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June 15, 2006
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I siffer really bad from anxiety, and in 2 days im off to a theme park, but im so scared that i will go on a ride loose my breath and die, please will someone help me in what to do? should i not go on the rides or what?

June 15, 2006
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Christina -

What makes you anxious, what is the reason behind your anxiety?

Could you be more specific and give more information so that we can help you honey?

~Love, Ras~

June 15, 2006
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If you suffer from anxiety I would hold off on any type of rides that appear scary, cause that would make it worse. I know rollercoaster used to be easier for me to ride but now I can easily pass on it becuase i think it is not worth it to increase the anxiety.

June 15, 2006
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Are you getting help with your anxiety? I dont think that you would die, you should explain more how it affecting you, i can probably relate. sincerly ~

June 15, 2006
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you think it would increase the anxiety in the long run or just at the time?

June 15, 2006
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I suffered HORRIBLY from anxiety! I also had some very awful panic attacks. I always thought I had some terminal illness. I went to many different doctors. And when I was told it was anxiety, I moved on to the next doctor. I could never believe it was only anxiety.

Well once I accepted that it truly was anxiety, I took the steps in treating it, and now feel in control.

I went to a shrink, and he explained to me how the brain works and all of the functions. (Even had a fake brain on his desk! LOL!) He explained to me about the possibility of a chemical imbalance. I thought, well hell, why not? I seemed to pass the assessment with flying colors of having all of the symptoms he described. Even the physical effects of anxiety. Such as heart palps, shortness of breath, ect...

So he put me on Zoloft, and it has done WONDERS for me! I'm leveled out now, and no longer have the attacks or feel panicky. We all have some level of anxiety, which is normal. But there are those of us who have extreme cases. I now, have the normal level. It's the seratonin in the brain, which can become imbalanced. And the Zoloft has balanced that out.

There are also other meds for this. Just know, that there are side effects to all of them, but they pass. And once they do, you will begin to feel MUCH better!

So I thought I'd share this with you and wish you the best! I know how awful this is! You feel like you can't even enjoy life. That there is no quality to life, anymore. And if you're not careful, depression will attach itself to this, (if it hasn't already, for you). So I say, just seek treatment. There are also ways of treating it without the use of meds. But the meds definately work for me.

Take care, and good luck! 😉

Jen

June 15, 2006
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Christina - I never liked rides. In fact, I never liked disney land in the 1st place. Whenever my parents took me there, I would abstain from any of those dangerous rides. Only tried it once and for all.

So I would say "Respect your heart." If you don't like ride, don't join. Do something else, maybe prepare picnic table and set out all the things your need during your outing.

Remember have fun and don't please
others. Do as you heart tells you!

Blessings & have fun, Ras~

June 15, 2006
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"From Power vs Force" The hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
David R. hawkins MD PHD

Traditional medicine generally holds that stress is the cause of many human disorders and illnesses. The problem with this disagnosis is that it doesn't accurately address the source of the stress. It looks to blame external cicumstances without realizing that ALL STRESS IS INTERNALLY GENERATED BY ONE'S ATTITUDES. I MUST EMPHASIZE AGAIN THAT IT ISN'T LIFE'S EVENTS, BUT ONE'S REACTIONS TO THEM THAT ACTIVATES THE SYMPPTOMS OF STRESS. eg. a divorce can bring about agony or relief.

Generally speaking,physical and mental soundness are attendant upon positive attitudes whereas poor physical and mental health are asssociated with such negative attitudes as resentment, jealousy, hostility, self-pity, fear, anxiety and the like.

How does one overcome negative attitudes? The patient must reach a decision: A SINCERE DESIRE FOR CHANGE ALLOWS ONE TO SEEK HIGHER ATTRACTOR ENERGY PATTERNS IN THEIR VARIOUS EXPRESSIONS. (Bill W of AA-12 steps, was one of the top 100 greatest Americans that ever lived. He is credited with being the originator of the entire self help movement. )

FOR INSTANCE ONE DOESN'T GET OVER PESSIMISM BY ASSOCIATING WITH CYNICS; THE POPULAR IDEA THAT YOU'RE DEFINED BY THE COMPANY YOU KEEP DOES HAVE SOME CLINICAL BASIS.

You can just bring the body to an AA/Alanon meeting. If you merely expose yourself to the influence of higher patterns they begin to "rub off" or as its been said you get it by osmosis. Keep coming back.

Throw yourself wholeheartedly into any spiritual group that appeals to you, whether you believe in it or not, and hope that in your case a miracle may occur. Millions can't be wrong! Let's work together to get better. Find a higher power. This board is a higher power. I love it here but I am sorry to say I will be unable to attend to help as I have been as I am off tomorrow to a transition house with my kids for awhile. I'm making the big move. I'll check into the no contact thread for inspiration when I'm feeling blue though. So keep up the great work gang. You are a good higher power for many people. Bye for now

June 15, 2006
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Great post, Tiedup! And I also believe in this theory. Al-Anon was a wonderful source for me. I went there years ago, at the time of my divorce. And it DID wake me up to some changes in my thinking pattern.

And yes, attitude plays a HUGE part of our health. It can effect us in more ways than one, physically and mentally. We are what we feel!

I can't seem to pin it where the anxiety came on, or what the exact stress factor was, at the time. I wasn't able to think too clearly, other than the thoughts that I was dying from something.

I'm now able to think more clearly, and to make more rational choices, without having a panic attack. And I've also changed my environment, such as my job, people, social circles, ect. Things definately look better now, than they did before.

I wish you the best during your transition, Tiedup! I don't know your story, but it sounds like you are facing some big choices in your life. I would also like to thank YOU for your contribution of support on this site! Everyone's input is much appreciated! Please keep us posted on how you are doing! (((HUGS)))

Jen

June 15, 2006
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I was also prescribed Zoloft for anxiety and it helped me tremendously.

June 15, 2006
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(((Lolli))) You're sure not alone in that one! (anxiety) I'm glad the Zoloft has helped you, too!

June 19, 2006
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about how long did you stay on the zoloft if you don't mind me asking. I just stearted taking it and i dont really know anyone getting treatment until recently on here.

plus i dont really trust my docs take on it. he may know but it will be very generalized and not from him knowing me at all.

just curious about you personal experince with that med.

thanks ~119

June 19, 2006
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119,

I was in a very abusive relationship at one point and suffered anxiety terribly because of it. It go so bad that I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I was losing weight, I couln't concentrate, etc.etc.

Finally, my doctor put me on Zoloft. I was on it for about 2-3 weeks before I really started to feel the effects of it. It helped my anxiety and helped me to end that relationship...LOL.

After I ended the relationship I really began to feel better so after about 6 months I stopped taking it (although you shouldn't without your doctors approval).

Since then I honestly haven't had a problem. I do still have anxiety from time to time but much like a normal person would under the same circumstances and certainly not as debilitating as it once was.

Lolli

June 19, 2006
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I should also add that during the time I was on Zoloft....I was also in therapy and attending Alanon.

I believe it was the combination of all of the above that made the difference.

Good luck

June 19, 2006
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Like Lolli, it took about 2-3 weeks before I felt the effects of the Zoloft. I was told, that some people might be on it for as long as they feel they need to be, and when things settle down, you can slowly start to go off of it. I've been on it for about 3 years now. But I'm a bit of an extreme case, with my anxiety.

Also, therapy or counseling of some kind does help to work with the anxiety. The combination of the 2 is the most effective way of treating it. Some can do it without meds.

Best of luck,

Jen

June 19, 2006
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thanks ya i supose ive been in denial about my anxiety for a long time. Since i was very young i always tried to just settle my self some how, it got to the point where it became very physical!!!!!! i dont know it got really bad i let it go for to long. I dont even breath right go figure. Diphramatic breathing is very hard for me. Am i alone on that? Man im going crazy. What made you feel better about having to take the pills to feel you have control. I mean do you ever freak out that you need the pills. I did the other day for the first time. I guess i just got scared pictured myself later in life still relying on them. i should probably go talk to someone to calm my self. Its weird i dont feel like that all the time but then bam very srong feeling of being worthless and nimb. Thats probably my depression mixing with anxiety. I supose i should go get some therapy but i have trouble trusting other intelect. I got a little couple years ago after a car accident and the other persons insurance had to pay. I liked him alot but i think he would charge to much. Help can be expensive.

any way gald it working for you it seems to be doing alright for me i just got it increased ill just wait and if it gets better.

lots of love 119

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119, I guess it hasn't made me feel one way or the other, whether or not I felt I needed the med, in order to feel in control. It was my anxiety/panic/depression, that I was more concerned with getting under control. And for me, it helped.

No, I can't say that I'm happy to take a pill, to feel balanced, but I feel alot better than I did, before taking it.

Anyway, that's just my own opinion. I know that help is expensive, but at times, it's very well worth it, even if it could put you in debt.

I wish the best for you, 119! I know how difficult of a thing it is, to take on something like this. (((119)))

Jen

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