Co-Moderator Anxiety/Panic Disorders
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I am not a medical professional, any advice give is purely from personal experience.
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Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea
Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin LA, Rozerem, Valium
“Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you into trouble.” - Frank Tyger
Hi there Bluechicken...You are not alone..Crowds are really not my thing either Recently I went to a Book Fair - hundreds of people pushing in and bustling about me aaargh, it was a great test for me and I am proud to say I coped really well this time (Self praise always good - little steps and you will cope too)
It's all about focus really...First thing is to remember to breathe properly - that light-headed feeling is probably your bodies reaction to shallow breathing (hyperventilation)..Once you have mastered the breathing part and start focusing on what has taken your interest eg. the convention you wish to attend you will be fine It's gonna take some practice but I know you can do it - you just have to believe it too.
Wen has given you great advice - seeking help thru counselling and possibly meds is a great idea and I wish you well.