New here and trying to deal with anxiety/panic attacks

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 10/13/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
hello i am new here and i am hoping i can get some advice on how to deal with anxiety and panic disorders....i have been recently diagnosed with hypothyroid and i have been on medication for about 6 months....about 3 weeks ago i went to see my doctor again because i continued to have panic attacks and anxiety after i had been on thyroid medication for awhile, which my doctor said the anxiety should go away after being on the thyroid meds for awhile and it hasnt, so he then prescribed me prozac...which really has done nothing for me except making me drowsy and tired....i am constantly worrying about my health and i often find myself not wanting to leave my house because of my constant fear so if any of you guys out there who have been going through the same thing could give some coping strategies and any advice i would really appreciate it.... :)

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/13/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I have anxiety attacks frequently because of an awful ex I'm trying to get over...I just posted in one of the other threads that I sing a song that relates to getting over an ex and having them realize that they missed out and ruined what could have been great. Music is great therapy for me. What's also been helping me lately is listening to relaxing sounds before I go to sleep. My alarm clock has nature sounds with it - thunder, rain, waterfall, ocean, etc. It's very soothing and helps me really calm myself down.

I'd talk to your doctor about the medicine. Usually they take about a month to kick in, but if they're still making you drowsy then maybe he needs to adjust them or it's not the right medication for you.

Also talking to people you are close with or you know you can trust helps a lot. Surround yourself with a positive support group. I know I can trust my mom, my grandma who can relate, and a few close friends, and recently I've found I can trust the people here at HW. We all understand, no weirdness here ;]

Are you seeing a counselor? They are great help too. You can tell them anything and it's all confidential.

Just remember to hang in there. It is possible to overcome this. Hard, but possible. And when you overcome it you're stronger than ever.

And welcome to Healing Well. :)
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   Posted 10/13/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   


Hello and welcome to HealingWell, We are always excited to have new members. :-)

I am sorry you are having a hard time right now. There are a lot of different therapies out there and this is one that is a favorite of the members.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to  feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

There is a free online course and I will post the link here for you.


The MoodGym Training Program

One of the best simple ways to deal with Anxiety is breathing. Simple things like inhale to your lungs full capacity, hold it, then exhale imagining all of the stress to leave your body with the air that is exhaled. Getting yourself to a quiet calm place is another way to help and be able to breathe. Imagining a beautiful scene in your mind, counting to 100, counting your breath and trying to slow it are all techniques that really do help.

Another way of dealing with Anxiety is to be proactive with it. Understand what your triggers are. Think about them. Maybe write them down and the reasons you feel that they are your triggers. Try and focus on solutions to these triggers to avoid it happening in the first place. Maybe even get a loved one to help.


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   Posted 10/14/2008 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   


Hello, welcome to HW. Have you discussed with your doctor any alternatives to prozac? It may not be the medication for you. Sometimes you have to try a few before you get the right "fit".

My number one tool for coping with anxiety is to keep myself busy, distracted and surrounded by positive things. If I am finding it hard to leave the house I will bribe myself, a hot chocolate at my favourite cafe, a new book. Anything that will get me focused on something other than what is going on in my head and my body.

I also try and challenge panic. When it tells me to be fearful of something I try and go out and do it straight away. The longer I dwell on it the less likely I am to be able to do it and then I stew on it for days, and days...

I hope some of our advice helps out, it's lovely to have you here as a member.

:-) Meg
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