And I have been having anxiety all day just thinking about it. Then there's Friday I see a new shrink and I have to go over all my symptoms again and just talking about them makes me have anxiety and sometime panic attacks. Why does my mind do this to me? Does anyone else have these issues? I'm so scared I'm gonna go into a full blown panic attack on these days and I won't be able to escape because it's on the 3rd floor. Is it anxiety or something else?
You are talking yourself into it again. You have to be telling yourself you're going for help. One day and one thing at a time. Your attorney is on your side, he isn't going to harm you. So is the dr. They are there to help you. Do you have claustrophobia? My Mom thinks I'm screwy when I tell her because of claustrophobia I can't live in a high rise. I have to be able to step out my door to the outside. Over time now I've wondered when you say things if its claustrophobia bothering you when your out. Like when you had to leave walmart. I do that in crowds.
I understand how difficult it can be when you feel overwhelmed. Self talk can hurt or help you. Easy to say but you have to make yourself do things.
I found a therapist to be a huge help. Try to take someone with you to help talk you through it. Both appointments can be stressful even if you are feeling okay. Keep that in mind and remember they are there to help you.
These people are there to help you. One thing to try though is write down on a pad everything that is going on with you, how you feel, what your symptoms are, take your time doing it and don't focus too much time into it at a time, work on it a while then come back to it, this will ease the stress and the panic attacks. You need to include your feeling of claustrophobia, this is important. You can win this case of disability, you have to believe that your attorney and doctor is there to help you.
Hey Ashton, The new doc is always scary for people even without anxiety like us here. Remember both your new doc and your lawyer work for you and it benefits them when you succeed. I agree that keepinga log of your difficult issues will help both professionals to help you better but no one but you can say if it will ease your anxiety. Baring everything to these folks can be added stress on an overwhelmed mind. I didn't meet my lawyer until 30 minutes right before we went to see the judge. They have a big reason to help you succeed, they get paid! Before I chose my lawyer I did all kinds of research and youtube has a bunch of videos that can walk you through the process, it helped me but I am a visual learner. With that said, tell your lawyer you want to meet at a coffee shop and tell them why, every bit of info helps them help you and it is common to meet in a public place, a stuffy office can just add to your anxiety.
If you have any questions about how it went for me going through the denials before going to see the ALJ or talking with a new doc, I would love to share with you, just send me a message and I will give you all I got. Just reading about your case, I feel a kinship towards you and want all the best for you. This new doc may only know you on paper so far but Friday, however you manage that appt, they can better serve you and that is what you need and deserve! Always remember, it may feel quite scary but they work for you. Put yourself first and share everything you can cause this period of time is crutial that you are getting appropriate care, you and your ssdi depend on it. You got this! Tough week but remember you can manage through(even if you do have a panic attack, it's part of who you are and neither will treat you poorly because of it!)
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