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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/28/2010 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone, just recently joined this forum in search of advice.

I'm a college student and have been suffering from SEVERE anxiety for the last 4 or 5 months. One day sitting in class, I had what I now know was a major panic attack. I can honestly say I thought I was dying. From that day on, my life has changed as the anxiety has developed. My main problems have been bad derealization and general anxiety, but mostly the derealization. It's somewhat new to me so I'm still trying to pinpoint exactly what's going on. I have been home for summer for the past couple months, and I was banking on this time to just relax and get rid of this thing. Well, the time has come to move back to school and the anxiety is in full force. I have seen a counselor for only about 4 weeks (4 visits) and that only did so much. I decided to start taking citalopram, but have not had any luck yet. Just talking to people about it has been pretty relieving at times, so I figure I'd give this forum a shot. So, hello everyone.


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   Posted 8/28/2010 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Chris- my heart goes out to you. It seems so many young people have this kind of panic and anxiety today. It is so sad. The state our world is in must be a factor. I can go back to my childhood and remember that I always had a high level of anxiety but it was not as debilitating as what I hear people saying today.
My daughter was in your shoes during college. She could not ride the public transportation to classes. She had anxiety about being in lecture halls and feeling the need to leave. All kinds of things. She made it thru with a masters degree- you can do it!!!! She tried a lot of different anti depressants and anti anxiety meds but I don't think she ever felt it solved the problems. When she started her first job she had a whole new set of anxieties. She is in counseling too and I think that is best.
Ask your counselor about coping methods. Give her a situation that you think might give you anxiety in school and the two of you can brain storm about what coping strategy you can try.
I wish you all the best with getting rid of this anxiety. Life should be fun not worrisome.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/28/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Chris, I left you a response under your original post in the "check in time" thread. Pg.2 #29-just didn't want you to miss it:)
<Edit>  I am just leaving you a note to let you know Chris's original post is missing from the "Check in Time" so I moved your kind response to this thread.  Thank you for being so supportive.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 8/28/2010 8:56:40 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/28/2010 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Posted by Scaredy Cat on  8/27/2010 @ 9:06 AM
Hi Chris, sorry to hear that things have been rough lately. Kudos on getting into therapy and seeking help! Stick with it, it takes time but works! This is a great place for getting questions answered, or just some support. I wish you well going back to school. It may be challenging, but you can do it! Let us know how you are doing. (Just a tip, you may get more responses by starting your own thread, sometimes it's hard to find those tagged onto old ones:)
Good Luck!
Scaredy Cat
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

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   Posted 8/28/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell. 

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.  Welcome to the family.

You may want to check out our resources thread posted at the top of the forum.  There is information in that thread that may help you in dealing with your anxiety.



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