anxiety and panic attacks

I am really struggling with life atm due to my anxiety, I haven't left the house for a week as I am scared I will have a panic attack, I am off work sick, I am on a lot of medication, what are your answers? I need help! I am due to get married in October and I don't know how I am going to do it as I cant even leave the house to go to work! :(

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  • The 'Get Help' section of our website is a good place to start exploring the support available to you: anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/

    Have you considered therapy as a way of working through your anxiety? 'Talking Therapies' such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnotherapy and Counselling are some of the most effective tools for treating anxiety disorders. You can find out more about them here: anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/w...

    Anxiety UK has a large team of qualified and accredited therapists practising throughout the UK who are able to offer private therapy at significantly reduced rates. Fees range from £12 – £50 per session dependant on client’s income. Therapy can be face-to-face, phone or web-cam. Many of our therapists are also able to offer home visits for those members who have difficulty travelling. Therapies offered are Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT), Clinical Hypnotherapy, Counselling, Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). You can find out what therapies are offered in your area at: anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/t...

  • I have had cbt in the past I thought it was helping but then had a really long session and was awful so I stopped was this the right thing to do? I don't know, maybe I should have kept at it. I am having hypnotherapy next week to see if this can help. x

  • Hi Hannah,

    I would recommend getting as much help as possible, councilling, CBT etc. and I've personally found the Dr.Claire Weekes books, awesome, the are audio's too.

    As to the marriage, I had to just have a small church with just my wife her parents and my parents, the vicar knew I was agoraphobic and helped with the service. Then had the other people back at our house so I could go and hide if I needed to.

    and it went well.

    Maybe you could have a safe place at your venue, or ask the doctor if you could take some valium to calm you down for that specific day. I did and it did help.

    Do you understand whats going on in a panic, and the anxiety, as thats essential, to be able to face these nasty panics, and we do that very gradually. Like, if you cant get out the house, start with your garden, and do it lots of times till you feel the adrenaline rise and then abate. It will always abate if you allow it to and trust its not dangerous.

    Positive thinking, self affirmation, and above all giving yourself and others loving kindness, all help.

    If we can feel loving kindness in a panic, it does help.

    wishing you well

    Baylienxxx

  • I think if you had a bad experience with CBT it was right for you to stop at the time but it can be very effective and if you had previously felt it was helping you it's a good option to revisit in the future if you need :)

    Best of luck with the hypnotherapy next week, that's a very positive step.

  • thank you very much baylien, I will do anything to help me get through the day, at the hotel I will use my room as my safe place, I have been speaking with the vicar and he understands I am meeting him soon to talk. thank you so much I will take ur advise xxx

  • Hi Hannah, I would recommend someone called Carl Sheppard. I think his methods of helping people are amazing. He went through what we are experiencing for 15 years and i find that he really understands what i am going through. You can find him on Google under Carl Sheppard, anxiety. take care and good luck. I hope the information helps.xxxx

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