I feel so panicky.... all the time

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 8/31/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm so tired of panicking...
 
I woke up panicking... I went to my sister's wedding yesterday and was panicking all day... drove from her wedding to the casino panicking...
 
I stopped going to my therapist 4 weeks ago... but it didn't seem like he was helping the panic a whole lot..
 
I hate this.. I am so TIRED of having panic attacks.  It's so frustrating to have them for no reason!!! I wish I were getting better...
 
UGH
 
TWIGGYGAL

stkitt
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   Posted 8/31/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy,
 
Was the therapist actually helping you ?  I am sorry to hear you are stuck with that old anxiety again but it is the nature of this disorder so remember what helped you before and work really hard at kicking the anxiety to the curb my friend.
 
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   Posted 8/31/2010 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't give up!!! The A/P cycles, it is high right now, but it will let up eventually. My therapy was pretty retroactive, I had to be really patient. I thought that it wasn't helping, and then-bam! it kicked in and started to make a difference:) Hang in there-we are pulling for you!
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 8/31/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
The therapy wasn't really geared towards panic attacks. It was more like... how are you doing? How's work? What's stressing you out?

I would constantly ask what we were going to do to get me better about the panic attacks but after six months... he has no ideas... and he really doesn't understand my disorder.
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 8/31/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I forgot to mention that I would explain my agorophobia to the therapist but it just didn't seem to get through..
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
 
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   Posted 9/1/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy,
 
I am sorry your therapist did not work out for you.  I had one that was similar to what you have described.  We would just set goals for me each week instead of discussing how I was feeling and how to get past these feelings.
 
My goals would be simple  - get out of the house once this week  - ugh.  My current therapist is much more helpful and I can tell her how I feel.  She will even pull things from me by asking  questions that help me understand my feelings. No homework with this therapist.  All the work is done in her office and then I go out and just keep on thinking on what we talked of when I get into anxiety mode.
 
Any chance you could find a new therapist that would be a better fit for you ?  You know I am right here and I support your decisions.
 
Gentle Hugs,
Kitt 

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   Posted 9/1/2010 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Therapy is about a relationship and six months is plenty of time to give it a chance. I wouldn't dismiss a therapist right away until you've expressed your concerns by being direct and saying that you feel like you need more specific things to do to address the panic attacks (if you haven't already).

There are a lot of different "types" of therapists. Just as medical doctors often have specialty areas, therapists are often more skilled in certain areas over others. There's a difference between someone that can help with anxiety that the average person feels (mild stress) and a diagnosable anxiety disorder with panic attacks. Maybe it is time to at least consider someone new and ask them upfront about their approach to working with someone experiencing panic attacks. Good luck!
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