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7/30/08 7:25 A

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Hey everyone. It's no problem for me sharing my story anymore. I used to be embarrassed and then I was like there are so many other people dealing with this...I can't help it...There's nothing to be ashamed of!

But Yea everyone keeps mentioning how great it is that I took care of it early. I never even thought of it like that. I thought the few months I have suffered were bad, but that's nothing compared to those suffering years.

I'm glad to have met you all :)

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7/28/08 11:41 P

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Welcome! I have a great therapist that's helping me. Mine are from childhood abuse, lots of fear but I don't want to take medication and it's taken me a long time to admit I even have this problem. I'm so glad you started taking care of it early.

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7/28/08 10:32 P

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Welcome Meg! Thanks for sharing about yourself.
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7/28/08 9:09 P

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Welcome to the team Meg! emoticon

At least you got a diagnose early enough, some people don't get properly diagnosed until much later in life and suffer necessarily for year and years! But you are definitely not alone and we're so glad to have you and hopefully be of some support for you.

Congrats on your SP walking buddies and on you're weight loss so far!

Keep up the great work!

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7/28/08 1:45 P

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I started getting anxiety when I was 24 I can't figure out what the trigger was.I still have it and take ativan and I wouldn't be able to function without it.(I went off it several times)



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7/28/08 8:02 A

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Hey everyone!

I found this group through a friend and decided to join. I am 24 years old and didn't start having serious anxiety until I was about 22.

Once I was out of college and got married it really hit me that I was going to kind of start my own life away from my parents shelter and it scared me incredibly. I was ready to take on the challenges of life, I just didn't know it would include anxiety. The anxiety got worse, because I never suffered so when I went to the doctor and told him I was constantly dizzy he never suspected I was having panic attacks. When I knew I just didn't feel right, but no one could tell me what was wrong that made me depressed and I was just having a bad time. I have been off antianxiety meds and antidepressants for a year and I kind of got control over the panic attacks, but I am still suffering from anxiety on a day to day basis.

I'm always worried about having another panic attack and that makes me panic...I know the vicious cycle all too well to the point where I cut off most communication with everyone except my husband and son because I was embarrassed and afraid of having panic attacks in front of people.

In the last month I have started to lose weight and have met some people from Spark in person. We are like walking buddies and they are awesome. I am starting to meet new people and not being afraid of people in general.

I hope that I can meet more people here who struggle with anxiety and maybe learn tips to help calm down sometimes when I need it!

Feel free to stop by my page anytime!

Meg

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