WHY oh WHY don't i think things through all the way...

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 3/13/2007 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone :) It's been awhile since I have been on here. I've been so busy with the kids and family. Anyway, I went and enrolled in school. Medical Assistant program. At first I was so excited about going back to school, and being that my anxiety/panic was on a slow down, I thought HEY WHY NOT! Till today. I had orientation and omg. I had panic for about 15 mins. I wanted to run out of the classroom and just never look back. But i got through it. Took all my strength, but i stayed and just focused and didn't let the panic beat me. I am proud of myself in a way, but I have such severe panic and anxiety and chronic fatigue...what in the world made me think I would be ok to go back to school?!?!!? I start in one week and I am freaking out. Literally, my resting heart rate is 135 ..that cant be good. Someone please tell me I'll be ok. That this could help me get over the severity of this disorder. That in the end it will be well worth it! I just need to hear it.

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   Posted 3/14/2007 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
You will be okay!  Taking risks always causes some panic/anxiety to come to the surface and you are taking a risk...a good one that I think will be worth it in the long run.  You are stepping outside of your comfort zone right now and your body is trying to convince you to go back to your safety, but panic cannot hurt you, so there is no reason to go back, keep moving forward.  Let the panic be there, it probably will for a while anyway, especially since you are doubting your decision right now, but I think in time that you will calm down and this will become a huge step in the right direction.  You should be extremely proud of yourself for taking this step and for staying during orientation!!!  Take things slowly and try to let the panic come if it wants too, but don't give up...I think you'll regret that decision more than going to school and handling the anxiety it may bring.  Hang in there, you'll make it!  I really do wish you all the best with this.  Let me know how things go! 

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   Posted 3/14/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I think what you're doing is great. Realistically, you're going to have some bad days with your anxiety. Expect them...be prepared for them. Not in a negative way but in a positive way. Most of the time you will not have problems at all but when you do, don't let the simple fact that you're having a problem freak you out. Just recognize it for what it is, relax as much as you can, and allow it to pass.

As a courtesy, you may let the teacher know that you sometimes suffer panic attacks and may need to step out for a moment to "compose yourself" on occasion. That way they'll know you didn't just walk out of class to take a phone call or whatever.

I think if you concentrate very hard on your note-taking you'll be okay 99 percent of the time. Take extremely thorough notes even during the most boring parts of the lectures. It'll keep your mind occupied.
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