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Any advice or hope for managing anxiety?

Post: #1
09-05-2013, 05:46 PM
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Any advice or hope for managing anxiety?

Well, I have had anxiety disorder since I was a child. I'm 33 years old now and over the years the anxiety has turned into agoraphobia and I have also developed the fear of staying at home alone and driving. I can not work due to the anxiety either, so I had to apply for social security disability a few years ago and thankfully I was approved after being denied a couple of times.

Anyway, I'm wondering if there is any hope for me to get better? Has anyone with the same fears as myself gotten better? I am married and my husband is my safe person as is my mother, my dad, my brother, a cousin, and my grandma. I feel comfortable around only them. I have an aunt and uncle whom I also feel comfortable with and will go places with them.

We live behind my grandma and my parents so thankfully someone is always around so my husband goes to work and I am able to go to one of their homes. I am so thankful for that but I want to be better. I don't want to be a burden to anyone and that is how I feel. I am always having to have someone go to the store for me or I have to have someone take me places (someone I'm comfortable with of course). Since I don't drive, that means I can not get to a therapist.

I wish a therapist would be willing to come help me in my home but I know that is not likely to happen. Is there any advice from anyone?




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09-17-2013, 02:18 AM
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RE: Any advice or hope for managing anxiety?

I can relate to your situation to a certain extent. I cannot work a typical job because of my anxiety and I live at home with my parents. Since therapy isn't plausible at this point, I would suggest reading some self-help books on cognitive behavioral therapy. A very common and useful book is Mind Over Mood. I know you don't want to rely on or burden your family, but I strongly doubt they view it that way in any capacity. They are probably eager and willing to do whatever they can to help you. Therefore, I would consider asking if someone would be able to drive you to a therapist. Either way, I think reading and practicing CBT on your own would be a solid start. I do absolutely believe there is hope you will get better. You seem to really want it and that is so important.



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05-10-2014, 12:31 AM
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Any advice or hope for managing anxiety?

(09-05-2013 05:46 PM)apickett80 Wrote:  Well, I have had anxiety disorder since I was a child. I'm 33 years old now and over the years the anxiety has turned into agoraphobia and I have also developed the fear of staying at home alone and driving. I can not work due to the anxiety either, so I had to apply for social security disability a few years ago and thankfully I was approved after being denied a couple of times.

Anyway, I'm wondering if there is any hope for me to get better? Has anyone with the same fears as myself gotten better? I am married and my husband is my safe person as is my mother, my dad, my brother, a cousin, and my grandma. I feel comfortable around only them. I have an aunt and uncle whom I also feel comfortable with and will go places with them.

We live behind my grandma and my parents so thankfully someone is always around so my husband goes to work and I am able to go to one of their homes. I am so thankful for that but I want to be better. I don't want to be a burden to anyone and that is how I feel. I am always having to have someone go to the store for me or I have to have someone take me places (someone I'm comfortable with of course). Since I don't drive, that means I can not get to a therapist.

I wish a therapist would be willing to come help me in my home but I know that is not likely to happen. Is there any advice from anyone?


I started having panick attacks and fear of going out into restaurants etc. about 18 years ago. It got so bad that I could not go into a car or ride the bus. I started having fears about being outside after dark, I thought the dark would swallow me up. My Doctor at the time recommended that I go to a "panick attack clinic" at a local hospital. It was hard to do but I started going there. I asked to have one on one counselling rather than in a group because of my fears. They said Ok. In therapy they made me make a list of all the things I was afraid of. Then I had to take one week doing one of those things, for one hour every day. I must say that this really helped me in the end. I basically went into remission for about 5 years. I then had some stressful things happen to me and I went back into panick mode. It was not as bad though. After about 2 years I went into remission again. I am ok now. So I think there is hope for people. I would recommend a counselling or a clinic to help with this though. It really really helped me.




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05-10-2014, 12:35 AM
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A few years ago I read a book that basically said panick attacks are caused from severe emotional, mental and physical exhaustion. It can be one or all of these. I would suggest getting extra rest, and eating a lot of fruits and veggies. When I first starting getting my panick attacks I thought I would never get better. But YES you can get better and have a pretty normal life. It will take hard work but you can do it. You can do it with baby steps. If you are afraid to go see a therapist, practice doing the first steps, like deciding to make an appointment tomorrow. And then getting someone to go with you to the meetings. Get someone to drive you there for moral support. Have someone wait for you outside while you are seeing therapist. Doing these things will help you. I know it will be hard but if you can work on this, there is hope you can recover.



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07-03-2014, 07:53 PM
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RE: Any advice or hope for managing anxiety?

That is good advice daleo! I have a niece who has this same disorder and I have been researching to try to help her with this. I found a supplement called E‚Äčleutherococcus Senticosus Root that is an adaptegen, which means it can aleviate stress. I have been using myself for the energy benefits, and generally trying it out for her. It does seem to have a calming effect, even though it gives me a sort of focused energy.



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10-15-2015, 12:53 PM
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RE: Any advice or hope for managing anxiety?

(05-10-2014 12:35 AM)daleo Wrote:  A few years ago I read a book that basically said panick attacks are caused from severe emotional, mental and physical exhaustion. It can be one or all of these. I would suggest getting extra rest, and eating a lot of fruits and veggies. When I first starting getting my panick attacks I thought I would never get better. But YES you can get better and have a pretty normal life. It will take hard work but you can do it. You can do it with baby steps. If you are afraid to go see a therapist, practice doing the first steps, like deciding to make an appointment tomorrow. And then getting someone to go with you to the meetings. Get someone to drive you there for moral support. Have someone wait for you outside while you are seeing therapist. Doing these things will help you. I know it will be hard but if you can work on this, there is hope you can recover.



This is excellent advice. I know when I am feeling mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted that is when I will have panic attacks. Last weekend was the worst one I had yet. It was scary and my husband had to call 911. I have found that if I can get outside and sit on the step or go for a walk I can get some relief. I only started getting them about 3-4 years ago and lately they have been more frequent.




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