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neonath
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7 years ago 0 neonath 3 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
My Anxious Valentine

Hello,
 
Today is Valentine's Day. Since Valentine's Day has to do with the heart, it's a good day to start the CBT program. Actually, I started yesterday. I had to take the test twice because I made some mistakes in the first one. I do not have long up/down episodes lasting for days, but I do have my share of panic attacks, PTSD, depression, you know, all those gifts that keep giving
 
My worst panic attacks occur in the middle of the night. I am not sure how this program is set up to help that, but it's worth a try. When they started spilling over into the day, and became all of the day, I realized my Doctors and medications were not enough. I had to give up SSRis and SNRIs because, after 9+ years of using them, they were having a reverse effect on me, making my anxiety and panic worse. It got to be so bad, I thought I would have to check myself into an institution, sometimes I still think that- or a sleep disorder center). But then I remembered Lyrica. Now I am taking that for daytime panic. It works wonders for me (but not everyone of course). The come-down is a little jittery but that's better than panic. My attacks include the feeling that I am being 'tazered' inside. It's awful. But since Lyrica came along, things are settling down. I am also going through withdrawal of Seroquel, which I now consider a very nasty drug. If you are considering taking it, look it up first!
 
I was abused as a child, neglected, denied, lost my sister to an untimely death, raped as a young woman, and generally mistreated for many years. The panic attacks are fairly recent, but their cause I am sure lay in my past.
 
Anyway, my heart goes out to all of us who must struggle daily (and nightly) with panic, anxiety, ptsd, depression, sleep distruption. God bless. I hope to make new friends here.
 
 

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7 years ago 0 neonath 3 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Introductions

Hello Flint,
 
Here's a valentine. I hope it makes you feel better. I am new to CBT and this site.
 
-neonath

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7 years ago 0 neonath 3 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hello

Dear Diane, My heart goes out to you. I have known personal loss and am a close friend with grief. You are in your grief. It is OK to be with it. It is also OK to have help getting through it. I know some pain takes years, and some never leaves. Who says we are supposed to be happy all the time? Life is full of changes, and you will survive. Deep sorrow brings a gift, the capacity for profound joy. You will be in my thoughts. neonath