I am sorry that your anxiety is flaring up.:( Things that we hear about
that scare us can really be a trigger.
Sorry if I use this illustration all of the time, but it is a good one.
When things happen to others, we tend to internalize it, and make it into our own worry...but it is ususally only the negative stuff!
If you heard of someone you know winning the lottery, would you quit your job, assuming you were the next one to hit it big? Of course not!
Well, the same logic applies here. There really is no more chance that you will have a cardio episode such as the one you heard about
...just as you would not win the lottery, simply because you heard of someone else winning.
Having a loved one who is ill is another story. This hits home because of the double worry...for them of course, and also because it brings to the surface our health anxieties. So it is not suprising that you would have panic in regards to your step-father going to the hospital. I really hope that he will be alright!
The suggestion of breathing skills that R2R recommended is a great one...as are the other techniques found in our Resources.
I hope that you can get to a calmer place very soon.
Keep posting, we understand and care about
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 10/23/2013 9:29:02 PM (GMT-6)