressant/anti-anxiety treatment. Just to roll back the symptoms a little so you're not using so much energy to resist them.