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.. :(
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, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Diagnosed Sept 2008
Colazal, Prednisone tapering off, 3 weeks to go
Diagnosed with UC in September of 2008
Currently on Colazal, Prednisone (tapering off), Anxiety and Iron
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.
Post Edited (stkitt) : 10/7/2008 7:39:14 AM (GMT-6)
Welcome to HW. You've been given some great advice. I swear by exercise too. I'm so glad you enjoyed your walk 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.
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.