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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/2/2006 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello To All,

When I experienced my first panic attack, I was headed to an orientation for college, that was 16 years ago, I was 31 at the time.

As time went on, I continued to experience symptoms I didn’t understand and thoughts that overwhelmed the logical mind. I had no earthly idea what was happening only that I knew I desperately wanted these thoughts and symptoms to stop! Easier said than done that’s for sure. Eventually I came to a point in my life where it was more comforting to stay within the confines of my home.

about four maybe five years ago I finally discovered what I was having was a panic attack. Holly Crackers, there is actually a name for it, I’m not a nut case after all (although, some would debate that). Once I knew what I was going through I ordered books, read articles and purchased the Attacking Anxiety course from the Midwest Center. I draw my biggest strength from the books by Dr. Claire Weeks.

Finding professionals that deal with panic/anxiety disorders are non-existent in my area. The cost of seeing a psychiatrist is out of the question. And quite frankly, I don’t feel that it’s necessary to visit where I’ve been but more importantly, where I want to go from here.

With the advice from my books, support from this forum, I strongly believe I will be able to manage the panic/anxiety attacks and with that lead life on my terms.


"It is never to late to be what you might have been". -George Eliot

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 11/2/2006 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
sounds like you have a great positive outlook which is the very first step in getting better, I will try to take that advice, sometimes in thsi state it is difficult to know where you want to go as not a whole lot of things make sense as you well know, however the one thing we all have in common is we want to be somewhere else than here. I was thinking the same thing, in this crazy life that maybe I am meant to be something for others and am seriously researching some kind of charity work as at least then even if my life is not as full as I would need it to be I will know maybe I can make a difference for others, there are so many less fortunate than us, though right now it may not seem that way as it is very difficult to think quite that rationally but we all have a purpose here, it may even be just to be here for eachother.

take care of you, stay strong.

scaredy cat

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 112
   Posted 11/2/2006 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi and Welcome

You certainly do have a great attitude concerning your anxiety, and as said that will take you a long ways in dealing with anxiety. I think Claire Weeks gives wonderful advice and explains anxiety to a T. You will get all the support you need here, anytime you want it, the people here are friendly and compassionate. I hope you feel better soon and it's nice to meet you.

smurf Judy
What dosen't kill me, will only make me stronger.

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   Posted 11/2/2006 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome we are glad to have you. You will find a wonderful supportive family here.

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When everythings made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am..."
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 11/3/2006 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 11/3/2006 4:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you have to be here BUT so happy you found this forum and HW
The support empathy and care is top notch as are all the peeps here
Post often and keep in touch we are so glad to have you and will try to help you thru whatever you may be going thru
Yes Claire Weeks books are great '
Also do check out the resources at the side in the yellow may find something there for you as well
I agree stay strong and now you know you are not alone in this fight
God Bless
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