resurfacing anxiety

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/13/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
I haven't posted here before but have been reading the forum the last couple of days and could really use some advice or just a friendly ear (or pair of eyes I guess!)  I've never been properly diagnosed but have done a lot of reading on A/P and I'm pretty sure I've got GAD as well as some major health anxiety. 
I started having panic attacks about a year ago, which I think were triggered by, amongst other things, having moved back and forth between countries four times in the past two years, and was put on meds.  I weaned myself off them about two months ago after my doc assured me that this would be a "one time thing" and hadn't had a big episode for awhile - a lot of periods where I've felt them coming but I've been able to get under it somewhat under control.  Having just moved back again though my anxiety has escalated hugely and I'm really struggling.  I was wondering whether anyone had any advice on good breathing techniques, as I often find that when I try to relax my breathing and take long deep breaths that my throat really tightens and then I start to shallow breathe which just makes things worse.  Also if anyone knows of any good reading materials on health anxiety that would be wonderful. 
It's been a comfort in itself reading all of your posts - take care. 

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 12/13/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Lou-lu and a very warm welcome to HW.  Travelling really makes my anxiety goes through the roof, you are not alone there! I find one technique that really calms me down is to sit down (obviously!!) place my palms on a flat surface next to me, take a huge deep breath and with my eyes shut roll them (my eyes) to the back of my head as I breath in and out - it feels a bit wierd but give it a try.  If you do it about ten times it really helps calm you down.  Rolling your eyes back into your head actually simulates a sleep state and so your body immediatley relaxes.  It has too!!

You can even do this one in public.  Just remeber to keep your eyes shut while you roll them back!!! Or you get some funny looks xx

I alone can do this, but I cannot do it alone. 

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   Posted 12/13/2007 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there. Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P  forum.  I am Kitt.

You may take a look at


Instant Calm: Over 100 Easy-to-Use Techniques for Relaxing Mind and Body by Paul Wilson

Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear by Claire Weekes

(Compact Disc - Unabridged, 2 CDs, 2 hours)

I have read good things about both of these self help items.

Again a Warm Welcome.


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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/15/2007 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Meg and Kitt for your advice and kind words.  I will try to track down the books that you have recommended asap kitt, as the last couple of days have been extremely hard and my panic is getting worse and lasting for really long periods of time.  I keep trying to tell myself that it's just panic and that it'll pass and i'll live to tell the tale which helps a little but sometimes it feels like someone's got a tight fist around my heart and I have to really talk myself out of calling emergency.   And when I finally feel like they're starting to subside, I'm so scared of having another one that it just starts up all over again.  I haven't seen or spoken to anyone in three days and the thought of being around people makes me nauseous...   

I'm going to start the search for a doctor on Monday and go back on meds... it's so frustrating when you think you've made this breakthrough and conquered, or at least found a way to control, your anxiety and then all of a sudden it just comes crashing down again.  Thanks for letting me unburden myself. 



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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 12/15/2007 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lou,

I too haved moved to & back from Australia to the US 4 times in the past 2 years. The culture shock, food, politics, family issues, and just the financial costs are enough to give the strongest person anxiety attacks. I am on Lexapro (& more) - its finally kicked in and I'm feeling minimally capable now. I know I will get through this. You don't have to tough this out witout meds at this time in your life. This is a huge life change - I'm not sure yet where I'll end up - but I know I will get there - as its meant to be. I wouldn't be without my meds now.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/18/2007 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Lou,
It sounds like you've had a ton going on and I totally understand the anxiety that major change brings, even if you don't feel it until well after the fact.

Stick with the meds. The best advice I've recieved is that people with anxiety and depression issues have "abnormal" brain chemistry and that the meds allow us to function with "normal" brain chemistry. Scientifically, I don't know if this is necessarily true or not, but I've found alot of comfort in it because hey, it's obvious that I am a much happier person when my meds are working effiectivly. I'd rather think that that peace of mind comes with the "normalization" of my brain chemistry.

Challenge yourself everyday. Put yourself in a postiontion that might bring on panic even if just for a minute. Let the feelings have their way with you and then step away from the situation and realize that you are indeed still safe and sound. I've had to do this everyday for the last two months almost. It started with merely leaving the house by myself and progressed very slowly into more challenging feats. I had some minor attacks and tons of aanxiety and apprehension about the next big one. Even when a big one came, I knew that I was safe (benzo and paperbag easily accessable :-). Right now, I'm fucntioning almsot as well as I was before this most recent episode started back in October, but it's been a process and a daily challenge.

Also, if you can find a therapist that you are comfortable opeinging up to, that is very helpful is well.

Good luck.


Good luck and I hope that you've been able to find some comfort in reading some of these posts as I have.

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   Posted 12/18/2007 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to both 2 and Luke

Please knoew that you are no longer alone and we are very caring ppl here that will help you in any way we are able too

Support is always here is the hand to hold and shoulder to lean on to speak ......BUT you will find this out selves by posting and getting involved in other threads as well as getting to know all the Lil Family we have here

Post often and STAY with us plz...........LYN
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