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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 1/30/2008 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
It is just so hard for me to believe that this disorder pops out of nowhere.  I totally freaked out in the car with my girlfriend in line for a carwash this weekend. How crazy is that?  It is one where the doors close and the closer we got, the more I was not feeling it.  I had to get out and wait for her.  I panic in the car.  Had to turn around while going to St Louis.  I actually drove to work for the first time in 3 weeks yesterday.  Had to cross a sky walk and almost passed out at the end because it was so long and no where to go.  I have been to the ER 3 times,by ambulance,  had all of the Heart, lungs, CT's, MRI's done that they can possibly do.  I'm on Zoloft, 100 mgs, Toporal and Zanex if need be.  I seriously can't imagine living my life this way.  My daughter just got orders to Belgium and I can't bare not to see her or my grandkids for 4 years but I wonder if I truly can handle a flight better than a car.  Any thoughts?  I'm scared scenseless.  Thank you!

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   Posted 1/30/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I did answer another post of yours as did Kitt abotu trying Cognitive behavioural Therapy........
This is a workshpo /and a therapy that does change your way of thinking and gives you more of a bettter mindset IMHO.........

I know it is hard to think a/p just pops outta no where but believe me I have lived with it for 30 plus yrs and I know it does and can have to fight this DD as much as you possibly can defy it and do to it what it does to you and others like us .........

Taking baby steps is always a great way to go you still get the end results it just might take longer and I have found it worked for me as did the CBT.........

NO you are not going crazy......if you were you would NOT know it all honesty ........

I am sure others will respond to this as well .yes sometimes we FEEL like we are losing it or going crazy but in fact it is the a/p playing it's lil games with us and wow does it ever know how to play and IT always wants to WIN..........Fight like I said and DO NOT let it win all the time .........
I am sure you have made some progess in the time you have had this DD why not count the progress instead of counting all the bad things for a change
Look at the glass half full ...not half empty..........Just my opinion and my half cents worth ........
Take care and KNOW you have so much support and UNDERSTANDING right here
There is no better place nor ppl then right here on HW........IMHO.........LYN
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 1/30/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   


I'm so sorry that you are struggling with this right now, I know how miserable it is.  It is quite normal for panic to pop up unexpectedly, and no you are not crazy.  I agree with Lyn, learn some cbt to help you get this under control.  There are alot of books out on the subject, I like Claire Weekes, but there are many, many more.  If you are not in therapy, I would strongly reccomend that as well.  You can get a handle on this, it takes some work to re-train your way of thinking, but it can be done. 

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/30/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Tiamarie,
I am sorry you have received the news that your daughter will be going overseas for 4 year.  Now let's get you on a plane and over to visit when your ready.  You cannot drive, sweetie...........hugs.

When it comes to panic attacks remember this, just because you have these sensations doesn't mean you are  crazy. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening, not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you. Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen. 

You are in  control of the situation.  Keep posting here and let us help you.  We care about you and take a look at the online CBT if it appeals to you.  It is free.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/31/2008 3:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your responses. I am trying baby steps it is just really frustrating that one year ago, I was fine. No life changes and yet this pops up. I'm working on it...I won't let it win!

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   Posted 1/31/2008 4:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Inspiration - Yep, baby steps is the way to go...even teeny tiny baby steps if you need.  be gentle to yourself, don't let panic tell you that you are going crazy.  Someone wise (on this post I believe) once told me that if I really WAS crazy I wouldn't be worrying about it!

Tiamarie - sounds like pretty normal behaviour to me.  No way would you be able to get me in one of those car washes, and congrats for driving to work, that was really brave.  You are definately not crazy (just crazy brave!!)

hugs to you both xx

I alone can do this, but I cannot do it alone. 

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   Posted 1/31/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
It is true my Meg if ya were going crazy how would you know .
think about it ........
I have numerous times when I thought I was going loo loo......

Be well S.I.S........

Luvs ya ..Roo out too
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