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12 years ago 0 StephenW 15 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Thanks Sylvie. I haven't gotten that far yet in the program. Still on 2.  
I was amazed when I read of the thought process that was referred as 'fear goggles'. That idea almost 100% sums up my thought process when in the midst of an attack, I think 'panic goggles' is probably closest to my thought process.
Does anybody else have experience with their reaction to external stimuli being warped during an attack? I can be so focused on one paticular thing, and be oblivious to something right in front of me. Thats when I get the feeling like I'm going crazy.
I'd be extremely interested if anybody could share their experience and suggestions for dealing with negative thoughts or if you have a mantra or meditation piece that helps you get your thoughts in perspective.
Thanks again.....
Stephen

Good morning Stephen,

I'm happy to see that you are feeling better health wise and also that you are going through the program and finding it helpful. A useful tool for breaking the cylcle of negative thoughts is challenging them. Have you gotten to Challenging Anxious Thoughts with 10 questions part of the program yet? Give this a try and maybe write down your answers to these 10 questions, beside each thought in order to help you break the cycle.

Members, what are some of the other things you have found helpful in challegning negative / anxious thoughts?

Keep up the great work, and let us know how you are doing.


Sylvie, Bilingual Health Educator
12 years ago 0 StephenW 15 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I am finding the daily diary and daily blogging have really been helping me to understand my thought process. Which totally stinks, by the way. My negative thoughts had become automatic. Writing about them really brings them to reality and when I look at them I can see the pattern and hopefully, out of this, I can start to break that cycle. The thought of dying is often present and at times controls my thoughts, especially when in the midst of an attack. I don't think living everyday with thoughts of dying is really living. Life is a journey not a destination, I have to remember that. Live in today. It seems a lot of work, but definitely worth it. 
I am finally starting to feel better health wise. I've been out of work most of this week with pneumonia in my right lung. This is 2 times sick this month. 2 weeks ago the flu and apparently this is a byproduct of that. Out of work until I see the doctor on Monday morning. I'm surprised with all this down time I haven't had more anxiety. Only 3 attacks this week and overall anxiety less than 5.
 
Thanks all again for the supportive comments.
Kind Regards,
Stephen
 
12 years ago 0 Colleen 192 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Way to go Stephen!
12 years ago 0 Davit 6252 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
To all.
 
Many have mentioned this fear of death, It only means that you now have a reason to live. you want to get better and live now. It's not a bad thing and it does go away. Take it as a good sign.

Davit.
12 years ago 0 StephenW 15 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Thanks Texan et all,
Today is one week in and I'm already starting to challenge my negative thinking. Doing the anxious thoughts and Panic Attack forms have been extremely helpful as I never had any reason to breakdown what I was thinking. I've been reading through all the posts and I've come to understand I'm not the the only one who feels this way. I thought I was terminally unique in my anxiety. Reading of others, and knowing they all lived through the anxiety attack, as I always have, seems to take away from the attack itself. I think part of my progress will be to not give the attacks so much importance. It's like they take on a life of their own. I give them an identity. Thanks again for everybody's support.
Stephen.
12 years ago 0 TexanFemme76 57 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hi!
 
Im still a work in progress but I am WAY better than when I 1st came to this site. Im also seeing a therapist and have started to do some meditation & relaxation techniques also (videos I found on YouTube LOL). My brain is getting easier to quiet down before it turns into a full blown attack. The only residual feeling Im struggling with now is the nagging fear of death. I don't know if it's because it's out of my control or if it's fear of the unknown...
 
Point is yes, there is hope and progress. The best thing I've done for myself is not giving up. I have promised myself to be bound and determined to get back to myself. That's the best medicine for me
12 years ago 0 StephenW 15 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Thanks for sharing Sunny. Knowing others have found this program to work for them is a great motivator for me.
12 years ago 0 Colleen 192 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hi Steven:  Welcome. Yes, you can do it!  I've been panic free for over ten years with no medications.  I did take Paxil for a few years and weaned off it twice.  When I do get stressed out and anxious, I use meditation and relaxation techniques to help me through without having an attack. I sort of nip it in the bud because I now know and recognize my patterns, when I am stressed and start to take it easy and take care of myself.  I had taken CBT course before coming on this site and find this site most helpful.  So, is there hope?  You bet!  Will you get better overnight? no, it took awhile for you to get to this point of anxiety and now you have to unlearn your negative thought patterns and fears.  If you follow the program you will learn new ways of positive thinking and a way to challenge old behaviours.  You will learn a lot about yourself and what your triggers are and what suits you best for handling your problems/anxieties.  We all have similarities, but we are all different too.  What works for one may not work for another.  That's why it's so nice to read about others' way of dealing with it.  You can try some of their approaches and see if it works for you.  Be patient and gentle with yourself as you are learning.  This is a very supportive community. Keep posting!
12 years ago 0 StephenW 15 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Thank you Davit and Samantha for your supportive welcome. I am still in the 1st week of the Panic Program. I really like what I have done so far. I think it will help. Of course I have to do some work also.
Stephen

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