Does it ever get better?

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   Posted 2/18/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys, I've been having anxiety it seems everyday almost all the time since last month when i had a big panic attack.  I've been to the doctor, therapist and i'm on meds and I'm still struggling to feel 'normal' again.  I can't seem to shake it and I'm starting to get scared that I never will.  My mind won't shut off or allow me to not think about anxiety and I know I'm still anxious cause I keep thinking about it.  It's driving me crazy.  I'm trying to distract myself all the time and to stay in the moment.  Does anyone else ever get like this where it's almost constant?  I guess i'm just needing some reassurance that I'll feel normal again.  Thanks

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   Posted 2/18/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Tony (and your Texas boots) for your kind words.  It made me cry, but in a good way :-)

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   Posted 2/18/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   

It took me awhile to get better after my last panic attack, and I don't think it really happened until after so much CBT finally got into my head for good :) Does your therapist teach you CBT or anything else?

I sure hope you get to feeling better soon and we are here for you my friend :)

Good post Tony!
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   Posted 2/18/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sam, Yeah i'm doing the CBT therapy but I've only been once and I'm supposed to go again next week.  I'm hoping the CBT will help out a lot put I'm sure it'll take some time.  I'm sure glad I found HW for all the support.  :-)

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   Posted 2/19/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
As frustrating as it is, it does take time and patience to get through a difficult time and start to feel "normal" again, but you will get there.  Do you use cbt?  Try and throw the negative "what-if" thoughts out the window and fill your mind with positive "I will be ok" thoughts instead and as Knervous said, distraction works wonders to keep your mind occupied and off the negative track.  It sounds like you are doing all the right things, so just hang in there and it WILL get better! 

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   Posted 2/19/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Junebug and Nikki,
You know it's silly that I feel this way because i"ve been in this situation before (Usually once a year and I think I've had A/P my whole life) and everytime I think it's the worst anxiety that I've ever had and I have a hard time believing that I will come out of it and I always do.  You are so right when you say it's just a bully and a big lier too and it always makes you feel so alone even when you aren't.  Only this time i'm doing CBT and I just got my anxiety and phobia workbook in the mail so I'm excited about that.  I'm also excited about Spring and warmer weather.  I don't know about you guys but I usually feel happier when i can get outside in the sun.  It's too cold here in Missouri.... but I know it could be worse I could be living somewhere much colder.  :-)    Thank you guys for being so nice. 

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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Melbe

This is Kitt and I understand completely how you feel........but don't let that constant anxiety drop kick all that anxiety to the curb and let it know who rules.

I get mad at the anxiety and at myself but then I remember the anxiety is part of who I am and I allow myself to be human.  I practice hard at staying in the moment but also accept that I will have bad days and that no matter how awful I feel I will make it through.

I come here to HealingWell for support and comfort as you are doing so know you have anxiety, it does not have you.

I believe in you. wink



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   Posted 2/20/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Melbe, yes, it gets better. Some mild exercise may help you with your daily anxiety. I get like you where the anxiety and panic seems constant. We just have to flow with it and tell ourselves positive things. Make sure you see your therapist regularly. That will help, too!
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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt and Aries8!  You've all been a big help and I'm feeling a bit more hopeful about being able to 'kick it to the curb' like you said Kitt.  :-)

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   Posted 2/20/2009 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
melbe, I and a lot of people are right here with you.  My anxiety is like two steps forward and one step back.  I am anxiety and panic free for a month and bang, I have anxiety for a two, three, four days and I begin to think all my negative thoughts again.  I have always been able to bring myself out of it for a while.  But I have gotten a lot better since I first began having PA's, you will too.  There are some awesome people in this forum that have helped me a lot.  Stay with this forum it is a VERY GOOD THING.  We are all here for you.


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   Posted 2/21/2009 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks CC.  I know what you mean about two steps forward and one back.  I find myself feeling better and then my ego or whatever it is is like hey you can't feel better you're supposed to be anxious, sooo then i go through the whole cycle of anxiousness again.  I know you guys know what i mean.  Anyways I will be sticking with this forum it's been helping me bunches.
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