I was diagnosed with agoraphobia or social anxiety and gad when I was about younger I was on meds until I was 16 when I stopped taking them I have only had a few attacks over the years but now over the last 2 weeks I have been having them constantly everyday multiple times a day my doctor said they can't see me until monday can you give me any advice to help me get through the weekend I have to work and I'm not sure my employers will be very understanding I am a correctional officer so they are def. getting tired of my "breaks"
Your job alone would give me a Panic Attack! Can you try a walk in clinic or the ER... or ask your Dr. to get you in sooner.
I use relaxation tapes and deep breathing every day with my meds. I know those seem lame with what you are going through, but they do help me calm down the old brain that just races at time.
As for me i write down what my though are and how i'm feeling right now, sometimes i call my sister and talk to her tell her i'm having my anxiety and we just talk about how your day was. i do my 1 minute breath in and breath out for 5 minutes. you can try some maybe it will help you out
I hope you found some relief. You have a high stress job. I give you credit for having a job I could never do. Have you tried talking to your supervisor or others at work that may seem empathetic to your situation? You might be suprised, just a suggestion. Does your facility have a nurse or doc on site? I am sure you are not the first employee that has experienced anxiety. Not sure I would get into you history, no need to. Maybe stay with the currently situation. Hang in there. But do try to find help, your worth it.
Wow, I am Very surprised you have been able to be a correction officer with all the anxiety problems.
Has there been anything new problems or fears recently? If so you might look at it & try & resolve it.
As far as something you can do until you see the Dr.?
I also have all the anxiety issues that you listed...
For immediate relief the best thing you can do is as soon as you start to notice you are starting to tense up start your deep breathing exercise & you should feel relief in a few minutes.
The best way to be sure you are doing the technique correctly is to practice at home first.
You can do this standing, sitting out laying down so basically anywhere.
But while learning it the easiest way is to lay down & put one hand on your stomach.
Then breathe in very slow & deep through your NOSE until you cannot breathe in anymore & hold it for a few seconds. You should feel your stomach will rise.
Then Slowly blow the air out through your LIPS until you cannot blow anymore air out & you will feel your stomach fall. Do this breathing technique several times until your nerves are calmed down.
I know it sounds simple but it really works.
Best of luck, Kathy
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