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Topic: Newly found anxiety attacks?

2 posts, 0 answered
  1. chriscollected
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    7 posts
    21 May 2021

    Hello,

    My name’s Chris. I have posted a couple of times on a different account in regards to depression issues, asking for guidance and support. I am truly grateful for everyone that posted on my thread before (my name was “cgp_bs”).

    I wanted to address what’s been happening recently to find out what the cause is.

    Over the past couple of weeks I have been dealing with frustrating panic and anxiety attacks. The first one happened back late April, 3 weeks ago where I had no clue what was going on and was rushed to hospital. I felt weak, cold, dizzy and that my heart could’ve just stopped at any moment.

    The reasoning behind this was I was prescribed a medication by my GP. I was taking HALF the recommended dosage. On the 4th day, I had a panic attack. I told myself I needed to eat before taking this tablet. I didn’t and went downhill from there.

    Ever since this moment I’ve been feeling incredibly anxious about quite a lot of things which are now starting to cause mild anxiety attacks. Things like going out to the shops, walking up an escalator to the 2nd floor of the shopping centre, thinking about going back to work, thinking about NOT going back to work, even typing this out... the list goes on and on.

    I’ve never had the uncomfortable feeling of anxiety only until I started taking the medication.

    Once we stopped the medication (immediately), I was instructed to take an alternate medication, to reduce the chance of another major panic attack. I have eased off and haven’t taken any for the past week and I’ve felt much better being off the medication but the panic is still there.

    I went to see a hypnotherapist which was insightful and fantastic to hell in terms of managing it but it definitely didn’t cure all and change my thoughts.

    I won’t lie, the thoughts haven’t changed since the past... if anything though i’m being a lot more constructive, productive and eager to tackle these attacks once and for all... but they just keep coming back.

    I’m on yet another waiting list for a psychologist which hopefully is on the start of June but I just want this to stop and go back to how I was before... I understand my depression came from a lack of direction and loneliness... but I want to jump head first into that and change those bad, restricting habits and get out of this mindset.

    Has anyone been through this before? What did you do?

  2. white knight
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    21 May 2021 in reply to chriscollected

    Hi, welcome

    Yes, certainly have been through the panic attacks and triggers that sent my into anxiety then depression. I was eventually diagnosed with bipolar and dysthymia as well.

    I overcame my anxiety with a blend of tactics. You'll read about it in a link at the end of this post but essentially changes all over need to be made. I cant comment on the medicine issue you had but it is safe to say this period you'll need to endure it for a while and work closely with your GP on the matter.

    In recovering from anxiety you'll need short, medium and long term goals. Most new patients with anxiety dont think it is a serious illness, it is, the recovery is not easy but possible.

    Here is a few links that can help. You only need to read the first post if thats what you want to do.

    Again welcome to the forum, enjoy.

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/anxiety/anxiety-how-l-eliminated-it

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/staying-well/the-balance-of-your-life

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/staying-well/the-toll-of-stress-upon-us

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/staying-well/what-life-can-be-like-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel

    https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/staying-well/boredom-the-closed-door-to-fun-

    TonyWK

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