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Severen
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Date Joined Dec 2017
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   Posted 1/3/2018 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I'm 28, and I've been dealing with anxiety my entire life. For years, I think I managed as "well" as I have for the simple fact I'm a loner and an introvert. I've a tendency to mentally disassociate/daydream from my surroundings if I feel stress, which has helped a lot in maintaining my composure. I avoid stressful situations as much as possible, which obviously limits my quality of life. My jobs have always been solo or where I get as much alone time as possible (the way I love it). I also seem to develop OCD tendencies, like checking all the door locks multiple times. In fact, that particular tick became so bad that I was spending 10 minutes at night checking the 3 exterior doors in the house. In some cases, I was going back just to be sure. I realized it was a way of feeling more secure and in control of my safety. These kinds of things come and go, but I have to be proactive in preventing them from growing.

Lately it seems like when I DO have an anxiety attack, it manifests very quickly and intensely. Then it goes, and I'm left feeling drained and exhausted. I think my biggest triggers are lack of order and lack of control (which go hand-in-hand I feel). If I don't feel secure and in control of my environment, I start becoming stressed out. Often times, my anxiety will manifest first as really explosive anger. If others are present, I'll try to internalize this. When I get that flustered feeling, it makes me feel embarrassed, which in turn makes me furious. After the anger subsides (and it doesn't take too long), I'll be wiped out physically and emotionally. Sometimes I'll cry and even get bowel issues from the stress of it all. These types of episodes aren't new, but they seem to trigger more often and stronger than they used to.

I'm wary of most medications, because I don't want to be a zombie. I've tried CBD, kava kava, Melissa lemon balm, valerian root and various aromatherapy to help keep me grounded. Regularly using the gym has seemed to be incredibly beneficial as well. I was skeptical of these kinds of methods, but they do help a lot for general living albeit not eliminating attacks when they come. Being a sensual type of person, I've tried to make my surroundings as relaxing as I can too. I'm worried, however, that I may need to at least consider pharmaceutical type medication. My current partner is dealing with clinical depression, and I am obviously a little more prone to being affected by that type of energy. Are there any other methods (medical and non-medical) others have learned that might help me deal with my anxiety better? It almost seems like the more I do to suppress the attacks, the harder they hit me when they do come.

Thanks!

Hibee
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 1/3/2018 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and Welcome.

I find the most effective way to deal with anxiety that is not medication based is the use of Mindfulness Meditation which works wonders but it does take a bit of effort and persistence. We have some links in our resources section so take a look and you will also find loads of videos on youtube and a lot of apps are available to download to your phone.

Hibee
I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.

ANXIETY & PANIC FORUM MODERATOR

Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, Olanzapine 12.5mg, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day

Hopeful86
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Date Joined Aug 2017
Total Posts : 136
   Posted 1/3/2018 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Mindful meditation works wonders! Positive mantras, cbt (I’ve had 2 sessions so far.). Today I had a panic attack in a meeting and I wanted to get up and run. However, I pulled up a prayer I have on my phone and read it quickly and took a few breathes in and out. I try to tell myself even in the moment that the feeling is temporary, in 20 mins or so it’ll pass. It’s the longest 20 mins or so of my life but I know I’ll be ok.

I need to work out like you do. Many doctors have told me that helps tremendously. My issue with my husband and I have opposite schedules and we have a toddler. Which means I get home and cook dinner, watch him, do chores alone. I would need a treadmill or something at home. Hang in there! smile
Panic Disorder & have a hard time tolerating antidepressants.

.25 of Alprazolam (I cut in quarters) as needed
Currently experimenting with Effexor XR 37.5 mg

Scaredy Cat
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 27940
   Posted 1/3/2018 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Severen and welcome!

We are glad you've joined us though sorry to hear of your current challenges with anxiety/panic.

You mention this being a long time struggle, so I am assuming at some point you've been in therapy...but you don't mention it...

...so if you've not yet taken this step, I can't encourage you enough! Even if you've been previously...revisting treatment can bring about a whole new experience and healing opportunities.

If this is not a possibility for you, then self help is your next best bet. As Hibee mentioned, we have great material in our Resources, or you can check out all the available A/P help books at your library. Taking from each what applies to you essentially allows you to create a custom made program for yourself!

Keep posting with us as well if you find it helpful. We care, understand and support is key!

Talk soon,

Scaredy Cat
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"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
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