Hello and Welcome to HealingWell. I am Kitt.
You lost me when you wrote, "I also think the reason the diagnosed me with this is because i am taking anti-anxiety medication."
So I have to ask, why are you taking the medication if you don't have a probelm and yet you don't want to be tagged with the Dx of Anxiety Disorder?
Please remember, the members here have accepted their anxiety and like you they are Not happy with it but if you can accept your disorder and look at it straight on then you can learn how to overcome your anxiety.
We have Anxiety, Anxiety does not have us.
Post Edited (stkitt) : 10/27/2008 10:34:58 PM (GMT-6)
Everyone is different.
I used to think to myself -
why do I suffer from this soo bad - ole so and so has worse problems than me, ect...
Everyone handles things differently. I'm the only one in my family who has this disorder. One of my sisters is worst than I am when it comes to stress. Yet, she's never had one symptom, lost any sleep and has an Iron Stomach as she likes to call it.
Even on days when I don't feel "stressed", I can still have physical symptoms..??
However, my days are getting better thanks to my therapist and a couple of great books I re-read to help me through tough times!
You are o.k. and will be fine!
Hope to hear from you again!
I am glad you are getting closer to accepting you have anxiety. You are in with a lot of wonderful people and many of us have hidden our anxiety, I did for 26 years from my co-workers. You don't have to tell people what meds you are taking.
Here are a few helpful hints:
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.
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.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
May i ask why you "hate to admit" that it might be panic/anxiety? i was so relieved when i was diagnosed- the sooner the diagnosis, the sooner effective treatment can begin.
Is this about the social stigma attached to such an illness? because the people in your life that really matter will accept this and help you in finding a way to live your life as fully as possible. I know it is daunting, but managing this condition can be done, as many of us here do. it wont be easy, but acceptance leads to treatment which leads to relief.
Maz has a good point. You do not have to be ashamed of who you are ever.
To the right of this page is a box titled Resources. It is full of resorces that have been made available by our Administrator. Scan through them and see if there is anything you like.
I would just go back to work and when someone asks how are you.......just tell them your feeling much better, thank you.
The aches and pains that come with A & P are real, however if you need surgery I do not believe a surgeon would operate unless he was able to document a reason for the surgery.
Go slow, one step at a time.