Need to testify in a hearing and scared!!!

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   Posted 8/6/2009 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
So I'm on week 2 of the Effexor. Increased to 75 mg this week. I started feeling better, or so I thought. But the past 2 nights I've woken up in a panic. Last night was REALLY bad! I have a few weeks until I have to testify in a hearing, and I know that is weighing on my mind. I am TERRIFIED!!! It will be quite possibly the most stressful situation I've ever been in. I'm really worried that I won't be able to handle it. Along with the Effexor, I'm going to counseling every week, and she's teaching me meditation and relaxation, and tapping. I also am doing the MoodGym program online, and just began reading the workbook, "When Anxiety Attacks." I feel like I'm doing all the right things, but I'm so nervous for the hearing. Does anyone have any other tips or advice for me? I really would feel like a fool if I got on the stand and had a PA or needed to excuse myself. I hate this feeling!!!!! cry

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   Posted 8/6/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, TiredoftheFear,
I can't relate to having to testify, but I can definitely relate to having and event coming up that has one's anxiety skyrocketing- I suffer from severe social anxiety, so anytime I have some social event coming up where I might have to do something like serve food, or speak, or even talk to strangers, I can't think of anything else until then, it controls my life- if I let it.
Sounds like you are doing the right things to prepare. May I also suggest:
 I hate to sound like a broken record but I find exercise gets rid of that excess nervous energy and helps tremendously. So, before a medical procedure or doctor's appt, or social event. I walk 30 minutes, as briskly as I can every day. If it rains I walk back and forth in my house. It does the trick, at least it tones me down. So, if your doctor says it is okay, it might be worth a try. But you need to stick to it every day and walk faster than a stroll. Also, when I walk I use the time to think positive. "I WILL get through this" " This will NOT defeat me" "I AM a competent person" etc etc. As I walk I also take several deep breaths and feel thankful for my world and being alive. I like to focus on wildlife as I walk and the beauty of the season, too. Anything to derail my Usual Suspects (symptoms). To give my mind a break and wear off that overload of nerves!
Peace to you!

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   Posted 8/6/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds as if you are doing all the right things, but just need to kick the stinkin thinkin as Kitt is fond of saying to the curb. I was wondering if you have any emergency meds you can take before this hearing to keep yourself calm beforehand? Maybe that is something to talk to your therapist about. Good luck, and I know you will do fine.

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   Posted 8/6/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Spinnaker and Nanners!

I know I do need to start light exercising. My anxiety has been keeping me from doing anything physical, and I know I need to get over that hurdle.

I'm on Effexor. I do have Xanax, but I stopped taking that because it didn't seem to be working. That's when he switched me to Effexor.

I know this trial has been weighing heavily on my mind, and therefore, making the anxiety worse. I cannot wait until it is over with and I can finally stop thinking about it.

Thanks to all for any suggestions!!!
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