Treating anxiety

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   Posted 6/25/2010 10:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had anxiety most of my life. I am now 21 years old. My anxiety has always got the best of me. I've had to quit jobs because of it. The past few years I've been really good about keeping it under control. I've kept the same job for the past two years now, that I absolutly love. I've recently moved into my own apartment, which is something that I didn't think I would be able to do.
I went on a road trip, almost 30 hours to get to our destination. We arrived last night. After about 4 hours into the trip, I realized there was no turning around, and I started to panic. I tried all of the normal breathing techniques and I couldn't get calmed down. This panic attack lasted the whole way, it made it so difficult to sleep. I only slept maybe three hours, and I would wake up feeling just as anxious, if not more than before. When we got into our hotel I figured I would be fine, I thought maybe just being overtired and confined to a vehicle made it worse for me. I wasn't better though. I tried going to sleep and woke up still in a panic attack. I ended up looking into flights to go home, but couldn't get one, so someone is driving all that way just to pick me up. Because I can't stay here for a whole week, I'll be a nervous wreck, I just want to be home!
Most people I talk to don't understand this and don't know how to help me. I've tried counceling and it helped for a while, but I feel like I failed big time. I failed myself and my family and that doesn't help me feel any better. I guess I want to know some tips for helping me feel better. This anxiety attack is going to end up costing me over $800..because I have to pay the person whose picking me up gas back and pay to get back home. How sad is that? I'm willing to pay money that I don't have just to be home to stop this panic attack.

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   Posted 6/26/2010 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome to HealingWell. Sorry to hear you are having so much anxiety away from home. I had the same thing happen to me when I flew to the west coast for a vacation 4 years ago. We were to stay for a week and after 3 days I could not even get out of bed. My daughter did everything to try to help me but finally I asked her to call her Dad and I talked to him. He said can you fly home alone.........I would have walked on hot coals to get home. I was at the airport 2 hours later and back home by late afternoon. I felt really bad to have broken down in front of my daughter and granddaughters but beating myself up doesn't help so I kept moving forward.

I have since overcome the fear of being away from home and am back to traveling as I always did. I was just having a rough go of it when I did not make it through my vacation and I suspect that is what is happening to you. I have a great therapist and I do take medicaiton. I would strongly encourage you to see your Dr. re your high anxiety and see what help he/she offers you.

Again a warm welcome,


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   Posted 6/26/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Please, instead of looking at this event as a "failure", see it as a big accomplishment! Why? Because although you felt the need to get back home, you still forged ahead and tried and didn't turn back immediately! I haven't even got the courage to try! Like Kitt said, if you go to a doctor, you could try some medication to help you with the anxiety to a degree. Maybe you just need that little bit of extra help! Remember, anxiety isn't just an illness based on outside forces, but can be caused in part by brain chemistry, much like depression is. Okay, so this time you're going to return home, but maybe the next time, you'll be able to stay. Don't give up!
If I may bring out another point, a friend of mine has dealt with anxiety to some degree for a number of years. It didn't stop him from traveling, so his case isn't exactly like yours, but he went with his family on a three week tour of Europe. When he got back, he told me that he believed that he was able to enjoy the trip more thoroughly because he'd been taking the supplement I'd suggested. He'd been taking Taurine a while before he left and while he was away. He was so heartened by how it helped him! I take it every day and do believe it helps me with my anxiety. I learned about it from here:
You take care of yourself and don't hang down your head! I wish that I could say that I'd accomplished what you have!

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   Posted 7/1/2010 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi anxious89,

Quite true. I too have the same fear in my mind while Travelling. I am totally freaked out as though something very bad is going to happen with me. I have been taking medicines from last 1 week and the physician says its a kind of anxiety issue.


Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/1/2010 12:06:40 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/1/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
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