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New Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 10/29/2007 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I haven't been around for a while because things were going just fine.  Then I had one very depressing weekend (no reason, just borred I think) and began to panic about having a breakdown again.  Then I had awful diahrea just thinking about going back to work on Monday.  On my way in to work today I had the first panic attack in a long time.  I turned around and came straight home, called my shrink, took a few clonazepam and went to bed.  I am taking tomorrow off work and going back on Wednesday (told them I had a stomach flu).  I am trying not to freak out too much about this so that I down scare myself into a complete breakdown.  Any suggestions or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
It has also occurred to me that I only visit this site when I need help, and that I have not provided any support for anyone else.  I am deeply sorry for this and will try to give back in the future.  Please accept my sincerest appolagies.
Does anyone want to chat later tonigh or tomorrow?

Elite Member

Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 10/29/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Kimber...........It okay to come when you need support but it is also good to hear how you are doing when things are going well for you too

I have to say I " kinda" got a lil worried when you said you took a few clonazapams........
I hope you dont do this all the time hun as you know it is not good for one and secondly when you only have a couple left you will not get any relief due to the tolerance you could be building up .......

As for the panic atack it happens hun many of us do end up getting them out of the blue after being great for awhile ............Was it triggered by something have you gonne over that in your head ........going back to work or were you just off for the weekend ??

Anxiety can and will cause flu like SX such as nausea and the scoots

I know it causes my crohns to flare big time depending on amount and severity of A/P..........

I would suggesst you take this time to try and relax and get into a zone where you are not so stressed about whatever is causing the panic attacks now for you .........Have a nice hot tubby with candles or something and crawl into bed with a big blankie read a good book or watch a good show on the television.........

I am keeping you in thoughts and prayers

Let us know how you make out okay and dont be a stranger

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New Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 10/29/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Lyn,

That sounds like good advice.  It is comforting to know someone cares.  I think what brought it on for me was feeling down and feeling afraid that I was making a turn for the worse.  Then the fear of depression and panic set in.  Then I get really scared that I'm headed for a breakdown and that I won't be able to work anymore, and that it will take a horrible toll on my husband and family. 

...all this from a sad weekend.  Quite the snowball I know.  I just get so scared it's happening all over again.


Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1193
   Posted 10/29/2007 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kimber,

I'm "fairly" new to HW and my name is Wen.  I have grown to love this family as they are so supportive, friendly and helpful. 

I'm sorry what you have just gone through but I think you hit it in your last post when said it was like a snowball.  It's amazing to me how this happens to us - a little thing, just keeps growing bigger and bigger until it's out of control. 

But after a little bit you saw it coming, took your meds (even though it might have been too much as Lyn indicated) and you called your shrink.  You are taking the right steps to help this from becoming a huge problem for you again.  I truely hope these steps you are taking helps in every way.

Lyn had some good relaxing suggestions for you, why not try one or two of them and see how you feel in the morning.  It might be just enough for you to feel calmer.  I sure hope for the best for you and please keep posting to let us know how you are doing.

Take care,


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New Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 10/30/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks so much Wen,

I took a relaxing foot bath last night and had my husband give them a rub.  Today I'm hoping to help my mum carve a pumpkin.  Just feeling a little shaky and trying to keep my mind off of it.


Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 322
   Posted 10/30/2007 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kimber_

I know what you are going through and i think you are doing all the right things. I think taking clonazepam especially if you talked to your doctor first. I also think you are handling the situation really well. One thing I would try not to think about is your situation getting worse and trying to avoid that. Our minds work in funky ways, and tring to avoid some times invites -- if that makes sense? Try and just focus on the moment, the minute, each breath -- not what tomorrow will bring. I think if you can do that, you'll bounce back a little bit faster.

Also, dont feel guilty for not writing on here to support people. You are participating and you help others that just read the posts for help. So just by coming on here and writing, you ARE helping people. So please don't feel guilt or any obligation to lend support -- especially right now.

Take care my friend, and be kind to yourself. You're doing great. Please keep us posted.

Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Depression.

"We work on ourselves in order to help others, but also we help others in order to work on ourselves."
- Pema Chodron

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 10/30/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Kim

Just wanted to tell you I am sorry about your bad attack but as Lyn said please be careful with the meds.

If you would like to just come here and talk with us on good days too.  You will find much sharing and learn a lot reading others posts.

You won't feel so alone next time you have an attack if you remember we are all here.



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