Cambrdige adult education
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI’s) MAOI’s are antidepressants that work by inhibiting the breakdown of seratonin and norepinephrine in the brain, thus causing a reduction in the symptoms of anxiety. They must not eat certain foods which contain tyramine (e.g.
most aged cheeses, most alcoholic beverages, sausage products and Marmite) as these foods can interact with the medication to suddenly increase blood pressure and cause symptoms such as headaches and vomiting.
Side effects may include poor memory, fatigue, sleeping longer, impaired coordination, and loss of interest in sex.
Secondly, these drugs may be abused; therefore people who have a history of substance abuse may be advised to avoid benzodiazepines.
Relaxation is the voluntary release of muscle tension or psychological tension (Andrews et al, 1994) The benefits of relaxation include: Please note this list is not exhaustive and you may need to try a few different types of relaxation techniques until you find one that you feel is suitable for you. Hold your breath and count to 10Then breathe out and think’ relax’ to yourself Then inhale slowly through your nose for 3 seconds.
Relaxation is a skill, and like other skills such as playing the piano or tennis, your ability to relax will improve with regular, repeated practice. The hand on your abdomen should rise whilst the hand on your chest should stay relatively still.
When an anxious person interprets a situation as threatening the fight or flight response is triggered , hormones are released and the involuntary nervous system gets the muscles tense ready to help the individual to respond to danger (Andrews, Crino, Hunt, Lampe & Page,1994). When you are first learning this breathing relaxation exercise you may find it easiest to practice lying flat on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor and eight inches apart.
Constant muscle tension can make people feel cranky, fatigued & apprehensive and develop muscle pain and soreness as well as headaches (Andrews et al, 1994) People are more likely to have a panic attack when they are in a constant state of tension as they are already highly stressed so a minor event could cause further tension which results in hyperventilation and panic (Andrews et al,1994). Place one hand on your chest and one hand on your abdomen.