So I leave for a study abroad trip in Spain in about three weeks. Before my panic attack two weeks ago, I was SO excited. Now, with my anxiety still lingering, I am desperate to do anything to at least reduce it or get better control. Ill be in Spain for two months, away from my family so its essential for my happiness there that I can recover as best possible before then. Now, its hard for me to stay overnight in my apartment by myself so I've been staying with my parents. Being across the world for two months will be difficult if I can't improve. Ive made a lot of progress since my initial attack, and haven't had attacks since, just bad uncomfortable waves of anxiety that come and go. I take supplements, have quit caffeine and trying to exercise and eat better more. I have thought about doing some therapy sessions before my trip, and I have heard about CBT. Do any of you suggest it? OR what else can i try?
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I have never had one ever before! I am 21 and it was my first one. My sister had one before but the next morning she felt fine, which I thought would happen to me but instead i kept having anxiety throughout the days. I was having a tough time at work a week before it happened, and I used to drink a lot of coffee and not get much sleep. but I've quit my job, quit caffeine and sleep more so now I don't know how else to get rid of it.
hi! yes, i actually bought it about a week ago, someone else recommended it to me on here. a lot of her techniques do help. but sometimes its hard to tell if I'm truly accepting my anxious feelings or if I'm just telling myself i am? because i still get really scared even when i try not to be, because the feelings are just so uncomfortable.
I've had panic attacks in the past , and I know what it's like to be SCARED. Really scared. So scared you're sure you're gonna die. THAT scared.
But since I've come out the other side, so to speak, it's perfectly clear what Weekes wants you to do. You'll never master your illness until it doesn't matter whether panic occurs or not. If it happens, you have a plan that will handle it, so there's no need to dread it. Ever.
That's her book in a nutshell. Be sure to take it with you. It can't hurt.
I don't have the book anymore, but as I recall it wasn't that long. I know you're in a hurry to read and digest the book, because you want relief right NOW. But the main theme of the book is that you have a method to handle panic attacks should they arise, so there's no need to fear them. It's like a fire drill when you were in grade school. If a real fire took place, you'd know what to do.
Panic attacks can be so terrible, that you can spend the rest of your life trying to avoid triggering another one. That's what most people do, and it only prolongs your suffering. When you have the knowledge and confidence to deal with a panic attack, it doesn't matter if it occurs, because you know what to do.
Okay. thanks for all the advice. Do you believe its possible though for panic attacks/anxiety to not come back again after enough time passes and i use all the techniques she says? because she refers to her techniques as a cure. I guess I'm just looking for hope. If theres hope that i can really be myself again then i will want to continue more i think
I know you want to go back to the "good old days", when this awful stuff never happened, and you never even knew about it. But it's part of your memory now, like it or not, and it's just a matter of dealing with it successfully. We can't erase bad memories from our brains. Those memories are part of us now. It's up to us to adapt and grow and get past them.
The process to deal with this is simple, and it definitely can be done. It's a cure in the sense that it won't matter if a jolt of anxiety or panic occurs in the future because you will handle it now. You will lose your "fear of the fear", and stop looking over your shoulder, so to speak. You will simply live again, because you can handle whatever life throws at you.
I don’t know if his would help you, but for me, if I start to get anxiety about a particular situation, I walk my self through the “and the what” scenarios - meaning, what’s the worst that could happen? Ok, AND THEN WHAT? Usually it leads me down a path of realizing that anything “bad” is manageable. For generalized non- specific anxiety attacks I usually call a friend who knows me and my issues and ask them to talk to me - that helps distract me long enough until I start grounding again. Also - WATER. Weirdly simple, but a big glass of water always helps
Yes, CBT! Going to therapy tomorrow. Yes, I have to move quickly through recovery or at least obtaining coping tactics.
I go wherever my husband goes. He had a meeting last night with a men's club and I went to see friends house. I chickened out at the last minute but congrats on staying in your apt 😃
Exposure therapy is also good and that's what you did girl, awesome!
Hi, I am not a doctor but I have anxiety and I have dealt with it for 30years. My saving Grace has been distractions with homeschooling 2kids while hubby drove a truck to support us. My point is after the empty nest and the loss of 2family members my anxiety has increased and I don't want to be alone at the house.
I do not drink or smoke, I use to. I get rest at night and if I feel edgy I will take a Benadryl or melatonin 5mg.
It does make a difference to confront this mess anxiety and conquer it.🦋