anxiety has gotten severly worse

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   Posted 8/2/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Female, 27,married with 3 kids

I have been diagnosed with anxiety since I was a teenager. Had only one attack and paxil seemed to help. Flash foward to 1 year ago when my mother in law tried to kill me infront of my kids, i never saught my kids help first. 3 months later I knew i had a problem when i didn't cry when my grandfather whom was a father figure to me died. I saw a shrink....told me a part of my brain, that controls the ability to cry has "shut down" to cope and it will take awhile for it come back...still hasn't. Anxiety peaked though so I was put on Valium
Flash foward to now. Was diagnosed with ulcertive colits 3 years ago which has now been shot down and told something else, probably chrones.
Now, i am in CONSTANT anxiety mode. Heavy chest feeling, and having to take my valium like clock work. It's slowed down a bit (started monday when doc shot down the UC) I almost always have a small feeling of heavy chest but wont take valium unless it is severe. I would say I am having to take it now 2-4 times a day.
Why is this now just happening when I never had it happen before? My first panic attack was heavy breathing, light head feeling until it was over. Never have I had this feeling!
thank you in advance for any help, guidance, stories. I talk to my husband about it but no one else who has anxiety. I research but have yet to actually talk with someone who has anxiety and has these symptoms. It does make me feel alone, helpless...probably making the anxiety worse.

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   Posted 8/3/2010 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to read of your anxiety and I do feel some of it may be normal.  You are going through some medical problems and getting conflicting dx which is hard to deal with for most people.
Has anyone ever talked with you about PTSD?  Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder that's triggered by a traumatic event. You can develop post-traumatic stress disorder when you experience or witness an event that causes intense fear, helplessness or horror. Post-traumatic stress disorder treatment often includes both medications and psychotherapy. This combined approach can help improve your symptoms and teach you skills to cope better with the traumatic event and its aftermath.
CBT is often the therapy of choice for PTSD.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to
feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

There is a free online CBT that you can work through from home on your ow computer.  Here is the link : the Mood GYM training program

Do take the time to check it out and all you have to do is register to use this program.

Also seeing a therapist for yourself is another suggestion.  I find this very helpful for my mental health issues.




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   Posted 8/5/2010 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I do the CBT ONLINE kitt posted and it has helped me out so much..
give it a try
you hv nothing to lose by trying it n i think it might help as was said by Kitt


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