Second week of current anxiety cycle...

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   Posted 1/13/2009 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm on the second week of my latest anxiety bout and true to form, the anxiety has lessened slightly but the depression has set in. So I have a couple questions for everyone: When you're going through your anxiety/panic attacks, do you ever find your mind constantly worrying about 'the future'?

For example, I'm only 24(25 in April), but since this started last week I find I've been thinking about all manner of strange things: where my relationship with my girlfriend is going, what we're going to be like in thirty years if we stay together, my parents growing older etc. I've also noticed that the smallest things that remind me of childhood can bring me to the verge of tears at the moment. Anyone else get this, and if so, when you're dealing with anxiety, what do you do to try and 'stay in the moment'?


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   Posted 1/13/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey! Yes, with depression and anxiety it's perfectly normal for your mind to wander and think about scary or depressing things. Are you taking any meds for your anxiety and/or depression?

Try to "stay in the moment" by cleaning, working on a hobby, watching t.v., going for a walk, gardening. It helps to focus on something in the room at the moment. Maybe you can focus on a lamp or table. Remember to do positive self talk. Remind yourself that everything is okay. The future looks bright. You're young. You have many wonderful years ahead of you.

Also, begin a journal. Write down what is going on in your life. How you feel should be written in it, also. I like to write down what people from HW say to me and their quotes. Hang in there! You'll feel better soon.
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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Soonblue :)

Aries always has great advice and is "spot on" :) I do all of these things plus reading/writing to help me out. Have you checked out the Anxiety-Panic Resources thread at the top of our forum page? There is some great techniques to links that would be of benefit to you found under the post "wen". . . :)

Take time for yourself to heal. With the right techniques/practice, you will look back in a few months and be so happy on how far you have come.

You already took the hardest step on admitting you have a problem and taking steps to deal with it. You should be very proud of that!
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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there, we also have an anticipatory anxiety thread I will pull to the top for you.

Take care and good advice from the others.



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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt!

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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Soonblue,

Yep, I get the same thoughts when I am in a negative cycle..I stay in the moment by immersing myself in books, films, cooking, visiting with friends..whatever gives me joy.

I also find it grounding to touch things; flowers, cats, dogs, planting herbs, walking barefoot. Staying tactile with your environment is a great way to stay in "the here and now". I wish you all the best and hope this cycle ends soon. It sounds to me like you have a very positive mind-set and I have no doubt you will get through this and teach us all many things!! I look forward to getting to know you better. :-)


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