Hate being so afraid

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dee37
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   Posted 1/23/2007 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm new here, I usually post on the Migraine board. I'm having trouble latley with anxiety and having my mind just race about everything. I planned a trip to fly and I can't stand it, I hate to fly. I'm a nervous wreck, so bad I had myself in tears. I can't stop the "what if's. I feel like I'm becoming a prisoner in my home. I can't stand driving anymore either, afraid of that too. I'll do anything to get out of it unless I'm with someone, I won't drive somewhere I've never been before becasue of the fear of getting lost. I take Ativan 1mg at night to sleep and that doesn't even help sometimes. Can't shut down the mind. I keep telling myself I need to talk to someone and get some help but I'm afraid of that to. I keep thinking what happened to me? I really wasn't like this before or maybe I was and I just didn't know how bad it was. I think it's starting to drive my husband nuts too. I'm so tired of this anxiety and being scared of everything almost to the point I don't want to leave my house. Deep down inside I know what I need to do just to scared to do it. Tomorrow will be a big step, getting on a plane.
Just needed to talk, thanks for listening.

Dee

Junebug05
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   Posted 1/23/2007 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Dee,
 
Best of luck tomorrow.  Just remember to breathe when you get on that plane.  Do you do any relaxation or cognitive behavior therapy?  That might help you too.  Have you been in therapy for this?  It may really help, I have a great therapist and am making some good progress with my panic/anxiety and we are beginning to work on the driving...I'm terrified of that too.  I hope all goes well for you tomorrow.  Let me know.

dee37
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   Posted 1/24/2007 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Thanks! I'm flying with my husband who isn't afraid of anything. All I ask of him is please don't talk to me until were up there for a few then I seem to be a little more relaxed. I can't even talk I'm so in my own zone.
I haven't been in therapy, but we talked about it again tonight so I know when we get back, I really have to start looking for a good therapist. What I really need is a good kick to get me going, but then I have my good days and feel like I don't need anything I can do this all by myself. It's a big battle going on in my head.
If you don't mind me asking, how are you getting through the driving?I know for me that's a tough one. I drive back and forth to work and that's about it, but I would like to go other places, highways are really hard.
Wishing you the best-

Dee

freezinginAK
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   Posted 1/24/2007 4:08 AM (GMT -6)   

  Under jordaNZone post on airplanes is some good ways to deal with your anxiety about flying if you allready haven't read it normalsnofun has some great ideas for dealing with flying and anxiety about it and if your anxiety is getting the better of you, you really do need to see your pdoc about it and maybe get some meds for it.

  Cowboy up


Junebug05
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   Posted 1/24/2007 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Dee,
 
You sound like me with the therapist debate.  I go through periods when I also think that I can go it alone and get better on my own, but honestly, I do much better when I have a therapist helping me through.  It's especially helpful when I'm going through a rough spot or setback, and I seem to do very well with the goal setting that my therapist and I work on.  That's how I'm dealing with the driving.  Since I quit driving 12 years ago, we are doing this in tiny, tiny steps.  My last goal was to just sit in the car and visualize that I was driving somewhere, next will be to pull the car out of the garage, then to drive just down my street...etc.  My fear is so great with driving that we have to take it slowly or I will give up again.  My opinion would be to get a therapist, it can't hurt to try, and you may find that you progress much more quickly with help.  I hope today's flight goes well for you!!!!
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