panic and personality

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   Posted 10/12/2006 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was first diagnosed with panic I found a web page that said that people with panic disorder useually have one of two types of personalities, either they are introverted and shy, or reckless risk takers. I was trying to find the web page that said this, but it is MIA. Now I'm starting to wonder if I imagined it. Has anyone heard this before? confused

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   Posted 10/12/2006 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't heard of that but I have been both. When I was a child I was very shy and as a teen I was a little of both now hmmmm.......not sure....not really shy and not much of a risk taker...still have a/p though
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   Posted 10/12/2006 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm Interesting. Im not really either of those. Maybe when I was a bit younger I was a reckless risk taker, that sure goes away the older you get :)

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   Posted 10/12/2006 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   

my experience is that all types of people can get panic attacks and phobias, not just the shy ones

a common mistake made by docs and therapists is to think the support person is the sufferer as often the sufferer seems calm and serene, due to becoming a good actor,a nd the support person seems tense, nervous and anxieus

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   Posted 10/12/2006 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not really either... but I'm not much of a risk taker... but I'm definately not shy...
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   Posted 10/13/2006 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I tend to find A/P peeps more aware and Type A personalities
Have set routines
Great parents 'actually great at everything
on the outside............
Inside we tend to hold it all in
I will take risks as long as I know I would be only one that got hurt if something was to happen
Not shy but havent much confidence .......
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   Posted 10/13/2006 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lyn,
You hit that nail right on the head. I have set routines, not shy but self conscious, and will only take a risk if there's no chance that someone else might suffer for it. Thanks. I feel so less alone. =)
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   Posted 10/14/2006 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hiya, i havent heard of this either, but i tend to agree with lyn, and add, most ppl i know with p/a, seem to be very intelligent, why are we so worried then?
Im the same way wed, im shy, till i get to know someone, but if do let you in and out, im cwazy hehe.
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   Posted 10/15/2006 3:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm, I don't know. I'm shy though.

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   Posted 10/15/2006 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
No one who knows me would ever, EVER say that I am shy and quiet and I am most definately not a reckless risk taker. I think that site might just be full of it. We are what we are and across the board life can be difficult for folks for lots of reasons.
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   Posted 10/15/2006 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
hey i agree as well i dont think its definitely aimed at ppl who are shy and those who are risktakers. im not really either. im quite social, and i talk alot about what goes on in my life, but never get to the bottom of things..i stress about every little detail and make things really difficult for myself when they arent. then again im such an optimist for everyone else! but i think A/P can come from many different factors, for me i think its mainly post traumatic(rwandan genocide) and issues with my father that i finally last week took the step and talked to him about was hard, but steps like that relieve us and bring us one step closer to where we want to be.
when things are going bad, the only thing that can happen is getting better, thats the way i see it and it helps me realise that its just around the corner! gd luck!

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   Posted 10/16/2006 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a thread on this way back I will look it up and bump it okay
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