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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/17/2007 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Hi all
I have a request for the members that have made many good changes steps and progress in the a/p fight
 
That is to post your story here and let the new members read them
This will help give them some insight into what is needed such as Tecniques.......Medications and  how to go about it all
 
This would be appreciated by not only myslf but by other members and moderators
 
 
Thanks for your co operation in this if you decide to JOIN IN and post .........
 
LYN.......
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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/18/2007 3:51:13 AM (GMT-6)


Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/17/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'v had A/P on and off for 12 years.  about 5 months ago, I had it almost everyday.  It was to the point where I did not want to leave my house.  I was scared to go see a Doctor.  I thought I would be diagnosed with a life threatening illness.
 
After 2 months of living in fear, I finally made an appointment with my Doctor.  I had a thorough exam and he presribed Cymbalta for me.  I was nervous about taking it but I had to give it a try.  I wanted my life back!
 
Three months have passed since then and I feel like my old self!  I am currently taking 30 mg of Cymbalta once a day and feel great!  I am practicing breathing techniques to help keep my relaxed.  I am also teaching myself how to live in the moment and take things one at a time!
 
Healing Well is a wonderful place to get much needed help and support.  The encouragement and inspiration from members of this forum have helped me so much and I'm thankful that I found it!  Best wishes to everyone who reads this!
 
Hugs,
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/17/2007 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. Well, I have been dealing with anxiety and panic off and on for around 8 years now. The past few years, I have been fine, but at the end of March, out of nowhere, it all hit me REALLY hard. I, like Mary, was having panic attacks daily, and it got to the point where I couldn't leave the house. I too was scared to go to the doctor, because I knew I had to be dying.

Then, the end of June, I finally said enough is enough, and I forced myself to go to the doctor. I had lost my job because I became agoraphobic, and I was losing family and frineds too, because no one could understand. I was scared to go to the doctor, but I made it. He gave me an exam, did some blood work, and put me on Lexapro, 10 mg at bed time. He gave me Xanax as needed. At first, I was chewing on them like candy, but eventually, I pulled myself off them even, and haven't had one in like 8 days!

I have been on the Lexapro since June 26th. I am NOT 100% back to myself again, but I am so much closer. I go out everyday. Some days I go shopping at multiple stores. I visit with my parents again...that is something that is important to me. I take my son to the park. John and I go for walks again. I spend a lot of time picking out books at the library. I feel like me.

I was contemplating going back to work, but right now, I think would be too much. I am going to go back when Jay Jay goes back to school at the end of August. That will give me some time to become myself again before going back to work.

There are still days I wake up feeling crappy, but it passes. I am loving becoming myself again. I miss me. It has been a while since I have been me. It is good to be back.

I haven't done any therapy yet...insurance reasons...and eventhough I am starting to feel better, in August, I will be meeting with a therapist. I will keep the Xanax around for emergencies...but I hope to not ever have to use it again. The Lexapro is a great drug...in my opnion. It has given me back something that I thought I seriously lost...my life.

So, for anyone who is new here and reading this, I suggest you go back and read old posts...when I first came here, I was scared, and confused. I had health anxiety so bad, I thought I was dying from every disease known to man. I never thought I'd be where I am today, especially so quickly. It does get better, and it will get better.

Healingwell is a great place to be to seek help. So, if you are here for the first time, welcome aboard.

Best Wishes to all!!!
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


debaser
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   Posted 7/17/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I had a medical problem that went undiagnosed for about six months. Never having been seriously ill in my life, it REALLY freaked me out and panic disorder was born. After surgery to correct the original problem I still had problems because of panic; I just didn't know what it was. It took another two years before a gastroenterologist finally diagnosed panic. So then I got a little better, just trying to recognize it for what it was and dealing with it on that front, but I was only successful for two or three months, maybe. Then things got really, really bad this past February. I went back to my primary physician and he prescribed me some meds. Paranoid, it took me a month to take them but when I finally did they worked in a big way. Since then I've been doing a LOT better.

I still have periods of high anxiety. Now and then it'll get bad enough that these spells could be called panic attacks, but that's pretty rare. I went from not being able to leaving my apartment during the entire month of February to:

1. returning to work and kicking butt there
2. taking a new job
3. subletting my place to stay in a temporary location where I had to be around people 24/7 while I trained for the new job
4. finding a place to live 150 miles away, going back and forth and stuff
5. moving
6. and finally starting a totally new gig

It wasn't all smooth sailing...I can't lie. But it was much, much easier than I anticipated it would be. And since I've been settled I've been getting better and better. A rough spot now and then. A few iffy mornings. But I'm productive, healthy, and socially active. I think I may have even gotten my mojo back with the girls!

So success is definitely possible. You have to be really proactive. Even with pills, it's not something that's going to get better on its own. You have to accept it and learn to change the way you think about things. After that, anything's possible.

Since two years of the prime of my life (ages 28-30) were wasted by the first medical issue and then A/P I can't really say I'd do it all over again, but I think it has made me a stronger person. In dealing with A/P I had to get back in touch with my creative side and I'm not sure that would've ever happened otherwise. I've found that being creative is incredibly rewarding. Incorrectly, I'd assumed that my creativity was a product of youth and that it was gone forever. In reality I'd just stopped doing creative stuff. That simple. It took a little time but my musical ear is definitely coming back and so is my creative vision (I'm a guitar player and photographer). I'm still not as good as I was eight or nine years ago, but it's within reach. I just need to stay on course, that's all. I think I can be better than I ever was.

Anyway, I'm not sure if "complete recovery" from anxiety/panic is possible. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't. But I do know without a doubt that I've gone from being a total basketcase who was sick almost all the time to leading a productive, normal, and happy life. Again, it's not all smooth sailing but, you know, nobody's life is. Everyone has their problems.

If I can make progress, others can too. You might have to do some things you don't want to do (take meds, see a therapist, challenge yourself and your whole way of thinking...everyone's different), but if you work for it you can get better. Maybe not ALL better, but better. And with any luck, perhaps you will get ALL better. That's what I'm shooting for, but I'm realistic and if I don't recover completely I can still lead a good life.

Hope that helps someone.

D
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/


freezinginAK
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   Posted 7/18/2007 2:14 AM (GMT -7)   

  Lyn I think this is a great thread to show that this A/P can be beaten and I myself have been anxiety free for 7 months now and I don't even mind all the tourist coming here to fish as are little town swamped with RV's and the like just hate the long line's and the tourist poking along looking for moose and bears but that's OK as this was the hardest time of the year for me dealing with all the ppl here at one time but I'm doing ok with it now and starting to live my life the way I like it too be.

  But it wasn't all way's like this as many of you know how A/P works on us this would have been my worst nightmare and was so for many years, but I took the bull by the horns and had to fight back just to get my life back and it's working out good for me, I'm working again and dealing with ppl, working on thing's that I enjoy doing again, but I still got work to do as I what to get back into the rodeo here but that my have to wait till next year when I'm in better shape for that kind of activate again.

  It's late now and I'm hitting the hay but it is good to hear others that are pushing ahead and getting past this it just takes will power to do so, to regain your life back and I thank the ppl of HW for giving me that, and for seeing so many ppl just starting to understand this crud of A/P and to let you know that it can be beaten with the right mind set and to learn how to deal with it as it really dose work

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/18/2007 2:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I want to thank all so far that have posted their story and their successes against the fight with a/p
It really does and WILL help others along the way to fight and know how to go about it
Again thanks so much



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stkitt
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   Posted 7/18/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello,

I am Kitt (I bet you thought I was going to say, “Hello, I am Johnny Cash?” J

I have clinical depression, A & P, osteoarthritis severe in right thumb, L5-S1 disc herniation , GERD and IBS. My husband has Crohn's Disease.

I was diagnosed in 1982 with the depression and anxiety. My oldest son had left home for the service and for some reason that seemed to trigger a huge panic attack. I was in therapy and started on AD, one of the old tricyclics. The med did work and after a couple of weeks off work I was able to resume my life.

I really did well with a couple of set backs and changes in meds and more therapy . I started on Tranxene for anxiety and I took one before I left for work everyday. So I have been on a benzo of some sort for all these years.

I am a RN and worked from the bottom as a new grad to the Manager of Emergency Services. Over the years the job evolved into more of a desk job then a bedside nurse in the ER. I had to learn many new things such as pay role, writing policies from scratch, teaching classes about changes in rules and regulations governing hospitals etc. So I started loosing my bedside skills as my head was cluttered with business office information. I always responded to the ER for major incidents such as multiple traumas, cardiac arrest but I started to feel very anxious that someone would ask me to do something that I had not done for a long time like set up chest tubes and I started to take a benzo before going to the ER to work.

Finally in 2005 I had a major melt down, we switched meds, went to Ativan and it took 4 mg at bed time for me to be able to sleep instead of cry all night.

Then back to Pdoc and therapy. I did a knee jerk and decided the job was such a huge stressor for me now that I needed to take early retirement……………never thought of my long term disability insurance. I just resigned. Instead of feeling better I now sat at home starting on 2/20/20006 feeling like I had lost everything and would cry all day.

To make this a bit shorter, I will say that I finally got a med that works pretty well, I am weaning off of Valium and now at 7 mg per day, down from 40 mg. I also was using Vicodin for the back pain and I weaned down and have been off of Vicodin for almost 7 months now.

My therapist is wonderful and she taught me to live in the moment. I saw her weekly for 6 months and we have agreed that I can fly on my own and I know where to find her.

I am able to do many of the things I was afraid to do for so long. I can travel, fly alone without wanting to run back home, go out with friends. I do have some bad days but I know that is part of the Depression and A & P.

I should also mention that our 21 year old son died in a car crash with his best friend in 1990 and I am still a survivor.

I love this site and all of the members………….Healing Well is the best thing since cotton candy.

If I can do this, you can do this. I know you can.

Current meds: Cymbalta 60 mg twice a day, Trazadone 150 mg at bedtime, Prilosec twice a day, Inderal 20 mg daily, and Valium 7 mg at bedtime.


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Kitt
 
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 7/18/2007 9:47:27 AM (GMT-6)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/19/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
THanks all for sharing
I will get to it as soon as I am back from Doc's again.......Dang I swear I might as well be paying rent there lol

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rolltide
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   Posted 7/19/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I read Been There, Done That?  Do This! by Sam Obitz a couple years ago and it got me on my road to recovery. It is cbt based and he has an exercise called the TEA form that really helps you get out of your head and back involved in your life. They are easy to utilize and I don't know where I would be today had I not started doing them. I am completely med-free now and feeling better than I ever imagined I could feel. I still get the occasional bump in the road life throws my way but now those bumps don't throw me into panic and the TEA forms have given me a way to deal with those problems when they arise and move forward.



Drconnoisseur
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   Posted 7/20/2007 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi!  I usually post on the Crohn's forum, but I thought I'd give this a go.  Probably one of the reasons I never posted here before today is that I've been doing so well.  I started having terrible, life-altering OCD and depression when I was 8.  I started having panic attacks also in my late teens.  In the beginning, there wasn't much in the way of drugs and they were really just "discovering" OCD, especially in such a young kid.  Anyway, I was finally hospitalized for three months when I was 11, and the behavior modification therapy was cruel, but it worked, along with Prozac, which was a brand-new drug at the time.  In the intervening years, I think I have been on every drug on the market except Cymbalta and Zoloft.

Anyhow, I know my OCD and panic attacks never totally went away, because I have had bad bouts of them since, most recently while I was living in Philly in 2002-2004.  My depression was also terrible at the time, and my psychiatrist was horrible, and did nothing about it.  And of course when your depression is that bad, not only is your panic disorder more likely to get completely out of control, but you are less likely to realize what is happening to you or to get help even if you do. 

Anyway, in 2004 I moved, and my new psychiatrist took one look at me and one look at my med list, and said, "Eliminate this, up this, and add this."  Within three weeks I felt better than I have at any other point in the previous 18 years.  My psychiatrist does a lot of things that annoy me, but she is a freakin' genius with the meds, and sometimes with a chemical imbalance as bad as mine, that's all that really counts.  I am now on Wellbutrin XL, Lexapro, and Abilify (which is technically an anti-psychotic, but it helps with the OCD.)  But what I'm on doesn't really matter, because everyone needs something different.  The point is to find a great doctor, which is easier said than done.  You can do what I did, which is to try, try again (or move) until you find the right one, or you can try ratemds.com, which I think is a great resource.  It's a site where regular folks like us can rate their doctors on punctuality, knowledge, and helpfulness with a number system, and add comments.  It's fairly new, so not everyone is ranked, or they don't have many rankings if they are, but it is growing daily and I have found at least one great doctor because of the recommendations she got.

My doctor is also an addiction psychiatrist, which I thought was stupid for me when I first saw her, because I don't have any addictions, but now I think maybe a good addiction psychiatrist may know more about meds and how they work in the brain.  Just a theory.

Finally, do something good for yourself on a regular basis.  If you can afford it, get a massage.  Read a funny book.  (I highly recommend anything by Dave Barry.)  Buy yourself a treat, even if it's literally a treat, like a smoothie.  Spend some time (15 minutes a week, if need be) and pick up a hobby.  Those things do help if you practice them religiously.  And find the right med combo!


29 yo female with two fuzzy children: a Pom named Snuggles and a Pom mix named PomPom.
Health History: Type I diabetes (19 years), allergies/asthma, hypothyroidism, osteopenia & multiple fractures, iron-deficiency anemia, Crohn's (of course), and depression (go figure.)
Crohn's History:  May have had it since I was 11 (1988-89), definitely have had it since I was 15, was diagnosed when I was 25 (2003), was un-diagnosed in 2005 and re-diagnosed June 2007.   


Drconnoisseur
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   Posted 7/20/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, and I find my saving grace is Ativan, when all else fails.  That crap really takes the edge off, no matter what.  I use "crap" in its most positive sense!  tongue
29 yo female with two fuzzy children: a Pom named Snuggles and a Pom mix named PomPom.
Health History: Type I diabetes (19 years), allergies/asthma, hypothyroidism, osteopenia & multiple fractures, iron-deficiency anemia, Crohn's (of course), and depression (go figure.)
Crohn's History:  May have had it since I was 11 (1988-89), definitely have had it since I was 15, was diagnosed when I was 25 (2003), was un-diagnosed in 2005 and re-diagnosed June 2007.   


miwoman1
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   Posted 7/21/2007 3:58 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was 13 I had some troubles at home and was placed in a Children's Home. I know this will sound odd but it was not only weird to be away from home but also to have to share a room with people all of a sudden. When I finally came home at 16 I thought like was great. My mom took me shopping one day and right after we walked into the mall I had my first taste of anxiety. I felt like I was going to throw up, I was sweaty, my hands shook and I felt like I was going to die if I didn't get out of there. We went home and my mom said you must have a bug or something. Well this bug never went away. I was forced to move out of my house shortly after that (which is a story in itself) so now I was having panic attacks and living alone. I spent the next 2 years having almost every medical test known to man. When I was about 18 I got to the point that I could no longer work. Without income I had no choice but to apply for social security. Believe it or not I was approved on the first try. After about another 2 years where I tried a wide selection of medication I settled on 150mg of norpormin a day. I couldn't leave the house, I would have to go out and do anything I HAD to do in the middle of the night. Even then there were times when I left full grocery carts in the middle of the store and had to leave. I was devastated to be 19ish, on social security and afraid to go outside. I am 35 now and at the time all this happened Anxiety in young children wasn't something I think doctors took seriously, so I spent time learning everything I could on my own.

After some serious changes in my life I started back to work. I was cautious and found jobs which didn't make me anxious. I started going out only with friends who understood my problems and if we had to go home it was ok. One of the biggest things I had to do was realize what anxiety attack was a be able to say "I will get through this, it will go away."

While it is many years later, many many medications, so many sleepless nights and too many tears shed. But....I am 35, I am an Executive Administrative Assistant to the CEO of a company I have now worked at for 9 years, and I like it. Being on Social Security my finances we a mess but now are straightened out. I am getting married next November to a man who whole heartedly tries to understand my issues. I still hate getting on planes or anyplace that doesn't have an out. I still have my moments like everyone else but things do get better and always keep some hope.

Thanks for reading and good luck to all!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/21/2007 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
THANK you all for the sharing

I am so happy that you have opened up
You never know who's life you will touch and who's you will help with this input


Keep em coming

**Cant post too much have IV in wrist and after 9 times of trying to find spot to put it dont want to lose this one .....**

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/24/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Please do keep the success stories coming
YOU will help someone
I am sure of that ..........
that is what HW is all about

Thanks all that have participated and put their story out there

LYN
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/3/2007 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Many new members that I am sure will benefit from your above stories and a continuance if you will

Thanks all

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 Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/3/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Friends,

I made it through a fairly stressful week and that included the collapse of our bridge and two Doctors appointments.

I am very proud of my success even thow I went through some anxiety, I made it .................now if this ole Granny can..........so can you.

Tell us your successes this week.

((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))


Respectfully
Kitt
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/16/2007 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt ..Lil Sis .....You have been a rock and I know this all has been hard on you ........I am so bleeding proud of you lil sis believe me ...........


OK
Even with IV and sores and ppl saying I would NEVER move from Bothwell I did it .....I DID IT !!!!!!!

I packed a 2 bdrm apt and was sicker than a dog but got er done got here and because I am severly OCD I have unpacked and arranged a three floor townhouse ..........from bedrooms to rec room.......
I feel better here it is a new beginning a new start and I am so looking forward to getting back into Home Care with Seniours a few hours daily ..........I miss it terribly..........

Cait has met lots of new friends that will be going to same grade at same school so her stress is almost nil

I never did think I could leave Bothwell either BUT I had to too many bad and sorrowful memories there for me to face daily as well as Cait .........

This is HUGE for me believe it and I hope that others will post their successes on here and let us read about it something in your posat just might hit a person rigfht where they need it most and help them thats why I believe this is great to share our steps and leaps and Bounds...........

I have not gone into total crohn flare and going to try to stop ya okay like I could but I do know I have barely touched a valium or ativan at all for a week ...........

I am exhausted but I am proud of what I have accomplished I knew I was a strong woman I just had to kick Arse and remind self lol

PLEASE SHARE your successes with us
You never know who it will help along this journey .............

I have Normalsnofun coming here for a couple of days tomorrow to spend with me and looking forward to that

Maybe on yer next holiday Lil sis you could drop by ya know .........lotsa room now .I get lost in here......

Be well all and plz join in if you will

Luvs
and glad to be back amongst my HW family ............

LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 8/17/2007 5:37:43 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 8/16/2007 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   

To my big sis

Home sweet home

Friends and Family

Favorite Memories

Good Times

Dreams Come True

Congratulations on your new Home.

I am so happy for you  and you are one tenacious lady.
 
I love ya big Sis
Lil Sis
 
I need your new zip code, and yes I would love to come visit :)
Respectfully
Kitt
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Howlyncat
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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 8/17/2007 12:38 PM (GMT 0)   
THANKS so much LIL Sis

INVITATION is open when ever you are able to get here lol............
Postal code is N7G 2B3

I do love this place and it will be better for all of all around you know
I knew I had to get out of Bothwell it was literally killing the Lyn I know and I wont have that no more

I could not get passed all the deaths there Mom and as you know my grammpy just prior to my moving ......
Everywhere I looked I saw Mom and it made me a recluse no one knew I was so depressed and I had become stuck in the house I never said anything .........Just went to docs and back got on here not as often as I was too far gone bad things were happening in my head BUT ......I was terrified I didnt want to stay the way I was .......

I kicked arse like I said bucked up and got my head on straight decided to give Howie another chance and we are working on it ..........Cait loves him so much and this has been one of her biggest probs as he loves her just as she was his own..........and I do still love him I just didnt know how much you know that ole saying lol......."til its gone" ......

Normal will be here this afternoon about 4 its a 8 9 hr drive from Jersey......left at 630 am...lol

I have made many a good steps this last few weeks and I am better for it ya know ...............

I am getting it together I am and I get on here in the am's and will do the threads in that time and poke in at night ...............didnt last night as we went out for a skip lol

I now have NO sores NO IV and crohns is okay I am a bit blocked but that will not be too bad lol just eat something I shouldnt
lol

YOU are welcome here ANYTIME..................KNOW THAT .......for as long as you like .........
YOU are my sis and we are family so never hesitate to say hey sis " I am coming up "
There is lot of room here and we could do plenty both could be on HW at same time lol have 3 puters in house .......
One is Caits laptop but you n I could use the other 2 all hooked up and ready to go

I would love to have you ...........

Thanks for being my shoulder to lean on and having my back whilst all this was going on .......I know I know I never even told you or Normal I was going into the agoraphobic thing again........sorry I just couldnt at that time ............
Anyways
KNOW I loves ya too lil sis and I am waiting for your visit ...........

I am so glad to post that I have overcame the Depression Demon and the ability to go anywhere is back full force and I ahve done this last week and some with hardly a benzo at all

I have made actually LOTS of steps in the rigth direction and for my future...not getting younger lol .....but I want to be happy and fre of demons and I can proudly say I am today ............

LOVE ya lots lil sis

Big sios OUT

**if you see that I have bumped something " bump" delete and carry on or you bump we have to delete the other bumps lol
I bumped a couple today deleted your bumps k just so you know thats how I was told to do it **

Big sis out with tons of love n laughter in my heart .......once again.........
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ajhuk
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 30
   Posted 8/19/2007 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I'm 20 years old.
Haven't been on this forum, in well, almost a year! Just wanted to write that I'm doing much better, for those who are new members, or feel lost.
I didn't have anxiety for that long. And it started about 2 years ago, very slowly, gradual. Not doinga nything in my life, being locked inside the flat all the time, and then from absolutely nowhere panic attacks, which triggered my fear of death, disease etc, couldnt leave the house, too scared to do anything, except go see the doctor on a weekily check up. I was given very low anti-depressants, but quickly stopped them in fear. And started going to therapy. Which really really helped me. Being able to talk about it, and let it all out, really changed things. So I spent a couple of months seeing a therapist, and that was about it, I wouldnt do anything else, and still had anxiety. Eventually, i started going to classes, seeing friends, going outside again. It took awhile, but now I'm back on my feet, and over panic. Anxiety still creeps up sometimes, but I'm also a naturally anxious person.
I did it without medication, and just therapy. I realised that breathing techniques, and being sure of yourself works. And eventually just letting go of the panic.
I'm back to my old self, and I'm moving to a new city, even a new country in about 2 weeks!
Things do get better. I know how hard it is, to believe that. As well, I got so tired of thinking about it all the time, that it was the thinking about it that just made me anxious.
This is my success!

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 8/19/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Congratulations, that is awesome news. You are doing excellent. Thank you so much for sharing your success story with us. We are always here for you so stop in from time to time. :)

Gentle Hugs to you.

 


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Kitt
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
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Jan Marie
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Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 1663
   Posted 8/19/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone.  I doubt if anyone remembers me.... but I used to be a moderator on this board.  I haven't posted in ages and now feel strangely SHY!!  I just wanted to tell people that I have lived with excruciating anxiety for twelve years and for me the only thing that works is medication.  For the last eighteen months I have been given my life back due to Effexor (before that I was on a tricyclic which worked brilliantly for about seven years).  I now work two days a week in a training centre for adults with learning disabilities.

I run two choirs - one      for teenagers and one for senior citizens, have ten private singing pupils and sing in two other choirs myself, run a home, two grown up kids.... oh and a husband!  When my tricyclic stopped working I relied heavily on HW and it helped me more than I can say.

I still sneak on and keep an eye on everyone (especially that Lyn... she needs a lot of keeping an eye on tongue ).  Lyn... I am so pleased you have a fresh start, so pleased you are back with Howie, so pleased Cait is happy and is doing so well and SO pleased you have no sores or IV! 

 

stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 8/19/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and Congratulations on your success. I am Kitt. What a pleasure it is to have you share with all and I hope you stop by often. It is good to have someone that has made it through post and  give hope to the wonderful family in A & P.

I am enjoying working with Lyn and AK immensely and they have been so good to me. I am very pleased to meet you. Gentle Hugs


Respectfully
Kitt
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
*~* Not a mental health professional at all *~*
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
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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.” 
~Rosalyn Carter

 


Jan Marie
Veteran Member


Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 1663
   Posted 8/20/2007 5:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt.  You're doing a grand job!

Howlyncat
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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 8/20/2007 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there sweetie
Good to see you n I sure hope you are gonna continue to pop in
You have been missed

Yes it is a new start and I love it

Normal is here going home tomorrow ....I have been bowling rock climbing and playign pool with the girls
SOREEEEEEEEE lol

Please come back and post we need your sense of Ha Ha around here ........lol

Luvs ya ........LYN
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