So I am supposed to strart a new thread for intro.
Looking back I probably had panic attacks a couple of times ( I din know what it was then and quickly forget it each time) over my younger days before I developed panic disorder after a full blown attack in my mid twenties. That changed my life overnight and I felt I became a different person. I had panics all the time and was really consumed by it. The symptoms come in all shapes and forms, physically, mentally and psychologically and it traumatised me no end. I was convinced I had some health issues and even wished I find some to explain what was going on.
15 years on, I am glad to report I am mostly ok. Perhaps everyone's condition and environmental experience are unique but I will share a bit on my journey.
The first few years were roller coasting drifting into and out of severe panic and depressing cycles. Each time some personal challenges would set me back. I became tired, depressive, agoraphobic, anxious. I had nocturnal attacks, couldn't take a nap, depersonalisation etc.
I tried meds, meditation, alternative treatment like tcm, acupuncture, exercise, reading etc.
One day I was told by the doctor that meds were not curative but just for relief of symptoms. I found claire weekes books and for the first time found more comfort, knowledge and encouragement than what I had read. I trusted her methods and worked hard at it. I also made a commitment to be better. Within weeks I felt much better and in control.
Over the years i've had more attacks but these became less intense and often over time. I learnt to handle setbacks by putting them behind and remember my progress and strongly believed that I can wiggle out again.
I now only take meds a few tablets a year on average. These are to handle stressful work situations where I needed to be functional immediately. I've had very few full blown attacks over the past 10 years. There are a few things that helped. In addition to claire weekes method and a change of mindset, adequate rest, eating well, cutting out emotional upheavals helped. I told myself emotions r a luxury and to control overly sad, happy, fearful, excited etc. Let the 'broken leg' rests. Dun stress it with more fear, emotions, worries etc. Keep occupied with things that makes u happy. It is hard to just think happy. Do a sport, hobby, watch a funny or uplifting movie, a nice book, sing or dance. Whatever makes u happy do more.
I'm here cos I want whoever is suffering know that there is hope. With the right experience, knowledge and courage, there is hope. Dun give up.
Think that's long enuff intro and I shd stop here. Cheers!
Post Edited (Littlesoldier31) : 3/29/2014 3:15:06 AM (GMT-6)