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   Posted 8/2/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 20 and I live in the UK. I'm a university student in Wales, studying English Literrature and Creative Writing. I'm here because I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder a week ago. I also have chronic psychotic depression which has been relatively stable for the past year.
I've had panic attacks since I was 7 and I was diagnosed with depression when I was 14. I was treated with medication and nearly 2 years of CBT. When I was 18 I had another bad episode of depression and had counseling for over a year. MY GP has just refered me for more counseling, to see if I can get my anxiety back under control without meds before I go back to uni in 8 weeks. This is the first time I have experinced anxiety with depression with it. I thought I had it under control until I went on holiday and it became blantantly obvious to myself and everyone around me that I didn't! I started experiencing panic attacks for the first time in 2 years about 6 months ago and they have just been getting worse.
At the moment I feel on edge all the time. My mind is racing and I find very difficult to sit down and do nothing. I'm constantly making lists of things I need to do, and I always feel as if I'm running out of time. I'm finding it very difficult to fall asleep and I wake up very early.
I also have rheumatoid arthritis, which is the main reason I'm not overly keen to start meds for this. I'm already taking a huge amount of scary medication to keep my RA under control and I don't particularly want to add to the cocktail. Despite this I will be going back to my GP in 3 weeks if there has been no improvement with the counseling. He was very honest with me and said he felt I probably would need to go onto something.
Thank you for reading this.

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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HW scattered13. We have a bit in common; I studied professional writing at Uni and suffered from the worst panic attacks at the time too. Now I'm (much!) older and have the attacks under control. I am really glad that your doctor has advised you to see a counsellor, they can really help with that "racing mind" you are suffering with. I am sorry you have RA, you are obviously a fighter though. A lot of our members with depression also have chronic pain. 

The idea of MORE medication may be daunting at this stage, but it may assist in helping your symptoms settle down a bit. please don't feel that it will "overload" you. A good doctor will know what is safe for you. Please let us know your outcome, and know that you are not alone in this battle. We can fight panic and win. Take care, please stay with us.


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   Posted 8/2/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Scattered, and welcome!

Since you're uncomfortable about the medication, trying more counseling is your best alternative. See if your CBT therapist can give you some specific things to practice in these next few weeks that will have you prepared for the kinds of panic you face during classes. If you've been practicing those techniques, they'll be right at your fingertips when you need them. And if they're really familiar, they'll be easier to use, and that makes it more likely that they're successful. Each time they work, it will boost your confidence in dealing with things.

I'm sorry you've got RA. I know little about it except that it's painful.

You sound like a really strong and insightful person. I hope you'll find the support you need here.


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   Posted 8/3/2008 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the welcome!

One of the things I've been trying to do is utilise the CBT stuff I know to use for my anxiety. I can use it fine with the depression - that's how I stay stable! - but I'm having trouble transfering the same skills. My counsellor wants to look at my old CBT work next time I see her, to see if we can adapt any of it.
Dx: Panic Disorder, Psychotic Depression, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rx: Humira, Methotrexate, Plaquenil, Prednisolone, Codeine, Diclofenic Sodium, Folic Acid

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   Posted 8/3/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Scattered :P

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   Posted 8/5/2008 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW

PLZ do stay with us and get the support and caring there is here
The ppl are great

I am sorry that you are having so many issues but I am hoping you can adapt some of the CBT to anxiety/panic as I did
It works great for me

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   Posted 8/5/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   


Welcome! You've found a safe, caring , and reliable support community for people battling Anxiety and Panic.. We have many members here who will be glad to lend an ear, offer information, and provide support for people who need it.

I hope you get the help you need through the CBT and I know we have members here who have had great sucess using the CBT therapy approach.

We are glad to have you join our family.




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