Posted by coral on March 17, 2001, at 10:03:55
In reply to Re: OVERCOMING ANXIETY, posted by Miss Amy on March 10, 2001, at 16:22:08
"Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution for panic disorder." This is not necessarily true for everyone. I went through panic and anxiety attacks for six months (they were percursors to the onset of severe clinical depression) ten years ago. The attacks were so bad that they woke me from sleep, prevented me from working . . . finding relief was an impossibility. I went to one self-help group, comprised of nice, well-meaning people, who told me I'd suffer from them for the rest of my life. As I explained to them, I was looking for a cure, and would not co-exist with them. They sympathetically clucked at my naivete, and said, "You'll be back." The cure for me turned out to be Buddhist meditation. I'm not suggesting this would work for anyone else but it did for me. I went through a second depressive episode just recently, but no anxiety or panic attacks. I can't prove I'll never have another attack because one can't prove a negative, but being free of them for a decade goes a long way. As someone else on this thread pointed out, the concern/fear over having an attack can be attack-provoking in itself. When I was experiencing them, admitting it to myself and to my husband worked wonders in helping alleviate the severity.