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   Posted 5/20/2007 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi i just came across this site when i was looking up things for heartburn as well as the heartburn i suffer really badly with panic attacks so much so they control my life, im afraid to take medication because of fear of the side effects, im getting married in 4 months and im heading on a cruise for my honeymoon instead of looking forward to it i just keeping thinking about the bad stuff like what if i have a panic attack which then leads to a heart attack i know this might sound stupid but i get so scared when i travel to far out of my comfort zone, i had a trip booked to spain 2 years ago i made it to the airport but couldn't get on the plane, i feel i really let my family down my 2 boys never get to go on holidays because i fear something bad will happen on the plane or over there, i hate feeling like this i really wish i could take my boys to disney land without worrying what if this or that happens. sorry just need to get that off my chest.

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   Posted 5/20/2007 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Talk to your MD about what you are experiencing. Ask he/she for a referral to a trained therapist. The anxiety attacks are a symptom that you need to look inside yourself for some answers. I am not sure why you haven't yet since the panic attacks have had such significant impact on you. Perhaps you are afraid to reach out for help. I've been there/done that myself. Finally I drummed up the courage to do so. Once you do reach out for help, you will find yourself in a better place. I encourage you to do so.

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   Posted 5/20/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   

the modern approach is that panic attacks arent stopped by any type of psychotherapy but are mostly inherited, family members probably suffererd but this was often hidden as they were thought of as a mental illness

a large dose of any valium type meds will allow you to cope with holidays but this dose needs careful adjustment

most sufferers now get better using a combination of meds and CBT

self help books are better than therapists, IMO as many therapists dont know much or anything about modern treatment, indeed some dismiss the panic attacks as unimportant

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 5/20/2007 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
You have come to a place where ppl DO know what and how you are feeling

Myself I use the self help Harry talks about the CBT and self help books as well as Breathing exercises
For me this has helped out alot

I do take valium when needed

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   Posted 5/20/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
"self help books are better than therapists, IMO as many therapists dont know much or anything about modern treatment, indeed some dismiss the panic attacks as unimportant"

Wow Harry - that's quite a generalization - and given that people on this forum respect your opinions, I think it should be softened a bit.

Sure - there are all types of therapists - some good - some not good - like any other profession. Mine played a huge role in leading me out of the "pit" and I'm eternally grateful to her. She recommends LOT's of self help books (which we discuss sometimes), refers reputable psychiatrists, and offers perspective on medication. Staying up to date is very important to her. She's my trusted advisor.

What you described was a BAD therapist - and one I wouldn't want anyone to entrust their life with - especially one who dismisses PA's. But it's a bit harsh to throw them all into that category.

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/20/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your advice, Im going to have a look at some self help books and see if they can do anything for me, cant seem to sleep lately with stress so hopefully something works out and i finally get some sleep.

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   Posted 5/20/2007 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Euros, you've come to the right place. We all know what it's like to suffer panic.

Go see your doc, maybe the right combination of meds and some CBT will allow you to lead a relatively normal life. I finally realised after being in hospital this year that the anxiety wasn't going to go away itself so along with my meds I do breathing exercises, practise mindfulness and distraction techniques and also make sure I do a relaxation tape everynight.

The kids have learnt when I grab a pillow, tell them it's relaxation time and shut the door that they're not allowed to disturb me.

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   Posted 5/22/2007 2:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the helpful replies. its really hard sometimes im only in my 20's and feel like my lifes on hold due to panic attacks and worrying what if i do this and i have a panic attack, it seems so stupid to my friends and family but to me its not, it's a really hard thing to try deal with,
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