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dumbmole
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   Posted 6/23/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. I'm new to this site, but not very new to anxiety.
 
Five years ago, I was a passenger in a very bad car accident. I was left with PTSD and it took me a year and a half to get help. I had CBT councilling, which was fantastic. On the back of it, I learned to drive and I am now a confident driver and a trusting passenger. However, I have been left with general anxiety.
 
It started with a fear of fire, possibly relating to the smell of burning tyres from the accident. I started turning off all the plugs in the house, and double, triple checking that I had. I used to panic if I thought I hadn't turned them all off. My councillor gave me the training to nip the OCD in the bud, and luckily I haven't been left with that.
 
Now I will worry about silly things. My husband swallowing his tounge whilst snoring, mirrors reflecting sunlight and starting fires, ceilings and walls falling through because of TV vibrations.... anything and everything, really. Sometimes there doesn't need to be a reason. I'll get a feeling in my stomach that I just can't budge. Loud noises or certain smells can set it off, too. It's debilitating, humiliating.
 
In the past year, I have also suffered from tachycardia. My heart rate has been over 120 bps at resting. I am on Propanolol, a beta blocker, to treat the tachycardia, but my GP has told me that there is little point in further CBT because I have already learned the techniques, I just need to use them. Much easier said than done. The propanolol has helped the anxiety, but I fear it will never truly leave me.
 
My husband is very understanding, but I fear that if I bother him too much over it, our relationship will suffer. No-one else that I know suffers from this, and I need someone to talk to about it. So, here I am, looking for people who know what I am talking about, people who don't judge me for being a 'headcase' and people who understand.
 
Thanks x

stkitt
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   Posted 6/23/2010 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome,

I have PTSD however mine is different than yours like most things we go through. Specific Phobia (sometimes referred to as Simple Phobia) is an anxiety disorder where a person has a fear of specific objects in your case your husband swallowing his tounge whilst snoring, mirrors reflecting sunlight and starting fires, ceilings and walls falling through because of TV vibrations.

Approximately 31% of people who have had PTSD at some point in their life also had or have had a specific phobia.

I know you have completed the CBT therapy but it does feel to me like you still need a therapist to help you deal with these phobias. By talking about your trauma repeatedly with a therapist, you'll learn to get control of your thoughts and feelings about the trauma. You'll learn that you do not have to be afraid of your memories.

Systematic desensitization is also a technique used to treat phobias. Please seek professional help.

Again a warm welcome.

Kitt

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   Posted 6/23/2010 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi n welcome
kitt has given great advice per norm
i would just like to reinterate to see a therapist ..
you do need some help with all you are dealing with
this is a great place with caring ppl
hoping you post again
lyn
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dumbmole
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   Posted 6/23/2010 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi both and thanks for replying.

I am off to see my GP again today, so hopefully he can give me some help and advice as well as the name of a good therapist. I've seen several therapists in my life, but only two of them ever really helped. One was a child psychologist, and the other was the CBT therapist. Unfortunately I have moved areas, otherwise I would go back to her. Maybe my GP can suggest the names of a good therapsit.

Thank you for the warm welcome... it took a lot of courage to click submit, so thanks xx

stkitt
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   Posted 6/24/2010 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
You are very welcome and I agree with you, it was very courageous of you to post your thoughts and feelings here in the forum. I commend you for taking that step.

One of the best remedies for anxiety is to talk about it. The old adage "A problem shared is a problem halved" is most often true.

Kindly,

Kitt
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