I'm really glad you enjoyed reading my post. I was not able to write this until I was able to get a handle on myself and deal with what I needed to. It was difficult and ONE of the most challenging personal accomplishments of my life.
Some anxiety is good; anxiety allows a person to be cautious and detailed, it's what motivates us to seek out self improvement and allows us to refrain from doing something that may not be in our best interest. However, I feel that once a person has anxiety issues that interfere with their life, it's to that person's advantage to try to do something that will help them make positive changes in their behaviors (in the way they think and react) so that anxiety will not always be on the forefront.
I also feel that once a person experiences that kind of high anxiety (like me), they will always have them on some level in their life. It's just finding the right balance so that anxiety isn't the main factor when deciding to do or not do something.
It's daily work to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even people who exercise too much or diet too much can make themselves mentally dependent on that kind of need and/or sick. Anxiety can become a bad habit too. I work every day to break this bad habit. I am so much better now, but it took a real commitment on my part to meet that fear head on, and allow myself to have set backs. I do not consider myself cured or that anxiety is gone. But I am able to do things that I want to again, and feel more myself. I still love life.
I'm glad that you were able to put down your experiences in such a personal and insightful way. It looks like it's helped many anxiety sufferers. Have you ever considered writing a book? It sounds like you have what it takes.. Good going...
What a nice compliment you've paid me. Thank you. I have thought about either writing about my experience with panic and disequlibrium, or looking into college courses for counseling so I could really help other people int he same situation. I have always been told that I have a detailed and reassuring manner when it comes to dealing with issues like this. Again, your encouragement has made me kickup my thoughts on this another notch.
Thanks for bumping up the post. I've been struggling with my anxiety for six years, more so than not in the past two weeks, and it helps to hear there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I start therapy for the first time on Tuesday and I'm really nervous about it, but excited at the same time. I'm hoping to find a way to work through the attacks this time, instead of just medicating them.
Thanks for the bump. I had never read this before. I will print the top (or original part) for me and some other people I know. We all have some degree of anxiety/stress. Mine is not health related, but some of the others are/is.
Thanks again. Hope that you are doing well. Wannabe
What a story you have.I am so happy for you to hear that you have came face to face with the panic and living a better life now.Your advice and how you deal with it is something i am going to try.I am a 39 female also.I have had panic since I was 19.I do the same thing you did with the health issues.I feel like I am dying of something but I just have acid reflex etc.Nothing dangerous.
I tryed to take medicines but the prozac and paxil etc.Made me worse and the xanax I was taking i got addicted to it and I weaned myself off.(with a docters care).
I just moved in with my fiance and my anxiety is taken a toll for the worse.I get hot flashes and dizzy and chest tightness and so on.But reading you story made me relize its time to seek help with therapy.THANK YOU SO MUCH..I will follow your steps and I pray you reach more people and your story helps them as it did me.God bless you..Dawn