Anxiety Dissorder (associated with panic attacks)

Kimberley - posted on 02/22/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I'm a young mom of 2, plus i babysit 3 other children (in the run of a school week).

I have been dignoised with anxiety disorder 3 yrs ago, and am having a hard time dealing with my day to day routine's. Let me expalin, I recently found out my mother has colon cancer. The tumor she has is 40cm long inside the colon and due for surgery March 17th. They dont know for curtain what stage the cancer is at. So i was with my mom at the doctors office when i found out this news. Like i said i have been dealing with this disorder for 3 yrs, I am curtainly taking depression meds and larazzapam for the attacks, and i was doing alright before hand. But since i got this news thrown at me and your never ready to hear something like this.. I have gone back 20 steps fold. My question is i'm a young mom im 27 yrs old, with this disorder, is their anyone else dealing with this disorder if so what do you do to calm yourself down?? Instead of always relying on meds to help.. does anyone relate to this??

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Anika - posted on 02/23/2009

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You are not alone in this.

I have suffered with panic attacks my whole life, I am 24 now and have only just realised that there is someting I can do about it. I have been taking Anxiety Management courses, and these have taught me not to feel stupid or annoyed with myself when I have an attack, and they have taught me WHY some people react in this way. I am not taking medication for this condition, I wanted to try and combat it on my own first. They taught me some relaxation techniques and also how to try and calm myself down when I feel the attack presenting itself. I would suggest maybe finding a course like this in your area... they really help!

I know how you feel about having a bad day and finding it hard to deal with the children. I have the same problem. I have two girls, aged 1 and 2 years, and I find that sometimes when I have had a bit of bad new etc, I snap at them, or find tha im irritable, or shout at them for little things.

This upsets me, and I start to blame myself, panic again etc. You just have to try and take five minutes to calm yourself if you can, and try to tell yourself that they aren't really doing anything THAT bad, they are just being normal and it is because you have been upset. There is no easy way to do it, you just have to realise WHY you are upset and do something like write down how you feel about that thing just to get it out of your system.

Holly - posted on 02/23/2009

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hi, im a mom of two small kids, and i was diagnosed with anxiety disorder at the age of 7. Im 25 now. So i have been dealing with this for a VERY long time. I just reacently started taking welbutrin  again about 8 weeks ago, i tried doing it on my own and not taking meds so i would go on and off of them, but in the end i feel its best for me to take them... now here are some things that you can do to get immediate relief of your "panic" attacks or anxiety attacks (there the same thing) When your starting to panic get a bowl of ice cold water and even put ice in it if you must and put your face or your head in it... i know it sounds silly, but the ice cold water shocks your body into feeling normal again. Also i dont know if your a christian or not, (i am ) but i read my bible, but on some calming worship music. When i start to feel that anxiety start to rise up, i just recite bible verses i memorized to help me, Philippians 4:6 Don not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to god and the peace of god which transends ALL understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in christ jesus Romans 8:15 For you DID NOT recieve a spirit of fear, but you recieved the spirit of sonship(meaning being gods child) and by him we cry abba father!!  Psalm 42:5 Why are you so downcast oh my soul?? why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in god for i will yet praise him my savior and my god.. I will be praying for your mother, im so sorry i know you must be scared, Also i would see a psychiatrist, some people actually and literally have chemical imbalances that causes them to NEED medication to get there seratonin levels right again. I know thats true in my case.  Again i will be praying for you and your mom!  I hope none of that sounded preachy at all, i just wanted to let you know the things that i do to help me calm down! If you need anything at all just write



 

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Yasmine - posted on 10/18/2012

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I'm sorry to hear ur story. I'm really hoping this will pass for you. My panic attacks started when I was eight months pregnant with my second daughter and since then because been a year and they don't stop and my depression has been awful. I feeeel ur pain and all I can say is I will pray for u that this shall pass.

Charles - posted on 08/25/2012

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Hi Kimberley,

I'm sorry that you're having a difficult time at such a young age to be on medications, but as they say this too shall pass. Try to change your atmosphere, get out of the house, listen to relaxing music, pray, do yoga, deep breathing, any form of exercise. (something you have a passion for) stay in the moment and try to eat regularly. Kimberley, 1st. you need to think about what is it that triggers the attack (i.e. money issues, not being able to make ends meet, the thought that your mother may not be around and/or relationship concerns, or just not getting the support you need.) Hope this will bring some peace to you.



Sincerely,

Charles

Kimberley - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi everyone i really appreciate all the advice and help you have given me... thats why i started this community and i'm hoping you all will join.... it helps just to know your not alone... i am curtainly taking Paxcil 20mg a day and larazzapam for the attacks... mind you if its not a bad attack i can usually get by without meds... i feel like i need the paxcil and that help me... still waiting to see someone other then the family doctor.... im hoping they'll readjust my meds.... i just feel so bad, because once i feel off it totally screws up my whole day and i really find it hard to deal with my 2 beautiful children.. when its not their faults.. i use to be so social and interactive and i know they miss that, however i have talked with them to try and get them to somewhat understand whats going on with me... ladies its a pleasure to have you to talk to, so plz join this community.... any advice on how i can try and get back to being interactive with my kids?

Kona - posted on 02/23/2009

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I deal with anxiety disorders on a day to day basis. I always take my regular medications (Risperidal and Paxil), and have been trying an assortment of other drugs as needed for high stress situations and panic attacks. This is what works for me... I have social anxiety disorder, and after a recent car accident where someone backed into me, and almost my baby, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Jennie - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi! I got the diagnose general anxiety disorder about one year ago. My experience is that medicine isnt always the right way to go. Ive been on alot of different medicines for depression and anxiety (lyrixa, xanor, atarax etc, not sure if they have the same name in other countries). This didnt really help. Now Im off ALL drugs. I have no medication at all. And now I feel great. I am a 23 year old mum of 3. I am single so I am mostly taking care of them by my self = alot of stress. I also study full time at university. What I did was to take away alot of pressure that I had on me. For instance, is it really a good idea that you not only take care of your own children but babysit other children aswell!?? Do not make life more stressful than it already is. Make sure that you take care of your self and get to rest and gets enough sleep at night, that you eat healthy food and so on. Maybee start working out cause that has a proven effect (but it has to be atleast 3 times a week). Medicins can help you to start with but it doesnt get rid of your problems. You have to figure that part out yourself. You need to change your life is you wants change. Sorry if my english is bad, Im from Sweden :)



 



Hugs, Jennie

Traci - posted on 02/22/2009

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I had anxiety really bad along with panic attacks for a couple years from 03-05. I ended up seeing a psychologist and taking meds for about a month. Luckily, my psychologist understood that I did not like taking meds and did not want to become dependednt on them and she taught me breathing/meditation techniques.



I think what trully helped me though is finally coming into a realization that I needed to just take time for myself once in awhile and take a step back and stop trying to please everyone. That I can say No and it is ok. I also realized that things are out of my control and there is nothing I can do about it but take one day at a time and just live life. Don't get me wrong, I am not 100 percent free of them still but I am pretty much 99.5 percent free of having attacks. Only in time I do feel like one is coming on is when I am having a really bad day and I can tell my anxiety is about to kick in.

Brenda - posted on 02/22/2009

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Meds are always the first step because they bring immediate relief by resetting the chemical imbalances in the brain that cause depression and anxiety attacks.  If you want to rely less on meds, I suggest seeking out the help of a Liscenced Professional Counselor (LPC).  They are not doctors, they are there to help you work through your problems and promote self help.  There are often ways to get in contact with good ones through your doctor's office or by checking your insurance's covered LPCs.  LPCs do not prescribe drugs or even give advice, they are there to support and help you help yourself.  I'm currently going to school to become one, and it is best described as helping people to become better self helpers.



In the short term, I would revisit with your doctor and see if maybe your medications need to be adjusted.  In addition to stress, there are other body changes that change the effect of many of the medications associated with depression and anxiety.  Sometimes, for no reason it seems, they need to adjusted, which is why they usually set up appointments every six months to check bloodwork when you are on them.  If you haven't talked to your doctor lately, I would and I would seriously consider seeing an LPC.  Good luck and know you aren't alone (I'm 28 and take prozac to handle Pre menstral dysphoric disorders which also trigger anxiety attacks when my dosage isn't right).

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