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janetlee
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   Posted 12/5/2006 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, I'm trying to do CBT online. It's hard to come up with 3 things/events that have happened in the last week to put into my "workbook", cuz everyday is pretty much the same! I want to do it right, cuz I need and want help. Thoughts race thru my mind and I can't seem to turn them off...negative thoughts, the ones I'm supposed to be trying to change...I think about the anxiety all day, even though I try not to. It's like a chain around my neck.
I am still having persistent anxiety each day. It usually gets better later in the day, but yesterday it was not that way. I keep on doing everything I have to do, whether I feel like it or not. I thought that facing our fears was part of getting better? Sigh.
I continue to sweat a lot. Dunno if it's hormones or paxil side effects. I've been on paxil cr 50mg for a tad over a week now. Oh PLEASE let it help! Siiiiiiiiiigh.
The stress and tension of fighting this every single day is making me so very very tired! I feel like crawling in a hole and crying. But it does no good.
I go back to pdoc on 12/26. By then, I guess it will have been long enough to know what, if anything, the paxil will do. I haven't taken any xanax, as it seems that I'd have to take it everyday to do any good and the doc won't go for that AND it would supposedly stop helping cuz I'd be tolerant to it after a while.
As you can see, I'm a mess...and I apologize to everyone that I haven't been an encouragement to others here lately. I feel like it's taking all I can do to keep my own head above water right now, but it's not cuz I don't care.
luv,
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/5/2006 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Janet, do you set aside time to do deep breathing exercises? It was recommended to me to do 20 minutes/day. 20mins can seem like an eternity to an anxious person but you must learn to relax -- your body and mind need a break. Also, do you take time to read novels - something that takes your mind to a different place? Do you exercise - take walks? All of these things will help a little bit and your body/mind & Soul will be grateful for the little breaks. Don't stop caring. You are strong.
"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."
 
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harry4
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   Posted 12/5/2006 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   

to janet

50 is the max of paxil, fer take the max of any antidepressant, xanax works as needed and is very helpful if taken sensibly

reading books and watching TV helps with the unwanted thoughts, these are usually classes as OCD and an antideoressant can sometimes help

its better to float thru the anxiety rather than fighting against it, this is explained in claire weekes books, some should be still available try a library


recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional


hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/5/2006 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
harry - what are Claire Weekes books?
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janetlee
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   Posted 12/5/2006 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Harry,
Please tell me what you consider to be a sensible dose of xanax? I need help and would appreciate your feedback please!
janet
PS-Hopeful, I'll never stop caring about any of y'all! I just am in a quandry right now and so am not doing anyone on the board any good...so sorry! :(
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


GFK
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Date Joined Jun 2006
Total Posts : 275
   Posted 12/5/2006 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry you are still having a rough time Janet (I felt the stress just reading your post!) I agree, you really do need to relax and turn off the thoughts. When I was seeing a therapist we made relaxation (self-hypnosis) tapes. I'd listen to them with headphones when doing my relaxation. It really helped to have something to focus on and shut out the real world! You can buy relaxation CDs nowadays (either music or sounds) that might do the trick also.

Hope you feel better soon!
Karen

janetlee
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   Posted 12/6/2006 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Karen
I ordered a book by Claire Weekes since Harry seems to think highly of her methods. I read some reviews of her books on Amazon and 99% of the people were highly impressed and much helped by them. So we shall see!
Thanks for caring!
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


GELJOY
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   Posted 12/6/2006 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have suffered from anxiety and panic most of my life. I was free of it for quite a while but about 3 months ago, it came back in full force. My daughter did some research on the internet for me and told me to order Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Claire Weeks. This book has helped me a great deal. Although, from time to time, I still get the physical symptoms, I do not panic over them. When this all started up again, I was not able to go into any stores without getting that panicky feeling. Now, I can go shopping again either alone or with someone. The other night, I went out to dinner with 8 other people. When we first got to the restaurant, I started feeling a little funny but was able to overcome it. I know that I'm not cured but after reading the book by Dr. Weeks, I have to say that I'm learning to deal with it.

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/6/2006 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there, Janet. I hope that the book helps. I was recommended a book by my therapist named "Mood Therapy." I guess it is about CBT. I haven't purchased it yet but plan to.
"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."
 
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janetlee
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   Posted 12/7/2006 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Geljoy and Hopeful!
Geljoy, I hope the book does as good for me as it has for so many! :)
janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/7/2006 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
Hopeful
Clair Weeks is /was a sufferer of A/P and she has written books on her experiences and coping mechanisms
I did enjoy above mentioned book


Janet sweetie take your time
You will get thru it hun it isnt easy and you have to do it write you are right there
Email me if you need some help k
I have been sick so sorry took so long to reply
Luvs ya
Lyn
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