Good Morning Dan, I just have to say you put up some very well written, interesting topics/posts here.
I have had anxiety/panic disorder for a few years. I also have major depression, PTSD and a bit of OCD all of which I have had for as long as I can remember.
I have always doubted myself, had those second guesses and questions. It became even worse when the A/P hit. I would think these feelings were because of my depression or PTSD or even the anxiety but then I had to examine the cause of my disorders....which was something I had always refused to do.
Even if there isnt a cause or reason for them because sometimes there isnt, we do have to do what we can to support our mental health and do those little things that make us feel better. Just like you plan on doing today.
Perhaps dont try to separate your "rational mind" and this anxiety/panic side. They are actually one and the same. Your dog is sick (I am so sorry for that) and you know what to expect, that is rational. Yes, eventually you will get through it but just live for today and dont look for tomorrow as this only will cause you more anxiety. My dog (who was very much like my child) passed away 2 years ago and it took me months and months to resolve it. It was very difficult and something I couldnt fully prepare for mentally.
The self doubts are still there but not as much as before. I hope I have got a handle on my a/p for now. I keep busy and really try not to think too much about
it. I have never been one to self analyze I guess that is why therapy never really helped me.
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