i'm tired of being afraid

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   Posted 2/7/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Its been over 7 years since i've been dealing with panic and anxiety.  It didn't seem to bad when it first started.  The last 2 panic attacks I had were 2 years apart.  The 1st one was on my first plane ride.  I actually got through it and didn't freak out on the plane like I was afraid of.  Then things got alot better.  I ended up going off meds and then the anxiety came back and i tried a new med and I believe it made my anxiety worse.  Its was almost 3 years since that last attack on the plane and one night I woke up out of the blue with the worst panic attack I've ever had.  I felt it was due to the meds I was on.  I ended in the ER 2 nights in a row then spent 8 days in psych ward just to get me on the right meds and back on track.  That was almost 3 years ago.   I'm soooo afraid of having a panic attack.  All I can think of is the last one and how bad it was.  Lately my anxiety has been flaring up out of the blue.  I've been reading different posts and websites about how some people cope with their attacks.  I was wondering if anyone has ever made themself panic just to face their fears.  Thats what I feel like I need to do, but of course I'm so afraid of that.  I know it can't kill me and i can't go crazy but I'm still so afraid of that.  I'm so tired of being afraid.

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   Posted 2/7/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
HI and Welcome
I do not make myself Panic to " face" my fears but in the same kinda way I do make self 'FACE:" them ..most of them head on and I do it with baby steps and many self help techniques like Cognitive behaviour Therapy.......Relaxation Techniques.....Deep Breathing ect........
Here you can read what ppl do in the success thread or other threads to help them FIGHT
the key IMHO is to FIGHT the biggest fight of your life and do NOT let this a/p do to you what it does

I go with the motto
I have anxiety and panic ,,.Anxiety and Panic does NOT have me ..........
I know more will be here to give their input
Again welcome and stay with us ...
NO a/p will not kill you ........nor make you crazy IMHO.....LYN

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 2/7/2008 5:52:39 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 2/7/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
ME too Angel!!!! I sometimes wish that there will be some miracle breakthrough to help peolple get over this monster!! I have made so many trips to the ER some of the dr's reconize me when i come through the door and its so embarrassing!! And in many ways i think thats a bad thing because they're so use to it being P/A they sometimes dont give me a good check up.I fear that one day it may really be something and they not take it seriously.I too have flare ups sometime out of the blue so i believe, the reason i said "so i believe" is because usually i can look back and it was something going on that was triggering it but i didn't realize it at the time.I have also stayed at an physciatric treatment center for a few days and found it quite relaxing!! And yes i have made myself panic at times to face my fears sometimes it works while other times it dont! But i have yet to face the things that cause my P/A thats the big one! I keep telling myself one day i will and that day never comes.Sometimes i feel that i'm going to die before i actually get a chance to enjoy life again!! I hope not,because at 32 years old there are still so many things that i have not done yet! WE will work through it together angel,keep me posted on how you are doing and i'll do the same!
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