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   Posted 6/17/2009 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
So I think that I'm finally loosing hope. It just won't go away ya'll....I don't know what to do. I've battled panic disorder for over 11yrs now but I've always gotten over it and it's never been this bad. Now I just can't get out of it...I'm so deep in this hole that I can't dig out. This morning walking into work my head just took a total spin and I was so dizzy that I felt like I was going down, my heart started racing and all I could do was freeze and panic....now I'm just so lightheaded sitting here at my desk unable to even start my work....All I can do is think think think....i can't stop thinking!!! I need some definite support right now.....I've tried all the techinques I know to try and I'm not getting any results....can someone pls assist me?

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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you taking any kind of medication? If not, you really need to get in and see your doctor. Sometimes we have to take the plunge and help ourselves by taking medication. Another suggestion is to start working on the online CBT. This has helped alot of folks. You can find the link in our resources section.

Good luck
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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I am taking ativan which I can't tell if it's doing any good...I just feel so disconnected from the world and my surroundings. I have been working on that CBT from time to time. I go to both the doctor and therapist next week....which seems like FOREVER to me.....

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   Posted 6/17/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Blessed. You're having a rough patch... I know i've had them and i'm pretty sure the majority of the people here have had them as well. For what it's worth i noticed you mentioned that you've always gotten over it in the past. Try to keep that in mind and know that you will get over this one too even if it feels rougher than usual. I think Nanner's advice on seeing the Doc is spot on. In the meantime maybe some nice relaxing music ? I'm not sure what your musical taste is but for me stuff like Moby or Enya is pretty relaxing, maybe a nice herbal tea. Just a few things that have helped me while i find a solution. I really hope you feel better...

Hoping you feel better soon,

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

Oscar Wilde,

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   Posted 6/17/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been in your shoes way to often in the past 26 years but I refuse to give up and I do not want to see you give up either. Together with this great group you will make it through this bad time.
Try not to get caught up in the "stinkin thinkin", stop  the thoughts from spinning in your head. Visualize a red stop sign in your mind when you  encounter these  fear provoking thoughts. When the negative thoughts come,   think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. You can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.
Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your anxiety. Focus on the present and stop trying to predict what may happen next week. Next week will take care of itself.  Stop those spinning thoughts and believe that you will be OK.
I am glad you have your appointments next week but for now just stay in the moment and take it one tiny step at a time.  Just keep on moving forward.  Accept the anxiety for what it is then kick it to the curb my new friend.
We are all here for you.
Gentle Hugs


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   Posted 6/17/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I'm so sorry you're going through this. I know the feeling!! Call the doctor and see about increasing your Ativan dose until an anti-depressant can be found to help you. The right meds can make the world of difference.

Alex mentioned music. Can you play some quiet music on your computer at work? That might help.
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   Posted 6/17/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I listen to a MP3 player of mine while at work....i have to say that it does help somewhat.....until my mind starts wondering off to all those creepy negative thoughts about what might be wrong with me....then all jeepers breaks out

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   Posted 6/17/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Blessed,

I'm sorry your having a rough time. But I do agree with Kitt on the red light. I use a stop sign and picture the end of a road. And tell myself to stop and picture the road sign. Signaling the end of this topic. Sometimes it helps to make a list presay. In my mind I bring up a note pad and "write" the worries down. A sign of things to worry about later. Then if I need to I can mentally pull up the "list" when I have issues later on "see" that its on my list for later and move on.

For some weird unknown reason this helps. That way my mind thinks I still have them to worry about but it puts the worries at ease for now. And when they pop up again and I pull my list to front I see its on there and can let it go for now.

Just remind yourself you are "OK" and this stinkin anxiety is not going to win. You are stronger then it is.

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   Posted 6/18/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope you're feeling better today! Work on those negative thoughts. They can be a pain! Some members gave you some great advice. I hope you try them!
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
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   Posted 6/19/2009 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Youve been given great advice- i really hope you can find some relief. take each day one step at a time, before you know it you will be sseing your doc and getting extra help.

peace and ((((hugs)))) i think most of us have been there- hang in there. as your name suggests, you are blessed!

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