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Re: Panic attacks *because* of therapy? All Done

Posted by DaisyM on January 5, 2004, at 1:08:10

In reply to Panic attacks *because* of therapy?, posted by All Done on January 4, 2004, at 2:09:59

I've never had a full on panic attack but I've had severe anxiety -- the kind that sits on your chest and you can feel it in your jaw and behind your knees -- about sessions. Usually this happens when I'm unsure about "what's next" or I want to talk about something really hard. I'm pretty new to therapy too -- I started in late May last year.

I will usually tell my therapist when I'm feeling this way and we will try deep breathing and easy subjects for a little while. Sometimes he tries to get me to really "sink" into the feeling to try to figure out where it is really coming from. I haven't been too successful at this - I get overwhelmed and feel like I'm drowning.

Then it passes. Hang in there. You'll figure out what works for you.

 

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