yea it helps some people use a specific color like rubber band or something. For example if your fave color is blue u would wear a blue rubber band on your wrist and u can pull it when you are anxious.
I am so blessed. And you are too especially that you have a safety network at work. I don't usually have a trigger for my attacks sometimes I do, for example last night I had one because my boyfriends roommates were fighting and screaming obscene things at each other and it totally made me feel unsafe and uncomfortable so I panicked. My boyfriend is a security gaurd and trying to get into the police academy so I was definitely safe but I didn't feel it. Something that also helps me when I start to feel anxious and am in an environment that I can't really have an attack or "run away" I wear whats called a calming crystal on a necklace and when I start to feel anxious I fiddle with it and it calms me. If I know I am going into a situation that will cause my anxiety and I know it I wear a piece of my mom jewelry or maybe her perfume since she makes me feel secure.
Samilee, it looks like you can be of help to us also. I did rapid eye therapy for my PTSD. I have safety issues and working at the job I have now has given me so many trained officers who tell me constantly that they have my back. I go into panic attacks if I am around people who raise their voices or if I feel threatened in any way. Now when I start having issues I want to go to work because these people make me feel so safe. I think that you are very lucky that you have people around you that help you through those times.
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Panic attacks are the worse. I started a new relationship recently and had my first panic attack in front of him last night. I get tremors so I look like Im having a seizure so it was very shocking for him. but he was absolutely amazing and totally stepped up to calm me and get me home to my mom (she is my security net). This site is absolutely amazing everyone has been so welcoming and so helpful. I totally appreciate it
I have PTSD too but I actually did a hypnosis therapy where I went back to the event and faced my fear. I was attacked by a pit bull and should be dead my friend pulled it off of me or else I would be dead. I also am blessed that I have a wonderful vet who is aware of my situation and works with me on exposure therapy. So I can understand your situation. Before the hypnosis I had night terrors and everything. I still have flash backs sometimes and will have night terrors if I have been to over stimulated. It is so nice to have all these people who can understand my situation reach out I really appreciate it and to be honest am shocked at how wonderful this site is. I am hear to talk if you ever need someone who understands ur ptsd to some extent
Thank you. Yea I haven't cut in two years it's just my compulsion from the OCD it's the first thing I think to do when I feel anxious or over whelmed. My medicine helps a lot. as long as my meds are working right I don't have any problems with my anxiety or OCD for the most part. Just every year and a half to two years my meds for some reason stop working and out of no where its like I am right back to ground zero. I am very blessed though to have an amazing family and friends who support me through everything. In fact I have parents who pay for my medicine and therapy because I can't afford it. So I am blessed to have them and my therapist rocks as well as my doctor, But they all said I need to reach out to people who can understand my disorder so when I have a problem they can empathize instead of sympathize.
My anxiety is different from yours. I suffer from panic attacks, but I've never cut myself. My heart goes out to you, though. Just when you think things are going well, another problem comes along, or the same problem comes back again. Reaching out is a good thing. You'll find lots of support here on Spark People where we are all battling our own demons, but are all willing to help and support each other.
I do not have the same anxiety issues as you, mine is PTSD' but I am a great hugger and hope that you will feel that you can talk to me anytime. We want you to feel a part of our little family here. We all do things a little different that's what makes us special. This is such a wonderful team and everyone has always given me so much support and encouragement. I hope that I can do that for you also.
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I'm here for ya, hun! My son did the cutting in his earlier teens years -- and, then, suddenly stopped doing it! I don't know why -- but possibly due to meds and counseling. Keep up with the meds and don't hesitate to have your dr. adjust the dosages or types as he/she sees fit and that will work the best for you. I'm not a professional, but I know about stress and GAD, etc., and, for me, as long as we can relate our actions or fears to the cause, and work on defusing that cause, we can lessen the symptoms and become more aware of the whys and how comes our bodies react as they do. I hope that made sense -- I do tend to ramble when I type -- but I wish you the best and let us know how everything goes for you. We care, my friend, and super to you.
Thank you for your reply! I appreciate it. I'm acctually an odd case according to my doctor because my obsession (upsetting my brother) keeps me from doing my compulsion (cutting). I'm just really annoyed at this point that I am having problems again. I hate not being able to function in normal life. And anytime I try to tell people that I have this problem they automatically sterotype me and think I can't do things. I can i just do things differently. I really appreciate your reply it means a lot. I'm not really good at this whole reaching out to people about this and it's nice to have positive feedback.
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Hi Sam - While I don't personally have as severe a case as you, I at least wanted to acknowledge your post, in case nobody else saw it for a little while - I didn't want you to feel ignored. Surely there is someone else here that can relate. Not that you can't talk to me, because I can at least listen willingly. :) I did some cutting in my younger years - not sure it was anxiety though - think it was alcohol related, & also that the alcohol created a chemical imbalance for which I was on meds for several years.
My name's Sam and I'm a 23 year old female. I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Obessive Compulsive Disorder. For the most part my disorders are are maintained by medication. But I recently built up a tolerance to my medication and ended up having some severe problems with my anxiety. My OCD come into play when my anxiety acts up I am a former cutter and it is my compulsion when I start feeling anxious. I have not cut myself in over two years and am proud to say I have not in this time. I saw my doctor and got my medication changed and am returning to therapy she also so I should reach out to people who also suffer from this disorder so I am hoping that I can find someone who understands my plight through here.
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