I think a lot of people dont understand....

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   Posted 5/31/2009 2:34 AM (GMT -6)   
What it like living with anxiety/panic disorders they think its so easy to just switch it off and hardly anyone recognises it as a real illness, Like my family I went to visit them yesterday after one of my big episodes and My dad whos getting on a bit now just does not support me and tends to favour my brothers over me as they are doing so much more with there lives and I am just the odd one because this illness effets me everyday, My mom on the other hand who has MS understands what its like to be the way I am and supports me. So anyway I get home afterwards to me and my partners house and I start to thinking what can I doto make myself better? So officially starting from tommorrow I start therapy with a psychiatrist and also CBT to try and help me live my life and not waste another second of it to this illness. Its not something I can control as many of you know on here, its a disorder I have a chemical imbalance in my brain that I need to admit to and realise that after 9 years of the same suffering whatever it is is not going to kill me. Its not a tumor its not the 1000 other illnesses I diagnose myself with it is simply just panic and the first steps for me is to admit that so here is where I am admitting it. On the other hand my stomach ulcers seem to be getting better so all in all I am having a positive day so far. scool

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   Posted 5/31/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi justinphil0

Sorry to hear you are having a rough time at the moment but really pleased you have made that step and are seeing a psychiatrist and doing CBT as that really is a great therapy which has good results with people who have anxiety related mental illness. I have GAD & Depression and have suffered with anxiety for as long as i can remember im 34 now and i can relate to what you wrote in your post about people not understanding mental health illnesses and that can be frustrating and i come up against that all the time from people. I think because people cant see anything wrong physically its hard for them to relate to what's going on that's why this forum is a great place to come and speak to people who can relate to what you are going through. Mental illness comes with a lot off stigma and it took me a long time to admit i had a problem and i still struggle with this, you are so right about accepting it because then you will be able to beat your anxiety with the help of CBT. You are not alone so please keep posting here to let us know how you are getting on and i wish you all the best with the CBT.

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