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Do you have an irrational fear of flying, spiders, leaving your home, or one of a host of other fears? Do you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks? You're not alone. Join those who understand as we struggle to overcome our fears.

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October 13, 2005, 10:19 pm CDT

anxiety,panic,depression,

I have had anxiety /depression etc... for many years.  I have been on and off all different kinds of medication.  I am going through another bout of not feeling well.   

  

When I start feeling bad I get real scared.  Real scared.  I have always had a fear of death.  I am so scared that I won't make it this time.  It seems that every bout of anxiety and panic I have I seem to get more and more forgetfull.  I am only 36 years old but I feel like my brain has shut off.  I am so forgetfull to the point that I have to think for a second or two before I can say the names of my pets.  It really scares me that I have become so forgetful.  Is that normal for anxiety and depression?  I used to wake up in the morning and I would have a list in my head of what all I had to do for the day.  My brain was like my computer but now it's almost like it is a blank slate.  I have to write so much down or I will forget.   

  

Please any help or advise would be greatly appreciated. 

  

   

 
October 14, 2005, 5:26 am CDT

Fears and Phobias

Quote From: jess_perko

I was diagnosed with pseudoepilepsy due to panic disorder about a year ago. I can't even go out to the grocery store because I may get a panic attack. They come whenever they feel like it, I don't have to be doing anything and I may get one. Has anyone with this tried to get SSI? Is it possible to win an SSI case with this diagnosis. I have been trying to get SSI before I even knew that I get panic attacks.
I have never heard of "pseudoepilepsy". I had panic attacks very often several years ago, no matter to how i felt, at any time, even waking up with attacks during the night. Are you in therapy? Thats one important thing. Also , you can talk to your doc about yourquestion.  I tried to get SSI when I was mentally incapable of working but since I admited to drinking any alcohol my lawyer said there was no way. That was when I had panic attack problems for about 2 years but i have been having mental problems since i was early teens.btw, Im wondering what pseudoepilepsy means? I thought epilepsy is seisures? About the panic attacks , theres some good books about understanding them, of course Dr.Phils books are a must have, but I liked: "Living with Anxiety" by Bob MOntgomery and Laurel Morris. What helped me the most besides the immediate effects of Yoga or excercise, was knowing and understanding what  an attack is and the it is a flight or fight natural reaction in your body , remember to breathe through the attack, and feeling your body and finding what works for you , what makes you feel better.   :) 
 
October 14, 2005, 2:42 pm CDT

SSI

Quote From: jess_perko

I was diagnosed with pseudoepilepsy due to panic disorder about a year ago. I can't even go out to the grocery store because I may get a panic attack. They come whenever they feel like it, I don't have to be doing anything and I may get one. Has anyone with this tried to get SSI? Is it possible to win an SSI case with this diagnosis. I have been trying to get SSI before I even knew that I get panic attacks.
Hello, my boyfriend was post tramic stress disorder. He has suffered greatly with panic attacks. He is on SSI and has been for a while. He trying to work on this disorder by using some self help books. He is getting bit better each year. He said SSi is stricter now but if you get a lawyer that might help.  What are you doing if I might ask to help with your disorder.  I see the fear it cause my BF and the hell he is going through but we take it one step at a time, good luck with SSI
 
October 17, 2005, 3:09 am CDT

Fears and Phobias

There is no easy way to overcome fears and phobias. Cognitive behavioral therapy is mentioned a lot but there are other treatment options. Prolonged exposure, for example. I was afraid of many things in my life but the fear of drowning and large bodies of water was one thing I realized I could control. 

 

  

 

 

 

So I started going swimming twice a week and took a few lessons (the instructer didn't understand so I quit but didn't give up on trying to be more comfortable in water. The pool staff have predicted that my destiny is to become a lifeguard. I've become quite a fish! Swimming gave me my life. My depression and anxiety have eased greatly, the prospect of competition does not faze me, my eating habits improved, my body image and weight concern disappeared. 

At a swimming pool, people come in all different shapes and sizes. 

 

  

 

There are still times where I feel panic coming on in the deep end, but after reading about how divers train to prevent panic underwater, I'm able to ward off attacks now. Next summer my greatest hope is to compete at a world championship meet, try open water swimming again, and take lifeguard certification classes. Life is funny. You find the courage to face just one thing and you'll find out more about yourself than you ever imagined possible.  

 
October 20, 2005, 9:26 pm CDT

Fears and Phobias

Quote From: shopems

I have had anxiety /depression etc... for many years.  I have been on and off all different kinds of medication.  I am going through another bout of not feeling well.   

  

When I start feeling bad I get real scared.  Real scared.  I have always had a fear of death.  I am so scared that I won't make it this time.  It seems that every bout of anxiety and panic I have I seem to get more and more forgetfull.  I am only 36 years old but I feel like my brain has shut off.  I am so forgetfull to the point that I have to think for a second or two before I can say the names of my pets.  It really scares me that I have become so forgetful.  Is that normal for anxiety and depression?  I used to wake up in the morning and I would have a list in my head of what all I had to do for the day.  My brain was like my computer but now it's almost like it is a blank slate.  I have to write so much down or I will forget.   

  

Please any help or advise would be greatly appreciated. 

  

   

i know how you feel i feel the same way as you i went to the doctor over and over thinking there was something wrong with me he gave me some drugs to take but i never did take them cause i couldnt see how they would help because it was my brain telling me that there was something wrong with me (im not telling you to stop taking your medication), but then i was even to scared to leave my house and then even my bedroom and then one day i had enough of being in my bedroom so i got up and wanted to do something about it so everyday i would leave the house yeah i would feel anxious but what i would do is distract my brain from thinking about those anxious thoughts like thinking i was goin to die or have a panic attack i would play loud music and sing along to it and i would try really hard to only think about the words in the songs and i found the more i done this the further i would get in my travels i went from laying in bed all day everyday to going up the local pub and having drinks with my mates in less than 2 weeks i found that the more i would think about dying the worse it would get so all i did was distract my brain from thinking those thoughts even at home i just find something to do around the house that keeps my brain busy i stopped talking about it to other ppl cause when i did it would then come back into my head im telling you this cause it really did help me just try and stop thinking about i no its hard to deal with ive been there but doing these things really helped me i just stopped thinking bout it all together cause when ya stop thinking bout it ya feel fine there is nothing wrong with you and you will not die its only sensations in the brain the less you think about the better you'll feel it is hard but it does help do something you really enjoy doing if its taking photos to doing crosswords or puzzles just stop talking bout it other and thinking about it     
 
October 28, 2005, 5:42 am CDT

This category fit me the most

Hello, my name is Robert Svensson and live in Sweden.  

  

I know that Dr Phil dislike the concept of diagnosis however I still wish to disclose that  

I am Autistic in high function scale, so called Asperger's syndrome. 

  

I am 26 year and got my diagnosis at 22 and before that I lived in the outskirts of Hell. 

All my life I have been afraid of the outside world and especially the economy part of life. 

I have been in therapy for 8 years but my steps are very small, I am so afraid of the  

responsibility of adulthood. My fear is so overwhelming that it is disabling me, 

I have been om daily workshop for 4 years and it has felt safe. My life has been totally 

changed for the better after my diagnosis were set. Still I can not let go of the fear.   

  

I am not sure how to move on, I am afraid of living and like time spent alone. 

In Sweden I get help from the Community thank you God for that else I might be dead. 

My feelings are playing tricks with me, I am a 26 year old male body with emotions  

as a 14 year old it have been said to me, I do not know because I have difficulties understand other 

human beings. 

  

My biggest fear is monetary in nature. People around tells me that I can handle money well,  

and hopefully they are right. I fear the future that the community put more demand on me than 

I can handle so I get homeless with no security at all. I love Dr Phil for taken us back the fasade of life and that he tell that we can survive under harsh conditions. I think alot about that. There are four things I need: food, shelter, clothes and computer. 

  

I wish that one day work as a office rat crunching numbers. I have read a bit in University but can not handle the pressure and other people. I read alot at home and plan to become certified Microsoft Office specialist. 

  

Thank you for reading this, I had to let the stone drop from my chest. 

  

  

 
October 28, 2005, 4:35 pm CDT

agoraphobic

  

  I'm 27 yrs into this.  I have had others to talk to before, went to a group a few times but they always came to an end.  I'm 50 yrs old now, and would like to chat with someone. 

 
October 28, 2005, 6:42 pm CDT

Fear of Death

Quote From: willis444

i know how you feel i feel the same way as you i went to the doctor over and over thinking there was something wrong with me he gave me some drugs to take but i never did take them cause i couldnt see how they would help because it was my brain telling me that there was something wrong with me (im not telling you to stop taking your medication), but then i was even to scared to leave my house and then even my bedroom and then one day i had enough of being in my bedroom so i got up and wanted to do something about it so everyday i would leave the house yeah i would feel anxious but what i would do is distract my brain from thinking about those anxious thoughts like thinking i was goin to die or have a panic attack i would play loud music and sing along to it and i would try really hard to only think about the words in the songs and i found the more i done this the further i would get in my travels i went from laying in bed all day everyday to going up the local pub and having drinks with my mates in less than 2 weeks i found that the more i would think about dying the worse it would get so all i did was distract my brain from thinking those thoughts even at home i just find something to do around the house that keeps my brain busy i stopped talking about it to other ppl cause when i did it would then come back into my head im telling you this cause it really did help me just try and stop thinking about i no its hard to deal with ive been there but doing these things really helped me i just stopped thinking bout it all together cause when ya stop thinking bout it ya feel fine there is nothing wrong with you and you will not die its only sensations in the brain the less you think about the better you'll feel it is hard but it does help do something you really enjoy doing if its taking photos to doing crosswords or puzzles just stop talking bout it other and thinking about it     

I have for at least the last five years have feared that I will die one way or another.  I know that eventually we all die, but I have severe anxiety attacks and really believe that I'm having a heart attack and that no one will be able to save me.  I live by myself and I think that's why I am so afraid.  I don't think living with anyone else is the answer though.  I am forty-five years old and I know that down the road I will have aches and pains that come with aging.  But when I do I hate to think how I will deep inside believe I'm dying.  I just wish that I could enjoy my living now before I really do die later on.  Someone reply please - any suggestions? 

 
October 28, 2005, 8:47 pm CDT

Fear of Intimacy?

I think that I have a fear of intimacy, of being in a relationship and opening up. I feel very vulnerable when I am around guys. Is this normal or is this just me? I have never had a boyfriend...I have a 'not normal' childhood ( I have a history of heart problems and have had 4 open heart surgeries). I am now 26 years old.I wonder if my past ( health problems) is keeping me from opening up to guys and the possibility of dating and relationships. Its more of an emotional problem here. I have problems trusting, initiating conversations and expressing emotions to guys. 

Is this normal or am I having emotional problems? 

  

Please help, I don't want to be alone forever. 

  

Feel free to email me at della_anne@yahoo.com 

 
October 30, 2005, 4:21 pm CST

Hi

Quote From: homebnd55

  

  I'm 27 yrs into this.  I have had others to talk to before, went to a group a few times but they always came to an end.  I'm 50 yrs old now, and would like to chat with someone. 

Hi....I saw your post on oprah also and left a message for you.  I too am50 and have been dealing with anxiety for 25+ years.  Lets chat....Mary 
 
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