Panic and Anxiety

@Lore2009 (7389)
United States
January 9, 2009 11:37am CST
I have 'suffered' anxiety and panic disorder for 2 years now. I have taken medications for this previously and have even lost my marriage to this. But I quote 'suffered' because I've gained a lot from this also. Even though I've lost a lot of people from it, I've learned that the people who will be there will really be there. My anxiety is caused a lot from pressure of trying to be 'normal', a normal friend, a normal wife, a normal daughter, a normal person. Even though I end up overwhelmed at how different I am now with it, I find it as a gift to be able to relate to the 'different' people. Normal people are different too, but they do a great job hiding it. Anyway, I'm interested to hear stories on everybody else's intake on their panics and anxiety. How has panic and anxiety affected your life?
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@kerriannc (4281)
• Jamaica
9 Jan 09
I have never been panic or anxiety but I have gone through my bit of depression. If you want to know about it you can go to http://ksurrina.wordpress.com. It is not the sickness that one go through but how you go about overcoming it.
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@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I don't know if you read my entry well, but I consider the disorder as a gift and not a sickness. I don't believe that making an earning is the most important thing in life either.
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@kerriannc (4281)
• Jamaica
9 Jan 09
What do you mean by "making an earning". I am totally sorry that I came to your discussion. It was in the no response and I gave you one and now you are insulting me.
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9 Jan 09
Lore..what a horrible thing to say!!
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• United States
23 Feb 09
I have had anxiety and panic disorder for 56 years. Yes, that is correct. When I was 5 years old, I had no idea what it was. My panic attacks can be some or all of these: shaking, sweating, heart beating fast, unable to breathe, throwing up, sitting on the toilet, and passing out. I have learned techniques to overcome panic disorder, and I haven't had a panic attack in 3 years. I will never be free of it, but I can cope with it.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
24 Feb 09
That is a long time, but glad to hear that you are in control of it now. I have done all of those except the passing out part. Mine have settle a lot from the severest times and I plan to understand them better to make it something livable.
• United States
24 Feb 09
I have dozens of books on the subject. I even had one with a worksheet at the end of each chapter. They really did help me understand, why, and what, I was going through. If you want the name of the worksheet book just let me know. Susie.
@dodo19 (31963)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
10 Jan 09
I too suffer from anxiety and anxiety attacks. I have for several years, though I've only come to know recently. I really haven't talked about it to anyone. I don't always have them, but after a while, they will always come back.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
11 Jan 09
You are definitely not alone.
@dodo19 (31963)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
11 Jan 09
It is very helpful to know that we are not alone, especially with certain conditions, such as anxiety attacks.
@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I suffer also from anxiety. I don't know if you would call it mild or not I just know that it is an uncomfortable thing. I have taken medication for it also but it is always there. My husband tells me that I need to do this myself. I need to try to tell myself to will away the anxiety. Easier said than done. He's just trying to be helpful but I think he makes a point. The mind can be a powerful thing. It could be possible to overcome it without medication I think. I have pretty much dealt with anxiety for half of my life. Sometimes I feel that I am the only one dealing with it. But I know that can't be true.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Bamakelly, that is true that the mind is a powerful thing. I often felt more pressured when people told me things like I need to control it. Others told me that I need to let it just be sometimes and accept it... it takes a long time, and those words really helped me a lot.
@besthope44 (12145)
• India
6 Oct 10
Most time, its my work..with ontime deliveries and work loads. I try to divert mind on music and i feel better.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
8 Oct 10
Pressure tends to be a trigger. I find learning how to be ok to breathe help.
@Ainokea (163)
• United States
29 Jan 09
I suffer from anxiety too so your not alone. I had a few panic attacks but you can learn to control them by remembering one simple things your in control. When you feel your out of control thats when you have a panic attack. I've tried lexapro it didn't help a whole lot with my anxiety. I now take klonopin a benzoildiazpine same class as xanax. It was much more helpful and the off label usage helps as a muscle relaxant. Which is nice cause I'm a very tense person.
11 Jan 09
I have these problems also and it does destroy relationships. You can only take ur meds and hope they work and go to counseling. We can only do what we can do and pray we can control it. Thats what im hoping for is for help thats it.