Post Edited (Red_34) : 12/2/2007 11:17:09 AM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 12/2/2007 1:08:48 PM (GMT-7)
Welcome to our world and I am so glad you felt comfortable getting that all out. :)
I experienced much the same as Lyn and I would just stay home. If I went to town to a store I would go down a different aisle to avoid being cornered by someone I knew.
Officially, a panic attack is described as an intense feeling of impending disaster which comes on suddenly. With this feeling you also can have lots of nasty physical reactions such as; not feeling you can breath, chest pains, sweating, the shakes, hot and/or cold flushes etc.
Often, people don't think of their problems as being anything to do with worrying but they usually are. Also usually the first panic attack happens following some major stress in peoples' lives, such as someone loved dying or something simple like moving house. This is not set in stone and you really don't need to figure out why it started but rather how to survive the attacks and control them.
As Lyn mentioned some of the most effective forms of therapy for this problem include Cognitive-behavioural Therapy, behavioural Therapy, and various techniques such as Relaxation. Various drugs can also be used.
Moodgym is a free self help program to teach cognitive behaviour therapy skills to people vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
I hope this helps you and please keep posting. We have lots of members that have great advice.
As Lyn would say it help with the stinkin thinkin. :)
CBT is great as you may have read here in the forum we have many people who have had excellent results using this method.
Gentle Hugs to you,
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 12/3/2007 7:14:15 PM (GMT-7)
Hey I'm on the CBT bandwagon too! I've been studying it at Uni and it's one of my favourite styles of counselling. Because it is scientifically based the results are quantifiable. That aside it really helps with the "stinkin thinkin!" and catch those negative thoughts quickly.
Thanks for posting here Sherry. It sounds to me (and I'm no expert - just been living with PA for too many years!!) that you may have a form of re-active anxiety brought about by stress and depression. It sounds like you have a huge amount of responsibility and I agree with Lyn that a bit of time out might be in order. Sometimes we get so caught up in caring for other people that our bodies have to remind us to take care of us. Sometimes they do it by jumping up and screaming and giving us a panic attack. Thanks body!!
Be as kind to yourself as you are to everyone else and take some time for you if that's at all possible. I hope I'm not stepping on toes by saying this. I just know how wonderful and big-hearted you forum mods are!!
You are very welcome and I hope it helps you. I have been working through it myself.
I am a firm believer in "if it helps, go for it". You do give and give to HW and you are much appreciated by all.
I really hope it is useful for you sherry. You can never have enough tricks up your sleeve (or brains in the bag) to beat anxiety and depression and the million other things life insists on hurling our way!
Also, Thanks for the kind words, it makes me just glow to think I can help anyone at all.