You are not alone and I guess I am finding I am not alone...been fighting anxiety for six months now. I have done the emergency room several times with level 10 (OH MY GOD I"M GOING TO DIE RIGHT NOW CHEST PAIN HEART ATTACK MUSCULAR TENSION HEADACHE) panic attacks. I quit smoking almost two years ago. I quit drinking eight months ago ( weekend binge alcoholic only but the hangovers were too hard on me) then I gave blood at a clinic - then all hell broke loose and I haven't been to work in six months battling strange head pressure - which causes the anxiety and now to top it off, depression has set in because I am afraid to go to the mall cause when the pressure hits my head, I think I'm going to die...
Ativan 1mg four times a day has been keeping the level 10 panic attacks down and CBT training has helped with the catastrophic thoughts...somewhat...but I'm still not well and am SOOOO glad to find a community of people who I can discuss this with. No one understands, my wife and her family included....this has been hard on our family...
What has helped...meditation...never thought I would be able to calm the thoughts that continue to shatter the peace in my brain but after six months I can deep breathe and get into a strange state of calm within five minutes...I usually fall asleep now so I have to perfect that technique.
Yoga is helping too...for an ex hockey player I can't believe I'm admitting that I do yoga...but it has helped.
Walking has not helped, the pressure gets worse and I panic.
I am taking wellbutrin right now to help with the depression that has set in because I literally have no life...I can't go to dinner parties, public places, malls...etc cause of the anxiety...
I used to be the loud aggressive drunk at the end of the bar telling dirty jokes and flirting with the bartender (female) but now I'm afraid of going outside, it's a chore each and every time I do.
I do it because to give in to this and stay indoors is a worse fate than I can imagine.
I edited out your e-mail as it is in your profile and this way no one outside of members can have access to it.
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