That doesn't work for me. My approach now is to give in to the anxiety and let it try to take over and tell myself that I just don't care what it does to my body. As I'm in a situation where the anxiety is about
to come I don't get mad and "fight it" (I've tried that but it always got me more worked up), I instead relax into it even more. The more the panic feeling wants to come over me the more I give in and say "take me I just don't care anymore"...I stay calm and cool. You see, if you fight it you're allowing it to exist, giving it credibility as though it is really something that can hurt you...if you give in, you tell yourself that it's a made up thing that can't really do anything to you.
Here's my analogy. My kids wonder why I don't get scared at haunted houses. It's because I know nothing bad will happen so I just walk through very calm and let things jump out at me or whatever. My wife, on the other hand, gets herself worked up and "fights" whatever is lurking behind the shadows. When something jumps out at her she screams because she is giving it credibility to possibly do her harm. The bad part about
this is that I no longer get scared and thus don't really enjoy them; it's annoying loud noises and flashing lights to me. Sometimes I just compliment the actors and say, "nice costume, you got her good on that one."
If you walk through a dark street at night and don't care what happens to you you're not afraid (I don't do that but am making a point).
So I tell myself that the anxiety can't hurt me (I'm not going to die or have a heart attack or anything) and say to the anxiety "bring it on, I'm so over you!"
43, male, UC diagnosed in 1985
Flares occur after some illness: food poisoning, flu, mono...
Flares last 6 months to a year and lately involve several weeks of severe symptoms with lots of diarrhea, blood, pain, fever, dehydration.
Remissions last 1 to 4 years and are absolute with no symptoms
Current Meds: 100 mg azathioprine, Colazal 9/day, Lialda 2/day,
60 mg 50 mg 60mg 80 mg prednisone
Xanax, Valium for anxiety
Tegretol XR for epilespy