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spicegirl479
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   Posted 3/9/2007 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys i have suffered from panic disorder but have completely recovered, it was so bad at one point i didnt leave the house or work etc etc.The only way i overcame this was to actually keep exposing myself (slowly but gradually) to things that triggered the actual panic attacks eg trains walking far from home being in new company.It wasnt easy believe me but the whole point of exposure was to actually let the panic hit me full on.I no longer give my panic the respect becuase im not scared of them anymore.Life is too darn short to let them scare me.Dont get me wrong we all have our own opinions on panic attacks and i know how scarey they are but trust me they are a big ugly monster and the only way you get over them are
Dont read up on them too much otherwise youl get overwhelmed.
Expose yourself slowly but make sure you try have a panic attack.
Write down whats happening in your life.youl be surpised that you are dealing with alot more than you thought.


I hope i have helped you guys and i know that GOD put these things to challenge and to make us more compassionate people,you dont need the medications you need a little courage that will take you in the right direction.From not leaving the house, 8 months on in my jounrney im now working fulltime, exercising and have decided togo to university to study mentalhealth, i would love to help others overcome, especially becuse i know how scarey a place it can be.
I hope i have helped and if you want to contact me my email is spicegirl479@yahoo.co.uk

harry4
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   Posted 3/9/2007 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   

your recovery method seldom works but Im glad it worked for you, however, should your panic attacks return, you wont know how to cope

recovery usually involves learning new coping skills, graduated exposure with becoming desensitised is part of it only

 

pardon me but your post suggests excessive pride, this is a big problem for many and limits their recovery, being too stubborn is also a common problem

anyhow Im glad you are better and suggest you keep getting out and about to stay in practise at living normally


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
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/9/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I am in support here of Harry
You are maybe one in so many thousand s of ppl that have been able to do this
Medications ARE necessary for some I am one of them
I also fell that self help is a major key to getting to the crux of the a/p/ CBT Relaxation self help books ..ect
I too am glad it worked for you as I said not may have ever done this and I think telling ppl no medications ..is not a good thing to do
alot of ppl have worry about taking them as it is and feel guilty or feel shame in taking them

Each of us is different
Glad you feel you are doing great keep it up
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Scorpio7
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   Posted 3/9/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure there's such a thing as 'full recovery' since panic isn't an illness like chicken pox. Anxiety is a natural state of being human and every single person will experience it throughout their life. A/P sufferers are just more susceptible to it so it's a matter of managing symptoms to an extent which enables you to live a 'normal' life (quite similar to headaches). I was also fortunate enough to have seen an improvement in my A/P without medication...using techniques not unlike yours (basically barging through situations despite knowing I will get a panic attack from them). But I definitely don't consider myself 'cured' in any way...and I anticipate plenty of relapses for the rest of my life. I only have my own experience to go by, which I cautiously describe as 'moderate' A/P disorder. I imagine that there are people who have worse symptoms (like any illness) so they're justified to choose their own treatment. The distress/desperation caused by panic is comparable to physical pain, and you wouldn't really go on the CP forums to tell people to drop their painkillers :P!

spicegirl479
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   Posted 3/9/2007 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you so much for your comeback.im so sorry that you guys think that i need a certifacte to confirm that i am fully recovered i forget to inform you that i am also a eltite athlete and am back to my winning ways. if you feel that medication is your necasssary route then so be it.live your lifes.but god has given us ninds.be selective be judgemetal.but at the end of it the person you answer tois you.Im sorry i was strong enough to recover maybe you would prefer a weaker perosn to whom you can relate but i am fortunate enough to not make excuses.Mdicine is not the answer.That is A FACT.it s what it is and if you want to continue and make excuses for the disease then please do.I notice that people much rather hear about the suffering then the ones who choose not to.good luck.

normalsnofun
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   Posted 3/9/2007 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Spicegirl...I too am not on meds and I can not say it is the best way or if its the way that works etc. I think you are getting a little defensive. We are not stating it can not be done without meds but for some people the only thing that works is meds...We all respond differently to different treatment. if there was a cure all for anxiety be it a med or a technique etc there would be no one with anxiety. This is not the case. I think we all need to have a bit of an open mind to the fact that this may be more complex than any one of us knows. I too an glad you have found something that worked for you but please do not close youre mind and think it is the ONLY way.
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GFK
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   Posted 3/10/2007 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Michelle. Like you said spicegirl, most people will have at least one panic attack in their lifetime. What they (med professionals) also say is that if you have a period of several attacks, the longer that period lasts, the more likely you are to have a recurrance. Enjoy your panic free time and hofefully it never comes back!!

After my first panic attack I dealt with it through therapy (primarily CBT) and was panic free for over a year. And I had quite a bit of stress during that time - both my grandmothers and a close aunt died (we are a very small, close family), and also went thru a pregnancy. I thought I was done with A/P. Two to three weeks after the birth of my daughter (second child), the A/P was back with a vengence. None of the tools I learned in therapy worked this time. I swear it was a hormonal change in my body that was the root of the problem. I had no choice but to go on meds. I now only maintain a minimal dose which keeps me panic free most of the time and allows me to keep a handle on the anxiety.

I agree that meds are not the ONLY answer. But I also feel that A/P can be caused by a chemical/hormonal inbalance that often makes meds necessary. Other illnesses, such as thyroid imbalance and lyme disease, can also cause A/P. Would you fault someone from treating those medical conditions with meds to cure them AND the A/P?? Either way, CBT, relaxation, exposure therapy, etc. should also be part of the treatment.

Dont be a pot calling the kettle black - keep an open mind.

Wishing you well,
Karen

Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/10/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree
NO one said you didnt do it..................... it was said very rarely has it been done
Please do keep an open mind as we are with you
Thanks
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alwaysanxious
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   Posted 3/10/2007 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
good job spicegirl .claire weekes books suggest doing what you do ,you can recover i did many years ago ,you are doing great ,i hope you stay ok. you may have setbcks down the road but you are doing a good job of handling it ,some people dont try to help thereself , but most of us need the meds to help with recovery ,and thers nothing wrong with that.i think some are taking to many though and to many different meds at the same time.

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   Posted 3/11/2007 3:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Different strokes, different folks.

Myself, I tried it your way...I think it was January. I got angry and just tired of the panic attacks, and I said I wasn't going to pay attention to them anymore. I started small by instinct I guess. Purchased a new lens for my camera and just started walking around the streets near my house making photos. Then I'd go out to eat. To stores for no reason...just to get out of the house. I'd go for drives with nowhere to go.

It worked for seven or eight days. I still some pretty bad spells but I just went on about my business. And then -- for a couple days -- I had none. I thought I'd beaten it. But then they came back and while I tried to continue with that program, it just wore me out.

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   Posted 3/11/2007 4:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry but meds are necessary for me....

this method only works for few...

not myself unfortunately...
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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 3/11/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
The only thing I will say here is that this thread shows how everyone is different in dealing with and recovering from anxiety disorders. No one is the same and everyone has differenct coping strategies.
I think whatever method helps a person is a good one. Everyone needs their own way of coping and sometimes what works for someone doesn't work for another.

Whether it's meds or not ... what works for you is the best option and the main focus here is getting well and recovering.

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/11/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Totally agree with you Vic it does help to share ideas and input
luvs ya
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