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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/24/2007 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
I'm not at my best. Not 100% what's going on with me. For the last week or so, getting moments of anxiety. I'd try to mentally push them away and did so fairly successfully. been waking up with some anxiety (I know that's common with anxiety disorder). But yesterday, it punched me down to the ground, so to speak. I finally couldn't ignore it amymore and took .25 xanax. First time I've taken any for anxiety in a loooooong time. That bothered me. I always feel like that's saying I'm losing my ground against the anxiety...I try really very hard to do what Dr. Claire Weekes said about Facing, accepting, "floating", and letting time pass. But the anxiety poured thru my veins like hot water and I burst into tears in front of my mom and friend when my friend came over to visit for a couple of hours...hated to cry like that. Didn't wanna cast a pall over the visit!!! The xanax kicked in and I did fairly well afterward but I had a feeling that maybe the next day would be bad...a self-fulfilling prophecy if I'm not careful!
Thanks for listening to me rant and worry "out loud"...I'm so tired and my time of the month is about 3 weeks late (no, no possibility of pregnancy!) Change of life perhaps? I'm 43.
Gotta run, mom beckons............
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 9/24/2007 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Janetlee...just popping in to say I am sorry you are not feeling your best right now. I can't stand days like that. I hope you are feeling better soon though. Keep your chin up!!!
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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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 9/24/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope by now you are feeling better. I look at our disorder as a full-time job, we always have to work on it. For me, it is another appendage, but not a good one...it's been with me my whole life. Some people can go months or years without an attack and then out of the blue...boom...it hits. I call these my "panic tests", sometimes I pass them and sometimes I don't. but I am always working on it.
Just know that this is just a "blip" in time and that you can pick up and move on and just keep on fighting!
The true joy of life is in the journey

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   Posted 9/24/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both so much! I know you are having your struggles just as much!
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   Posted 9/24/2007 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey sweetie .........
'I too am hoping that you are feeling better now

DONT be so hard on self IF the time comes when the med is needed..........you have done so well
One or 2 wont hurt when things get this bad .........you know you dont use them everyday so I dont think it is a big cause for you to get upset with self..........IMHO

PLease keep us posted as you know you are cared and luved here ...........

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/24/2007 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Janet, I think you need to look at how well you've done so far only needing to take meds once is a great achievement. yeah

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   Posted 9/24/2007 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Janet and I agree with the others.  You are allowed to have days where anxiety rises up but please do not beat yourself up for being human.

Taking a medication for what it is prescribed is perfectly fine.  You have not falling back at all, in fact you help take care of yourself.  Be proud and give yourself a hug for me


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   Posted 9/25/2007 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again to all! I have felt better these last 2 days, though not 100%. I'm thinking that perhaps it is NOT so wise to NOT take the xanax when I'm getting really really high anxiety, because perhaps then the anxiety keeps feeding off of itself and that makes me actually worser off than if I'd just went ahead and taken the xanax!!! Maybe it helps to stop it long enough to give me time to reinvigorate myself to deal with it! Am I making a lick of sense?!! LOL!!
I do want to continue to try not to take the xanax, but from now on don't want to wait until it gets so bad that I make myself a wreck cuz of it! :)
You are all really great and I am so happy to have you all here!
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