Dealing With Anxiety!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 15
   Posted 7/28/2009 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everybody! I'm a new candidate for Mr. Anxiety Oregon and I just thought I'd let you in on my new campa....ok not really. But I'm a 22 year old rolling through life with some demons and I thought I'd give this forum a try. Anyway! I have been dealing with a resurgence of HEAVY Anxiety for the past couple of months and I thought I'd let people know that IT GETS BETTER! As long as you have the willpower to get through and accept it. I started having intense panic attacks around March of this year and at some points I thought i was going to die as I'm sure lots of people on here have experienced. 24/7 anxiety for quite some time, which was not fun. I made it my personal vendetta to clear this anxiety up and even though my doctor prescribed me two different types of pills I've managed to only take 1 1/2 and that was when it first started. It was very very hard and at some points I wanted to just give up and spend my life as a hermit in the hills, but I managed to get to the point where I only feel anxiety in certain situations. I've found that the best solution for me is to dive headfirst into things that make me feel anxious and allow myself to feel it. Which can be completely terrifying, but the more control i feel i have the better things get. So now I'm at a point where most of my anxiety comes from getting into situations that I feel i can't escape from, such as being far from home, or even being with my friends sometimes. I find that I get into these ruts where I have a sudden urge to get home as quickly as possible and it's intense enough that it becomes hard to clear my mind of it. It's not quite like a panic attack, but is similar in some ways. I was curious if anyone here has had these issues and has any pointers. Or if anyone is having trouble and would like to ask ME questions about how i've been trying to get better I'd definitely be willing to share. I don't claim to know everything about it since I'm still having issues but after dealing off and on with it since i was 8-9 I know some things. THANK you for reading, stay positive and peace be with you my friends!

Regular Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 341
   Posted 7/28/2009 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   

I have the same issue. about the sudden need to just run home. But that is because home is my "safe" place. I feel most comfortable at home. This part of the anxiety is (for me) very hard to get over or just move past. But I do. I catch my thoughts before they get to far out of hand. And force my mind to focus on reason's I should stay instead of split. I think of EVERY reason possible to stay. With a lot of reinforcement that I'm fine.
I've been dealing with anxiety/ panic attacks and OCD for years. I'm 34 and had my first panic at the age of 8. I remember it like it was yesterday.
You sound very strong willed and determined. I was that way at your age. I would not let the anxiety win. I traveled, hung out with friends, etc. But eventually I gave up on the fight. I got tired of dealing with it. And the anxiety took over. I'm now stuck at home. I can not work, or do the simple things like grocery shopping.
I really regret not working harder when I was in my 20's on finding meds that worked for me. If I had done that I would not be in the position I'm in now. Taking them is not the end of the world. And if they make your quality of life better. Then why not? I now have a fear of meds its stupid. I can hardly even take a simple pill for headaches.

But breathing techniques, CBT, therapy, and focus imagery have worked for a lot of people. And might work for you. Check with your doctor and see if he/she might be able to recommend someone for you to see. And of course try some meds.
Anxiety left unchecked can and usually leads to depression. So getting it taken care of is better then trying to fight it day after day. It can just wear you down.

Take Care

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 7/28/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I have learned to recognize when my anxiety is ramping up, and if I catch it quick enough I am able to stop it in its tracks with the help of Xanax. I also found therapy quite helpful too.

Are you taking any fast acting anxiety meds? I find I do best with something that is faster acting, it helps to quiet things a little quicker.

Good luck
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New Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/28/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been to a Psychiatrist and we did some CBT and relaxation techniques. I focused on the symptoms that I would get during a panic attack or burst of anxiety and invoke them in a safe environment. This got me past the whole 24/7 anxiety thing. The point I'm at now is getting over different phobias. I've had this sort of anxiety before, and it isn't quite as strong as some people's. Basically it just takes a little time to get over, and this time I actually got help from a professional. He told me that I was well on my way to recovery. I do have medication for "just in case" and I would use it if i was having a strong panic attack, but last time i had one I was able to stop it in its tracks just by using breathing techniques. For me anxiety medication seems to just cover up the symptoms and not deal with the problem. I'm sure for other people it can work quite well, but for me it's used as a last resort. Thanks for the advice though!

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   Posted 7/29/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to healingwell.  Thank you for sharing your story with all of us.  It does sound like you have a good handle on your anxiety. If it is working for you please keep it up.
Take care and stick with us.

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