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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/19/2007 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone
This is the first time i've posted on this forum im looking for some advice,My girlfriend suffers from anxiety and panic attacks(for about 6 months) and she is really struggling to get people to understand what she is going through,her family dont understand even though they really love her,im trying my best but i dont know enough about it she is gradually opening up to me though.
She's been through a lot in her life with various different things probably more than most people have to deal with in a lifetime(she's only 20)she is seeing various doctors to try to find out where the condition stems from and also on various medication, Prozac and Xanax.I really feel that it would be good for her to speak to people that have this condition and have come through this because right now she can't see an end to it. She tells me she cant remember how it feels to be normal and she just wants her life back.She was telling me today that she just wants to run and run and keep on running.its tearing me up, like i said im trying to understand as much as i can but as you probably know its hard for the person with the condition to explain to the people that care for them.
So basically im just looking for some opinions about this forum and has it helped other posters to get through this,i'm going to try and get her to join this board.
Any help would be appreciated

Post Edited (AMCK) : 4/19/2007 1:20:54 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/19/2007 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, get your GF to this site.  It has been a Godsend to me!  The people here are amazing, all of us understand just what the other is going through since we've all been there before, and the comfort here is like nowhere else.  It's nice to see that you are interested in finding help for your GF, this disorder can take such a toll on relationships...she's lucky to have you.  Please let her know that we are all here for her, and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I think we all go through some really tough times, where she is now, but then there are the better times too.  It's not easy, but there are many of us that have been thrown into horrible setbacks and always manage to find a way out.  I would suggest that after getting her here, that she reads as much as she can get her hands on about this disorder, there are many, many books out there on the subject.  My personal favorite are books by Claire Weekes, but I'm sure others will give you more suggestions.  It may just be a comfort to your GF to know exactly what is going on with her anxiety, what it is and what she can do to help herself.
Please tell your GF to give this a try, it really will help her to share her story and get support from others just like her!  She is NOT alone in this!

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   Posted 4/19/2007 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
welcome amck
a large enough dose of xanax,a round 2 mg, tablet disolved under the tongue ,will stop any panic attack, she should carry a few tablets with her when out
prozac is a big help if it works, sometimes it doesnt, how long has she been on prozac and what dose ?
dont search for causes of her panic disorder, its likely inherited and she shouldnt feel guilty about it, it wont hurt her
CBT is the way most get better along with meds
get her to breathe deep and slow when feeling panicky and to avoid rapid shallow panting, this helps calm people
stay with us yeah
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   Posted 4/19/2007 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   


Hello I am Kitt.

I agree that getting your girlfriend into a support forum would be extremely wise.

Here you can post questions or just share your feelings. Sometimes just writing it down, helps you get a handle on it.

Anxiety is a normal emotion. However, when it becomes extreme or is set in motion by inappropriate triggers a problem may perhaps exist. For anxiety to be considered a disorder it must impair functioning and/or there must be a considerable level of distress when in an anxious state. In some cases a person may suffer with more than one type of anxiety at a time.

Your friend appears to have an anxiety disorder and belonging to several support groups I have found them to be helpful.



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   Posted 4/19/2007 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I definately agree you should try to get your gf to come here. The support here is from what I have seen..unmatched elsewhere. Therapy is a good help and support is absolutely vital. One thing you will need to learn as a supporter for her is when to be there and when to give her space. Us APers are weird with that.

Welcome and I am glad to see you here trying to support your GF.
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   Posted 4/19/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum and it has helped me greatly. Just talking about my problems with people who know exactly how you feel it a great comfort. Tell her to give it a shot. We're all here to listen and help if we can :)

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   Posted 4/20/2007 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone
Thanks for the replies to my post,my girlfriends had a look at the forum and it looks like she's going to join up hopefully this can help her as much as its helped others.
keep up the good work. :-)

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   Posted 4/20/2007 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope to see your g/f on here AMCK. She's lucky to have a partner who tries to understand what she's going through.

Sometimes it's like a living hell, but we all continue moving onwards as there's always hope for a better future.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 4/20/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree she should definatly join. It helps just to know your not alone, and that others completly understand. We also share coping skills and I have made alot of wonderful people on here.

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