any thoughts on how to stop dwelling on anxiety causeing topics

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Godsgrace
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   Posted 8/7/2007 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
i am ready to stop dwelling on my thoughts of something bad happening to me or my loved ones like my current fear of going crazy or becomeing scizophrenic and going into pcychosis. PLEASE,PLEASE,PLEASE any thoughts on how to control these panic attacking thoughts?

Danxiety
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   Posted 8/7/2007 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh there is a lot of things you can do. I know what you are going though and its really hard.

Personally, i would try and make any appointment with a psychiatrist. You are having panic attacks, or extreme anxiety (like most of us) and you're in the thick of it.

Also, or in the mean time, there are lots of books out there that can really help you. The one that helped me is called "Embracing the fear". I was in a constant state of panic, and it seemed to help a lot.

It seems though you are going through a really hard time right now, so i would seek some help if you can. There are some medications (if you choose to go that route) that can help ease the symptoms and slow that racing mind down.

Lastly, its really really really hard to know this while you are in it, but you are having a panic attack. You are not going crazy or schizophrenic, if you were you would have no idea at all. It's ironic like that. The feeling you have are so very common with panic and its very scary. Just know that you're not going crazy. You are safe. And the worst possible thing that can happen is you pass out. Thats it. No heart attacks, not going crazy, no losing control. Its all in our minds. Panic shoots adrenaline into you system, so your body goes into survival mode. Your mind is search for a logical answer for these horrible feelings.

Also, maybe ready more about it will make you feel a little more secure or safe. Here is a link to a description of what you are most likely experiencing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_attack

I dont know if that was helpful or not. There are some other people on this board that will most likely give you some better advice than me. But please know that this will pass, and you will get better.

keep us posted please
Dan
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/7/2007 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   

I think you would benefit from CBT.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events.  The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to  feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

Please talk to your physician about this therapy as many members here have been in your position and this has helped them. Take care and keep posting.

 


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Boomer2uall
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   Posted 8/8/2007 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Godsgrace.  I know this might sound really stupid but I find that if I play a video game it takes my mind off worrying about my next anxiety attack.  I am being totally serious.

Nick

 


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   Posted 8/8/2007 3:52 AM (GMT -6)   
All Great advice and input
I do the CBT and it is helping as well I do other techniques like breathing relaxation
Walking in Nature's wonders and seeing there is beauty out there

Dan's idea of self help books is good too as well as his other input ........thanks Dan

So is doing something you enjoy like Boomer whatever that may be for you

Keep posting and stay with us

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Godsgrace
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   Posted 8/8/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you all!! it is a really nice feeling to know that someone out there understands!

Godsgrace
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   Posted 8/8/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
could someone explain to me how to do the cbt?

stkitt
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   Posted 8/8/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
CBT is based on the Cognitive Model of Emotional Response.
   
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts
    cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations,
    and events.  The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to 
    feel / act better even if the situation does not change.
 
Again the online self help site is  http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/
 
It is best if you can learn this through your therapist but online is good if you do not have the funds for therapy. yeah
 
I wish you peace and a hapy day.
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Kitt
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Silver Artemis
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   Posted 8/9/2007 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
What I've found to work is focus really hard on something else. Like, for instance, if I start to panic, I instantly picture a random item in my mind like a tree. I will then begin to describe the tree in my mind, every little minute detail, and by the time I finish with that the panic is over and everything went well.
-Another thing you might want to look into is meditation. It's very soothing and very helpful for some people. I've found that it really lifts up my spirits and helps me feel less burdened by all my problems.
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   Posted 8/10/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
((((Godsgrace))))
Believe it or not you are stronger than you think. Just by reaching out to this forum you have started your journey towards getting well. CBT is a wonderful way to go and also EFT (Emotional Feeling Therapy) you can find out by looking on-line. Another thing that was and is very helpful for me...I named my Panic. By giving it a name I felt I had something to fight with. It's name is Earl. It may not make sense but it works. Distraction is a good tool as well and affirmations and meditations.
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