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Well you sure got a lot going on in your life right now and it sounds a lot like you suffer from anxiety/depression have you ever tried any CBT Therapy and try to learn how to relax your body's muscles as well as relearning how too breath by not using your chest muscles but those of your stomach muscles This method is called Diaphragmatic Breathing in witch we are all born with and as life changes (like that of stress) we tend too use are chest muscles putting more tension on other parts of are body like the muscles in the back and neck so if your chest is rising up and down and your stomach muscles are tense as well as your back you may try this
Now stand up and breath like you are doing now if your chest is doing all the work you need to try and relax and use your stomach muscles to breath right and deep breathing to bring in more oxygen into your body as short fast breathing you are not getting the oxygen needed to help you too relax. I hope this helps you with all you are going though I know it's not a fix all for you and I'm not a doctor so please have a talk with your doctor about deep breathing techniques and if so you my ask him/her about trying some fast acting meds from your doctor
Others will be on and give there input as well, as we all deal with ways of coping to relaxing
Hello Swtpeach and welcome to the A & P forum. I am glad you posted here and we will help you the best we can.
Just some technical info for you that might help you understand A & P better.
Anxiety versus Panic
The terms anxiety attack and panic attack are often used interchangeably to mean the same thing. In this sense, the difference is purely a matter of semantics. But from a clinical perspective, panic and anxiety are defined by different features.
The differences between panic and anxiety are best described in terms of the intensity of the symptoms and length of time the predominant symptoms occur.
During a panic attack, the symptoms are sudden and extremely intense. These symptoms usually occur “out of the blue,” peak within 10 minutes and then subside. However, some attacks may last longer or may occur in succession, making it difficult to determine when one attack ends and another begins.
Anxiety, on the other hand, generally intensifies over a period of time and is highly correlated to excessive worry. The symptoms of anxiety are very similar to the symptoms of panic attacks and may include:
Another important distinction is that, unlike a panic attack, the symptoms of anxiety may be persistent and very long lasting -- days, weeks or even months.
Please do try the meditation:
Choose a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed by other people or by the telephone.Sit quietly in a comfortable position. Eliminate distractions and interruptions during the period you'll be meditating.Commit yourself to a specific length of time and try to stick to it.Pick a focus word or short phrase that's firmly rooted in your personal belief system. A non-religious person might choose a neutral word like one, peace, or love. Others might use the opening words of a favorite prayer from their religion such as 'Hail Mary full of Grace', "I surrender all to you", "Hallelujah", "Om", etc.Close your eyes. This makes it easy to concentrate.Relax your muscles sequentially from head to feet. This helps to break the connection between stressful thoughts and a tense body.
Starting with your forehead, become aware of tension as you breathe in. Let go of any obvious tension as you breathe out. Go through the rest of your body in this way, proceeding down through your eyes, jaws, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, upper back, middle back and midriff, lower back, belly, pelvis, buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.Breathe slowly and naturally, repeating your focus word or phrase silently as you exhale.Assume a passive attitude. Don't worry about how well you're doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say, "Oh, well," and gently return to the repetition.Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm. After you finish: Sit quietly for a minute or so, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes open. Do not stand for one or two minutes.
Plan for a session once or twice a day.
I hope this helps you . Give it a week and see how you feel. You can do this.
Post Edited By Moderator (freezinginAK) : 1/5/2009 12:08:09 PM (GMT-7)
Welcome to A/P forum. You can see you are not alone in these thoughts and feelings!!! I'm so glad you have joined us. When I had my first endoscopy I was a mess, they couldn't anesthetise me properly because I was so scared my veins all went AWOL..They had to get in a specialist to sedate me! Boy did I feel like a wally...
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