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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/26/2006 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody!  I am brand new, but have been reading the archives for quite some time and feel like I know you already.  I am so excited to be able to post for the first time and talk to those who know exactly how I feel!  I have had a/p on and off for about 2 yrs and have just started c.b.t. and St.John's Wort.  I was diagnosed by Dr. after going in for unbearable physical symptoms (thought I was dying sound familiar?)  I have started feeling so much better with the therapy and herbs.  I still struggle with catastrophic thinking during times of stress, but my panic attacks have all but dissapeared.  The biggest struggle for me has been the physical sensation of being sick, as I have always been so active (I am a dance teacher and love to exercise)  Does anyone else struggle with panic attacks during/after exercise?  I have heard that the sensations of the heart pumping can trigger them.  Anyway I just feel so happy to be talking to you all finally.  I was in c.b.t. today and felt that it was time to join.  I always feel so comforted by reading posts.  My therapists did not recommend as he thinks I may let this become too much of an "identity", but hey I was never one to follow the rules!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/27/2006 3:34 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL Glad to have you with us here at HW and you dont lose your identity here IMO you gain frienships that may last a lifetime and IMO are able to IDENTIFY more woth peeps about this and what we (you) are going thru
Support for anything you are going thru
Answers to your questions and yes
Empathy ,understanding,compassion and some humor to help us out
Welcome aboard .......
post often
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mom47
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   Posted 9/27/2006 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to this wonderful forum. Iris

Daisy232627
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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Just awnted to say welcome....my therapist says the same thing...I post pretty often...he he
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normalsnofun
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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome and enjoy glad to have you as part of the family. I definately dont think you make this your identiy if anything I thing the healing that happens here makes your pesonal identity more visible to self and others. It is a place to be who you are without judgements just some ground rules.
--Michelle

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'cause I dont think that they'd understand
When everythings made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am..."
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MsKittie
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   Posted 9/27/2006 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Welcome to HW you are among friends here and we are always willing to help rather it be give you a shoulder to lean, be here for you to cry too or listen to you vent, sometimes you may find we can even make you laugh tongue .  I love reading the boards but you can usually fine me in chat. I like talking to people. My counsler is all for me coming here to HW because I can no longer work and I feel I need to help people for me to still feel useful. I have always been there to help people so please come visit us in chat sometimes. You can visit anyroom you like and will really find a lot of members that will be here for you. You might have to re-introduce yourself to me because of my fog...lol yeah
 
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Laurana75
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   Posted 9/27/2006 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello & welcome! I'm sorry to hear your therapist prefers you not post here =( My psychiatrist tells me the opposite. She encourages me to take part in group and social activities- but that is also because I struggle to do so due to agoraphobia. (thus she knows I'm confined to the internet for that right now) She even referred me to another website, (belief.net) not for any particular religious inspiration- but more for inspiration for all kinds of people in all kinds of places. She feels that if it is unrealistic to ask me to attend a group session in a public place at this point in my therapy, then it would be counterproductive to set that goal, only to fail to achieve it.

I think our docs do their best to try and help us get well. I think you will find a lot of support here and some great new friends :) Welcome!
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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/27/2006 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wednesday, thanks for the welcome! You asked about the St.John's Wort. I take a low dose (600mg) as I am nervous about taking any meds natural or not. It takes about 2-6 weeks to build up in your system and I really think it has helped me. My sister swears by it too. I did start cbt shortly after I started the S.J.W. so it very well could be the combination of therapy and suppliment, or it could be placebo affect, but who cares right? What natural remedies do you currently take? Have you tried Kava kava? I read about it in an anxiety book written by an M.D., but there were some listed side effects that made me nervous about trying and I don't know anyone who is on it to ask them of their experience. Take care hope you have a peaceful day!

Scaredy Cat

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 9/27/2006 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Scaredy Cat!!!

Lovely to meet you -- you don't sound like a "scaredy" to me! lol

I get panic attacks during/after exercise -- but only when I'm in front of others (think I push myself and worry too much about others thinking I'm rubbish, etc.) The first big panic attack I had was this way. Ugh.

Look forward to getting to know you more! :)

Rosie x
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cybervato
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   Posted 9/27/2006 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the board SC. Different therapists definitely have different views and treatments regarding anxiety issues. My therapist said this was cool as it took my mind off of the excessive anticipatory anxiety that I was feeling plus, you cant really do much outside during a hot arizona afternoon. He also rreiterated the fact that just cbt and transactional analysis is not gonna cure one nor is just meds or just the fact one wants to recover. The application of those ideas is what will bring one through the dark periods and back into an enjoyment of life rather than just daily endurance.
I should have paid more attention in typing class!

Post Edited (cybervato) : 9/27/2006 12:22:28 PM (GMT-6)


shell67
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   Posted 9/27/2006 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey scaredy cat! Welcome to our family. Im so glad that you have went through the archives, there is alot of good info here, and some great people that help in any way they can. I hope you keep posting and feel like you are part of our family :)
shell
" Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now, in this instant of time. From this moment onward you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed."
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tangerine bear
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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi scaredy cat,

I am glad you joined us! I am surprised to hear your therapist didn't recommend a forum. My therapist thinks it's a big help for me to talk with others, but I guess everyone has their own theories. The people here are very supportive and wonderful! I know you will find a lot of comfort here, as I have, (((Hugs))),

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shell67
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   Posted 9/27/2006 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree bear, i have gotten so much better since i have found HW, i dont get therapy, so this is it, and im so happy you guys are here, thank you all :)
shell
" Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now, in this instant of time. From this moment onward you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed."
Eileen Caddy

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