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StateofCalm
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 12/18/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
 
Thought I'd introduce myself and send some positive vibes out everyone's way. My battle with anxiety and panic disorder started about 3 years ago after my father's passing. I was drinking heavily at the time, which I think was a culprit too. Since the initial attack its been a LONG and hard road, but i've managed to make lots of progress! I have my down days too, but I just remind myself that they'll pass. I've stopped beating myself up for having panic and i've stopped being angry that I have it and asking myself "why? why me? why now?"
 
Since i stopped drinking and began cognitive therapy, I've started driving again (my biggest fear, I still fear driving on the highway and driving far distances alone), i've gone on a plane for the first time and gone 2,000 miles across the country, and I've started to feel what it's like to live life normally again. I am not on any medication as I'm afraid to be, and I always tell myself if it got THAT bad i'd try it out, but so far it hasn't gotten to that point. I do still go through the "am i dying right now?" phases..it's hard but thank god, panic attacks DO have a limit and they go away after an hour.
 
I just wanted to reach out to those who are suffering with a little cheer and support. I know what it feels like.

Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 12/18/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healingwell. So glad you joined us. You will find some wonderful and supportive folks on this board suffering much like yourself. So glad to hear that you are taking control of your a/p. Many on this board have had great success too using the CBT. I look forward to hearing more from you.

God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


Junebug05
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 717
   Posted 12/18/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to HW.  I'm so glad that you are doing well and sharing your success here with all of us.  It always helps those who are in a bad way right now to hear that others have been at the worst and made their way out.  Good luck with the driving, I totally understand that as it is my biggest fear right now too. 

StateofCalm
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 12/18/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Gail!
 
Junebug do you drive at all? My first panic attack was in a car, on the highway, which is where my fear stems from. I can drive hundreds of miles as long as someone is with me, but when i'm alone driving I'm terrified I'm going to panic and lose control. A common issue, i understand.
 
The first thing i did after the panic attack though was start driving again right away. I knew if i didn't i'd never get behind the wheel again.  

Shia
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 12/18/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi State of Calm!
Welcome :) This is the right place for support! We care for each other and help out when one of us is feeling down. We all can relate to each other and it is wonderful :)

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/18/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello StateofCalm

Welcome to HealingWell , 

I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I cannot thank you enough for posting your success story and you obviously know anxiety and panic well.  It is right there in your post.

Again, thank you for sharing your story with us and CBT seems to be working for so many. That is good to know.

Kitt


 

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Green Grove
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 2424
   Posted 12/18/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi StateOfCalm :)

Nice to meet you! Sounds like you already have a warm reception :) Thank you for your message of possitivity and hope. I really needed that today.

Anyway, you will meet really cool people on here and find lots of resources!

Have a good day :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
Your bro,
 
Sam
 
 


petrified
New Member


Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 17
   Posted 12/18/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
think of a reason why you are living instead of thinking you're dieing.just a theory i just came up with i'll try it myself and we can let each other know how that one works
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