You can take steps to lessen the chance of attacks and learn to manage them better. Learn to recognize a panic attack. When you sense the first symptoms, know that other symptoms may follow. You have survived them before and can do so again. Try slow, deep breaths.
Take your time. It's important not to hope for a quick cure.
Therapy takes time, and improvement comes in small steps. CBT is a great therapy for panic attacks.
Go easy on yourself. People who feel panic tend to be overly critical of themselves.
Learn to lower your level of everyday anxiety through a variety of techniques, including meditation and exercise.
Avoid stimulants, such as nicotine and caffeine, which can be found not only in coffee, but many teas, colas and chocolate.
Be good to yourself.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
I'm sorry for the bad news in your life. It is hard to hear that someone you know is dying, and it's not made any easier by a stressful job. You have done very well to get into work, so I take my hat off to you. I find that writing down all my stressfull thoughts before I go to bed and when I wake up again helps. I also plan what I am going to do about it and give it a timeline. I find this really lessens my chance of having high anxiety at work, I just put it in my "book" later on.
If you feel you ned a leave of absence then look into it. Can you get any counselling through work? Do they pay for stress leave? It can sometimes be a comfort just to know what your options are. Keep us posted and again, congrats for getting into work and sticking it out.
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I so understand your panic at work. I had the very same thing and I got to the point where I was standing in the corner of my office crying and begging my God to please help me. I could see no way out other then to take early retirement. I did not have the presence of mind to remember my short term and long term disability. No one brought it up in Human Resources nor did my direct boss. My boss knew what was going on with me.
So I resigned and have been eating up my retirement money to live on. I wish I would have had a friend at the time who would have helped me remember my benefits.
I am glad you are remembering your benefits, use them. You have earned the right to use them when you are ill.
I worked for the same Hospital for 26 years and I still cry over spilt milk and how no one step forward to help me.
I so understand your situation and I am here for you. Email me if you would like to.
I support you 100%.
Gentle hugs and prayers