SparkPeople Surviving with Anxiety Team Messageboard For people with Anxiety and Panic Disorder trying to get through the day. SparkPeople Surviving with Anxiety Team Messageboard kathleen just to let everyone know that we have been saving money to get something special. we have decided to get a treadmill this next week. <BR> <BR> kathleen <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <em>231</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 05:33:36 EST my goal it seems like every time i set a goal lately i seem like i cannot keep it. i have been trying to quit smoking for quite some time and so far i haven't been able to do that one. i just wanted everyone here to know that i will try to do at least 20 minutes of walking daily but i don't know if i can keep that promise so i will see. <BR> <BR> kathleen Sun, 12 Jun 2011 06:44:46 EST Anxiety and Pregnancy Does anyone have suggestions on dealing with social anxiety while pregnant and after the baby is born? Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:56:10 EST Hello! Back Again :) Hi everyone, I haven't been on here in a long time, anyways, just wanted to let you know I was within my calorie goal(s) today, and I also started the anxiety clinic at my local hospital, it's every Monday for 11 weeks :D <BR> <BR> I'm still taking Lorazepam, (when I need it) and taking Sertraline everyday, I also started a new job a few weeks ago, there was some unexpected changes so to help my anxiety my boss gave me last week off, I start again tomorrow, (just 2 shifts this week) then hop... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 20:37:59 EST Panic Attacks Hello all! I just found this team; however I've been Sparking for a couple of months. <BR> I've had Panic Disorder for 35 years and I had it under control in recent years. Yesterday whilst walking in my neighborhood I had a doozy of a panic complete with facial and hand cramping. I fight Agoraphobia every day and now I'm concerned that this may set back my quest to have a healthier life. I'm grateful to find a team that addresses itself to this particular issue Tue, 5 Oct 2010 16:15:50 EST New to SP Hi, I'm 58 and from Oregon. I have anxiety and panic disorder which I take medication for, along with depression and a few other things. I have only had 1 panic attack in the about the last 10 yrs or so. I'm doing much better. Just started here at SP and need/want to lose 100+ lbs. Hoping to find others to encourage me and who need encouragement. Thu, 19 Aug 2010 02:50:59 EST Hi! Hello team, <BR> <BR> My name is Elisabeth, I am from Alberta, Canada. I've been dealing with anxiety my entire life but was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder a year and a half ago. In dealing with my anxiety I have become a much happier person but the medications have led to a substantial weight gain therefore increasing my stress. Funny little cycle isn't it. I'm sure many of you have similar stories. Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:37:51 EST Daily Concerns My anxieties have been keeping me in my bed lately so now that I'm back on Spark I thought I'd try to get this team going if I can. If you have a comment you'd like to make about what's going on with you today, this could be a good place to write about it. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Celia Sun, 7 Feb 2010 10:41:07 EST I am back Hi I have been gone awhile. Trying to get a grip on life. Having marital problems, of course because of money. I don't know what to do. We are both working, but my husband is driving me crazy. He just spends, and feels that paying off stupid payday loans are more important than feeding the kids. I want to pay them, and plan to, but I want to give my kids food. Help me feel better. Sun, 15 Nov 2009 02:39:42 EST Hey! Anxiety + Other Disabilites Hey, I just joined the site tonight, anyways, more about me, I'm 19, 165 lbs, and I have a major anxiety disorder (I get panic attacks almost everyday) I also have tourettes, OCD, ADHD, I joined this group 'cause I'm hoping that I can lose the weight, (since my anxiety meds and tourettes medicine made me gain weight <em>39</em> ) I'm glad I joined this site and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone! ^_^ Fri, 28 Aug 2009 19:05:10 EST 20 years of anxiety Hello everyone, I have read allot of your posts and am sorry to hear so many having such a hard time. I will tell my story in hopes that something I say may be of help to some of you, and you may be of help to me for some things I have not been able to change. <BR> <BR> About 20 years ago I had my first anxiety attack, I thought I was going crazy literally. It all started when my life got turned upside down and I felt like I had no control over my life. <BR> <BR> I was at the hospital off... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 04:42:03 EST New and frustrated <em>33</em> I am having such a hard day. My kids started school today, yea, but my husband is driving me crazy. He is so negative, and impatient with the kids. I have an 18 going to college next week, and he is excited. My girls; 4 and 7 get the heat of my husbands lack of civility. I am trying to counteract his "monster", but I am losing the battle. Help Tue, 11 Aug 2009 23:53:57 EST Anxiety Attacks The first time I ever experienced an anxiety attack, I thought I was going crazy! I was sitting alone in a booth at McDonald's at San Diego Navy Base and all of the sudden the walls literally started closing in on me! My then husband and I had been going through some tough issues, and I was overwhelmed. My "savior" was a college friend who came into the diner just when I thought I might run out screaming. He spotted me and came and sat down and started talking to me. After that, I began havin... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 22:27:36 EST Hello everyone! Hi; I'm brand new to this team,but I've read all of your messages,and it fits me to a tee! I've had depression and anxiety for years,have been in treat- <BR> ment for it for about 5 years,my depression is some better,but my problem is,I don't think anyone I meet new will like me. So I have a very hard time being around other people because I have such a bad view of myself. I take xanax and cymbalta,but it doesn't <BR> seem to help this problem. Does anyone have a problem like this,if so,... Mon, 9 Feb 2009 03:12:21 EST hello all my name is Leann. I've only been dealing with notable anxiety for a little over a year. it started for me with my first pregnancy, and i have not yet been able to successfully manage it. i am unmedicated, but i hope that by creating an overall healthy lifestyle i will be able to manage my anxiety. Sun, 1 Feb 2009 13:55:29 EST Hi new here Hi there, I am new here, and am on meds for anxiety, but not sure it helps, just makes me tired. My life sucks now, and I am 44, so I don't really know what is going to happen in the next few years. I have 4 kids 17(b), and two girls 7 and 3. I am lost. Tue, 9 Dec 2008 13:29:46 EST hello - new to group Hello. My name is Jen and I have Panic Disorder which makes it harder for my health and fitness goals. Panic attacks have derailed any focus at times. I have been like this for a long time and am on medications for it which can increase appetite. Jen. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 17:58:05 EST Hi Everyone, Here's my long and drawn out story <BR> On January 2nd of this year I decided it was time to loose the weight I had been carrying for 4 years (5 years ago I went on Atkins and lost 60lbs, after a knee injury I put it all back on plus the bonus 20 lol. October of last year I had the knee operated on and was ready to get back in shape by January)I started by counting calories and put myself on 1200 calories a day. <BR> <BR> On January 13 (I will never forget this date) I was eating a salad w... Mon, 1 Sep 2008 15:33:45 EST Your new neighbor :) Hi all! I am new to this group and it is a group I will be visiting quite a bit! Please drop by and visit me :) <BR> Sun, 17 Aug 2008 17:23:02 EST Hello everyone Hi there; I'm brand new! I just found this team,and feel it's just what I need. I've been dealing with depression,(that's better thanks to meds),now,my anxiety is kicking up now and then. I also take xanax to help when it gets really bad. When the anxiety hits me,then I want to eat,eat,eat! Does anyone have any ideas that would help me on this? <BR> I would be so happy to hear from one and all of you as we fight this anxiety beast daily! mj1550 Fri, 8 Aug 2008 05:15:33 EST Hi, I am new to the group Hello fellow sparkpeople. I am new to this forum and have struggled with anxiety for about 6 years now. It comes and goes but is getting better. I am currently on cymbalta. Hope to get to know everyone better. Mon, 4 Aug 2008 11:44:32 EST New Here Hi, My name is Julie and I have suffered with GAD most of my life. The last several years it has become worse. I have taken meds on and off for years. I now take Lexapro, but feel it is not helping as it should. I love SparkPeople, I have been real encouraged by all the stories and sharing. It feels good to know that someone else understands and that your not just crazy. I have been over weight for most of my life and am currently finding it very challenging to lose anything and I worr... Mon, 12 May 2008 17:56:37 EST Hi I'm new Hello everyone. <BR> Just thought I would introduce myself to everyone. My name is Kat. I heard about S/P on Ellen and decided to check it out. In the last few years I have gone from 175lbs to 245lbs. In 2006 I dealt with a personal surgery, an inlaws death, my father's cancer and loss of career. I slowly declined in health and happiness. Last July I had my first panic attack and have been diagnosed with GAD. I have been suffering from daily anxiety and monthly panic attacks. Because of this... Fri, 9 May 2008 00:20:48 EST Social Anxiety & New Here This is my very first post on this site. I am trying to develop a healthier diet & get motivated to be more active. It is difficult getting moving when you have depression. Also, my anxiety has held me back from joining any Mom's groups. I felt anxious just deciding to post a message! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for keeping motivated? <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Apr 2008 20:38:52 EST Anxiety anyone? I find it ironic that we're all trying to "survive" with anxiety and somehow it's probably helping us to live longer. At least us women anyway. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_detail.asp?health_day=613534 </link> Fri, 14 Mar 2008 10:30:09 EST New to the team... Hi there... <BR> <BR> I decided to look up a team that has others that have to deal with anxiety and I found you guys! <BR> <BR> I'm 25. I was diagnosed w/anxiety about 3 years ago. Looking back now, I suspect I've had it for about 10 years. My anxiety used to be triggered by certain things but now has kind of turned more into "Health Anxiety" or what most people would call Hypochondria. :( This hasn't been confirmed by a doctor, as I haven't been to my therapist in about 18 months but... Thu, 13 Mar 2008 22:36:36 EST I'm New Hi! I'm a 26-year-old that's basically house bound with social phobia and anxiety. By basically I mean that people are lucky if they can get me out of the house more than once a month. It takes me a very, very long time to warm up to people in person. <BR> <BR> I have this sinking feeling that this is actually going to be my number one hurdle with a healthy life style and weight loss. My weight is tied in greatly with my disorder. Thu, 13 Mar 2008 10:35:26 EST Social Anxiety Disorder, anyone? I have had SAD (ironic, huh) my entire life. I have a panic attack just talking to people. People I know, like co-workers, usually don't bother me, unless I confront someone about something, or am angry. I have no friends, because I can't strike up a normal conversation. I had a few close friends, then moved 3,000 miles away from my home 6 years ago. Now my life is my kids and husband. Pathetic, huh? LOL. I feel like a have a bubbly, funny person just waiting to break out. I just need ... Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:53:58 EST new to this team Hi. I've been with SP about a month now. I'm 31 and have had anxiety problems by entire life. I have Social Anxiety Disorder. I remember being so shy when I was little, teachers had to ask other students to come up and talk to me. I never outgrew it! Out of all the anxiety/panic teams I looked up, this is the only one with recent activity-so here I am! Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:46:04 EST Did you gain the weight because of anxiety meds? Hello all. I was on lexapro for GAD and panic attacks. I already was carrying around a little extra, but I gained 30 POUNDS IN 6 MONTHS on this medication. My doctor acts like this is no big deal, but it's a huge (literally) deal to me. <BR> <BR> So I'm off anti-anxiety meds, and trying to focus on natural ways of relaxing. <BR> <BR> Just curious if anyone else had this experience. :) Sun, 10 Feb 2008 09:59:07 EST Hello, I'm new I have been trying to lose weight for 4 years now, but I always get in a panicky stage and veer off track. Right now my anxiety is really bad, and I am afraid of having a panic attack at any time, but I want to keep going strong. Any suggestions or help would be wonderful. Sat, 9 Feb 2008 11:00:04 EST Is it possible to loose weight while on paxil? I was thinking of starting to take it again but I'm worried it will interfear with my weight loss goal. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 13:10:41 EST Hello I'm new My name Is Summer,I've had panic disorder and agoraphobia for the past 15 yrs(on and off)I am really having a tough time with this right now,and it makes everything including weight loss so much harder.Anyway,I'm looking to meet others who struggle with panic disorder and are trying to loose weight too. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 13:08:12 EST Hello I'm new My name Is Summer,I've had panic disorder and agoraphobia for the past 15 yrs(on and off)I am really having a tough time with this right now,and it makes everything including weight loss so much harder.Anyway,I'm looking to meet others who struggle with panic disorder and are trying to loose weight too. Tue, 5 Feb 2008 13:07:43 EST Hi everyone, I'm new too <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Thought I would join this team because of my anxiety. Came from alcoholic home and working through stuff. I also attend Alanon. Looking forward to feeling better about myself as an adult. <BR> <BR> -vass Thu, 18 Oct 2007 13:12:46 EST New to Team here! <em>46</em> <BR> Well I'm 36yrs old and boy I've been through alot this past year. Lost Job and than had gallbladder out, Dad has cancer and just got layed off of work again. I went to my family Dr telling her i was having chest pains she did EKG said I wasn't having a heart attack,well she than sent me to a cardiologist they did echo and stress test and said all is fine. I was put on xanax for my anxiety I 'm to take it as needed. Well lately it has be everyday because I feel like I'm goin... Wed, 17 Oct 2007 18:22:29 EST New to this team Hi All! <BR> <BR> For the past couple years I have not been myself. I used to be so calm and happy go lucky all the time. I came to a point in my life where i thought people were walking all over me and I just felt at a stand still. Coupled with a bad break up and family issues, I started to feel like I had to be tough all the time. <BR> <BR> Today I dont even feel like a woman anymore. I feel like I boss people around. Then I counteract that with "ill just do it." I feel as though I should... Wed, 3 Oct 2007 10:28:49 EST Hi everyone! My name is Kathy. I experienced my first anxiety attack when I was 15. Didn't have too much trouble until after I'd gained a lot of weight, and was 23. Spent 2 yrs. of hell afraid to go anywhere, didn't drive any more, and depressed. Finally, the Dr. put me on a mild tranquilizer, and that, combined with continued encouragement from family and friends, got me back on track. Eventually, about 2 yr. later, I gave up the pills and was fine for a very long time! <BR> I lost weight, which hel... Sun, 16 Sep 2007 10:15:52 EST Hi. I'm new Hi. My name is Karen. For the last month I have been experiencing extreme anxiety. I haven't eaten more than a few hundred calories per day since. When I try I get sick. I have medication that helps a little, but I'd like to hear some non medical things that have worked for others. I exercise a lot and that isn't helping. I would love to be able to eat a full meal and get at least four hours of sleep at a stretch. If anyone has advice I'd love to hear it. <BR> Thanks, Karen <em>24</e... Mon, 13 Aug 2007 21:38:07 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Kristen and I have been on SparkPeople for about a year now. I was actually reading about panic disorders on here about a week ago and finally decided to get some help. I suffer from severe panic attacks, and have ever since a child. I have come up with so many ways to avoid having panic attacks, but it is just so hard on those around me, as they are my "safety". I don't know if anyone else uses this as a crutch. I am hoping to meet some people that just understand what I... Fri, 20 Jul 2007 20:09:58 EST Exercise and Panic One of the toughest things for someone who has PD that wants to workout is dealing with the physical changes that happen as you're working out. <BR> <BR> Many people's bodies perceive the increased heart rate as a panic attack trigger. This happened to me the first time I walked for exercise. I took about 20 steps and all of the sudden, there it was. I ran back in the house and didn't try to walk again like that until recently. <BR> <BR> What really helped me was cutting out other trigge... Sun, 11 Mar 2007 14:27:20 EST Welcome I made this team because I have lived with Panic Disorder for half my life (13 years). I have been housebound. I also have had periods where I don't have panic (although I can't remember those I wanted to make a place for people to talk about their goals both mentally and physically while dealing with debilitating disorder. <BR> <BR> Welcome. Be open. We understand! Thu, 8 Mar 2007 12:11:55 EST