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LivingLife
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/20/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
I am currently going through a difficult time with my anxiety. I have been dealing with anxiety since I was 13 years old. I am now 23 years old and struggle to make it through everyday.
I am currently facing two huge challenges in my life. I am terrified of traveling. The first challenge is, I am suppose to travel this upcoming weekend. I scared of going away this weekend because I am afraid I will become sick, freak out, or end up in the hospital. These are my three big fears! I won't need to fly this weekend, thank god. I am going to stay with family members at a beach house. I am not sure if I can do this.
The second challenge is, I am suppose to travel to D.C. in July with 52 students. Myself and 9 other adults will be responsible for the 52 students. This time I will have to fly! I am terrified of flying. I am again afraid I will become sick, freak out, or end up in the hospital. How can I tell these parents that there kids will be safe with me when I am terrified I will lose it while we are gone?
I go to therapy every other week and work closely with a psychiatrist. My psychiatrist is currently working with me on finding the right medication dosage for me, since I am currently having a hard time functioning. I am currently on 80 mg of Celxia and 10 mg of Valium. I know in my head that I am fine and that I will be fine but it is my body that is completely freaking out. I feel like my mind and body and not communicating or connected.
I guess I wonder is this just a "chemical imbalance" that I am dealing with or am I causing myself to "freak out" and be sick. confused
Do I try to contradict my fears? Do I face them and try to travel?

Thanks for listening to me!

babblin5
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 70
   Posted 5/20/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Traveling is also a big issue with me. I flew to Montana once for Christmas, and had never been on a jet before. Just the size of them frightened me! Amazingly, I did it without ever taking any mads. Not because I wanted it that way, but because I had never heard of them, until AFTER I was there for several days and in constant misery. I went to see a doctor there and he gave me a prescription for Ativan, which is in the same chemical family as Valium. Needless to say it was a godsend, and I was actually able to enjoy myself! I even went snow skiing for the first time.

The only other time I've had to fly was when my father was extremely sick. I had to fly to N. Carolina. This time, I took my meds beforehand, and that helped a lot. Of course I was worried (much like you) that I might go crazy or freak out, but I had long ago learned that this doesn't happen, and it never did.

Will you be nervous? That's possible. You would probably be amazed to discover that the thought of accompanying a bunch of students on a trip would make ANYONE nervous. Will you panic? Maybe. But you will survive no matter what you do or don't experience.

My guess is that you will enjoy both trips more than you think you will, despite any fear or anxiety you are facing, and you will come out of this stronger than you believe possible. You have all the tools you need, you have meds you can rely on (and there's absolutely nothing undignified with that AT ALL), and you've had some counseling, which is also a big plus in your favor.

Ultimately, whether you go or don't go makes absolutely NO difference in your worth as a person. Either way, you are a wonderfully unique individual with many great qualities. I know this because the types of people that suffer from anxiety and panic are sensitive, caring people. WHy else would we be here to encourage each other? =)

Ross
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"Come to the edge," he said.
"We're afraid!" they replied.
"Come to the edge," he said.

He pushed them, and they flew...


nellebutter
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 318
   Posted 5/20/2009 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sort of going through the same thing. I have a trip this weekend too and I am so nervous. My trip will be with family but everyone still doesnt understand whats going on as far as my anxiety and that makes me more nervous. maybe if you read some of the suggestions that were given to my on my post "14 hour road trip, dont think I can handle it" you might find something that will help you. As far as your July road trip maybe you should try to see your therapist a few times before then and get some help on how to deal. Flying is not an easy thing for me either I have never flew and since I got anxiety my fear of flying has increased.At least you have taken the first step by knowing that you are fine and that you will be ok , I still have a hard time convincing myself. Maybe once we get back from our trips we can share gow we had so much fun that we totally forgot about our anxiety.
This too shall pass...


stkitt
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   Posted 5/21/2009 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.  I am so glad you found us and please know you have joined a wonderful group.
 
I see you have already met some of our super members and they have given you great advice.
 
At the top of this page there is a link to our resources which you may find helpful. Please take time to read through the threads and you will see some great ideas and advice on how to deal with anxiety.
 
Again a warm welcome,
 
Kitt

 

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LivingLife
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/21/2009 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I want to thank all of you for your suggestions and support.
I suppose to leave tomorrow for my weekend trip and I am slowing backing out of going. I want to go but my fear is overpowering me. I would be traveling with my mother who is understanding about what I am going through but she sometimes loses she patience with my anxiety.
I am currently stuck at a break in the road, I have two paths to pick from. One, go away this weekend and fight my anxiety. Two, stay home and try to get my feet on the ground. I feel that if I decide to go away I will send the whole time in fear and pain. However, I also feel that if I stay home I will be a failure because I will have let my anxiety win.
I am so nervous about possibly leaving for the trip tomorrow that my anxiety is making me sick. I have a sour stomach, diarrhea, fatigue, the shakes and crying all the time. I don't want to travel tomorrow if I am going to spend my whole weekend feeling this way.
I know in my head that I should at least try to go but I am having a hard time getting over the fear. I am doing the positive talk and relaxation techniques but my anxiety is still really bad. I am pretty sure that once I get on the road I will be fine. I am just having a hard time trying to get myself to pack and getting out of the house, these are my biggest challenges right now. I wish I could get my body on the same page as my mind. Does anyone else feel this way?
Does anyone proceed to travel even when there anxiety is making them really sick and if so does it get better once you arrive at your destination?
Again, thank you for all of your help. Sometimes I just need to know that there are other people out there that feel the same way I do.
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