Panic Disorder

i have lived with panic disorder most of my life. i see a phsychiatrist, i take medication, i've been to support groups, read many books and some days are great but other days the panic takes over. i would like to be able to do anything i want without wondering how i'm going to react. it's very restrictive on my life.
prettyinpink prettyinpink
46-50, F
4 Responses Feb 7, 2007

I'm sorry to hear about your struggles. It looks like you're doing as much as you can to help yourself through this, but it's still getting to you? I have depression, which isn't quite the same thing. Still, it helps me appreciate the issue you face. The comment below, by Androgyny, about everyone with anxiety disorder being nice people, certainly rings true for me as well. I don't know if we are all nice, but when you struggle with things like anxiety disorder every positive thing helps. I wish you continued wellness and hope. Thank-you for sharing your story.

Thank you for commenting on my story. The one thing I have to say about anxiety and panic disorder is that even though everyone has their own unique story, the one thing that ties us all together is that we're all very nice people. Not only do we feel what other people can't, we feel more than we ever should. It's easy for us to sympathize with others in our position, and that's something I'm thankful for. I don't know you nor do I know the people who previously commented on your story, but the one thing I see in all of us is that we're searching for hope, warmth, and security - in ourselves and in each other. That's a beautiful thing to me, and for that, I am grateful to have this particular disorder.<br />
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One thing that's helped me a lot is Lucinda Bassett's Attacking Anxiety and Depression program. I bought mine from eBay, but if you're interested I can send you the link to download the entire program via torrent. Basically the program sets out to help you rid yourself of all the negative thoughts and beliefs that cause anxiety. Since we've all become so good at upsetting ourselves and automatically thinking the worse, our condition is rooted deeply and has become a bad habit. The program teaches you how to break the habit and how to start new, positive habits which make you feel good. Instead of automatically making the problem worse, you automatically comfort yourself and look for the good in every situation. As time passes and you stop feeding the fear, your fear begins to diminish. The trick is to learn how to do it and to make it a routine in your every day life. It really does work, but you have to commit to it 100%.<br />
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If you're interested, please don't hesitate to send me a message. I would never pass up the opportunity to help another if I can. I have so much trouble helping myself at times, that it's a blessing when I can help someone else. <br />
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Good luck!

I have been where you are, and I am able to manage mine. For a while, I was disabled by the condition. Through medication, past counseling, and many celebrated successes, I am even considering reducing, or even, eliminating my medication. Better living through chemistry is wonderful, if you need it. I was able to complete my university by taking Zoloft. Now, I am finished, and I may not need this medication any longer.

wow, I'm so sorry to hear this. I was also diagnosed with Panic and anxiety dissorders at an early age. But I refuse to take medications, and the counselling just isn't my thing. But I find the fight or flight theory really works for me. But I completly understand how much it sucks, and how it just hits you so unexpected. <br />
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My heart goes out to you. Hope all is well. <br />
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