How Do You Control Anticipatory Thoughts???

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   Posted 11/4/2006 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
For me the biggest obstacle I encounter is the dreaded anticipatory feelings/thoughts/symptoms. You know, that appointment you have in the near future and no matter what you do you can’t get it out of your head. Unfortunately, I don’t deal with anticipatory thoughts/symptoms well. There have been many occasions when I just wanted to hide under the bed and not come out.

Perhaps you could share how you get through the anticipatory aspects of panic/anxiety?

Leilani confused

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   Posted 11/4/2006 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW were so happy you have joined us here. You will find pleanty of careing and supportive friends here.
I call mine the dreded drud. My worst are the dr appointments I hate going to the dr even just for the follow up. I will stress myself out for weeks. I worry I may forget the date and time even thou I have it right in front of me.
The best way I have found so far to handel this is try to stay busy and focus on other things. I come here to the chat rooms every day and have made some great frinds that are going thru the same things I do on a daily basis so that helps a lot by just talking about it and other things. A lot of times the rooms really get silly but laughter really is the best medican.
Hope this helps you out some but there will be others come and answer your questions too. Hope to get to talk to you soon in chat. Take care.
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   Posted 11/4/2006 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
anticipatory anxiety is a severe problem for many and is worse that the actual dreaded event
new relaxation and coping skills and meds can help
it can also help to do a difficult thing on the spur of the moment, without setting a schedule
recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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   Posted 11/4/2006 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I do that also! Paxil is what helped me the most, but I also had CBT. When I realize what I am doing I consiously think of something else. If that is not enough, I will start a task or chore, or change the task I am doing, and really concentrate on it. It is amazing how much "thought" you can put into ordinary things like doing laundry!!


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   Posted 11/4/2006 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   

I know exactly what you mean...I have a really bad phobia when it comes to the dentist sometimes..eeek! So, I have learned to make the appt. for first thing in the morning when I have had the least time to stress and just do it...or, I make the appt. days in advance, don't tell anyone else, coz there's nothing worse than your husband rubbing it in that you have to go etc. and all the way to the dentist I give myself an escape If it's just a small filling it can wait for another day or maybe a temp. one will do the trick lol..If it gets too much for me I know I can ask the dentist to stop etc...By the time I get there and I have convinced myself thats its not gonna be a big deal..and when I get into the chair it's too late anyhow lol. Also I always tell the dentist that I don't wanna know any details..just do it! She always laughs about this..gets the big drill out and it's over before you know it...well that's the theory anyhow lol!


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