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Exclamation Getting control back. - February 22nd 2010, 09:36 PM

I've had anxiety problems for a while now, which is why i started seeing a councillor a year back. Shes still helping now.

But no matter how many breathing/relaxtion/control techniqes ive been taught in and out patient, i just cant control it right now. I get myself so worked up and end up having panic atacks. I cant breathe, ill be sick, i wont be able to feel my body, ill go dizy and illo start falling in and out of conciousness. Its just awful and scares the shit out of me. It will happen anywhere. At home, school when im on, on a bus. Anywhere and anytime.

I need you're help guys.
Got any ideas on what i should do?

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Re: Getting control back. - February 22nd 2010, 10:01 PM

Jessica,

Okay the first thing you need to do is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Don't let your mind work yourself up. Turn your thinking around from negative to positive. Tell yourself you aren't in any real danger, you are OK, and you'll get through this. Even when just the least bit of panic comes on, start using these techniques right away. Talk yourself out of the anxiety because it's just your mind playing tricks on you. Sometimes in these situations people end up worrying about having a panic attack. If you think about it, that's just worrying about worrying. Anxiety is simply irrational thoughts, that make no sense, circling through your brain so fast you can't even control it. So the relaxation techniques like breathing help slow the thoughts down, but YOU need to change them. Come up with a plan before you go out somewhere and write some things down. Say if you are going on a bus you can write: 1. I've been on the bus before and I didn't die. 2. If I absolutely need to, I can always ask the bus driver to pull over. 3. There's no real danger on this bus, I'm not going to be eaten by a lion so I'll be alright.

If you can get thr right kind of thoughts circling through your head, it'll drastically change your anxiety. All those physical symptoms are from your mind playing tricks. If you tell yourself you are just fine, your body may start to feel fine. Unconsciously, our minds are connected to our body even when we aren't thinking about is. So once you get your mind under control, the physical symptoms will start to fade. I know first hand how hard anxiety is but with the right thinking, you can get this under control. PM me if you ever need anything.

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Re: Getting control back. - February 25th 2010, 06:59 PM

hey, i get all those sympoms too... i read something about controling them in the moment and weird as it sounds it has worked some for me- when you feel shaking or whatever coming on instead of trying to stop it let it come and then actualy try to make the symptoms more drastic actualy try to push them past their limit... i have no idea how this works but it gets to a point where the shaking ect cant get worse and just stops. im not saying itll work for you but you can try... i hope youll get over this soon
   
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