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    Old 01-12-2009, 01:00 PM   #1
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    unrealistic worrying... need help!!!

    Hi everyone
    I was diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder 2 years ago and im currently taking citalopram 20mg for the past year it seems to do the trick for the sudden dreaded panic attacks as they are less intense and I can get on very well with my activities, work, socialising, shopping, travelling etc...
    But recently over the past 2 months after a particular incident, Ive been having EXTREME bouts of worrying and anxiety.This is the incident that has me worrying constantly.... when I was travelling on the bus home from work one afternoon an old man sat down in the seat right beside me and took out a book and was reading as I glanced down I saw that his hand was slightly on my left leg I waited for a few moments thinkin he would realise he was touching my leg and remove his hand but he didn't so I shifted my leg and banged my bag lightly down on his hand and he then removed it and he looked a little flustered then immediately got off the bus. So then the rest of the evening I didn't think anything of it until that night, in bed I started to get a fear that maybe he stabbed me with something like a syringe and that I would get Aids and I do have an extreme fear of catching this disease in particular, I keep thinking and worrying about this over the past few weeks until im sick with worry I know the thoughts are irrational and that I would have seen a syringe in the man's hand, would have felt it if he had stabbed me, and it would have left a mark on my leg but I can't stop worrying!!! My boyfriend has been so helpful to me during these bouts of worrying and most times when I think of this incident it will have me in tears as I get so worked up about what if he did stab me and I get aids. Im wondering does any one else on this anxiety thread have similar irrational worrying or any way in which I can overcome this.
    Thank You

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    Old 01-12-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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    Re: unrealistic worrying... need help!!!

    Irrational worrying is part and parcel of anxiety. It differs from person to person no doubt. I used to worry about my safety when I was on trains and buses. As I have begun to learn how to relax better the thoughts have become less frequent and if they do come I pay little attention to them now. This has happened as I learned how to relax better. I suggest you get some self hypnosis mp3's.

    Old 01-12-2009, 02:14 PM   #3
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    Re: unrealistic worrying... need help!!!

    the key to defeating a panic attack is to not freak out if you start to feel a little anxious or jittery. You have to encourage the racing thoughts, tightness in the stomach, etc. Taunt them, ask for more and eventually the feelings will go away. There's a extrememly helpful method called "Panic Away" that has changed my mind.

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