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qwerty1
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   Posted 6/18/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I frequently get 'the shakes', and sometimes lightheadedness when I'm approaching a situation I'm worried about, or if I'm about to come into contact with someone of authority or someone I really respect and worry about what they think of me. A previous counsellor told me that this is a mini panic attack...is this right?!
22 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
  
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets, 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository every other night, 1g Mesalazine granules x 2 
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression), Probiotic Multivitamins 
                             
                             


stkitt
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   Posted 6/18/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I would agree with your counselor, it sounds like this person knows what they are talking about. :)

 

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LALady
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   Posted 6/18/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   

I get those, too. I didn't realize what they were until I talked about them with my therapist. She asked whether I experienced panic attacks and I told her not anymore because I thought only my full blown, mind-numbing debilitating attacks counted. When I described the feelings I did have, which are exactly what you have described, she said the same thing - mini panic attacks. I got a script for klonopin to ward those off when they occur.

Interestingly, like you, I get them most frequently whenever I have to go meet with one of the partners at my law firm. It scares the poop out of me and I always worry what they think of me or if I screwed something up. I wonder if it's an age related thing since I'm young and the fact that I am still fairly green in my profession that I worry so....


27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS, GAD
Meds: 20 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin


qwerty1
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   Posted 6/18/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
belablue said...

I get those, too. I didn't realize what they were until I talked about them with my therapist. She asked whether I experienced panic attacks and I told her not anymore because I thought only my full blown, mind-numbing debilitating attacks counted. When I described the feelings I did have, which are exactly what you have described, she said the same thing - mini panic attacks. I got a script for klonopin to ward those off when they occur.

Interestingly, like you, I get them most frequently whenever I have to go meet with one of the partners at my law firm. It scares the poop out of me and I always worry what they think of me or if I screwed something up. I wonder if it's an age related thing since I'm young and the fact that I am still fairly green in my profession that I worry so....

Thankyou for your replies...yer I've had these for years and never thought a lot of them, just that they were annoying and sometimes embarassing. It wasn't until my counsellor a year or so ago told me this,and also the fact that I'm realising how much anxiety is a part of my every day life that I know I need to get this sorted.
I'm not seeing a counsellor at the moment, I was going to ask the doctors if I can go through the NHS to get Cognitive behavioural Therapy, or whether I just look around myself for a counsellor/psychotherapist, but then end up paying quite a bit per session. My anxiety is I'm sure a result of my childhood, which wasn't the best, and I have tonnes of issues there I still need sorting. Any suggestions?!


22 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
  
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets, 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository every other night, 1g Mesalazine granules x 2 
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression), Probiotic Multivitamins 
                             
                             


LALady
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   Posted 6/18/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Since I'm in the US, I am not sure exactly how hard it is for you to get in to see a psychologist or psychiatrist who does CBT via the NHS. Some friends I have over there say that getting in to see a specialist can take a long time if you aren't dying or have an emergency situation.

But, I'd look into CBT. I'm starting it next week. Other people on here have recommended it and said it worked well for their anxiety. My issues are deep rooted too- part probably stems from having an anxious mother from whom I learned to mimic obsessive worrysome tendencies and paranoia, the rest come from anxiety produced by my severe IBS. I'm hoping it helps me. I'll let you know my impressions after I begin.

If you do a search for Moodgym and Ecouch, you'll find threads with links to these web sites. They were provided to me when I first joined this board and I've used them a little bit. They're definitely helpful.


27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS, GAD
Meds: 20 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin


Aries8
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   Posted 6/18/2009 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Bela, go easy on yourself. You've accomplished a lot! Don't let others in your law firm intimidate you. Hold your head up high and don't worry about small mistakes. Everyone makes them and you deserve to be there just as much as any of the others.
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LALady
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   Posted 6/18/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Aw shucks ;P Thanks, Aries!

27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS, GAD
Meds: 20 mg Celexa, .5- 1mg Klonopin


Aries8
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   Posted 6/18/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
It's true!

I've always allowed others in authority to intimidate me but I'm learning to stop. I don't mean by rudeness, but I tell myself that I'm just as important as they are and we all deserve respect.

I remember from earlier posts that you've got a lot going on. I hope on your days off, you're doing fun and relaxing things. It's all about balance...
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets." Paul Tournier


stkitt
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   Posted 6/18/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   

OK, Kitt to the rescue with the web site.  LOL

Here they are everyone:

E couch:  http://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome

CBT = theMoodGYM:

http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

Just click on the links and I think you will like both sites.

Take care all

Kitt


 

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qwerty1
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   Posted 6/19/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone...I've had a quick look on the website, it looks quite good, I'm going to have a proper look later.

Aries8 - yes I'm trying to keep a balance with what I do, but generally I don't do a lot of my days off as I'm usually ehxausted from being at work so I use those days to recuperate whilst I'm trying to get better physically :)


22 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
  
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets, 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository every other night, 1g Mesalazine granules x 2 
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression), Probiotic Multivitamins 
                             
                             


Aries8
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   Posted 6/19/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the website, Kitt! I hope you guys feel better soon! Just slow down and be patient with yourself. Everything will get back to normal soon.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
 
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
 
"Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets." Paul Tournier

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