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Constant Anxiety that doesn´t go away!


Courage1984
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2 years ago 0 Courage1984 85 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
I am so confident that they will. You are doing everything right (seeing a psychologist, registered on this website, asking for advice, etc). Keep practising those new behaviours and it will extinguish.
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2 years ago 0 joshb063 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Yes, red lights and anytime where i was forced to stopped be stuck use to trigger a lot of y for panic for me too. I wouldn't like driving for a while because of it. i had a lot of avoidance techniques which only make the panic worse of course. So i hope and pray that my panic attacks and my worry over them will dissapear someday too. 
Courage1984
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2 years ago 0 Courage1984 85 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Yes. Just like you when I had my first panic attack last year, it was repeated. In one day I think I had 15 panic attacks. I wanted to sleep to stop it, but I was too wired up to sleep. I thought there must be something wrong. I had the same symptoms as you - racing heart, shallow breathing but I had feelings of unreality, I felt confused  and just wierd. I had to remind myself that my name is x and I live here and today is thursday. If it makes you feel better driving useto trigger panic for me too
 It lasted sometime but it stopped. During that time redlights, traffic jams, driving  on lanes that are further from the exit in highways, would trigger full blown panics. I didnt do anything and it disappeared. 
joshb063
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2 years ago 0 joshb063 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
First happened in March when i watched a movie at the theaters. Never had anxiety or panic before. ANways, had a panic attack,a ctually several that night at the movies, and then a couple as i drove home. So for a few weeks i associated panic attacks with driving and being a passenger. I had worked through the driving, but havent worked through being a passenger again just yet. I have bad physical symptoms : naseau, headaches, chest tightness, fast heart rate, shallow breathing, noticing my breathing. And all these symptoms heighten the panic even more. Ive gotten better than i first was, but have yet to overcome it yet. Going to go see a phychologist soon. 
Courage1984
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2 years ago 0 Courage1984 85 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hey!

I think in the past because I gradually just forgot about it, I never unlearned it or understood the mechanics of it. This time is different. Knowledge is power and so Im empowering myself through education because the truth is you are the author of your thoughts and therefore anxiety. Just as you created it, you can destroy it.  Josh im curious about your symptoms - how would you describe your panic attacks? What kinds of situations or thoughts trigger it and what do you do in response?
joshb063
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2 years ago 0 joshb063 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
This was great advice. Yeah i tend to have days when i feel amazing and days when i feel bad. I am 21 and it all started for me in March, so about 4 months and its been a battle where i have made great improvement. but panic and anxiety still creep in. So what did you do in the past to overcome speficially and since you did those things to overcome, why do you think you were succeptible to fall back into the pit of panic again later in life?
Courage1984
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2 years ago 0 Courage1984 85 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hey Josh!

So I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder when I was 10. For me even as a child it has always been the derealization that has been the most distressing. In my life I have triggered anxiety 3 times and they last for 1- 2 years before they extinguish. I like to equate it to a volcano that is active then dormant. Now it is active again after 10 years of dormancy. So yes anxiety will never go away but I disagree with "oh it can be managed." Between each episodes was years/decades of no anxiety. Back to your question - quite simply it just fizzled out. When other things consumed my time, I actually just forgot to think about anxiety. But what I would recommend (and am doing currently):
1. Reduce and eliminate safety behaviours ( For me I would wake up wear my jeans and be ready to leave at 5.30am when I should be sleeping);
2. Feel the feelings - surf them like a hawaiian wave (ie. I kept avoiding, fighting and telling myself I cant handle it which was the wrong approach);
3. Resist temptation to run/avoid the situation- whenever you run, you continue to strengthen this LEARNED response of anxiety and fear. I  say learned because you can unlearn them. You were not born this way. When you run, this is essentially viewed from a behaviourist perspective as  a reward. When you stop the reward, you are breaking the cycle and unlearning the feared response;
4. Be positive - there is no constant in life. Things will improve and subside.

joshb063
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2 years ago 0 joshb063 17 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hey, hope all is well. How have you overcome in the past? :) 
Courage1984
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2 years ago 0 Courage1984 85 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Hey guys. Same with me. But this has happened to me before. Anytime I am under stress my anxiety triggers and it's non stop and then it goes away for years. I dont take medication (Im against it - I believe in training your brain at source rather than trying to bandaid the symptoms) but the reason it is constant it's because youre dreading it and youre bothered by it. You have to coach yourself and remind yourself that: a. It is the fear reasponse designed to save your life b. When you fear fear, you now perpetuate this cycle (fear of symtoms->more adrenaline ->more symptoms ->more adrenaline, etc). I know its easier said than done and just as you mine is worse in the morning. But know that you will conquer this and you will be okay
 There are others like you who have conquered it and you are no different
I came up with this quote yesterday lol let your Will be greater than the sum of your fears.
Frustrated1
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2 years ago 0 Frustrated1 1 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
I'm really sorry you feel horrible, but trust that you are not alone in this one. I am exactly like you. I've had anxiety and panic attacks on and off for a few years now, but since the past 5 months, it has been non-stop! Like you, I've developed new symptoms, and was started on Celexa 10mg 3 days ago. TBH, the Celaxa has made me feel worse than before, as though the anxiety is on high! I wonder, too, whether it really is anxiety, or something else, but all the blood tests and medical examinations that I've done have shown nothing out of the ordinary. This anxiety is ruining my life!

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