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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
 I will put a few of threads from part 3 in here and hoping others will post their intro to the Anxiety and Panic family'
This is a fantastic place for support ,caring and Empathy
You are never alone once you come to HW

Edit title for new members..........thanks, Kitt :)

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 1/17/2009 10:34:30 AM (GMT-7)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Posted 10/10/2008 9:26 PM (GMT -6)
I posted this on the bipolar thread but I want to get to know people who have anxiety too, and I mostly suffer from anxiety than hypomania. So here ya go:

I'm 18, from Michigan, just got right out of high school and into my first year of college. As a child I had some separation anxiety, but it was never too bad that I couldn't function. Then in 5th grade I got OCD, though it was undiagnosed for three more years. At 13 I became severely depressed and that lasted for about two years. My freshman year of high school was alright, but in the middle of the year things started to fall apart again and then for the rest of high school it was a huge roller coaster. I was originally diagnosed with depression, but in my junior year they suspected that I might have a mild case of bipolar because I started to have some hypomania. I was hospitalized in late April of my junior year because of a serious mania episode. It took me the whole summer to get calm again, and all summer to finish my schoolwork. A year later in my senior year I got back in the hospital. I've been in therapy for four years and have been to three different counselors. The one I'm currently with is pretty good. She kind of chooses the topic though to talk about, but she makes me laugh.

High school was okay for me, but I hated the drama and gossip. Especially senior year, where girls were carrying it on over the stupidest stuff...I was like, we're graduating soon, why are we still fighting? College seems to be better with that, in high school I was extremely shy, I think I might have social anxiety disorder, and whenever I tried to talk to someone for a conversation they'd look at me or give me this vibe as if they were saying, Why are you even talking to me? But college is different, people are more open-minded and accepting. The only class that seems to be like high school is my Spanish class, which even though it's second year Spanish it's still full of freshmen who just can't seem to get over themselves. There are some people in the class though that are older and more mature, so I talk to them.

I've also had a terrible romantic encounter, I posted it in the anxiety thread, just to put it short an ex really messed me up psychologically that every night I have nightmares about him killing my family and they're very vivid.

Things have gotten better, I still have anxiety though and I switch from depression to hypomania, but for the most part I'm finally starting to get things under control. It's kind of scary though, this is exactly what happened freshman year of high school and things fell apart again, so I'm hoping this won't happen again...but we'll see. I think it's great that I found a forum with people who are going through what I'm going through and people I can relate to. I'm just hoping people won't judge me since I'm young and just out of high school, I consider myself mature for my age but that's just me. And the people here seem very nice and understanding from what I've seen. :)


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
We are so glad to have you on board. We love new members and I want you to feel safe and at home with us. moreAmor you are a joy to have onboard. Post away sweetie.

Kitt
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Posted 10/11/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)
moreAmor

Welcome to HealingWell and no we do not judge you, you are safe here with us.

Every day members of HealingWell recover their Self-esteem, their self-worth, their dreams, their pride, their dignity and a meaningful life.

I hope that we can help you with your problems so keep on talking to us and we will do our best to help you.

Again a warm welcome to you. ((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))

Kitt
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Posted 10/18/2008 9:13 PM (GMT -6)
Hello to all our lovely new members!! Please feel free to post a bit about yourself here and introduce yourself. If you have something you want to discuss don't be shy about starting your own thread, we won't bite I promise

We also have some fun threads here you might want to join in. We have a good laugh and we support each other. I look forward to chatting with you all.

Meg


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
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Hey Everyone my name is Eddie and i am 20 years old and i live in Salem,Oregon. My favorite sport is soccer i find myself playing almost everyday rain or shine, unless i am at home trying to deal with the anxiety stress and the panic :(....i also enjoy paint balling and playing the keyboard which i have been playing for about 10 years. I am currently going to chemeketa this year, next year i plan on transferring to OSU to continue studying to become a doctor. I was diagnosed with hypothyroid about 4 months ago and about the same time i started having panic attacks, but then started to go away after i started my thyroid medication, but has recently come back in the last month and has gotten worse. Then i did some online research and i read an article that most people who suffer from panic/anxiety disorders could benefit from joining a support, well i searched and searched and searched and i could not find a good support group, most of the ones i checked out were either trying to get people to buy something, or people werent involved enough, until i found Healingwell. I was a little hesitant to join at first because most of the support/Forum groups i have looked at were mostly just for females....and it looked the same way when i first came to Healingwell. Then i investigated a lil further and i noticed that there were some males who were in the support group....then i took some time to read some of the posts people had put up and i was totally impressed by how many people would reply and offer advice to people. Well anyways thats what brought me here and i am really glad that i decided to stay :)
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Posted Yesterday 2:48 PM (GMT -6)
fR33zErBuRn


A huge welcome to you and thank you so much for sahring your story. This A & P forum is for support and for sharing advice. We do not judge and we do not try to take the place of your physician. But we all share the same problem A & P.

Oregon.......wonderful state, my son lives out there. Keep on posting.

Hugs
Kitt


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Posted Yesterday 5:04 PM (GMT -6)
Hey freezerburn,

Thanks for introducing yourself I'll admit we do have more women than men on this site, but the guys we do have are all fantastic.

So you plan to become a doctor? A doctor who has suffered through panic attacks, what a great asset you will be to the medical field. I wish you all the best of luck with that.

I love Soccer too (well I enjoy watching it..not the getting in the mud part) what team (s) do you support?

Meg



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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi my name is Claire and I live in the UK and am 31.

I have just found this site after battling with intense anxiety and PA for a few weeks now although this not new for me as have suffered on and off all my life! Reading the forums on 'am i going mad' has really helped and reassured me (for now) I would like to be able to share my fears and experiences with other people like me. I think my new bout of anxiety has reoccurred due to me going through the nightmare of selling my house, not being in control of the process etc and not feeling secure and stable in my own home! It also does not help that I have a 14 yr old daughter who is now going through the teen thing and rebelling which is really difficult.

I am actually a counsellor myself...can you believe it! but this in itself does help me relate to other people well which I can draw positives from.

I hope I can be supportive aswell as receiving some support

Love and peace to all

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Posted Today 6:28 AM (GMT -6)
A Really Warm and heartfelt HELLO to all the new peeps
Glad to see you posting and letting us get to know you all
I truly do believe we have to open up and let some ppl in
to help us and support us

Check out Resources for self help techniques as well as read back pages......

STay with us yeah
'n see ya round the boards.......
AND please do keep posting about selves if you will

LYN



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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/22/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
New members
Plz do read the 3 thread of this as it will give
'you insight into all the folks that are part of the HW family.........

THanks
Have a great day
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stkitt
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   Posted 10/22/2008 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree Lyn is spot on..............it is good to know what others are going through and what they are using as coping tools and therapy.
 
Great thread.
Kitt
 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 10/22/2008 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Yeppers,

It's the quickest way to get to know about us..warts and all. We are all here to share, support and learn from one another.

Meg


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Mazfire
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   Posted 10/23/2008 3:16 AM (GMT -7)   

im maz. im 28. my panic attacks began at 10yrs of age. i went undiagnosed until 14, when i became agoraphobic and had a nervous breakdown. i had 3 months off school, in a constant state of panic. it was without a doubt the worst feeling in the world. i had a very negative experience with a pyschiatrist who overmedicated me and 14yrs later i have permanent damage to my central nervous system- twitches, tremors, urinary retention.

i have a multitude of physical health problems. this has compounded my Panic Disorder. I also have mild OCD and i suffer from trichotilimania (hair pulling) as well as PTSD. my first pyschiatrist told me from his stuffy leather chair that i was the youngest patient he had ever seen and was one of the most severe cases- he told me i would never live unmedicated. i found this totally disheartening, but 14 years later, ive been medicated every day since my first consultation with him.

i now have a female pyschiatrist who encourages self pity and wallowing, which i dont enjoy doing for an hour. i have had severe allergic reactions to meds- been hospitalised, hallucinations, major heart probs etc.'

i am a christian with a strong faith that God will see me through this. I was able to go to university and get a double degree. i am a full time high school teacher in a very difficult neighbourhood. im now on zoloft and xanax which generally manages the day to day panic and anxiety although i am quite agoraphobic still- i have a comfort zone that i dont enjoy leaving.

i have had abusive relationships that destroyed my self esteem. i used to be skinny and body confident. now i am overeight and bloated by medication. i feel ugly and depressed by what i see in the mirror.

i wont be a victim. for too many years i let this illness control and define me, but today i stand up and say "no more". I give this to God and i thankyou for your kind welcome, the sincerity and comaraderie that i feel here.

God bless all who suffer with all variations of this invisible illness. it takes a pretty strong person to cope with what we cope with- maybe there is a greater purpose?

 

thankyou for allowing me to be myself.

Maz XX


 
 
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   Posted 10/23/2008 3:33 AM (GMT -7)   
p.s although i am now a teacher, my background is in nursing- oncology. i have witnessed so much death and suffering- it puts my own illness into perspective. i have hope :-)
 
 
'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)
 
Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovaries, Chronic ear/nose/throat infections, Panic Disorder, Reactive Arthritis, Agoraphobia, Migraines,  acid reflux, Anaemia, Sinusitis, Chronically perforated eardrums, Pinched Nerves, IBS, Tachycardia, Allergies, Insomnia, Glandular Fever, Bursitis, encapsulitis, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, Mild OCD.
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 10/23/2008 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   

Mazfire,

Welcome to HealingWell and we are so happy to have you join us.  Your history breaks my heart as you were struck with anxiety at such a young age.

May I suggest you fire your female pyschiatrist that encourages self pity  confused and find one that wants to help you heal.  If you are just sitting there for 50 minutes thinking about how bad you want to leave, it is time for a change. Of course that is your decision to make.

What a wonderful person you truly are............and oncology nurse.  Bless you.  My sister has ovarian cancer and we flew her into the U of MN Hospital on 8/13, She has been in the hospital most of that time.  When I observe the empathy of the oncology nurses I am  so thankful to have them caring for my sister.

Thank you for sharing  with us and please know we care.

Gentle Hugs
Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 10/23/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all

My names Ben and i live in Edinburgh in Scotland.

I have been suffering with anxiety and depression for a long time now and was diagnosed with GAD and depression at the start of last year. My problems began at school when i had difficulties in learning due to being dyslexic. I was labeled by my teachers as being thick and was not included in normal lessons with every one else and was told to sit at back off class room and do jig saws whilst every one else was doing there lessons. I became withdrawn and very shy and my confidence was very low and i started to become very anxious about going to school and had to be dragged down to school by my mum as i did not want to go.

Over the years my anxiety became worse but i kept trying to push it to one side as i did not now why i was feeling this way. Whilst growing up i had a lot of anger that was building up in side me and the anger would come out at the smallest of things mainly directed at family members, i became anxious that my parents did not like me as much as my brothers and this would cause huge arrguments. I have a lot of regrets about this time and get very depressed when thinking about how i treated my family during that time of my life.

When i was 18 i started to drink a lot and found that my anxieties seemed to be less and i was more relaxed and as a result started to drink a lot  Eventually it all caught up with me and i was suffering with really bad anxiety and depression i was really paranoid and was having really bad sleep problems. I made the decision to stop the life i was leading and decided to move away from Edinburgh.

Over the next few years the mental problems really started to settle in i found it hard to be in social sittuations and i felt teary all the time and started to panic about the smallest of things. I felt like i was living on the edge of a nervis breakdown but still i tried to push all these feelings to one side.

about two years ago i had a really bad gut infection which then lead on to something called Reactive Arthritis which caused all my joints to swell up and i was off work for six mounths. During this time my depression was at its worst and my Doctor picked up on this and referred me to the mental health team who then diagnosed GAD and depression and i have been on medication ever since and gone through some CAT therapy.

I am glad that i am now starting to face upto these issues but finding things hard at the moment. The therapy really helped and my symptoms did get better. But when i stoped the therapy things started to get worse again and i am finding it hard to get myself out of this hole i have dug for myself. I have problems sleeping and when i do get some sleep i seem to suffer really bad nightmares. My family are very supportive and i really thank them for that as i must be hard work. I am trying to stay as positive as possible and try to work towards my goals. I am worried that i may of done some permanent damage to the my brain with all the drugs i took and this is a real worry.

Sorry for blabing on for so long. I have found this HW forum very helpful and there are so many nice and understanding people who use this forum i hope that i can offer some help to you guys as i have found the advice i have been given has helped me.

Thank you all

ben

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 10/23/2008 11:55:00 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 10/23/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello and Welcome Ben,

We are very happy you found us and you will find the members of HealingWell very caring and helpful.

I had to edit your post per fourm rules.  If you look to the right you will see forum links and Forum rules is the first link so if you would please read through the rules.  Thank you.

It sounds like you were doing well as you posted "The therapy really helped and my symptoms did get better."

Have you thought of going back to therapy, some people stay in therapy for many years even if they only go in occasionally but it helps reinforce what they learned.

Please feel free to post a thread of you own and you will meet many of the members.

Great intro and thank you for sharing with us.

Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 10/23/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi kitt

Sorry you had to edit my post, i will make sure i read the rules and regs.

stkitt
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   Posted 10/23/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   

No need to apologize re the rules, many do the same.  We do have members as young as 13 on the board is why we stray away from specifics.

We are still very glad your with us.

Kitt


 

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   Posted 10/23/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mazz,

I've got cold chills from you story. My psychiatrist from his stuffy chair told me when I was 17 that i was too young to live with panic/anxiety disorder and put me on a dose of xanax that eventually escalated to 8mg a day. I had to go to re-hab to reduct the dose. It was awful. I am sorry that something so similar happened to you. I still have the shakes every day.

Enough about me though, thnaks for sharing that story with us, you can be yourself here, free from judgement and I look forward to getting to know you better.  Faith is a powerful tool against anxiety, don't undermine your powers of recovery.

Meg


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nervymeg
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   Posted 10/23/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ben,

As Kitt said no need for apologies okay? Welcome to HW and thanks for sharing your story. Family can be a great support network and a great help in your recovery, but have you considered any other options? CBT therapy is a great tool for combating anxiety and it certainly helps me in my day to day life.

I'm sorry that school was such a miserable place to go. That can really effect your self esteem, it upsets me when I hear of people being put in a "seperate box" due to things like dyslexia. Grrr!

I look forward to hearing more about you, please feel free to start your own thread and join in with some of our fun threads. We like to have a laugh (and we could use some good scottish humour!)..

Meg


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blue_maedel
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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, I already posted once before I introduced myself (woops!) and I'm also on the depression forum, so I'm just going to copy and paste what I wrote there,

I am also new to HealingWell and am glad to have found this website. I have looked through some previous posts by various people here and everyone seems so compassionate and supportive. I think being here can truly benefit me.

My name is Ashley and I'm 21 years old. I'm a full-time student, living with my parents, with a loving boyfriend. Like everyone, I have my good days and bad, but the last year has been rough for my healthwise. And also, unfortunately, I'm a full-time worrier; I used to think it was just that but I have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I take Zoloft and Ativan as needed and also just started therapy (for about the sixth time since I was ten). I was initially prescribed 50mg of Zoloft but just upped to 75mg. I have yet to see a difference (it's been about 3 and 1/2 weeks) but I am trying to be optimistic with this before switching to something else.

I feel as though a lot of my issues may not be resolved with medicine so I am trying to work on other things to better myself and battle the depression. I try very hard not to be a "Negative Nancy" but sometimes it is difficult. I try to take each day at a time.

Just wanted to say hello and it is certainly a good feeling to know I am not alone.

Take care everyone,
Ashley
"Sometimes a struggle leaves you fragile; shaken up, shotgun shy. With heartache past, and open eyes, you'll come back stronger, bigger, better. Maybe this time, things will change; brand new day, forgive, forget. Time has past, back to life; hand on shoulders, bigger, better..."


stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 10/23/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Ashley,

Welcome to the Anxiety and Panic forum.  I am so glad you found your way over here.  We love new members and thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

We are here to help you by supporting you and helping you identify ways to overcome anxiety. You are now family here with us.

Kitt


 

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nervymeg
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2721
   Posted 10/23/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ashley,

It's lovely to have you join us here at HW. It sounds to me like you have a really positive attitude..so kudos to you. That's a powerful tool in fighting anxiety and depression. 

Have you tried any form of therapy to help with these issues? I do CBT therapy and it really helps me turn my negative thinking around. We have some links to resources at the top of the page under the name Wen. In particular MoodGym is very helpful. Again, lovely to have you here, I hope to get to know you better. turn Meg


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