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   Posted 4/20/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
(Hi nellebutter,
I'm just copying your post into a new thread,  The one you had attached it to is about 2 years old, and you'll get more and clearer responses with your own thread, I hope.
Nellebutter writes:
MP, I had my first panic attack in 2001 I was also 21 I on the other hand wasn't really going through much but that day for me was very stressful before my actual panic attack- I remember this day very well- the anxiety has never gone away but I have these little "seasons" where I am experiencing anxiety to the point where I don't go out (except to the doctors and market) because I am scared that I will have a panic attack in public or around people who don't understand. I have not been able to go out and do anything that I love doing in about 4 years. I have two small children and my anxiety is starting to take its toll on my relationship with their father( the best support I have) I do not want to be on meds and am beginning to be constantly angry and depressed because I am not "normal" my current medical assistance does not pay for therapists who do CBT and I am so scared to be on meds. If you have any insight or suggestions please help!!


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   Posted 4/20/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Nell,

This is Kitt.......... cool

Now let's get you on the road to healing and out of the house.

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.

theMoodGym Training program is a free online CBT program you can work from home on your computer.  It is a great program and has helped many.

Just click on the link and you will be on your way to discovering how to control you anxiety and get back out into the world.

The cause of an anxiety disorder does not have to be physical; mental images and thoughts can cause heightened anxiety. Any plan for reducing anxiety must include gaining control of damaging thoughts and mental images.

One way to change thought patterns is by limiting time spent thinking. Find a hobby or a distraction that you enjoy, preferably one that has a high degree of mental concentration. Painting and drawing are good examples. With both these activities, your mind is on the task at hand so you have very little time to picture or think about what causes you stress. The main point is to find something you enjoy that can be done for a long period of time.

Just remember to put one foot in front of the other on the path to healing.

Again welcome to our world.



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   Posted 4/20/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Percy I didn't realize the thread was so old until I had already posted it, thanks for reposting for me. Thanks for the info Kitt I will check the website right away it makes me feel better to know I have help from people who have first experience in what I'm going through.
This too shall pass...

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   Posted 4/21/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, nellebutter.

I think a lot of us get resentful because anxiety makes us feel "not normal" or keeps us from doing the things we want to or wish we could. Being able to do just one tiny thing differently can make all the difference. Maybe you could take the kids for a short walk, not far, but just enough to be able to say, "I did this, in spite of my anxiety." Just any little act that is out of your routine (but not *too* far out so that it freaks you) can make you feel a little better, and a little more like you can beat this thing.

I have not used the MoodGym, but several members have and think highly of it.

Let us know how it's going!



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