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   Posted 12/30/2008 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
I posted on here very late last night, well i say late - it was late for me but i have figured out so far (ooh im clever!) that this is a site in america so it wasnt late for most people.
I just wanted to say that although my panic attack didnt subside until somewhere near half six in the morning (least i got to sleep till 11 am!) i kept thinking about what i had read on here and knowing that i wasnt alone and it really helped.

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   Posted 12/30/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gem!

Nice to meet you and welcome to the A/P forum. A mod will be on here soon to welcome you with more info :) You will also meet many people on here from several countries, so we are in good company :)

Take care!
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   Posted 12/30/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gem

Welcome to HW this is a good forum and we do understand what you are going through. I am sorry to hear about your panic attack but glad it did subside for you. I find that deep breathing can help when having a panic attack and self talk also helps me. Do you take any Medication for your anxiety? I also found that therapy really helped me as i found it good to talk to someone and also worked out were all these feelings came from maybe something you could think about? I also find that coming here to HW and speaking to the members really helps me and i also like to help others there is a real family feel here and i am glad you have found us.

Keep posting

Take Care

New Member

Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/30/2008 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
No i dont take anything. I have had "panic disorder" since i was around 9 or 10 but it subsided as i got older then came back with a vengenance 12 years ago when i went on a plane (for the first time!) it never got better since then and has got worse since i started using alcohol to "self medicate".
for the first time since this happened i have seen my doctor and i have an appointment to see a therapist who specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy which i have heard is very good for chronic panic disorder.
i feel if i dont do something soon im going to lose my partner and i cant bear for my daughter to grow up seeing her mother this way and developing the same thing herself. i know, truly know its in my head, and right now because i feel "normal" its easy to say that but last night i was desperate for someone to tell me "STOP IT!!! its not real your making it happen". i keep telling myself one day at a time and i will get there and i hope that when im "better" i can use my experiences to help others recover. xx

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   Posted 12/30/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Gem- im 28 and i got panic disorder when i was 10, so i sympathise. and instead of alcohol, i hid behind prescription 'downers'- benzos, opiods etc for many years to numb the pain of reality. my addictive personality never like alcohol, but is sure liked tranquilisers, sedatives, pain meds etc.
BUT, in order to really begin the healing process its important to feel and and be aware of your surroundings, and substance abuse doesnt help panic, it may mask it temporarily, but in the long run, it is so detrimental to your mental health.
I hope you stay with us and get to know us and feel comfortable sharing- this is a place of support, and not a place of heavy handed judgement.
all the best,
Maz XX
            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD, Sinusitis, IBS,  Allergies, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
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Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
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   Posted 12/30/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety is strange. The symptoms can be made worse by the person suffering. Hence, anticipatory anxiety. But the fact that it's "all in your head", I'm not sure I agree with. I've read so many books on this subject, you wouldn't believe it. There's a reason you're suffering from the symptoms of anxiety. Something may be going on in your life, guilt, needs not being met, etc. I'm not a doctor but I would suggest grabbing a few books on the subject. Dr. Claire Weeks wrote "Hope and Help For Your Nerves". That would be a really good one for you to buy/order. She explains each symptom of anxiety thoroughly. She also tells the reader what's happening during the symptoms and how to lessen them.

This website has great resources you can look through, also. And I think it's an excellent idea that you'll be seeing a therapist. Keep logging in here as needed. The people who come on here are fantastic! I think they help me just as much as my meds do. Take care, Gem!
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