Re: Glad to find this place
When I was first DX'd with panic disorder...yes, it did cause me to compromise in my life and stopped me from doing things that I wanted to do.
Then one day I just got mad at it and thought to myself..."I am not going to let this thing run or ruin my life, it's anxiety it's not going to hurt or kill me and I'm stronger than it is."
This may sound to simple to work but it worked for me.
When I would be start to feel an attack coming on I would count backwards from 300 and for some reason by the time I got to 1 the attack was gone....I also took slow deep breaths while I was doing this.
My Doctor told me it worked because I was so busy thinking about what number was next that I didn't have time to think about the panic attack.
I've heard other people say that this works for them too.
I know some people count things...like blocks in the ceiling or count backwards by 2 or 4, but that didn't work for me because if I would lose count of the 'things' or not be able to think of the next number when counting in multipls I'd just get more upset...that and the fact that I have OCD and count "things" all the time anyway.
I'm sorry this wasn't more helpful, but I just wanted you to know that you can beat this....I never thought I could and I did and you can too.