When should you seek help for your A & P ?

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stkitt
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   Posted 3/31/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,
 
Anxiety is at once an  everyday part of a normal life, as well as a potentially debilitating condition. General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) plagues a great number of Americans. about 5% of people in the U.S. will have GAD at some point during their lifetime. Nearly twice as many women as men are affected by this condition.
Anxiety is clinically significant when it causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning. In other words, anxiety is problematic when it impacts your functioning at work or your activities of daily living. Anxiety disorders can be specific, as in the “phobias” (i.e., claustrophobia, agoraphobia), they can result from specific traumatic events (as in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD) or they can be generalized (such as in General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), where a person  worry excessively about life circumstances such as relationships, finances, job performance or social acceptance. Central, however, to all of these conditions is the idea that a person’s ability to function is impaired.
 
IMHO, that is when you should seek professional advice.  I did very quickly as I realized I was unhappy and crying alot.
 
Other opinions and sugestions, please remember we are not professionals but a support group.  Hugs to all.  :-)
Kitt


 
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   Posted 3/31/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
When it effects your quality of life??????
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   Posted 3/31/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
When you simply cant take it anymore? Or when you are sure something is really wrong? Or when it begins to scare you? Or... when you decide that you deserve to be happy and you arent? Or when you realize you arent who you used to be? Or..... when... you are tired of dealing with it? ASAP is always good, that way it wont spiral into anything worse.

(wow, according to these suggestions I should have sought help a long time ago....)
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   Posted 3/31/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you need to get help when you realise it is stopping you from living the kind of life you want and deserve. Often we feel like we a re going to/ or should "pull ourselves together" and that stops us from getting help.  My first attack was so serious that I eneded up in hospital and that was that..the journey (long, bumpy ouch!) to recovery had begun. xx great thread kitt, I can't wait to read more on this..
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stkitt
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   Posted 4/2/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Great Answers,  now I would love to see somemore members talk about when they feel it is time to see their physician whether it is the first time or anytime for you anxiety and panic.

Come on out guys and gals, we are here to support you yeah   yeah

Hugs
Kitt


 
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CaryF
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   Posted 4/2/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I keep a notebook/journal of my triggers that I have identified over the years next to my computer. I can re-read or add to it at anytime. I've categorized my trigggers into different types but learned they can mostly be identified as situations that (I think) may have a potentially negative outcome. Whether rational or not I know when I start feeling anxious, irregular heartbeat, shaky, begin hyperventilating, overly fearful, or overwhelmed, that its time for a "time out". I surpise even myself when I read a trigger identified years ago that I forgot about and have experienced several times. I try to manage this panicky feeling with breathing, positive self talk, taking a walk, making a cup of tea, generally taking a break and attempting to interupt the cycle with positives. If it continues to escalate I take a Valium. I try my best to nip attacks in the bud. If I see this experience or behaviour repeating for several days (or related insomnia) - its time to call the Doc or therapist. Since I'm under a PDocs. care and have a therapist (down to 1 visit/month on her advice) I feel I have some pretty good tools to manage my P/A.

I can say I almost always wish I'd picked up the phone sooner than later in times of crisis as I know these professional folks are not on call and it can sometimes be days before I am seen. I too have experienced trips to the ER for P/A - before I learned what I was feeling or experiencing. It as been a long time since I went to ER as I know I am not having a heart attack or dying (& actually believe it).
I am by no means claming to have conquered my P/A and know I can have an attack out of the blue, but my plan is to try my best to manage to it, accept it, and minimize the effect and length of attack. I'm not a very good meditator as I've even found it can cause me to panic more as the stillness can sometimes cause more fear in me, but I'm working on it.

After I've gained my composure and feel I'm back in my body I try to focus on a good thing to look forward to & put my mind on that. It can be as simple as making a phone call to a supportive friend, planning to see a movie or planning a meal, completing some task at work, reading or just looking out the window for something lovely. I know if I tend to start isolating and losing focus or interest in things rather than looking to something pleasant in the present, I'm in trouble.

Hope this helps.

Cary

Panike
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   Posted 4/2/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with everyone else,when you see that your P/A is affecting your quality and quanity of life it's time to seek help! I have gotten so bad i felt like ending my life.I felt like if i couldn't live the way i wanted to live then i didn't want to live.Then i think about other people with physical illness,like people that are handicapp or paralyzed and are bound to wheel chairs or people with terminal illness and they still find ways to go on. Some of them even turn thier trials into triumphs by doing incredible things! I feel they are worse off than me and still go on, so why can't I? I mean at least i do have the option to get up everyday and dress myself and walk around and go to work etc. Even though i am sometimes anxious when i'm doing it! But i'm willing to bet that most of those people would rather have A/P than to be bound to wheel chairs etc. Although mental illness is a form of being handicapp too,there are worse positions we could be in and sometimes that thought is what keeps me going! I know i'm babbling but that was just food for thought!

stkitt
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   Posted 4/2/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   

Panike,
Hey babble away, that is what we are here for.  Good to see you. Great comments for all. 

Hugs to each of you.
Kitt


 
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 

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