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My Goal: I, PanicGurl pledge my commitment to reach my goal. My goals are:

  1. Change my negative worry thoughts into positive thoughts.
  2. Do program homework and exposure work daily.
  3. Become assertive.


My Symptom Blog

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

From Auxilliary Session Relationships.

Problems in Relationships

When people are anxious or depressed they often think back and realize that their anxiety started as the result of something that happened in an important relationship. Common relationship events linked to anxiety can include separation, the end of a romantic relationship, conflict, disagreements and disputes at work or at home, role transitions, loss of loved ones through death, or bullying or abuse.

Also, when people get anxious, they often withdraw from the people around them. They do this for a number of reasons including shame and guilt. Often, people who are anxious (or depressed) don’t enjoy being with other people. Most often they say that they avoid their friends and family because they don’t want to be a “downer” or a “burden.” In fact, social withdrawal is a common symptom of anxiety, depression and agoraphobia.

The problem is that withdrawing from other people can make anxious people feel even more anxious, depressed and alone. This is because almost all people need to be around people to feel “normal.”

There are other problems with isolation that can affect panic and agoraphobia.
*My take on this after many months, and one simple statement that is said to you, that gets filed into your memory bank, it all falls into place when you have done the homework this course offers and you work hard at challenging your thought processes.


Today I seen the Dr for my monthly medications. She said she sees the progress I have made. She said two months ago, you could see the panic/anxiety radiating off of me. She said today, I looked in control. I told her I can still feel some of the "electrical current feeling on the inside" but I was using my coping strategies to handle it. I took my binder of all my printed material from my sessions here and she feels it working well for me. Good appointment. Progress indeed! :)

Illness Background

In 1998 I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome- Diarrhea prominent and was a trial and error of different medications to no avail. In 2000, after a car accident (not my fault), I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. In 2008, the Drs finally realized a had a gallstone the size of a shooter marble and had to remove my gallbladder convinced it would stop the IBS-D. I ended up worse off with Bile Salt Diarrhea. This was also the year I was finally feeling comfortable behind the wheel of a car again. In June of 2009, another car accident (again, not my fault) which of course, increased my fears and anxiety even as a passenger in a car. February 2014 I found out I had skin cancer. After first surgery I was informed it was Stage 3. May 2014, Three surgeries later, they got it all. I'm still supposed to go back for a full body scan but haven't scheduled that yet. June 2014, I ended up in hospital twice for what I thought was a heart attack the first time, and the second time was still having chest pains, but not as bad, my arms and legs were cramping and numb and I felt faint. After many tests for my heart, and many other illnesses in Mid June 2014 I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia.


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