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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Im a 28 year old woman and have GAD, depression, and panic attacks. I also have IBS and IC (interstitial Cystitis) My health is a trigger for me as I worry about it often. I was diagnosed about 7 years ago with GAD and at the time I had major depression. My biggest battle is panic attack since they are the hardest to cope with. I fear so many things simply because I fear the panic attack. I currently dont take anything for my mental health but I do carry Klonapin for emergency.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 6/10/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to healingwell. You will find tons of support here as I have. I also suffer from GAD and panic disorder. I understand how hard and scary the situation seems to be. I hope that all goes well for you and we are here for you.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 6/10/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Bella! Panic attacks get easier and easier to get through if you "accept them" and "float" through them. Remember they are not dangerous. Buy some books to educate yourself. Klonopin is a great med to take when needed.

Also, look into meditation or biofeedback. You'll be feeling better very soon!
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
"The part can never be well unless the whole is well." Plato

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 40
   Posted 6/10/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome. I too carry a vial of klonopin just in case, although I haven't taken one in over 3 months now. Fortunately, I've found ways of dealing with my anxiety and the occassional panic attack and subduing those feelings before they get out of control.
Hope you find help here that will enable you to overcome the anxiety.

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/10/2009 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bella,
I used to fear panic/anxiety attacks so much that just thinking about having one would give me one! I would be unable to breathe and would end up in the ER thinking I was having a heart attack or a stroke. I took Ativan for a while and it helped, but I decided to wean's been a year and a half since I stopped taking Ativan. I still have anxiety issues but I have learned to roll with them. When I feel short of breath and my heart starts pounding or feeling like it's going to start skipping beats I go with it and just inhale deeply through my nose and exhale through pursed lips. I don't fight the attack and it subsides quite easily. I also talk to myself to calm down. I'm a praying person so I pray and I also repeat over and over to myself that I am safe and nothing bad is going to happen to me. I also comfort myself with the knowledge that if I need to take meds to help me I will do it...I haven't had to do that yet. We're going to be alright. We're sensitive people and we need to talk to others who understand us. I'm glad to come here to just read other's posts and gain comfort from knowing I'm not alone. I need help sometimes and I want to help others as well.



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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 318
   Posted 6/10/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the family Bellepazza,
I agree with Aries you just have to accept and go through ths panic attack and know that you are ok. I've heard people say that CBT -cognitive behavorial therapy works good for GAD. I haven't been lucky enough to find a therapist in my area that does CBT yet. Just know that you have come to the right place for support there are a lot of wonderful people here.

This too shall pass...

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