Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 9/19/2009 9:24:32 AM (GMT-6)
Welcome to HealingWell. This is a great site. I look forward to getting to know you better.
You will find the members warm and caring, wise and wonderful and you will make new acquaintances as well as new friends.
We know where your coming from and what you are going through so please know I am so happy you have joined us.
Thank you for your introductions.
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 8/10/2009 12:37:45 PM (GMT-6)
Support groups are a place for people to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information. People with health conditions, as well as their friends and families find support groups to be a valuable resource and get confirmation that their feelings are "normal", educate others, or just let off steam. IMHO joining a support group is joining a family so a warm welcome to the A & P Family.
To answer your question, I am 27 years out from my first panic attack. I remember the days when I always had Tranxene in my purse "just in case". I continue to have anxiety, but no longer have to have a benzodiazipine in my purse. Unfortunately, I think once anxiety enters your life it tends to want to stick around.
You can learn how to control your anxiety and not let it control you.
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 problems. Focus on the present and stop trying to predict what may happen next week. Next week will take care of itself. In other words practice "staying in the moment".
With kindest personal regards,
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.
I am so sorry to hear of your abuse at your Mother's hands. You are a wonderful person and I hope you have been to therapy for yourself to help you understand what a good person you are.
Many of our core values are set when we are young and we carry this values with us through much of our lives. My stepmother was verbally abusive as well as she drank heavily. I believed the things she said to me so I grew up with low self esteem and to this day I have to remember I am not the person she told me I was. So please do know you are simply quite wonderful.
This is a great site and the A & P Forum has awesome members that will try to help you so know you are part of the HW Family now.
Again a warm welcome.
Joining an anxiety support group. Here, you can find compassion, understanding and shared experiences. Coming here and talking with us was very brave and trusting of you.
Taking action. Work with your mental health provider to figure out what's making you anxious and address it.
Letting it go. Don't dwell on past concerns. Change what you can and let the rest take its course. Repeat as needed.
Breaking the cycle. When you feel anxious, take a brisk walk or delve into a hobby to refocus your mind away from your worries.
Taking care of yourself. Get enough rest, eat a balanced diet, exercise and take time to relax. Avoid caffeine and nicotine, which can worsen anxiety. Don't turn to alcohol or unprescribed drugs for relief.
Sticking to your treatment plan. Take medications as directed. Keep therapy appointments. Consistency can help keep your treatment plan on track.
Socializing. Don't let worries make you isolated from loved ones or enjoyable activities. Touching base with others offers a healthy diversion. (Reference: Mayo Staff)
So you have more then one choice. Revisit with your Doctor if you are uncomfortable taking medication. It has to be your own decision.
Again a warm welcome to you and I hope yu stick with us.