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Beth Anne
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 12/2/2006 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, my name is Beth.  I wanted to bring up perception because I think that it plays a key role in many of our disorders.  I know that with my GAD, my daily battles are with my constant compulsive thinking.  Negative thinking that gets my anxiety going.  My perception of how I think others think of me, or how I replay the days events back over and over in my head regretting every little thing I said because I think that everyone took it the wrong way. And how very awkward I can be with certain people.  I know that the reality of it, is not as severe as I make it out to be, but I still can not over come the anxiety and panic that hits me when I lay my head down at night.  Even though I have days where I know that I am a fun loving person, I am plagued by the compulsive thoughts of inadequacy.  I know that if I can change my perception, then maybe I can begin to get better.  I will have to undo many years of learned behavior.  I am taking it one day a time.  I have good days and I have days with set backs, but slowly I am getting better.  I have to be.  I have faith.
Beth Anne

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 12/2/2006 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Bravo - Well Said!! It's not easy, but well worth the battle.

Thanks for the inspiration!


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   Posted 12/3/2006 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Kudos to you and thanks for sharing that
Karen is so right it is very very inspirational
True to the core as well ........
Post often and let us know how you are doing
Thanks again and in case you have not been welcomed to HW I am Welcoming you now and letting you know that things like what you posted will help someone............... believe me and if something we say or do will help it is great to share with others just as you did
Positivity breeds positivity and
Inspiring words will Inspire
Kudos again
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 12/3/2006 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
THanks for the post and as lyn said, kudos. I definitely know that my perception of things is what makes my anxiety. I do the same thing everyday, and coming from someone who has been working adamently on that very thing for the past few weeks, it makes a big difference. When I saw my therapist on Thursday, he said he could definitely see a change in the way I was talking, my body language, everything. It will take a while for me to get through this negative thinking pattern, but as you said it's years of undoing. I take it one day at a time as well, and like everything else it's always one step forward and sometimes a step back, but we can do it. Best of luck to you. Thanks again!!

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 12/3/2006 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beth Anne and WELCOME to HealingWell. We are so glad to have you. Thank you for your honest and inspiring words.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen."

Beth Anne
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 12/4/2006 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you all, for that warm welcome.  I'm glad you found my words inspiring.  I hope that my experiences will help others and that I can learn from all of you too.  Thank you for allowing me to share, I look forward to reading your posts. 



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