Just when you think you have beat it!!

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aquarias
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 12/15/2006 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very determined to beat my anxiety disorder, which was at one time awhile ago very very severe.  I had the worst of it- horrible thoughts, feeling of going crazy, racing thoughts, panic attacks, constant dizziness, etc etc.  I am really fighting so I decided to go to dinner with my friend tonight-usually my fiance is always with me.  So I drove and sat through the whole meal (3 hours of chatting) with the worst anxiety!!  It is unbelievable.  I was actually shaking, I felt like I was going to faint, my mind was racing with thoughts of "I have to get out of here!"  I felt so sick!!  My muscles were tight and tense and I was so figety!!   I was worried about passing out or getting into an accident on the way home.  I know that facing the problem was going to be hard, but I didn't think it would be that bad.  By the end of the night I felt a little better.  At least now I realize that I have textbook anxiety. I guess this is just another step to recovery. To everyone who is fighting this battle- I pray for you.  As bad as it is- it does get better.  I am sure(at least I hope) the next time I go out will not be as bad!! 

Junebug05
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 12/16/2006 6:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Aquarias,

You should be very proud of yourself for what you accomplished.  It is never easy to face your fears the way you did!  I, too, have been through the worst of it, and made it through to the other side, enjoying a couple of years of peace.  Now I am going through a pretty rough setback, but know that I will absolutely make it through this too.  I've always believed that the best way to beat it is to face it and go right on through until it just doesn't matter anymore...that's exactly what you've done.  Good for you!!!!!

Junebug05


harry4
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   Posted 12/16/2006 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
to aquarius
I tried your coping method for years without success but the modern and very successful method is to accept and float thru the stress and anxiety, without fighting back
 
relax, accept and float thru it
dont tense up, grit your teeth and fight back nono
this is the basis of most CBT anxiety treatment, valium also helps a lot as it relaxes the muscles and the mind
you also need to learn new ways of calming and relaxing yourself, as detailed in most of the anxiety and panic disorder self help books
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


ryleigh
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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 12/17/2006 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Aquaires,  GOOD FOR YOU!!  I could never go out to dinner.  Well I can't leave the house so going to dinner would be a good one..   I hope you get better.. Maybe someday I to will go to dinner without freakin.. 

Ryleigh


GELJOY
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 12/17/2006 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I went our to dinner the other night too. I had to take the bus into the City. When I first got on the bus, I started to feel a bit scared but like Harry4 said, I just sat there and accepted it and let it pass. After that, I was fine for the rest of the night. We had to walk through the crowded streets of Manhattan (by Rockerfeller Center). I thought to myself, if I could make it through this crowd of people, I must be learning how to cope with this panic. The fact that you sat through dinner and didn't run away, I think is a big step. That's what I have been doing. I still get the feelings but don't run away. There was a time, a few months ago, when I couldn't even sit in the living room if somebody else was in the room. I would start to feel dizzy and my legs would turn to jelly so  I would run out of the room, go in my bedroom and stay alone. Now, I keep telling myself that I have been getting these feelings for 40 years and nothing ever happened to me and nothing will. I just hope and pray that I can always cope with this, the way that I have been doing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

jaymay
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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 266
   Posted 12/17/2006 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you take any prescription meds aquarias
aquarias said...
I am very determined to beat my anxiety disorder, which was at one time awhile ago very very severe.  I had the worst of it- horrible thoughts, feeling of going crazy, racing thoughts, panic attacks, constant dizziness, etc etc.  I am really fighting so I decided to go to dinner with my friend tonight-usually my fiance is always with me.  So I drove and sat through the whole meal (3 hours of chatting) with the worst anxiety!!  It is unbelievable.  I was actually shaking, I felt like I was going to faint, my mind was racing with thoughts of "I have to get out of here!"  I felt so sick!!  My muscles were tight and tense and I was so figety!!   I was worried about passing out or getting into an accident on the way home.  I know that facing the problem was going to be hard, but I didn't think it would be that bad.  By the end of the night I felt a little better.  At least now I realize that I have textbook anxiety. I guess this is just another step to recovery. To everyone who is fighting this battle- I pray for you.  As bad as it is- it does get better.  I am sure(at least I hope) the next time I go out will not be as bad!! 
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