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No More Panic - Dowdykats story

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I first experienced my first panic attack back in November 1999.I should have recognised the symptoms as I had been to my doctor who had said I was suffering with stress.
Who me ..stress I have run a very busy Banking department with over 100 staff for the past 8 years... surely not stress that's for wimps!!!......it hit me for six. I became too frightened to go out in case I had a panic attack and when I did it was an ordeal just to go to the local shops and get a newspaper}

..... I was prescribed anti-depressants and I was off work for 9 months... I went through hell almost every single day and of course my marriage was suffering. My wife can I say at this moment has been an angel in the true sense!

I finally returned to work, albeit in a different role in the July of 2000 and although I was still very anxious I learnt to cope. However social events were still hard to bear ....but I did.

I am having a slight relapse at the moment and this is why I am writing to you all.

Stop thinking you are weak first of all.

I believe people, including me, sufferers of this anxiety disorder are the " strongest people" alive. How else do we carry on with this dreadful condition if we are not strong??

I know I will finally overcome this fear and you all will if you follow these simple rules:

1. FACE YOUR FEARS... DON'T AVOID THEM....

2. ACCEPT THE FEELINGS YOU WILL HAVE... IN FACT LAUGH AT THEM ...
THEY ARE ONLY SENSATIONS YOU KNOW THEY WON' T HURT YOU.

3. WHEN IN A SCARY SITUATION FLOAT PAST IT DON'T FIGHT IT

4. LET TIME GO BY AND YOU WILL START TO OVERCOME THIS ... I KNOW I WILL...... ARE YOU GOING TO ?... LETS START RIGHT NOW


Good luck everyone please be free to drop me a line and we can help each other.

Dowdykat.

Dowdykat@aol.com