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Sunnydays

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After 2 years of trying to pluck up the courage to go see a doctor I managed last week because I just broke. I was given Bedranol and told that I could see a nice lady who specialises in anxiety and panic attacks.
Can anyone tell me how counselling/therapy works and if it helped them?
 
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Hello and :welcome:

I haven't had therapy specifically for panic attacks, but I used to suffer with them really badly (I still do suffer from them still from time to time) and I've found that therapy does really help generally. It's good to have strategies to know how to deal with it when it happens, which lessens your anxiety about it in itself. Hope you find something that helps you; I know panic attacks are a fucking nightmare, but you can get better!!
 
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Sunnydays

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Thanks for that x
It's ironic that my fears are 'no escape situations' so it's not going to be easy for me to push myself to get to the arranged appointment! Was hoping for thousands of positives so that it would give me the courage to fight through the fear :)
 
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Hi Sunnydays,
Have you seen anybody yet?
Whet type of counselling/therapy are you having?
Or have they not told you yet.
I have had depression, anxiety and now agoraphobia.
I find it very difficult to get there as you do.
My husband will take me but the thought of getting ready/what to wear etc.

At the moment I am having counselling and cbt.
The NHS took months and so I had some private sessions.

In cbt they will ask a bit of your history. Not delving too deeply unless you want to.

NHS offers 6 or 12 sessions after an assessment.
They give you homework but go through it with you.

Counselling is a bit different. You can talk about the way feel at the time or the past.
You will be asked questions at times but it is up to you if you want to answer.
They never give direct answers but leave it to you
However if you are stuck they often guide you back to the subject in a different way.

A question tottally different.
My messages on here have said you want me as a friend.
I would love to but don't know how to do it.
If the message wasn't for me I'm so sorry.

Love Pollypop x
 
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Sunnydays

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Hi Pollypop
Thanks for the message. I don't think it was me that had messaged you as I've not been on since April 😕
I went along to the nhs councilling session that was meant to be 6 sessions but didn't go back after the first.
I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and believe that my mental illness is because of this.
I have so many traumas in my life that they can't be fixed and the last thing I want to do is keep going over them so don't believe it's the answer for me. There's no secrets, etc
I just wish I could buy a confidence pill and live life to the full 😊 X
 
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Dear Sunnydays,
Sorry for posting you when it wasn't for you but it came up to me as new message.
It's still good to know how things went for you

I've heard of fymoalgia and depression.
It sounds pretty awful.
(Ages ago I thought it was something to do with legs!,)

Is there a reason you only went to one session?
At least you now have a diagnosis
Are you feeling it's the right one.

Are you on any medication for it?

Questions, questions!
Sorry if it's too personal or painful for you to answer.
I understand.

Like you I just want to wish I could buy a pill that would give me my life back

Once again, sorry for barging onto your thread.

Wishing you well and happiness

Pollypop. xxx
 
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Sunnydays

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No worries 😊
I take propranolol which helps a bit with the anxiety.
If I have no social events I'm absolutely fine.
It's why I don't want to talk to a councillor as I don't believe it's my past that is the problem. It's the future I fear.
I'm lucky enough that I work from home but then it's maybe a negative as I'm stuck in my comfort bubble and don't meet anyone.
Thanks for your kind words 💗 Xx
 
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The Guardian

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Hey Welcome to the forum

It's a good thing that you finally decided to go and see a clinician. You can now start with your treatment. Counselling or therapy works differently for every person. The methods will depend on the clinician and what kind of therapy he normally uses. There are actually different psychotherapies to choose from but don't worry if utilized properly all of them has it's own benefits.

What you normally do in therapy is you just talk and pour what's in your heart and mind. It would take time and a lot of adjustments. You'll also be given task by your doctor that you should consistently follow. It's a method of compromise that would depend on how you are coping up and it's effect on you. Being in therapy is a good thing. I'm happy that your'e about to take it and you're not solely relying on the meds.
 
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