Hello you all! I would just like to share something that my therapist and I recently discussed and it helped me through a few thoughts since then. I have a big fear of death to myself or losing someone else. I also have a big fear of heart attack because heart disease and diabetese runs in my family. These fears were never really a problem until the panic attacks and anxiety came along. I got to where I would not go anywhere or do anything afraid of raising my heartbeat and dieing right there on the spot. So my last therapy session was about this...... it is all a cycle.....we all have beliefs that came from long ago and which the anxiety and panic has added too and made it concrete that we are going to do or that something bad is going to happen.... like I don't drive distances because I am getting to far away from the hospital "INCASE" something happened, which leads back to death, ok so when I do get alittle to far out or I go somewhere and get a litte uncomfortable my body starts in with the symptoms because I am thinking something is going to happen so I automatically do things to make myself feel better like leaving, lying down, cold wash cloth, take a valuim, things like that, but one things she said to me that really clicked and has been helping me change my thinking patterns is this " If I were really having a heart attack... would any of those things stop it??" or " If I were really dying .... would any of those things stop it from happening??" NO!! of course not! So now I tell myself that when I begin to freak out and it helps to know it is something that I have no control over! So those of you that are experiencing the same things I have been I hope this helps you too. Since that appointment I have been to the fair, I drove out to the edge of town(which isn't far but hey it felt good, and I felt some sort of strength again) and I also went into a big restaurant and we even set way in the back...lol!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/bouncing.gif"> So I really hope those words affect you in the way they have me. I am not 100% but I am getting closer. I still have alot of chest pains..... does anyone know some relaxing techniques to relieve them?? Thank you so much for listening (reading). Sorry it is so long!!
Love to all !!