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Chris G
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/26/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I'm new to the forum. Wish I would have found out about it a while back.

I have been dealing with panic-attacks every day for the past 5+years(I'm only 26). Unlike most people that start drinking when they are 21 I quit a few days before due to a massive panic attack I had on a drive back home a few days before(drank a lot the night before, but did not experience any hangover symptoms). I thought I was having a heart attack, and thought I was dying untill I actually made it to the emergency room almost an hour later(we were a ways from the hospital). When I got there, they checked me out only to tell me I was in good health and that I was just having a anxiety attack. At that time I didn't get a good explanation from a doctor about what anxiety was and they just sent me home. Needless to say I was in bed having panic attacks throughout the weekend(begging to be brought to the hospital). On Monday when I finally made it to my regular doctor he explained to me what was happening and that there was nothing to really worry about(easier said then done). He attempted to put me on a few diff. types of medication all of which made me feel insane. Finally he prescribed Xanax to me... I fealt great after taking it, but hated that it made me so unaware of my surroundings and hated that I had to be dependent on the meds. Now for the last five years I have been on/off the Xanax(I usually try to wind myself down when taking 2mg doesn't do much anymore). I even went through a period of about 3-4 months where I didn't have any attacks(no meds).
From the time I started having the attacks, I have quit three jobs, ruined a few relationships, and am now beginning to push everyone I love away from me. It gets frustrating when I struggle so hard just to have a normal day... I have not lost all hope, b/c I know it's all mental... I know so b/c the meds help, so I know I can help myself without them.
I look forward to reading through the forum and learning what has helped you guys through your times of crisis.

Junebug05
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 11/27/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi and Welcome,

This is a great place to find the information you need, and get some support during your tough times.  Are you seeing a therapist, or using CBT?  I use CBT, relaxation and I read alot on the subject to get me through.  There are lots of books on panic/anxiety out there that can explain this disorder well and offer ways to manage it.  I like Claire Weekes books, but I'm sure others on the board will give you some other good suggestions as well.  Coming here has been a huge help too, there's always someone who is or has been exactly where I am and can give such great support and comfort.  Hope this helps.


Howlyncat
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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 11/27/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW
I am glad Junebug was here to give you some great input as to what HW offers and has .....
As well as giving some techniques to help out

Chris.....For the longest time I did what you are doing ruined relationships friendships and pushed all away from me I became a hermit .................Living in a He** of all my own making

I found HW at my lowest newly DX with crohns and other Diseases
People on here became my friends my confidants my supporters and got me thru so much I could never begin to start posting about it .........I am sure if you read thru back threads you will find many that are in the same position as you are or have been ........

I was taking up to 3 10 mg valium as well as up to 4 1 mg ativan a day and I started doing some CBT and self help techniques ( which I will bring forward for you ) like relaxation ect .....I now only take as needed..........
Sometimes meds need to be taken along with the techniques
There is NO shame in that
THIS is a REAL disorder it is not in " our heads"
More education has to be done on what the A/P er goes thru and lives thru on a day to day basis
I really hope that you WILL stay with us and get to know us ....I know you will not regret it at all and I also have to tell you in my yrs here I have seen ppl like I was now completely turned around living happy and fulfilling lives......YES they do have the odd setback but not for long with the care and support here by all

Join in the threads and feel around the ways of the forum and you will get to know ppl by their posts and names ....real quick

I as you can see am a real person that is dealing with many issues BUT I dont have to do it alone anymore NOR do I want to
My family here mean everything to me ..........you will see what I mean

PLEASE stay with us and do get the support and understanding you need NOW

All the best .....

LYN


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/2/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Chris
Wondering if you have read these posts or not and how you are making out

LYN
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Chris G
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 12/2/2007 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response.
Is there a post somewhere that explains the CBT methods? I briefly looked through the forums, and didn't find anything. I should have some more time this week to browse around.

Last week I went to go speak to a therapist my father recommended, and she suggested I take paxil along with the Xanax as needed. I did a quick search on google, and it appears that coming off paxil is not an easy thing to do. I don't want to get hooked on another med, only to go through hell trying to come off it. My problem is when I first started having the panic attacks a therapist recommended all sorts of meds(similar to paxil), and they all made me feel like a zombie... or like part of me was missing. I didn't seem to care about anything.

What are your feelings on the Paxil? Is it something that could help me in the long run?

Thanks again

Chris

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/2/2007 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Chris G

Hello Chris and Welcome to Healling Well and the A & P forum.  I hope you are reading through the posts and found information that has been helpful.
 
I am also wondering how your doing?  There is something comforting about baring your soul to the members of A & P and still being able to be anonymous. Hope you will stop by and let us help you.
 
Take your time, we will be here.
 
Respectfully
Kitt
 
 
 
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TeNNiSd0C09
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 12/2/2007 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Chris,

And welcome to the forum! You will find that this is a great place. There is lots of support and info that can be a huge help! And we are here to listen if you just want to vent! Feel free to post! And let us know how you are doing!

Have a Great Day!
.......Tennis.......


Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/2/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Chris.......Here is the CBT I use ...it has done wonders for me....it changes the way your brain patterns have been......or the way you have always thought ..........quick synopsis



Am not great with links so hoping someone will do the link for you ....lol.........Keep us posted on how you are doing



http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/
Luvs
LYN
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