Yeah im having cognitive behavioural therapy (cbt) and I find it very helpful talking about my problems because they understand them and are their for you every step of the way. Also they will make certain and make you think that there really is nothing physically wrong woth you !! If that means organising blood runs, scans etc they will do it !! Which is true !! When this is accomplished, you really get down to the battle with anxiety, challenge those negative thoughts and hopefully, eventually living a life where anxiety wont be an issue !!
Yeah I had councelling and it helped enormously. I recommend it to others. Anxiety stems from somewhere in your life, wether its a fear, past experience or loss of something major in your life. If you address that thing and come to terms with it then it has a massive positive effect on your anxiety. I think in cases where people have anxiety, counselling works best by not focusing on the anxiety itself (this only makes u feel worse) but by focusing on the factors that created the anxiety as I mentioned above. This is what seems to help the most. I also recommend you start a new positive thing in your life (i cannot stress this enough)such as join a gym or a club where u can socialise with others. This raises self esteem/confidence which also combats anxiety. When I combined these 2 things my anxiety reduced by what feels like 90% over about 6 months. You will get there if you have the will and belief, all the best!
my first session was ok, was very nervous and didnt know what to expect. When I went in the lady asked what my problem was, I told her about my anxiety, she got me to read 4 pages of a book about it (this was awful because I could feel her staring at me, she kept looking at me up and down)
she told me she has the same problem with anxiety and panic attacks which made me abit worried. Lol
im still worried I have something seriously wrong with me and the doctor is putting it down to anxiety and pushing me away. Im so scared! I know I have a problem with anxiety but its these chest pains and the stress of them that give them too me.
When anxiety patients finally reach the psychiatric services, such as therapy in our cases, they frequently retain doubts about the psychological nature of their symptoms and these need to be addressed before the patient can be effectively engaged in therapy. You mention that you still think you do have a serious illness. In the process of therapy, you will attempt to challenge these thoughts by somehow proving that there really isn't anything physically wrong with you - which is true in most cases. I accomplished this by having a ct and mri scan (which the service organised quickly) on my head and neck which destroyed my belief that I had an aneurysm, tumour, neck problems etc... Once you have done this, you begin to feel better and, in time, you will eventually develop a belief that everything is being caused by excessive anxiety. These are the initial steps to combatting the problem.
Part of me wishes they would just tell me to go for tests, then if I find out there is nothing wrong with me then maybe I can move on and accept it is just anxiety.
At my councelling session the lady kept asking me what brings on the attacks, and to avoid the situations, but there is honestly nothing at all, I can be happy as anything at it just happens. Infact I have hardly even had them in the last 4 days. The chest pains are still there though and sholder pains, as bad as ever, they really do hurt sometimes esp when I breath in.
I'm waiting to see a counsellor as well and hope I get an appointment soon.
I'm surprised a counsellor says to avoid a situation that brings on a panic attack... In my case I was in bed just resting and it just suddenly came on - does that mean I should avoid going to bed :? I can sense the logic in that somewhere but it depends I think on the situation, I work with someone who used to take panic attacks on a bus when it got busy and she would get off the bus, logical and its was a situation that can be avoided just by getting off that bus but its not always possible to avoid the situations that make us panic!
I too have the chest discomfort but I think i'm beginning to come round to realising that it is down to the stress/anxiety thing... I've just had a full blood test and everything was negative yet I still get paranoid about how I feel and that something is not quite right - hopefully the counselling will be start to helping that.