Welcome to the A & P forum. I am sorry you are having anxiety and panic attacks. Remember the med may take up to 6 weeks to work at it's full capacity so don't give up on it.
Here is my favorite for dealing with panic attacks.
It does not matter if you feel frightened, disorientated, dreamlike, or unsteady. These feelings are an exaggeration of the normal bodily reactions to stress.
Just because you have these sensations doesn't mean you are crazy. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening, not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you.
Let your feelings come. . Don't run away from panic. When you feel panic build up, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Don't fight the feeling of panic. Accept it; you can deal with it.
Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible without escaping. If you're on a street, lean against a post or a store wall. If you're at the cosmetics department of a store, find a quieter counter or corner. If you're in a boutique, tell the salesperson you don't feel well and want to sit for a while. Do not jump into a car and go home in fear.
Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.
Think about what is really happening to your body at this moment. Do not think "Something terrible is going to happen. I must get out." Repeat to yourself "I am ok, I will not die or lose control."
Try to distract yourself from what is going on inside you. Look at your surroundings. See the other people around you. .They are with you, not against you.
When the panic subsides, let your body go loose, take a deep breath, and go on with your day. Remember, each time you cope with panic and anxiety, you reduce your fear.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Xanex, I worship Xanex - "The Stepford Wives"
Hi, this is Kitt again :)
Here is the link for the free online CBT: MoodGYM
I think you will find the CBT very helpful although at first it seems simple, you will find it gets tougher but don't give up. I am so glad you have found this great family here.
We know what your going through and where your coming from so stick with us.
I cannot give you any better advice then Percycat did. I agree you are sutck on the merry-go-round of "stinkin thinkin". You are obsessing that you are going to test positive.
Do kick that thinking to the curb and talk to yourself telling yourself you are OK. Don't assume the worst outcome.
IMHO, you have read it all on the net etc so now move ahead with your life and stay off surfing the net, it is feeding into your anxiety.
I know I have to stop myself from doing this same thing as it really does not give me any answers and only confuses me more and then my anxiety leverl goes up.
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Yes it is true and there are probably a few more that you missed when you compiled. the important thing is to make sure you do not have a medical problem for any of your serious sx if you have them.
You are welcome to start a thread of your own re your anxiety as this one is about HIV and anxiety.
Unless that is your situation too.
Remorse and Samer
You are both humans and it is time to kick the guilt to the curb as it is a wasted emotion.
I am glad Samer that you are back to itunes and beginning to get past the event that has triggered your anxiety. It was a extremely stressful time for you but you have made it through and I believe you now know you are OK. Kudos to you. I am very proud of you.
Remorse.............change that name No beating yourself up allowed here. We are all human and make errors through out our lives. OCD is an anxiety disorder and seeing a Pdoc is a good thing. The meds are not going to mask anything. They work on your serotonin levels and have nothing to do with the immune system so believe you are OK. Let go of the fear and the guilt. You can make it through this and come out of the anxiety pit. It just takes a bit of work and believing you are okay.
WE are here and we support both of you.
Post Edited (nitro89) : 8/20/2008 5:04:56 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (nitro89) : 8/21/2008 12:46:39 PM (GMT-6)