christmas is coming ( shudder)

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   Posted 11/8/2006 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
The xmas holiday season isnt far away and this is a mixed blessing for most anxiety and panic attack sufferers
many  have severe anxiety about parties and family gatherings and how well or badly they will cope
long peroids of anticipatory andiety and worry and fears about making a scene can be draining, exhausting  and spoil the fun
fortunately relief and help is at hand if a large  supply of any valium type meds can be got, as these in a large enough dose will enable yop to actually enjoy the gatherings, trips, dinners  and parties
the size of the extra dose should be discussed with your doc, of course, and may need to be substantial to panic proof you for the day, best to not drink alcahol, just touch the drink to your lips when drinking toasts, also best to not drive or operate machinery on the day
even the most fanatically antibenxo doc can usually see the wisdom of allowing benzos on just this 1 period of the year, to avoid your depression and loss of morale from being unable to participate in the  family gatherings and parties
if doc still refuses, I suggest he is in the wrong profession and should be in law, as he prefers to sit in judgement on people,to pass punishment on them  and not to try to help them

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 11/8/2006 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice Harry.  I think all my doctors must be lawyers in training, as soon as I mention the V word they treat me like a drug addict.  It makes me feel very angry.

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   Posted 11/9/2006 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
The Christmas season is one time of the year that I really love, I already have all my shopping done and wrapped, strange thing is for being agoraphobic and scared to leave the house I manage to get all the Xmas shopping done (very few things ordered off line) maybe cause I am so busy I don't have time to think about the anxiety and panic. Decorating shopping baking cleaning cooking etc lol makes me tired thinking about it. Of course I still have the panic and anxiety it just don't seem to bother me as much come late Nov Thu January 1st. I also have 5 birthdays to have parties for during Nov Dec.
 Hugs Anna
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   Posted 11/9/2006 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
This will be a hard Christmas for me my first one with out my Mom and I know I will have some issues
I too have done shopping and gotten things already in gear thats my OCD poppin up lol
I do have my supply of meds and will make sure I do have enough as many docs go on holidays as well here during that time
Take care
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   Posted 11/9/2006 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm dreading Christmas Eve, as there are too many people around on that side of the family.
Christmas day is much easier, with like 10 people, which is what I prefer.
I wonder if I should double my dose of Ativan (to 1 mg at one time) because I really want no part of Christmas Eve at all and dread going.
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   Posted 11/9/2006 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have most of my shopping done already too. My family celebrates Christmas at Thanksgiving so I have to have their stuff early. We do not get together in December. The past few years I've spent it alone but this year I am flying out to visit a friend and her daughter so that will be really different for me. I already have the Xanax packed, hee hee hee.

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   Posted 11/9/2006 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
That sounds like a really great way to do it celebrate both at once ..........
Happy you are not going to be alone at Christmas again
Enjoy please
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