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One of the people we have been corresponding with who has moved into recovery. They have given us permission to publish the series of Emails we exchanged beginning with 'L''s initial contact with us, through to recovery. We have kept 'L' s identity confidential.
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CORRESPONDENCE WITH L
Paems: We spoke briefly on the telephone today but you didn't say exactly which Anxiety Disorder you have. Have you been given a full assessment? Were you told which Anxiety Disorder you have?
L, you can recover from an Anxiety Disorder but you do need to know which one you have so you can receive the right type of treatment. Some people can have a combination of the Disorders so treatment is tailored to the individual person. Medication can be helpful in the short term especially if you are in a crisis situation, but for long term results Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the therapy which has been proved to be the most beneficial for the Disorders.
Did you ring the Anxiety Disorders Clinic? Were they were able to refer you to a therapist in your area? Don't forget some Community Mental Health Services also have psychologists on staff and you may be able to get assistance from your local Service as well.
Have you read everything on our site. There is quite a bit of info on the site which can assist you and the book 'Power over Panic' will help you 'Take the Power back'. If you go into our links page we have links to other sites which may also assist you.
You aren't alone nor do you have to try and recover unaided.
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
You can get your life back.
Dear paems. Thanks for your time. I am going to get my life back. I have spoken to my community health center and have an appointment set. I am looking forward to your book arriving. My disorder started 10 years ago I guess from 28 years of abuse from people that were close to me and I went in to same time panics at 4 am every morning from that it went to depression and from that it progressed to this damn agoraphobic feeling I get when I go out sometimes. I am sure I will get thru it with help. It makes me so mad to think how strong and independent I was to what I am now. I will try to convert that negative feeling into a more positive feeling to help myself get over it. I appreciate your time in this and I will let you know how things go if you want. Thanks again . L
Paems: The book is on its way. It is great you have an appointment.
One thing L, you are strong. Everyone with an Anxiety Disorder is. It takes great strength just to get through each day, especially if people are not receiving appropriate treatment. Add to that an abuse background and we are talking super strength. You need to recognise this L, because once you get the book and/or see the therapist you can use this strength in the way we all do to recover.
The only reason why you haven't recovered is because you haven't been shown the right way. It has nothing to do with you not being strong. Let us know how you get on.
Have read your book and it has helped me a lot. I will read it again, this week. I had my first session at the Community Health Center and I am so much better all ready. The session and the book has given me new hope. I felt almost free when I was driving home. In fact I felt I could drive for miles on my own. A real change from my secondary Agoraphobic condition. I am finding it maybe a little too easy, so I am treading a little cautiously, just in case I put to much confidence into it and then feel bad if I have an attack. I am expecting it to take a little time and patience but I must admit at this point I feel wonderful. I am finding the hardest part is the meditation. Just getting the time to do it but when I do, do it I even find that easy. If this is as easy as it is then I should be drawn and quartered for allowing this monster within to have had so much of my life. Again, thanks. I will keep in touch so you can pass on anything I say that may help your work. When things have had a time to settle and I am sure of everything this end, if you wish I would like to help others who may need it. Talk to you soon. I am planning a trip to the coast as my first big trip out in years and I look forward to the challenge....Bye...... L
Paems: Wonderful L. It is really great. Hope you have a great time on the coast. It is easy, in fact it is all so simple but..........it is breaking through our previous belief systems and this is the hard part. You are right to give it time and to be patient. There will be ups and downs but this is normal. The downs are only the old belief systems, they don't want to give up so they try and hook you back in. See them for what they are. If you do have an attack or feel anxious don't beat yourself up, it will only make it worse. You will feel angry but turn it against the anxiety thoughts. Use your anger against the disorder. Let it happen and turn those thoughts into so what!!!! It isn't your fault you have had it for so long. This happens to so many people. If you don't get the right info, treatment etc you can't do it. If you could you wouldn't have had it in the first place!
Re meditation and time : We always say to people how much time does your Disorder take? !!!!
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