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butafly30
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   Posted 10/5/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello everyone!

I'm new to the forums.. I have really bad panic attacks I take ativan but was wondering if anyone has any good advise on how to control the attacks aside from the medication..  :( 


Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty
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   Posted 10/5/2008 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Slow, deep breathing and either counting as you're breathing in and out, or
saying "in" "pause" and "out" as you're breating in and out.  This keeps your
mind distracted from the runaway thoughts.  The thoughts will still enter
sometimes, but don't put yourself down for that, just go back to the breathing
and either counting or saying the words.  This saves me.
AND, WELCOME to the site!!  :-D
~ Julie

stkitt
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   Posted 10/5/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and Welcome to Healing Well.  I am sorry you have anxiety and panic attacks.

Have you seen a physician for your issues? 

Here are a couple of things to try.

One of the best simple ways to deal with Anxiety is breathing. Simple things like inhale to your lungs full capacity, hold it, then exhale imagining all of the stress to leave your body with the air that is exhaled. Getting yourself to a quiet calm place is another way to help and be able to breathe. Imagining a beautiful scene in your mind, counting to 100, counting your breath and trying to slow it are all techniques that really do help.

Another way of dealing with Anxiety is to be proactive with it. Understand what your triggers are. Think about them. Maybe write them down and the reasons you feel that they are your triggers. Try and focus on solutions to these triggers to avoid it happening in the first place. Maybe even get a loved one to help.

Again a warm welcome.  Keep talking to us.

Kitt


 

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butafly30
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   Posted 10/5/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Julie!


Thank you so much.. I never thought how bad anxiety can really get to ya! I will defiantly try what you said! hanks again for welcoming me to the site! This is a GREAT site and everyone is SO NICE!

=D

Diagnosed Sept 2008

Colazal, Prednisone tapering off, 3 weeks to go

Anxiety medication

Iron


butafly30
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   Posted 10/5/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kitt!

A beautiful scene, counting to 100.. That defiantly sounds helpful.. also my ipod has become by bestfriend believe it or not.. I find that to help me at night to fall asleep =)

Thank you so much!
I'm glad I found this site! Everyone has been such a great help! =)

Diagnosed Sept 2008

Colazal, Prednisone tapering off, 3 weeks to go

Anxiety medication

Iron


peacesoul
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   Posted 10/5/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
One word: exercise

When I started to work out, my anxiety went down by 80%. My anxiety has me housebound for a long time. That was many years ago.
The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong in the broken places


butafly30
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   Posted 10/5/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
wow really! Thank you.. my anxiety really does get the best of me!

Diagnosed with UC in September of 2008

Currently on Colazal, Prednisone (tapering off), Anxiety and Iron


stkitt
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   Posted 10/6/2008 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Thankful,

I am glad you found us too and I know you will find all kinds of input from the members.

Peacesoul gave you a good piece of advice. :-)

Exercise. take a walk, play a game, or ride a bike. The point is to exercise because when you do, your body will release endorphins, which contribute to feeling good.

Know your personal limits. One of the chief causes of anxiety is when a person takes on more than he can handle. Know your limits as to what you can do and how much you can do. It will go a long way in reducing anxiety in life. Reducing anxiety is not hard to do once a person knows how to it. The one principle to keep in mind is if you have any doubts about reducing anxiety on your own, seek professional help.

There is something comforting about baring your soul to the members of A & P and still being able to be anonymous. Please stick with us.  You are cared for here.

Kitt


 

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Post Edited (stkitt) : 10/7/2008 7:39:14 AM (GMT-6)


percycat
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   Posted 10/6/2008 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Thankful,

I try breathing exercises and also just talking out loud to myself, saying that I'll be okay, that it's just anxiety and can't physically hurt me, that I've gotten through attacks before and this one will stop too, etc.

percycat

butafly30
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   Posted 10/7/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,

Thank you so much for all your advice! I really appreciate it =) Today on lunch I took a walk and it felt so good, walking does do the trick.. I actually didn't want to go back to work! LOL

Diagnosed with UC in September of 2008

Currently on Colazal, Prednisone (tapering off), Anxiety and Iron


butafly30
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   Posted 10/7/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey percycat!

One of my friends told me the same thing.. talk out loud to yourself, tell yourself your going to be ok! and to be honest I tried it and it does work! I was able to calm myself down =)

It's crazy what anxiety can do..

Diagnosed with UC in September of 2008

Currently on Colazal, Prednisone (tapering off), Anxiety and Iron


nervymeg
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   Posted 10/7/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Thankful,

Welcome to HW. You've been given some great advice. I swear by exercise too. I'm so glad you enjoyed your walk smilewinkgrin I started out walking, then jogging and I recently just finished my first mini-marathon. I really feel the difference in my anxiety levels when I can't jog.

I also like to journal my thoughts. When I have all these anxiety thoughts buzzing around in my head and I just can't imagine how I'm going to get through everything I have to do, it really helps to write it down. I am also big on making lists. It makes me happy to cross things off and see how much I have done. Again, welcome to HW, it's great to have new members.

Meg


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butafly30
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   Posted 10/8/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Meg!

went for another walk today and loved it! wow that's awesome you finished your first mini-marathon =)

That's a good idea to journal your thoughts and makes lists, that's not a bad idea at all.. I like that. I'm lovin all these wonderful tips I'm getting from everyone.. keep them coming lol =) Thank you again for the warm
welcomes! =D

question.. I tried to sent up my email so people can email me and I can't seem to do it.. I wonder what I'm doing wrong.. ?

Diagnosed with UC in September of 2008

Currently on Colazal, Prednisone (tapering off), Anxiety and Iron


stkitt
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   Posted 10/9/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   

thankful,

Another great idea by Meg.  Any old notebook will work for a journal.  Here are some tips for journaling.

1.Set your journal where you will see it everyday, i.e., on your nightstand, at your desk, where you have coffee. This will help to remind you to journal.

2.Part of keeping a journal, is skipping a day, a week, and even months.

3.Writing a word, sentences, or paragraphs, journaling whatever you have to say that day is just the right amount to write.

4.Journal whatever is important for you to write about right then and there. I've journaled about a fabulous soup I ate, my concerns about a friendship, my dreams for the future.

5.Keeping your journal private. That can mean setting boundaries with those in your home, it may mean hiding it, or locking it away. You will have to make an individual decision about what that means to you.

6.Re-read your journal or not. Rarely do I re-read my journals. Some people always read what they have written. Again it is a personal choice.

7.Remember to use your journal for your benefit and well being, what ever  that means to you. Keeping a journal is a powerful tool that you can give to yourself everyday. Plus, this creates time for you every day.

Bless you

Kitt


 

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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
Clickable Link: Anxiety-Panic Resources


butafly30
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   Posted 10/9/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
awesome idea Kitt! =)

Diagnosed with UC in September of 2008

Currently on Colazal, Prednisone (tapering off), Anxiety and Iron

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