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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/23/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone.
My name is Erica, I'm 20 years old and I've been suffering from anxiety since I was about 14. I was still able to lead a very active lifestyle (not necessarily a "good" one, constantly partying, doing things I shouldn't have), but I had a panic attack maybe once every 6 months or so, but it was really no problem. One day when I was 17 I had an anxiety attack so bad, I called an ambulance, I was SURE I was dying. Then started my brand new life of multiple anxiety attacks a day and agoraphobia. I couldn't leave the house at all. The first few times mom made me actually leave to get my own cigarettes, I cried the whole way there. I dropped out of high school and soon enough my mom had it with my anxious ways. She decided to kick me out of the house. And I hated her for it. I knew that the second I stepped out of the door and to my own apartment, I was going to die. I reluctantly found my own apartment with my best friend, moved in and then waited for death to come get me. But it never did. In fact, for the 2+ years I was on my own, I was back to getting an anxiety attack once every few months instead of multiple daily. And even when I got them, they were small. I was able to make a ton of new friends, land a great job as a cocktail server at a great bar downtown, get my GED and I just applied to college.

Unfortunately with the economy the way it is and me being a server and relying on tips, if everyone is broke, I'm broke too. I had to move back in with my Mom a couple months ago. And since then, I've been hit with wave after wave of anxiety attacks. I constantly think something is wrong with me. I'm terrified of anything from blood clots to my lungs failing on me. I try to meditate, talk myself out of the anxiety attacks, the little tricks that used to work before I moved back, but it hasn't worked. I'm not in a financial spot where I can move back out, but hopefully I will be soon enough.

My friends are very supportive, but they haven't been through this. I felt I needed a support group who has "been there, done that." In turn, I also hope to help others by telling them what has helped me in the past with my anxiety.
I know I've basically written a book in my "introductory" post, but I appreciate all the reads, just wanted to get to know everyone instead of lurking in the shadows :P
I'll post a few pictures of myself in the pictures thread. I can't wait to e-meet all of you :)


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   Posted 2/23/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. I am so gald you found us.  I am sorry you are going through so much anxiety and please know you have come to the right place to find kind and caring people that know where your coming from and what your going through.

There is a program, The MoodGym Training Program, that is a free online CBT therapy program. Many of the members have used it and continue to use it.  It is very helpful for members of A & P.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

Here is the link to the free program, do give it a try as I think you may be surprised how helpful it is for you.

Just click on the above link.  :-)

Again, a warm welcome.



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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 2/23/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to healingwell. You will meet people here who can relate to what you are going through and we all help and support each other, CBT does work well I am due to have CBT at the end of March and I have been doing moodgym in the meantime. I hope things start to improve for you soon and keep posting to tell us how you are doing.

Take Care

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   Posted 2/23/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to add my welcome to the others. Look forward to hearing more from you.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 2/23/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Erica :)

I'm just here to say welcome and hope to hear more from you :)

Take Care!
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New Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 2/23/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, I can't believe how welcoming and warm you all are!! Thanks for your wonderful responses :-D
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