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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What do I do when I feel like giving up?

    I'm so sad and down. I don't like myself at all. I'm exhausted from feeling anxious all the time and worrying when the next panic attack is going to happen.

    I live in fear waiting for the next one to happen. I have been on medication for over 9 years and feel like I can't take anymore.

    When I'm having a panic attack I think about suicide and hurting myself.
    I have tried CBT, deep breathing and focusing on something else.
    I don't know how much longer I can fight.
    I've been fighting since I was 8, I'm now 34.
    I own my own business and have for 5 years, I work alot and have decided to sell because of my illness.
    I'm under the care of a psychiatrist and have two hospital stays in the last 4 months.
    Help me to live please.
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  • My aim is to make clients feel comfortable and understood, and to assist them in developing effective coping strategies to deal with theirdifficulties. I work … View Profile

    In short DONT! Acknowledge that times will be difficult for a while but that anxiety and particularly panic attacks are extremely common and can be very scary. It is easy and common to become highly emotional during a panic attack however, a panic attack cannot hurt you physically, it is purely the body's protective fight or flight response kicking in. 

    There are excellent resources for anxiety on the internet and many practitioners who are willing to help you. Do not give up. I understand this seems like the easiest option but there are also methods with which to work through anxiety. 

  • hope77

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    what ever you do, dont give up!! I know how you feel, i have had  anxiety disorder and depression since i was 16 and have had panic attacks for two years now, and have had one hospital stay, it is painful and very frustrating but with medication and alot of support you can get better. As you have probably realized you have set backs times were it gets worse, that is when you need to reach out the most. if you have been on the same medication for 9yrs your body might have developed a tolerance to it and might have to ask your doctor to maybe consider trying something else if you feel its not helping you. i am no professional, just giving my opinion, but dont give up! Big hug from me to you, hope you start to feel better soon.

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