Hi Fellow Anxiety Sufferers!
Although there are a large number of support forums online, I quite liked the look of this one so took the plunge. I don't know why I've never done this before. It's quite cathartic to just get my thoughts out to be honest!
I've suffered with Anxiety Disorder for nigh on 20+ years now (I'm 47 now), although I've never been able to pin down a physical, emotional or mental event that triggered it off all those years ago.
One thing I do know, as I'm sure many of you out there have come to recognise, is that it is a self perpetuating ailment that is rooted in the sub-conscious. The problem with our sub-conscious is that it doesn't do a great job of differentiating what is real/not real and what is good/bad for us. It just does what it does and damn the consequences!
I recently came across some discussion regarding separation of sub-conscious events from conscious day-to-day activities. Although this delves into the murky realms of psychology, it can be simplified if we choose to view it in a more simplified manner.
Two methods I've used to 'disconnect' my own conscious from the sub-conscious onslaught during a panic/anxiety attack is to force myself to recall that
1) I have suffered such an attack innumerable times before for years, and they have always passed without serious incident. Telling myself "This too will pass" helps to calm the dread quite a lot.
2) Breathing is key - focus on breathing slowly and steadily - think 'Blue' as you breathe in, 'Red' as you breath out.....exorcise those demons!
3) Focus on something menial - whether it's a simple task around the house, or something as trivial as organising your desk at work... it will help distract your sub-conscious and take the focus of your conscious self away from the perceived symptoms of the anxiety
I hope this helps someone out there as it has for me. I'm not anxiety-free....particularly with a recent divorce making its presence felt in my life... but at least I can live with this, and not find myself spiralling into the hell that is depression.
Take care of yourselves everybody - you are the masters of your destiny!