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Re: therapy for OCD GAD (help please, i'm confused) chess

Posted by JenStar on August 27, 2005, at 19:00:48

In reply to Re: therapy for OCD GAD (help please, i'm confused) JenStar, posted by chess on August 27, 2005, at 17:34:10

hi Chess,
well, to ME that sounds really good! I guess you'll have to see if it works for you, though. :)

Actually one thing that worked for me during panic attacks WAS past history. The first time I had a panic attack I thought I was dying of a heart attack. The next few times, I also though this (even though some part of me suspected I was NOT.)

After that, I started to get calmer during the panic attacks. I reminded myself that they always feel the same way, I always get the same horrible symptoms, and I never actually die or have anything really bad happen. I remind myself that I eventually calm down and things get better.

By repeating this in my head over and over, and doing deep breathing, I'm able to calm down more quickly each time. It's sad that I had to undergo multiple panic attacks before I realized that I could handle them!

But each panic attack is still awful, miserable, horrible stuff. I hate them! Especially when they come at night when I'm trying to fall asleep. But at least I know now what they are. The first one was just nightmarish. At least now I have some power of knowledge!

I hope things are going well for you! :)




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