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   Posted 6/23/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
i feel so anxcious today, i'm scared i will never get well again. All my friends are at uni but i am pretty much house bound minus walking around in my safe spots or whatever. I am 19 and have just finnished writing my first novel, i should be happy but i'm just frustrated and depressed because i feel so sick all the time and have these attacks when i go out where i feel really heavily nausious. I'm not on any medication for anxiety yet, they have gave me a book to read on cognitive behaviour therapy and i have brought some additional reading but i dunno - i suppose i just want some reasurance that things will be ok. I have never been this afraid in my life, i can't stand the idea of never being well again.

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   Posted 6/23/2007 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   


Hello and I am sorry your having a bad day.  IMHO I feel you need to seek professional help to see what your physician would suggest re the use of medication or getting into therapy, not just reading the book.

I am a firm believer in using the meds if they are needed.  Yes you can recover from your symptoms, perhaps you will  not be 100% anxiety free but much better than your current situation.

Keep posting and we are glad to have you here with us.

Safe hugs

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"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
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   Posted 6/23/2007 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with stkitt as to seeking help from your doctor for meds and a finding a therapist.  You absolutely can improve your situation, but it's much, much harder to do alone.  Reading is a good thing, and I highly recommend that you read as much as you can...Claire Weekes is my favorite, but In my opinion, reading is secondary to good medical and psychological help.  Hang in there, you will be allright!

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   Posted 6/23/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there boxcastle. I am sorry you are feeling so lousy! I too know the feeling of being housebound, and it is sad, and depressing. I too find reading helps a bit. I am always reading books on panic, anxiety, and agoraphobia...I also find things on the web to read.

I have health anxiety, which is why I haven't yet gone to a doctor...although I was diagnosed 8 years ago with anxiety. I need a new physical and diagnosis, because I am feelign really bad lately. Thankfully, I am going Tuesday...(wish me luck)

Anyway, I suggest you keep reading, yes, but also find some help too. This isn't something you can overcome alone, believe me, I have tried.

I wish you all the best!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
Best Wishes to all...Tammy

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   Posted 6/23/2007 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
You will be in my prayers
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   Posted 6/24/2007 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Boxcastle!

I am very new to this forum, or to any forum for that matter. I just wanted to let you know, and anyone else out there in your situation, that there is Hope. I was in your shoes approximately 1 1/2 years ago. I had all of the same thoughts that you expressed. You WILL overcome this. It will take time though. It may take medicine and it may take psychotherapy also, but you will do what ever it takes and it will work for you. I try to look at it the way I did when I was trying to get rid of the weight I gained while pregnant, (60 pounds!). I told myself that it took me 9 months to put that weight on, and it will take about the same amount of time to get it off, and it did come off. With hard work, dedication and determinanation. And guess what, it took about the same time frame to take it off as it did to put it on. Same thing with my anxiety. It took about the same amount of time to get rid of it that it did to acquire it! That may not hold true for everyone, you may get rid of it sooner than I did! But my point is, be patient, keep researching, take meds if prescribed, (I still do), go to therapy, be patient, pray, exercise, stay busy, keep pushing yourself to do things you think you can't, be patient, oh, did I mention to be patient? You can and will beat it!!!!! Don't forget to pray and TRUST that God will get you through this.
I'll check back in a few days, bye for now,

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   Posted 6/25/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   

I would prefer self help recovery books and valium type meds

recovery via CBT and meds is the most successful method

if you do nothing and just keep tensing up and fighting back then, IMO, things wont get better, it doesnt go away on its own eventually

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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   Posted 6/25/2007 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Boxcastle, all we sometimes have is faith that we're going to get better, hang in there. (((((hugs)))))

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   Posted 6/25/2007 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it can get better. At one time my situation wasn't entirely different from yours, but I'm doing really well and am confident that I'll continue to do well. If I can do it, so can you. You'll probably never be "anxiety free", but once you learn how to decrease it and manage what's left, you'll feel like a new person. It's not easy but it can be done.

Best wishes.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder

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