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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/17/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I just started really working through a workbook on panic and anxiety and it suggests exposure. I find that once I do the hour or more of exposure, get through it, feel good about myself, by the end of the day I somehow feel so exhausted that I feel panic coming on purely from exhaustion. It isn't situational necessarily or attributed to a phobia, I just start to feel achy, headachy, nauseous, and then end up taking a Lorazepam to calm down and relax - feeling as if I've undone all my good work. Now I just started my work, I'm hoping this isn't a pattern and that my confidence grows enough I'll grow stronger. I'm also battling major allergies right now and even if I sat here and did nothing I'll feel crappy.

Anybody else that has gone through this or had success working through their fears by being with the fear - and then feeling a little depleted at the end of it?

Thanks, Pam

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   Posted 4/17/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome to HealinWell.  I am so glad you are working through the book and going out for an hour....kudos to you.

Yes I have felt drained from the emotional stress of going to therapy for 50 minutes.  When I get back in the care with my hubby I would sometimes start to cry as it is hard work and I would feel panicky like "is this going to be me the rest of my life.

It got better so hang on and just try to stay in the moment and don't let the panic take over. I am so glad to meet you and please keep posting.


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   Posted 4/17/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt;
Thanks for the inspiration. I just got back from doing my two hour exposure, driving to a town over an hour away and coming back,even though I wasn't feeling well. I did it, got through it, feel very good about it and know its just going to be a process. Some say stopping smoking is the hardest thing they've ever done, I say, stopping smoking was nothing compared to this stuff - but I know its more miserable to not practice and be fearfully "safe".

I'm trying not to judge myself by how I feel, just knowing doing my work will overall have a positive result.

Thanks again,

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   Posted 4/17/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   


You sound like you're doing an incredible job of working at overcoming your anxiety. WOW! I've only rarely been able to summon up the courage for exposure to my biggest triggers, and I've done it so seldom that I'm sure the results don't stick. You've got some real dedication going on, and even if there are some minor (and it sounds like brief) setbacks, you're taking bigger steps going forward than what you're sliding back.

Try not to feel guilty about wanting to take your meds after some exposure. You're making real progress! I'm sure it's exhausting just staying in the moment while you're doing it, so it's no surprise that once you let your guard down a little, you feel drained and panicky. With your stick-to-it attitude, I'd bet that the negatives will soon start to dwindle; I'm sure rooting for you!


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   Posted 4/18/2008 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
Yes I too get the drained feeling from doing this
I believe it is with most ppl
Congrats on doing something to better you A/P
Hoping you will continue to stay with us

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   Posted 4/19/2008 4:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Little steps and lots of self-praise 'arizonagirl'...the road ahead will probably have a couple of potholes, lol - but don't be put off, you cannot go back to square one - you've already been there and now you are learning skills to cope :)) Very proud of you!

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   Posted 4/19/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pam,
Welcome to the Healing Well family - you have found a great, supportive community.  We are here to support and help one another through anything.  Feel free to come here to vent, tell us your success stories or just to talk.  That's what we are here for.
Yes, going through these steps (big or small) is exhausting and I think many of us have had the same type of experience that you did.  But I don't consider it to be a setback, it's just a way we react to what we have done.  I feel that it's so emotionally draining to going through these steps that we just need a little something to help us through and if it's meds, then so be it.  I know I take the meds after I have had an outing (most times, I even take it before the outing to help myself get through it) because I am so stressed out from the experience.  So please don't feel that it's a setback because it really isn't - it's just our body's way of reacting to this experience. 
Keep posting and I look forward to getting to know you better.
Take care,

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