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   Posted 7/19/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone! I usually post on the lyme forum. Today I decided to visit here and share my story.
My overwhelming anxiety and panic disorder started when I was about 21. I am 35 now.
I went through some really tough times and had to deal with some major life stressors.
I felt so alone with my anxiety and panic attacts.I had constant scary thoughts.It was really bad. I thought it would kill me. This went on for years........
I wanted to share with you some of the things that helped me to completely overcome this. I have not had a panic attack in about 7 years! I no longer have obsessive scary thoughts and I can go anywhere and do anything that I want to do.
Even though I was diagnosed with a disease that has no cure, I am still holding steady. Unbelieveable!
I do still have what I consider "normal anxiety". There is no comparison!
Anyway I wanted to share with you some of the things that helped me.
1. I surrendered my life to God.
2.I prayed alot!
3. I changed my lifestyle (stopped smoking, stopped drinking, started exersizing, oh,and stopped caffine).
4.I went through a program called "attacking anxiety and depression" by Lucenda Bassett.
5.I started taking risks and facing my fears.
6. I would do things even though it scared me to death. I would say to myself "so what if it kills me, then I will go to heaven and be with God!
There is hope! You have got to face your fears HEAD ON!
You only have this one life! Start today! Change some things!
You can do it!  

Post Edited (georgiagirl) : 7/19/2008 3:50:48 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/19/2008 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Ggirl.....thanks so much for sharing your story.
It helps when others can see there is hope to healing fully from anxiety.
Now for those who are not religious, you can replace God with whomever/whatever you believe in.

I've been to hell and back and fighting again, but am confident I shall overcome as well

Great thread :-)

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   Posted 7/19/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   

HOw do you surrounded your life to god. I hear this in church allthe time and I really don't get it.  I believe  in god --I haven't been able to go to church without starting to get teary eyes.  I was so depressed last week I didn't even go .   I read how depression goes on for years --I can't take this for years.  I need help now ..I know i do need to get back to exercising ..I haven't for 2 weeks or so .  My fears are irrational fears--more obsessive thoughts that we will be broke and my kids won't get to college and we will have failed them as parents.  My husband assures me that won''t  happen .  BUt i can't stop the feelings   I have tried to tell my husband and he is listens but can't relate--he has never been depressed and doesn't worry about hte future.  He says god is in control.  I can't find peace with that . does that mean I am not a true believer.  I guess it is the saying  Why does god let bad things happen to good people.  I know my life could be soo much worse  I read these post and then feel worse because you all have a TRUE reason to be depressed and mine is a what if ????

I just want to feel peace  and be happy for what i have but i just feellike crying and my heart is tight and beaten hundred miles an hour.  I can't take being like this --I feellike asking my husband for a divorce so he can go and find a better wife andmother for his kids

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   Posted 7/19/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
yes thank you for helping  us by telling your story... I am a Christian and I pray everyday..... for Grace to over come my fears..

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   Posted 7/19/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   


Thank you so much for sharing your story and I am so happy you have faced your fears and continue to believe that you will be OK.  That is great.

It is inspiring to hear a success story too. Bless you.



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   Posted 7/19/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Howtostopthepain,

I don't go to church, but when I was little somebody gave me this thing that said "believe unto the Lord and ye shall have eternal life".

I have believed in that ever since. And I know that if you believe, you need to try to have faith. Which means, try to not worry about the things that you can't control. Like your husband says, leave it to the Lord. Just have faith and believe and things will work out for you. Do the best you can. You will feel good about yourself, but the things that you can't do, accept that and that is where the faith comes in again. You just need to relax some. You will be fine.

Best wishes,
Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 7/19/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   

how to stop the pain,

Take a big deep breath and know you are OK.  You are a new member and there is no  one way that works for everyone.  Georgia found a way to control her anxiety and she is able to maintain with the information she shared with us.  That does not mean you won't find a way with help and you too will overcome your depression.

First of all do you have a therapist?  Also  perhaps you need to see your physician for a good medical screening exam to be sure you have no medical problems going on.  Now here are a few tips for dealing with your depression.

Learn to love yourself,  you have to take care of you first.  You are a unique and caring person and you are very important to many people including your husband. 

Depression can be like a tremendous weight, keeping you down so you don't want to function. Sometimes, it's a constant battle with oneself to get up, get ready and get dressed every day. Life has a way of piling stuff on us, and it is our job to un-freeze our bodies and keep going during even the most difficult of times. Don't give up on yourself for having depression, it is possible to increase your energy and drive. It just takes finding out what solutions work best for you specifically.

Don't overanalyze or judge situations that upset you. Minimize the drama in your life.

It is best to limit your exposure to people who consistently bring you down or stress you out. Take situations and problems at face value. Don't read into them, just accept the reality of each issue as you experience it . Be kind to yourself.  We are all here to help and please keep posting.

I believe you have been posting in the Depression Forum, right?

I look forward to getting to know you better.

Gentle Hugs



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   Posted 7/19/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
peacesoul! Hey! It's good to hear from you! I know you have been through alot, but you are one tough little cookie and if anybody can overcome this, YOU CAN! Hang in there my friend.

how to stop the pain,
How did I surrender my life to God? I prayed for God to come into my life and fill me with the holy spirit. I surrendered every part of myself to God. My heart, mind, and soul. I found a church that I love and like you I would cry every time there was a service. I was so thankful to be there. I felt the heavy load start to lift, and I knew that I was going to be ok......
You can feel peace and happiness again! You have just got to believe that you can overcome this, and work hard to achieve it. It will take time! Take baby steps!
Here are some thoughts to ponder.....
1. What you can tolerate, you cannot change.
2. What you respect, you will attract.
3.What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.
4.The secret of your future is in your daily routine.

I will be praying for you. Everything will be ok.
I would suggest reading "From panic to power" by Lucenda Bassett and "battlefield of the mind" by Joyce Myers. These are great books!

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   Posted 7/19/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this post and i really dont know where to start. I have had anxitey a long time now and i had it undercontrol for about seven years now never had any problems. see seven years ago i was put on effoxer75 and did great until about three months ago it just hit me again its like my med just stop working. so i went to the doctor she up my dose to 150 and been taking it for about two months now and it not helping at all i still have constant anxtiey i m still shacking, and my stomach is constantly nerves i have to force my self to eat i have lost so much. I dont know what to do anymore were to turn for help. i am35 years old female with a 19, 17, and a 4, year old. I work and its been so hard to go to work every day with this. I live in spartanburg ,sc and the doctors around here will just put you on anything and send you out the door.I feel all along in this and scared i just want to feel good again. if here is someone out there can help me please do so...
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Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 7/20/2008 7:44:50 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/20/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad you posted and have told some of your story to us
Do you have access to a therapist ?
What about asking doc for something fast aacting to help for the anxiety as well
There really is no shame in havig to take meds
Sometimes a med will just poop out on you and others need to be tried

Please do stay with us and see the support and great ppl there are here that will do their best to help where they can.....on wknds it is much slower than during the week so be patient lol'
YOU will get answers
Again welcome to HW and stay with us plz...........LYN

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