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   Posted 12/13/2007 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Greetings everyone.  I'm new to the board but have enjoyed and been comforted by reading many of the posts.
 
Briefly, I'm from the South Eastern part or the U.S.  I'm now realizing that I've had panic / anxiety / depression for as long as I can remember.  I'm having panic symptoms for the first time in about 3 years.  I feel like I'm on the up swing as I've re-started my meds (Lexapro and Klononpin as needed).  I'm excited to have found a site with so many people that are going through similar things and will post in more detail soon (I'm at work right now).
 
Again, greetings from down south and I look forward to exchanging stories, thoughts, ideas, etc.
 
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nervymeg
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   Posted 12/13/2007 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome to HW.  I look forward to reading more about you.  I'm living in Australia and have been battling anxiety and panic for about 15 years.  I'm glad that you feel that things are on the "up-swing" for you!! What kind of symptoms do you get with your panic? Have you tried anything other than meds? (yes I'm a nosy parker!)

Welcome again, the people here are great, uderstanding and really, really supportive :-)


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stkitt
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   Posted 12/13/2007 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello 2,

I am Kitt and welcome to Healing Well.  I am sure you will meet many wonderful members here who know where your coming from and what your going through. 

There is something comforting about baring your soul to the members of A & P and still being able to be anonymous. Take your time and read through the forums, post when you are comfortable.

Again a warm welcome.


 


 
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   Posted 12/14/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there 2...and welcome to healingwell. You have certainly found a wonderful place to get support and information, along with give support and information. We are a tight group here, and in my opinion, the best on the web!

I look forward to getting to know you!

Wishing you the best...and again, WELCOME ABOARD!
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/14/2007 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW
You have found a fantastic place for understanding and empathy....
As well the ppl here are or have been in your shoes I am sure at least once or twice ..........

If you look to the side in Yellow there are Resources as well to check out and you can go back into page 2 3 4 ect to find threads that may be pertinent to your situation right now.....or there may already be a thread up

I do hope you will go to the " Lets Introduce" self thread and post a lil bit more about yourself and get to know the family here ...yes we are VERY close and we are always open to new family members anytime day or night ..........

PLEASE stay with us and get the support and care you do deserve
THIS is a real disorder and should be treated as such IMHO

Take care and
Keep posting
'Happy Holidays ............LYN.


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   Posted 12/14/2007 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the warm welcome.

 

So, in a little more detail:

 

I'm a 30 year old male (a minority in the anxiety / panic community I'm learning) from North Carolina.  I currently work as a case manager and youth specialist for at risk / low income 16-21 year olds.

 

As I mentioned earlier, I'm now realizing that I have been dealing with extreme anxiety in one form or another since I can remember.  As a very young child, I would wake up in the middle of the night terrified though it didn't seem to be from a typical nightmare, and the fear would last for several hours.  As I got up into early teenage years, I would regularly feel what I now identify as periods of depression and uneasiness even when there was nothing that justified those feelings.  I began having panic attacks right before I graduated from high school, the first of which was brought on by the brilliant idea to take a bunch of caffine pills and "Mini Thins" (O.T.C. asthma medication) while drinking over spring break.  That episode passed after a few weeks and I didn't really have any major symptoms again until several years later.  This one was more problamatic and resulted in my dropping out of college for a semester.  Since then, it has been on and off, due mostly to the fact that I wasn't consistant in taking the prescribed meds and doing the other things that are apparently necessary for me to maintain some stabilty.  The past two to three years had been mostly panic free, not counting the general anxiety and worrying that is just part of who I am.

 

At the end of October, I had a complete relapse.  It had been so long since I had had a full blown panic attack that I was totally crippled by them and the fear of them for over two weeks.  I made an appointment with my psyciatrist and got back on my meds (Lexapro) which I had stopped back in June.  I also went to see my therapist, who has been a life saver for about 8 years and started to get back to where I could function somewhat normally again.  I'm to the point where I can function normally at work as well as eat out and go places like the grocery store most of the time, for example.  It's been extra difficult this time because I was recently married and although my wife and I have talked about the issues that I've had in the past, you can never really understand it until you or someone close to you has dealt with it.  It's been hard for both of us and has complicated the normal difficulties that come along with adjusting to marriage, but I think we're getting it figured it out.  I'm taking my meds (15mg of Lexapro and Klonopin as needed), going to my therapist, and abstaining from the avoidance of places and situations that make me fearful.  Overall, I'm much better than I was a month ago, but I get very discouraged about the bad days that I have occasionally.

 

Anyway, I could ramble on for pages, but this is what's going on with me in a nutshell.  I look foward to getting to know and learning from many of you and hope I can be of assistance on occasion as well.

 

By the way, my wife, inlaws, and myself are taking a weekend trip to my family's beach house today and I'm a bit anxious about that.  I've not been too far from home since I've not been feeling well, so this could be a little difficult.  I'm not driving, which makes me very anxious by itself (I need control) but I figured this would be a good excercise in facing my fears.  Keep me in your thoughts and have a great weekend.

 

 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/14/2007 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for having the trust straight away to share and open up to us here'

You will not reget it my friend believe me ..............

It does sound like you have been to hades and back a few times BUT you are working at getting it together which is the best step(s) to take IMHO
I do have to say I am proud of you for not giving up and in BUT for going at this DD with a vengence as it does us ......

Kudos
Keep up with your therapist and meds and stay with us ........we are so glad that you did find us here at HW at a time when needed it seems EH ( Canadian here) lol

PLease try to have a relaxing time away and if needed do not hesitate to take one of your benzo's thats why you have them ......

Please let us know how your wknd goes

LYN
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   Posted 12/18/2007 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. The trip to the beach went well. My wife had anticipated that I would have difficulty riding so she arrange for us to take my car, which put me very much at ease.

It was nice, we went out to eat a couple of times, walked around a cool arts and crafts vendor type place in Wilmington NC, and were on the go for a good portion of the weekend. I wouldn't have done well with any of this a month ago.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/18/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear 2

Congratulations for All You have accomplished! That is awesome.  Taking your own car was a wise idea so kudos to your wife too.

Thank you for the intro.  yeah   Sharing your feelings with friends, family, and  on here are all good ways to work through the anxiety.

You will find that we are warm and fuzzy and more than willing to help. You see many of us are in the same place as you.  We continue to have panic attacks and like you the anxiety is always lurking.

I am so proud of you for doing all the right things.

Be kind to yourself,  and keep on with that therapy.

It makes me feel so good to hear your spouse is supportive. 

Keep posting as your an inspiration to all and we need that.

Laugh often. Dream big. Reach for the Stars.

Kitt


 
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