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Offline dstewart223

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« on: August 25, 2014, 04:16:06 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is well. I am new to the forum and wanted to quickly introduce myself.

I began to have panic attacks roughly two years ago, the first being on a train on my way to work. The doors closed for the next stop and i began to feel like i was trapped, could not escape, could not breathe and was about to pass out. It was the worst feeling of my life and i though that i was going to die.

Over the next few days i developed a heavy fear of the subway and began to avoid it. I started taking the bus to work and things were fine for a few months as long as i didn't have to take the train, but then i moved to a new area where i either had to take an underground subway or cross a bridge via a bus to get to work everyday.

Again, at first everything was fine. I would take the bus to work without issue, but a few weeks ago i had a terrible panic attack on the bus while on the bridge. It was the same trapped feeling, stuck in an situation that i did not feel safe in, afraid that i would do something crazy like ask the driver to pull over in the middle of the bridge, and i now find myself developing the same fear of going over the bridge that i did for the subway. Based on my own research these symptoms would best reflect agoraphobia.

I've had to call out of work a few times when i could not bring myself to get on the bus in the morning and am in fear that I might be jeopardizing my job (although my employer has not mentioned anything).

I see a therapist once a week and was prescribed to carry around a clonopin in case i feel another attack coming on so that I have reassurance that i can take the pill and the feeling will go away.

I basically feel like i am losing control and don't want to end up housebound and read that people with similar issues have found these forums helpful so I wanted to give it a shot.

Any help, suggestions, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

Best,
DS
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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 05:18:00 AM »
Welcome to the forum. Good to have you as a member. Here you are with like minded people. People who understand. As we all suffer from something or other. So feel free to ask any questions. Our members are always willing to help others out. Good chatroom too. 3 posts to enter the room.

Find the correct section of the forum that suits your condition and create a new topic on it. This is just a welcome section. Never really get the same amount of help in this section as you would on the other sections of the forums. So whatever one suits the questions you are asking. Get much better answers.
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Re: Hello
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2014, 06:34:51 AM »
Hi
I am new on here today.  I am 51, i live in Glasgow, Scotland........i have suffered anxiety for as long as i can remember.  Just now i have it pretty bad.....made the mistake of drinking alcohol to calm the anxiety.  I should know better as the next day it comes back twice as bad.  I am trying to detox my body, but its difficult.

I live alone which does not help having split from my wife 3 years ago....we had no children.  Ours was a rocky relationship......she was an alcoholic.......very difficult to cope with.   I became miserable, very very anxious.....and the vicious cycly of drinking to cope set in.   I ran up heavy debts on credit cards and loans......i just did it as i was so miserable.

I then became afraid to go out doors, feelings of paranoia,  looking at people thinking they were talking about me, even had feelings of wanting to do harm to people......so many bad thoughts that turned into guilt as i am not a bad person.  It all got too much.......saw my doctor, was tried on every anti depressant known, and none have worked.

Today as i write I am trembling, a tight chest........my facial skin has broken out in rashes due to stress i think.   Its not pleasant.  I want to feel better....thats why i am here, to feel less alone.  Thank you.
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