Fear of panic attacks destroying my life.

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WhoSaidLifeWasFun
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi , Im 19 years old , I had my first panic attack 1 and a half years ago , I have not had one since but I constantly live in fear of having another one! a couple of weeks after my PA I started to worry loads about getting another , it came to a point where I couldn't go into a shop without feeling sick , It took me about 2 months to fix this problem , I grew from it I faced my fears and I dealt with it ,
I feel so alone , I have read the forum and have seen a lot of people like me but because I don't know them in 'real life' I will always feel alone.
I'm so lost and don't know what to do anymore.
Anyone help me?

YOUR POST EDITED FOR CONTENT OF WHICH IS AGAINST HW RULES..1 and 2
lyn

Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 7/11/2010 7:44:55 AM (GMT-6)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome
please do make yourself familiar with rules and regulations prior to posting
i did edit your post for reasons you will see n read in rules...this was what you agreed to when joining HW

I am sorry you deal with panic attacks at such a young age but have you spoke with your doctor about all this thats going on
plz do get immediate help for the serious and dangerous thoughts you ae having
life can be good..great even with panic
you just need to get some tools to work with imho
im sure you will find alot of ppl know what you are feeling and going thru so stick around and get support
lyn

WhoSaidLifeWasFun
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
yes i can try n help if you give me a chance

Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 7/11/2010 8:01:27 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 7/11/2010 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I am sorry you had even one panic attack but would kindly suggest your let go of worrying about it. A year and a half is a long time to worry about the "what ifs" in life.

Life is full of uncertainties, a fact we have to accept and live with.

Kindly,

Kitt

WhoSaidLifeWasFun
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   Posted 7/11/2010 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you kitt , But it can't be as easy as that? I don't even know how to let go of it , I have lived with this fear for so long Its become a part of me..

Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/11/2010 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
There is no need to think ppl wont help i had to edit as i said

Kitt is spot on you are worrying about smtg that you need not to
there is an online therapy
MoodGyms .com
give that a try n see if it helps you...many here do this
im sure the memory of your panic attack is still there but i also know that you can do therapy and i would really suggesst stopping the drugs..

you are young enough to get help n start really enjoying life imho
lyn

WhoSaidLifeWasFun
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   Posted 7/11/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Howlyn like I said I have stopped its been 3months now..I understand that you had to edit the post no worrys , therapy? I really don't want to be put on meds , I don't believe its a good idea , they just make you avoid the problem.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/11/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
The cbt is one you do online and it helps change your ways of thinking n also gives you ways to deal with a/p

there are others that do this i am one and also those like you that dont want meds
im sure others will post
tk care
lyn

janetlee
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   Posted 7/11/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Whosaid,
When I was 17, I had my first panic attack, in the middle of the night. It woke me from my sleep. To make a looooong story short, I am now going on 46 and am on disability. I did not know there was help out there. I really didn't!!! If I had known and gotten help back then, perhaps my life would've turned out differently...I'll never know for sure. I am telling you from my own hard won experience: SEEK HELP. Just because you go to a therapist does not mean that you'll have to get on drugs. No one can make you take anything that you don't wish to. You also need to have a thorough medical check up. Thyroid problems and other physical problems can cause panic attacks. It would be good to rule these out. Yes, go to the doctor and hold nothing back. He/she needs to know the full scope to help you best.
It is good that you faced down your fear, but it is still lingering there. Maybe it will always do so. Maybe not. Your chances are better if you intercede while you're young. I ended up avoiding so many things that now I'm severely limited. Beleieve me, you don't want to make my mistakes.
A book that helped me was "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes. You can find it cheap online or maybe even at your library. I wish I'd had it when I was young.
I wish you the very best.
Keep posting!
janet
 


WhoSaidLifeWasFun
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   Posted 7/11/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Janet , I ordered that book 2 months ago from America , still hasn't showed up..I will see how things work out..If I get worse then I will go see a therapist but for the moment I will make do with help-sites like this one. Thanks for all your help.

Fugs
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   Posted 7/11/2010 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I can relate to the anticipation of the next attack thing. I had my first real panic attack in May 2009, thought I was dying, went to the ER, etc. Since then I had been improving gradually and slowly... but making progress nonetheless. Then three weeks ago I had an attack that lasted for two hours. I was crawling along the sidewalk 90 minutes from home and while plenty of people stared, nobody offered to help or ask if I was OK.

Since then I've lost faith in the safety of the world. I no longer feel like I can trust that in an emergency you can depend on the people around you. Now I'm afraid to be alone and very anxious about leaving the house. What began as anxiety became panic and now is moving towards agoraphobia. In the last several weeks I've been sitting around, ruminating, worrying constantly about the next attack. When will it happen? How bad will it be? Will I be strong enough to survive this one? When will I feel safe again? I thought I was doing so well and then this two hour thing happened.... It's really hard to stay encouraged.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/11/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,

I understand your fears but sometimes it is as easy as facing your fears and walking through them. I have had anxiety for 28 years and have led a productive life working all those years. I also went through many losses, our son died in car accident so I had to face the phobia of driving on the freeway. Lost parents at a young age and most recently lost all my siblings over the past 17 months so had to face my own ideas of mortality.

Part of managing anxiety successfully is to accept that it will be part of your life. I used the help of my therapists over the years to help me stay on track when the "anticipatory anxiety' tried to rule my thinking.

Try to understand that anxiety can greatly influence our thinking in a way that isn't rational. We may easily go into catastrophizing, i.e. imagining the worst possible nightmare to become true. However, this is your imagination going wild and often has no basis in real life.

theMoodGym which Lyn mentioned is a free online CBT program that you can work on at your own pace. Here is the link for the site: http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

Dr. Claire Weekes' program has worked very well for many and I am glad to read you have ordered it.

Kindly,
Kitt
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