My first post - my first attempt to speak out about anxiety/panic

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kcolevb
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/21/2007 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
It is a relief to come to a site where obviously other people understand what I have been dealing with for so long!  My panic attacks started approximately 7 years ago and were mild and sporadic, but over the last few years they have become pervasive into almost all aspects of my life.  I no longer travel due to anxiety over traffic, bridges, tunnels, etc.  My driving radius is very limited.  I take Lexapro nightly and clonazepam 1-2 times a day and then lorazepam only as needed for rescue.  I have been going to CBT for almost a year and have learned techniques and strategies to manage this.  However, I still have times when I literally feel paralyzed by this.  And on top of it, depression has come in like a cloud and compounded all of it. 
 
I am fortunate to work at home.  I am fortunate to have a child who other people see as a respectful young man.  I am successful at my job.  I own my house.  There are plenty of positives, so why do I continue to have this intense urge to focus only on the negatives?  How can I think about teaching my son to drive when I barely do it myself?  How am I going to get him to college when I can't drive farther than 15 minutes from my house? 
 
The past week or so has been worse than usual with depression, but thankfully at times like this I am able to realize who my friends are and who understands what it is that I deal with. 
 
I am curious to know if others out there have dealt with anxiety/panic and the guiltly feelings that are bound to come with it?  Any suggestions?  Positive inner feedback, breathing, counting, medications, all of these DO help.  I am starting Reliv supplements on Thursday of this week and looking forward to it.  I don't expect a miracle, but HOPE is a wondeful thing to have and I am feelign some of this pushing its way through the fog around my head at this time.
 
I would really appreciate hearing back from any other members who are dealing with these issues and/or have conquered it.  Any suggestions appreciated!
 
 

debaser
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   Posted 8/21/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe it would be beneficial to go to your psychiatrist and review your meds. It's unusual to combine benzos, for one. Secondly, Klonopin works on the principle of "steady state", so if you're taking it "1-2 times a day" you're not getting the most out of it. It's a long-acting benzodiazepine, and if taken regularly it should eliminate the need for the lorazepam.

Otherwise it sounds like you're doing the right things.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
anxietypanicdisorder.blogspot.com/


mclalp
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/21/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello. I have phagophobia and need help quick. I weigh 116 and I'm surviving on milkshakes

stkitt
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   Posted 8/21/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
kcolevb
 
Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P forum.  You are already doing many things on your own to overcome your Anxiety and Depression.
 
What you appear to want to change now is your negative thinking to positive thinking. To do this you must replace negative emotions, such as anger, fear or worry, or low self-esteem with something new, such as forgiveness or creativity. Because of free-will, you  can create a new neurological network in the brain. Consequently, you  will have a more beneficial interpretation of your reality. Practice rephrasing your thoughts, toss out the negatives and believe in yourself.
 
I agree with Debaser too re the meds and use of 2 benzos. That of course is between you and your physician.
 
Again a Warm Welcome.
Respectfully
Kitt
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/21/2007 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello mclalp,

Welcome to Healing Well. I am so sorry that you are having severe problems with phagophobia however if you are down to 116 pound this is a serious issue and should be addressed by your physicians.

We have many members with fear of swallowing or eating.  This surprisingly common phobia causes countless people needless distress. Therapy may take months so I urge you to seek help from  the medical professionals. Stay with us and keep posting.


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

 

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