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4/25/09 12:33 P

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HI. I CAN UNDERSTAND WERE YOU ARE COMMING FROM. THE BEST THING FOR ME IS A BOOK CALLED DON'T PANIC BY REID WILSON, PH.D DIRECTOR OF ANXIETY DISORDERS TREATMENT CENTER. ALSO GO ON LINE AND LOOK UP JOE BARRY HE HAS A FREE 8 STEP TO HELP WITH ANXIETY AN NO MEDS NEEDED. PLEASE TRY IT. I DID AND IT HELPED ME VERY MUCH. GOOD LUCK emoticon

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4/24/09 6:55 P

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I'll check out the book. Thanks.

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4/24/09 5:30 P

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For me reading the Bible and writing down what God has to say about me, then saying it outloud daily, several times a day and yes I felt stupid in the beginning but it has really helped. Listening to Joyce Meyer has helped too.
and a book called
'The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety'. My therapist approved it. You do have to work your way through it and I'm not going to say it's easy but it has been helping me.
and EXERCISING has helped a lot.

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"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind."
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4/24/09 4:04 P

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I would love to. Counseling doesn't appear to be an option right now though. It is so expensive most places. And I'm limited to how far I can go for it because I don't drive.

Edited by: PISCESWOMAN87 at: 4/24/2009 (16:05)
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4/24/09 3:29 P

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Hi, My name is Kathy and I suffer from an anxiety panic disorder as well as major depression. Finding a good psychiatrist is important for medications that may be needed to treat these conditions and a good counselor. I am on my fourth counselor and we have a good fit. I can talk to him about anything and he helps me to work through the issues as supplies me with some cognitive therapy needs that help with my breathing and relaxation techniques.

I cannot tell you that I understand fully your condition. If you had trouble with one counselor, I would consider trying another one. They aren't all like that.

Take care and good luck. emoticon Kathy

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4/24/09 2:28 P

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Hello. I am a mess. I am a hypochondriac, and I am obsessed with my health. For example, if I get a headache, I start thinking that I'm having a stroke. And I try to do something else to get my mind off it, because I know my history and it's probably nothing. But I can't get my mind to focus on anything else, and I end up feeling certain that I am going to die, and I panic. And I don't feel like I can tell anybody when these things happen. I know it annoys other people.

And I obsess over my health. It's gotten to the point where it will freak me out a little to prepare a conventionally raised grapefruit for my boyfriend because I'll get pesticides on my hands, and what if they don't all come off when I wash them? What if they absorb into my skin? In fact, one of the big reasons I have been able to lose all this weight is because I keep thinking about all of the horrible things that could happen to me if I don't. Diabetes, heart attacks, etc.

All of this is always on my mind. I'm told that some of the physical symptoms I get is probably from the anxiety. I once went a few months where my throat tightened up and I felt like I was choking all the time. Apparently it's called "globus hystericus". I've been getting heart palpetations and dizziness and I feel like I have trouble breathing. I'm told that that's probably the anxiety, too. It just freaks me out more.

I've tried counseling. I have no insurance or money, so it was $15 an hour sessions with a grad student. I just got a bunch of "Oh, you poor thing" for an hour a week. It wasn't helpful. I don't know what to do.

Sparkpeople has always been so supportive and great about other things, so I feel safe coming here. Is there anyone else like me? Was anything able to help you?

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