After hitting rock bottom with my anxiety, spending days & weeks in bed terrified I was dying of every disease possible.
I tried CBT & different meds but found none seemed to give me immediate relief.
Months passed, I had good weeks & bad, tought I was "cured" & is take a bad spell again. Eventually the good spells got longer, & what I really found helped was the experience & time that had passed from when my anxiety was rock bottom.
I would get palps, pains, dizzy spells, derealisation, & i would take a deep breath & think back to the time I had experienced all these before, I remembered how afraid I was & how SURE I was I had heart problems, cancer, brain tumours etc. but did I? No! Remembering that I have dealt with these things in the past, known and remembering how I felt & seeing that there was no way possible in the space of 3/4 months I could of bad 6 or 7 different deadly diseases. At the time I was so caught up in my world of anxiety I couldn't think straight, but I feel now I understand anxiety, know it better & from suffering the lows of it I am stronger. The time that passes between then & now where I haven't worried about dying has shown me that i do NOT have a deadly disease, I have anxiety. & it is anxiety that causes my symptoms.
Through time i have also learnt that I am not & probably will never be 100% anxiety free. But I can deal with that, there is times & triggers that I feel those horrible toughs and symptoms creeping back but with my past experience of them I deal with it.
This time last year I would say anxiety had taken over my life. I was a mess, but through time, & experience anxiety is now only a very small part of my life. & I can deal with it so much better.
This post is to tryb& encourage people to use there past experiences & time to help them!!!
Good luck x