Soooo I came home from work and had my 1st panic attack.... - page 2

I had generalized anxiety for a few days after that. My doctor gave me a script for clonazepam low dose prn. The general anxiety is under control, but the days I have to go to work...just preparing and getting dressed gets me... Read More

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    I have had problems with panic attacks and anxiety as well. I have tried meds, which did help a little, but they also made me very drowsy, and as a nightshifter with over an hour commute, well, that was just dangerous, I had to come off the med. So I have had to learn other coping mechanisms, deep breathing, identifying my triggers and avoiding those situations if possible. A good deal of my anxiety was not work related to start, but would leach it's way in during a crazy shift as I was already anxious when I got there. One of the biggest things that has helped is the fact that I work with a very close-knit group, and I know I can depend on them if I feel like I'm getting overwhelmed. I still have my days, but I know I need to stay in focus. I'm a big advocate of therapy, it's amazing what could be causing your anxiety that you don't even realize until you talk it out with someone, especially someone you know is completely unbiased and is there to help you figure it out.

    I wish you the best, anxiety is a difficult thing to work through, but IT CAN BE DONE!

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    yep,I started to suffer from them I arleady had 3 but I dont take meds for them-the third one happend at work while I was giving a shot!! I felt like I was choking and I swear I though I was going to l pass out and die,I barely could hear people's voices,everything was so distant,it was really scary...
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    The most helpful book I've ever read on this subject is Hope and Help for Your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes. It's not new, and it doesn't use the most current DSM-IV terminology, but it's easy to read and simple to understand. Basically it's sort of a "self-talk" as mentioned by a previous poster in reference to a different program. Her approach is to break the panic attack cycle by training yourself not to freak out if you feel the symptoms starting.

    For me, talk therapy and/or pharmaceuticals weren't the ultimate answer for day to day use because for me, I think my brain was wired that way, and my mom had the same problem. Everyone is different, even in anxiety disorders.

    It's always a good idea to go easy on the caffeine, don't let yourself get prone to crashing blood sugar because for me hypoglycemia alone could cause my "trigger" to get a lot more sensitive. Some OTC decongestants can increase susceptibility, too.

    As someone else mentioned, plan your time so you have less reason to run around like a crazyperson, thinking omg no gas! OMG! I'm going to be late! I found it helpful to get to work a bit early to calm and focus myself.

    If it helps at all to hear this, I'll throw this out, most nurses with anxiety issues are also high performers and dot all their "i's" and cross all our "t's". Sure our motive may be sort of OCD and fear of getting fired but it's true just the same! Best wishes.
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    I don't know about you all, but I definitely have the "control freak" gene! No doubt that contributes to the anxiety.
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    I know this is late. like reeally late. But this is what helped me. Thank you for helping me find Ms. Weekes. Although she has passed, her audio cd's have cured me!!! Well as much as can be. I can't believe I'm just now thanking you for putting me in touch with her material. She hits every aspect of anxiety on the head and tells you what's happening, what isn't, and how to handle all of it Thanks!
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    I'll be trying the read aloud thing for sure!
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    What does it feel like to have an attack? It sounds scary.

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