overcoming and than dealing with anxiety

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   Posted 9/26/2006 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was a pretty regular poster on this board not so long ago.. and I have to say that one thing that helped me a great deal with my panic and anxiety was reading this board and posting on it and getting responses that made things seem more reasonable and rational.
My anxiety is hardly here anymore... after six years of it plus a really really long stint of 8 months of not being able to sleep, eat (extreme weight loss), or function nearly as well as i'm capable of doing. I'm now 6.5 months pregnant and no longer on any medications... at all!!! which is really a big step for me.
One thing that I know helped me out a lot is self talks and cognitive therapy (without the therapy) if that makes sense. It took me a long time to retrain my thoughts but I have succeeded. I know for sure that i'm not "cured" and never will be but i've learned ways to deal with my anxiety, it is however, a slippery-slope.
I just want others out there who are suffering from panic and anxiety that there is hope... i was feeling really hopeless for a long time and feeling like I was about to give up because i couldn't stand to be in my head anymore. The 8 months that i refered to earlier were the worse 8 months of my life and it was all due to my constant panic attacks...I feel better than I have in 6 years! So now I try to help anyone who is going through these hard times and try to give them hope.

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   Posted 9/27/2006 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Cool! So glad to hear that you are doing better and off your meds. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am brand new (my first reply in fact!) and have also been doing better and using retraining in my thought processes. I also practice breathing teqniques and progressive muscle relaxation. No meds for me either, but I do take St. John's Wort. Both breathing and muscle relaxation have really made a difference for me. Thanks for such a positive and hopeful post!

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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Theses are the posts I really enjoy reading the positive feedback and the success of other's ........
Thanks so much for sharing it is really important that peeps that have made progress no matter if its a wee bit or a whole lot does come back and let us know so we can all celebrate this acheivement and others
Kudos to you and again thanks so much 'Congrats on your baby coming '
you will never know such joy and bliss with a new babe I can still remember the smell of Cait when she was born still has that smell it is the smell only a mother the mother knows and loves .....truly
Again thanks so much
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   Posted 9/27/2006 6:46 AM (GMT -6)   
This is great news BruisedViolet!! Thanks so much for letting us know -- and big congratulations on the pregnancy -- hope it all runs very smoothly for you. Yes, CBT is marvellouso for anxiety and panic -- so glad it helped you! I love a good success story: you really sound like you have godd handle on things -- and a positive outlook for your continued progress.

Take care hun,

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   Posted 9/27/2006 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Great to hear some uplifting posts!

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   Posted 9/27/2006 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Im so happy for you violet, you deserve this! and congrats on the baby, if i havent already said that, nothing like a baby to keep you smiling :) im so proud of you for doing so well and not on any meds, you give alot of people hope, and we are all thankful to have you. Take care and huge hugs
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