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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/1/2010 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone ~

I've had Panic Disorder for about 20 yrs now.

I went around 10 yrs undiagnosed.

Until I had a bad round of panic and ended up in the Hospital. With proper medication and some counseling, I was pretty much panic free.

I believed I had it "under control"...

Until about 3 months ago when they flared up again after some big life altering events.

THIS time around, I'm actually getting really good counseling, using CBT and medication to work through the episodes.

I'm not panic free, but I believe I'm on the right road....

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   Posted 1/1/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell and we are glad to have you join us. I am sure you will find the members supportive, friendly and wise.

Also I am impressed that you are doing the CBT program and good for you for taking control of your anxiety.

You are an inspiration to all.

Again, welcome.


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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 1/2/2010 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome LT to the anxiety forum. So glad to hear that you are beating your anxiety, many need to hear that it is possible. Hugs!
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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/2/2010 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the kind welcome!

I KNOW that living relatively panic free is possible. I've done it before!

I'm on a new med regimen and I'm not entirely certain it's best, but I see my Dr. on Monday.

When I have an "attack" or "episode".... I have the initial sensations, which I use positive counterstatements and breathing to minimize (keep it to a 4 or below on the Anxiety scale)...

But then it takes me about a week or so to totally "get over it". I have continued feelings of depersonalization and anxiety. They get lower every day until they aren't noticeable.

I keep reassuring myself that in time... we'll get the meds right... my therapy will help with underlying anxious thoughts and depression ... and as my esteem grows.. anxiety and depression will have little to hold onto.

I have to remember to be patient with myself.
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