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Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/30/2006 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
is key to getting better if you are an anxiety/panic disorder sufferer.
 
 
It is also very tiring and exhausting... but I think it's the only I'm going to get better is if I keep on with the exposure therapy.
 
 
I now can travel 25 minutes from my house.  hehe.   Before it was shrinking and shrinking to only 15 to 10 mins from my house.
 
 
I know I can go to a mall... but am still scared about having another panic attack.  (haha, 3 months ago I couldn't even DREAM of going into a mall.... thanks for your all's support)
 
 
So who broke out this week?  I know Lyn has done a LOT of exposure therapy with michelle this week.  I know they're having fun!!  (kudos to you guys!!! :)  )
 
 
What are you doing to help get yourself better?
 
 
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harry4
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   Posted 12/30/2006 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   

exposure is good but you need to learn and use new ways of coping with the stress when out and using these

such as deep slow breathing, relaxing the muscles, day dreaming, etc

the stress shouldnt be fought against, but coped with


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Twiggygal
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   Posted 12/30/2006 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I already do the slow breathing and relaxing and day dreaming..

that doesn't help much...


I wouldn't call this 'fighting against stress', I'd call it learning to not be so stressed in these situations.


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freezinginAK
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   Posted 12/30/2006 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   

  I went flying again, I haven't done this in so long but after flying into Anchorage and back I when back to my old airport that I learned how to fly miny years ago and when't up with my old insuctor(sp) flying in the old cesna 140 tail wheel and I still have the tail wheel dance in me on landings

I really do miss flying and owning a plane it's like a freedom from the world, funny I could fly with an anxiety disorder but not with diabetes even if I have it under control.

But I'm thinking about buying an ultra light aircraft at lease I can fly it without a licence and having diabetes I never even thought about it as braking out though it's just been something I have alway's loved doing.

dave


Shebig
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   Posted 12/30/2006 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Twiggygal

Exposure is what helped me when I was Agoraphobic, I haven't been agoraphobic for years.

I really got exposure today though, I was driving to town and realized I forgot to take my Klonopin, oops, panic time. But no panic, I did very well, I did grocery shopping, wally's world and a few other stores without panicking, I really enjoyed my little shopping spree and stayed out for about 4 hours and drove home.

I think your doing very well, 25 mins compared to 10 is a big accomplishment plus going to the mall even though you are afraid of a P/A just shows how hard you are trying, and how well you are doing. Feel proud of yourself, I do.

Take Care & Happy New Year

Hugs Judy smurf


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normalsnofun
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   Posted 12/30/2006 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it is great you are all breaking out.  Keep up the great work.
 
Today I kinda had some more "therapy" of my own.  I took Lyn's daughter and her friend out to Chatham for another "day on the town"  We went to a movie and then to Taco Bell and then to Wal-mart...Wal-mart wasnt on the menu but heck gotta try stuff once in a while.  I can see why Lyn loves her cait soo much too...Cait kept checking on how I was doing...she can see the signs about aswell as me or Lyn.  She even asked if I was sure I wanted to attempt Wal-mart as it might be crowded.  We went anyway.  Lyn was home sick today tho... sad ...Hopefully she will feel better soon...I have had my moments as Lyn or Cait could tell ya but I am determined as heck to not let it stop me.
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