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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I noticed that I have been posting here and I have not introduced myself here on this forum.
I am 37 years old and a mother of 1 beautiful 17 year old daughter.  She just graduated HS and will be starting college next month majoring in restaurant/holtel management for 2 years and then will persue her culinary arts degree specializing in pastry.
I have lived with panic disorder/ GAD for the past 15 years diagnosed.  But looking back I think I had it even as a child.  Was always worried about something.  I was in the middle of what I now know was a panic attack when I went to the hospital because I thought I was having a heart attack.  That's when I was diagnosed.
I was in a very verbal abusive relationship with my daughter's father when I started having the panic attacks.  I finally got up the courage to leave when the verbal turned physical.  Funny thing is, the panic attacks stopped for the most part after that...go figure.  LOL
I very rarely have full blown panic attacks now.  But I do have GAD and I worry about my health all the time.  Actually i worry about everything all the time.  But it is getting better.  I never tooks meds until recently for the panic...I figured if I can fight them off myself with meditation and what not why take meds.  But I do have a Rx of Klonopin for those rare occasions that I have an attack and cannot stop it.  I call it my miracle drug LOL
I would probably feel better if I would take something all the time for the GAD but I hate the thought of being on meds just to feel normal.
Well that's all I acn think of for now...Take care all!!
Diagnosed with Panic Disorder-GAD-IBS-DDD-Arthritis-Controled HBP-Going to Doc in Sept to be evaluated for Fibro.
Meds: Cardizem CD~Prilosec~Klonopin(prn)~Daily Vitamin~Tylenol

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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey MEG25801,

Warmest welcomes to HW (nice name btw!)..I am really glad you have introduced yourself. I believe that GAD IMHO is just as bad as panic attacks, they just wear you down. Please don't feel guilty for having meds. I'm not a docor a phramaceutical rep (honest!) but I believe that if we can take something that helps us out to live a better life then we shouldn't fear the "stigma" of taking a daily med. If it works, then do it. Maybe you could have a chat with your doc about a low level med that may help you with the GAD.

Congrats on your daughter! Sounds like she has a great mum, and congrats on having the strength to leave that abusive situation. Please stay with us and check out some of our fun posts. We like to have a laugh at ourselves every once in a while.

Again, welcome, it's lovely to have you onboard.

Meg (okay so I'm biased!!) :-)

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   Posted 7/22/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello  MEG25801,

You've found a safe, caring , and reliable support community for people battling Anxiety and Panic.. We have many members here who will be glad to lend an ear, offer information, and provide support for people who need it.

Thank you for sharing with us and it sounds like you have a wonderful daughter to be very proud of. I am sure it was your outstanding influence with her that has gotten her to where she is today.

I have GAD too and I know how you feel so please keep posting as we are all here for you.



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   Posted 7/22/2008 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HW
This is the best place for support caring and empathy IMHO

I am so happy you have a daughter like you do
Tis a Blessing for sure isnt it
Many of us here share our pride and our ups and downs about our family lives so feel free at anytime

Thanks for sharing and intro yourself

Keep posting and
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   Posted 7/22/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, Meg, and welcome!

I'm so glad you've made the choices you have in your life. And what a treasure your daughter sounds like.

As others have said, please don't feel ashamed or embarrassed to be treating your anxiety in the way that you feel is best. Some folks get the impression that using medication is "weak," when we don't perceive it as weak when we take it for other conditions. Others can feel embarrassed if they consider non-med alternative methods because they might be viewed as "quacks," though there are also plenty of conditions that we don't take pills for. What's important is to find the method that works best for you. After all, it's your health, and nobody else has the right to judge how you take care of yourself. :)

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