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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 7/24/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been doing really good with my anxiety/panic for the last year or so...until earlier this week when I came down with some stomach bug. The flu like symptoms really made my anxiety shoot through the roof. My pysch increased my benzos back to where I was a year ago, but just like before I wake up shaky, with a racing heart. I HATE ANXIETY!!! I wish I had more control over this. I try really hard with the techniques I learned in CBT, but it has been a while...I have been out of work for the last 3 days, but will be going back tonight. My flu-like symptoms seem to have passed, but I'm not sure if being shaky is from not eating anything of any substance in the last few days or anxiety. I don't know what could be making me anxious! HELP!


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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 7/24/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Feeling stessed about feeling anxious will be causing you more anxiety. Im sure you know that it ends up being a viscious circle. I know when i had flu earlier this year my anxiety got a bit worse because my immune system was down and when i feel weak i feel panicky. Just try and rationalise that you felt this way because of feeling ill and now it will pass as you are feeling physically alot better.
You will be fine, you have had too much time on your hands to look too deeply into how you are feeling.

Best wishes


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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 7/24/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Deb,

I am sorry to hear you anxiety is up.  You very well good be feeling shaky yet from the flu.  You may want to get out your CBT materials and just do a refresher.  We always have the online CBT available if you want to do some extra work with CBT.

Try not to overthink your anxiety but accept it and then let go of it.  Big breath and know that we care.

Gentle Hugs



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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 7/26/2009 1:32 AM (GMT -6)   

Try and focus on what you have achieved- you have been doing so well! AP will rear its ugly head from time to time, but you have the tools to deal with it that you learned through CBT and you need to remember that you can gain control again. Being sick with the flu wont have helped, as you will feel weaker and find everyday activities harder. have something yummy to eat and start taking small steps. you can do this!

Maz XX

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