Recurring panic attacks - ugh

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Kimb
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   Posted 9/17/2007 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Its been a good year or more since I've had a major panic attack and within the last week I've had (3). They were so severe that I almost asked my husband to rush me to the hospital for fear I was having a heart attack or losing my mind.  I know all I should know about panic attacks. My concern is "why, have they returned". I just had all blood work done by my med doctor because I do have a thyroid condition and all the blood work came back normal; which I'm grateful for. I am also going through menopause.  My med doctor suggested "therapy" which I'm not surprised because they always think its stress. I have no more stress in my life now than I did before; if anything I have less stress.  I can do therapy again but, am I suppose to create issues? Is it possible there is a medical reason triggering the attacks or do I settle and seek therapy?  Honestly I don't know what I can learn in therapy that I haven't already learned. Its just so scary when that feeling comes over me.
 
Thank you
Kim

Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/17/2007 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kim

I really believe that even though you feel that you " know all you can" about a/p that it is a very sneaky Disorder that never ceases to be able to hit us with another way of getting to us ....thats only my opinion....I have dealt with a/p since just over 8 ys old now am 53 and still it can get me when I least expect it ...

NO I would not CREATE issues at all .....If you feel it necessary and the doc thinks that therapy is a good thing than you have to decide if thats what you are going to do ........

Therapy may well have changed and techniques different now since a yr ago so like I said you will have to decide

Just know that we are here for you and I hope you will think about what you are going to do in the interrim......

Please stay with us and post and let us know how you are doing

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   Posted 9/17/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Kimb,

I am so sorry that you are having a tough time with anxiety.

Anxiety is often the body's response to stress, although some of us may be a bit more prone to anxiety and worry than others.

When we are suffering from anxiety, while it can be unpleasant it is our body's normal response to threat or danger and is not dangerous.

Anxiety symptoms are part of the fight or flight response and are intended to be helpful in spurring us into action.

Anxiety becomes a problem when the symptoms are:

  • severe and unpleasant;
  • going on too long;
  • happening too often;
  • causing us to worry that there is something seriously wrong;
  • stopping us doing what we want to do.

Anxiety often becomes a vicious circle where our symptoms, thoughts and behaviour keeps the anxiety going.

It isn't always that easy to know what you are thinking that is making your anxiety worse.

The sort of thoughts that make people anxious can come and go in a flash, and may be so much of a habit that they are automatic. They may be so familiar that they just feel like part of you.

Try to keep a diary over the course of two weeks. Write down your own thoughts in situations where you are anxious.

Now, try to imagine the last time you felt very anxious. Try to run through it like a film, in as much detail as you can. See if you can write down any frightening thoughts now.

Remember any thoughts can count. No thought is too small or too silly. Even "oh no" or "here we go again" can increase tension and anxiety.

I agree you may benefit greatly from therapy and talking with your physician re just that issue is a great step in helping reduce your anxiety.

Gentle Hugs.


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Kimb
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   Posted 9/17/2007 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   

Lyn,

Thank you for your reply. I just feel like "I should know better and not have the panic control me, I should control it". I should be able to handle this on my own; In the past I would get that anxious feeling which was my warning and so I would not to let it turn into panic; I was always able to talk myself out of it and take myself away from the feeling but the most recent experiences are just full blown panic attacks. I hate relying on medications. I rather fight it on my own. I do take xanax only at night to help me sleep. Is it possible to have a panic attack when sleeping? A few nights ago I jumped up out of my sleep and started poking my husband asking him "who are you?"; I was in a state of panic and confusion. This has happened many times in the past.

I'm just upset and scared that they are back again. I know I need to decide what to do in terms of therapy; I just have mixed feelings about it.

thank you again.

Kim


Kimb
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   Posted 9/17/2007 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kitt,

Thanks for the reply. I know what I'm thinking prior to the panic. I'm thinking that I don't feel myself and haven't in awhile. I wake up every night from pain in my legs and I'm worried about what they can be from? I add secondary factors to it. I play the "What if" game. I worry what if the doctor is missing something. What if its not from a nerve that is causing my leg pain, what if, what if; and it gets to the point of where I can think of nothing else!  I'm focusing too much on worry. I worry that my muscles seem to hurt all the time. I just plain WORRY too much. Alot of wasted time and energy on worrying I know. How do I take myself away from the worry?

thank you.

Kim


Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/17/2007 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Kim
Yes I have experienced Panic attacks about my mom and me chasing her down the street .....(she passed away almost 2 yrs ago) as well as many others

I do CBT myself and found it has helped me greatly I do the online one

Kitt has link in the thread on CBT,,,,,

Be well and no prob thats why we are here

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Kimb
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   Posted 9/17/2007 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

((((((lyn)))))))))

Just wanted to say "sorry about your mom" it will be 3 years this November I lost my mom..miss her terribly confused . Hugs for you.  I will ask Kitt about the online CBT, thanks!

Kim


Howlyncat
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   Posted 9/17/2007 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
It is Moodgym Training Program I do but it is the older version

Thanks hun I appreciate your kind words and I can sure relate to you and you losing your MOM.........

Know I am here

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