When Did you Seek Professional Help?

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   Posted 3/11/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I would love to hear from the members on what was the deciding factor that pushed you to seek help?
If you think things are not right or you fear something, you should seek advice and counsel from a mental health professional. It took   me a long time to decide to seek help as I was always to anxious and depressed and wondered how I would sit in a waiting room, fill out forms and how could I possibly explain what was happening to me.
I look forward to your posts.

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   Posted 3/11/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt,

I guess I was in my early 20's. I am 49 now. But when you said something about not feeling right, it struck something. I knew that I didn't feel like I should. I was so scared of everything and everybody. I felt out of place in a way. I knew that I wasn't as happy as I should be. I didn't want to go around people either. I felt like I didn't fit in with anybody. I am glad that I am better now.

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   Posted 3/11/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally sought out professional help with a therapist about 6 months after my anxiety started as I couldn't figure out the physical symptoms and I went from being an active outgoing person to a hermit who didn't want to do anything or see anyone or go anywhere and have any fun.  Through the help of my counselor, I am learning to figure out what is causing my anxiety and how to deal with things a small amount at a time.

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   Posted 3/11/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Right after I gave birth to my daughter, I knew that something wasn't right.  I felt out of it all the time and scared whenever we left the apartment.  I didn't like being home alone either, and I was terrified to be responsible for a newborn.  about three weeks after my daughter was born, I was put back in the hospital and had every test known to man, once I got out, I kind of made the rounds of medical doctors and therapists.  Finally I found one who put a name to what I was feeling and I started therapy with him.  I've been in therapy on and off, with a dozen or so different therapists, for 18 years now and some therapists have helped alot and others have been a waste of time and money.  It's kind of hard to find a really good one, but so worth it when you find that person who can really help you!

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   Posted 3/12/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I started therapy many years ago on the advice of my GP.
When she referred me to a pdoc she also wanted me in therapy as she prescribed both anixety and depression meds for me. She wanted a better support system in place for me and a pdoc monitoring my meds.

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   Posted 3/12/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
i think im going tomorrow, this is the first time with my anxiety that I feel "off".
Just not myself...and that scares me a little!
So off to the doctor I go tomorrow morning for a referral to a shrink or something..:)
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   Posted 3/12/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   

This is one of God's helpers.  You are sane.  So go and get yourself some help............you are entitled to feel better.

StKitt  :-)

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   Posted 3/12/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
The first time I sought help was 10 years ago at my then boyfriend (now husband's) urging. He knew something wasn't right and I was denying it, saying it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. I'm really glad, despite all the ups and downs and frustrations and revelations that I did. It saved my relationship with him, for one thing, and it really helped with my panic for a long time. I learned a lot of tools for helping myself work through the panic which don't work every time, but which are useful nonetheless.
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   Posted 3/12/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I was in college. A good friend of mine from high school was killed in a car accident, my boyfriend at the time was sexually abusing me, and I hated my school. I was scared to talk to anyone about anything that was going on, but I figured if I wanted to become a psychologist, I would have to get over my fear of going to see one. I've since changed career paths!

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   Posted 3/12/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lil sis great thread...

I remember I was doing somewhat okay coping as you may and then I too felt SOMETHING was just not right
The first PDOC I saw put me on zoloft and told me to " put my thoughts ( in head) in a box and close the lid "
Needless to say I never saw him again and I have not taken any ssri's as I take Valium as needed and that does me just fine .........do CBT and self help techniques and have Healing Well family
I KNOW I wasnt right I was crying out for help I was afraid to be alone .....afraid of everything and for my own sanity .........alone and afraid and that is NOT ME

I KNEW I had to get it together for Cait and myself I had quit drinking ( 1979) and I did it w/o too much of a hassle so I knew I COULD fight this bleeding monster too .......
It was NO picnic for sure and I fought my way thru Hades one day at a time one baby step at a time and I am able to say I HAVE made great strides ....IMHO.........

THIS is a great thread and I do hope many more open up and talk about this DD we know as anxiety/panic / can lead to depression too

Luvs Big sis

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   Posted 3/25/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I find this is a great thread and needs to be bumped to the front in case anyone wants to sahre...
Thanks lil sis

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   Posted 3/25/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
It was after my son was born, I couldnt sleep, my mind wondered all night long, I was afraid of being home alone and stress over everything to the point where i thought i was lossing it! I felt really off like something was really wrong, I finally went in to talk to my doc about my phobia of storms and told her it was almost to much to take ontop of all my bad days and she said wait, tell me more about your bad days and I did. She said it wasnt just stress and so I began the meds and it was a great improvment on everday life for me...including my fear of storms got better!
I really like this thread!
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   Posted 3/25/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in college now. My high school years, well, I tried to make the best of them, but in the long run things quite didnt go my way.i was always an extremely shy kid and knew there had to be something weird about me. i started going to counseling my first year of college because once i entered college, it was huge, and i had never been so scared or fearful before. so i just told myself now more than ever i really need to get some help and talk to someone to settle my nerves. i feel better now. so just the overwhelming anxiety of entering college really pushed me to do it.

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   Posted 3/26/2008 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I was an anxious child growing up and an anxious young adult. My world changed drastically when i turned 30. I developed full blown panic disorder. I was diagnosed that year but it took alomost 5 years of suffering before I got a doc who specialized in PD who rxed xanax in the right doses for me. In fact I am diagnosed with PTSD of which A&P is just one of the symptoms.
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   Posted 3/26/2008 2:39 AM (GMT -6)   

When I got my first proper panic attack it was SO SEVERE that I ended up in hospital under close supervision...I never really felt like I had a choice I was so overwhelmed with terror that I could hardly breathe, let alone eat or walk unassisted.  My faithful mum drove me to ER and the got me a psychologist and I've been back a zillion times since (although not so much these days thankfully!!)

I've had many doctors tell me to "pull my socks up" or refuse me meds over the years which really hurt, but I know my own strength now and I refuse to let any doctor put me down for my panic disorder...next challenge please !!!

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