Anonymous asked:
what i have to do to stop a panic attack?

http://www.anxietycoach.com/overcoming-panic-attacks.html

This has a list of great coping mechanisms. I’ve actually tried before and It does help. Just remember to breathe long deep breaths! Everything will be okay x

Sam


Anonymous asked:
Same anon here, I have been seeing a psychologist for my panic attacks and other issues. Don't think she's the best for me though.

If you don’t feel she’s a good fit, I highly recommend finding someone who you are 100% comfortable with. I’ve gone through multiple therapists/psychiatrists and only recently found a psychiatrist im fully comfortable with. It’s really hard to open up if you don’t feel like he/she is a good fit. Keep looking until you find someone you love, it makes a world of difference!

~sam

x


Anonymous asked:
I don't know what to do... I often have panic attacks as well as just general anxiety but they are getting worse in the past month or so - in the last week I have probably had about 7 shortish ones (like 30 minutes or so) and one which went on for about 5 hours in just cycles - it'd get slightly better and then it would just get even worse. I don't know what to do and I'm worried it going to happen during my exams and its probably not bad enough to do anything about it... :/ Thanks xx

Anon, if you know you’re having panic attacks, then of course you should do something about it! Tell someone who has influence on your life IRL and try to see your doctor about it. There’s no “amount” of panic attacks that substantiates doing something about them; if you’re suffering, it’s time to get help. -Gina


Anonymous asked:
(1) I know you may not be able to answer this, but I need help if possible. I suffer from anxiety and depression (been through some professional help that hasnt work). With that said, jobs come as a major struggle and the place I work has some of the worst managers I've ever been around, but with the town I live in, I really have no selection. Recently, my boyfriend and I decided to take some summer time off to go see our families (we both work there and wrote down the dates for them of when...

(2)… we’d be gone.) We’ve been back for about a week & checking the schedule online & niter of us had been put on shift, so he called & the managers gave him their usual attitude about how it was his responsibility to call when he got back (I’ve never had to do that for a job, it was always the managers responsibility). Long story short: I’m so tired of being treated this way, and I want to quit, but I am sooo terrified. Even just the thought of calling makes me shake. I don’t know what to do…

You absolutely don’t have to live with your shitty job. You will feel 100% better when you quit. I quit my first REALLY SHITTY retail job last summer after it was causing me panic attacks from the stress put on me by the managers, and it wasn’t easy, but I’m SO GLAD I did. Your health and well-being comes before anything else. You’ll find another job afterwards. It may take a lot of searching, but you’ll find one. Get outta there!

-Gina


Anonymous asked:
hello I am sorry for bothering you guys but need some help. I battle with anxiety and depression and OCD but I know it's not going to harm me. I also have emetophobia and am terrified of sickos/vomit. Absolutely terrified. The thing is, I am babysitting some girls tomorrow, well not really babysitting, they are 11 and 9 and are cool, independent and healthy. I am just so scared they are sick, just of catching something off them. The difference is, I feel being physically unwell can harm me more*

*than psychological things (probably one of my irrational thoughts) as it is out of my control and what my counsellor - I do not see her anymore - said was that for me it was the unpredictability that I can’t deal with and that I need to be in control. I am so scared, I know it is my responsibility to look after them but do you have any tips? If I am truthful, it’s just life I need help with. I am scared to carry on living like this, I just want the bad things to go away, so much. Thank you

Hey anon, I’m so sorry for the late reply!! and you’re not a bother, that’s what we’re here for! How did the babysitting end up going? I used to be extremely emetophobic too, just as bad as you! i know it’s hard to believe, but this phobia in particular tends to go away with time - and really, as long as you don’t eat perishable foods that have been out for a while, don’t get blackout drunk, take your meds with food, and don’t hang out with people who have the stomach flu, it’s really unlikely that you’ll puke at all. I haven’t puked in 10 years. 10 years!!! Now, of course these things are out of your control to some extent, and that’s what makes them scary. So the only things you can change are your thoughts. Your psychological problems are harming you much more than anything physical at the moment, so you need to address that as if it was the flu. Go easy on yourself as you would go easy on a physically ill person! You won’t feel this way forever, but it’s time to take control of what controls you. Please let me know if you need any more advice!

-Gina


Anonymous asked:
Hi, I don't know whether what i'm feeling is anxiety or if it's normal, but i don't want to sound stupid, please help? Sometimes when i'm in a situation i will start to feel really stressed, for no reason at all. I just start to panic, my throat goes tight, i struggle to breathe and i'll cry or just need to run away from the place. This can set off from anything really, from if a shop is too busy to if someone is talking too loud to if something in my room is out of place. Why is this happening?

Well, I think what you’re feeling is a NORMAL type of anxiety, but it sounds like it’s really affecting your everyday life, which is what defines it as a ‘disorder’. It’s happening because of a chemical imbalance in your brain. I think it’s a good idea to talk to a doctor at this point! there’s no need to live like you are, there are a lot of things to help with exactly what you’re going through out there, and it’s time to go get ‘em. You won’t feel like this forever, I promise!! keep your head up!

-Gina <3


Anonymous asked:
i am scared of life

me too, anon.


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Anonymous asked:
I have a question, I'm not sure if this is because I'm panicking or nervous, but everytime I go in to kiss my boyfriend my face twitches (like underneath my eye) and I can't control it at all, does twitching occur to anyone else in social situations or not?

My face used to twitch like mad whenever i was nervous! my eye and the corner of my mouth. recently it’s improved, although i don’t know why. I think it’s pretty common! I hope that your boyfriend is not a source of panic or negative anxiety for you?

-Gina


Anonymous asked:
Hi, I was diagnosed with GAD 4 or 5 years ago. I have a nervous tick with picking and I was wondering if there's perhaps a list that you'd recommend of ways to avoid picking/pulling, and other sorts of related things.

Hey! so there’s a few posts i know exist on this blog that give alternatives to cutting and self harm, and i have a hunch they’ll be helpful for you as well. Just scroll down a bit.

I can relate because when i’m stressed out about something i pick at my pace/scalp and then i realize i have a ton of angry acne or my scalp’s bleeding or whatever and I get mad at myself. try putting your hair up or putting a comfortable hat on. as for other parts of your body, keep your hands busy doing something else, like kneading a kneaded eraser, some clay, or anything else you can smush in your fingers that won’t make a mess. 

-Gina


Anonymous asked:
I was wondering if you have any advice to keep calm during thunderstorms. My first anxiety attack during one was when I was about 9. After that I was fine until I was about 15/16 and I was home alone during a severe thunderstorm and had another attack. Now whenever there's a thunderstorm, I get extreme anxiety to the point of almost having an attack (I have severe anxiety in other aspects of my life as well but this one is the most prominent). I'm 19 now and have never gotten help. Thank you.

Hi anon! Can i just say that reading this message was super odd for me? when I was 8 or 9, I had a TERRIBLE phobia of thunderstorms! If one was predicted for while i was at school I’d fake sick so that my mom would take me home. 

Anyway, it sounds like your initial thunderstorm anxiety attack was a result of the storm itself, and now you have an associative anxiety, yeah? The way to un-learn this anxiety is exposure therapy, so luckily for you thunderstorms happen whether you’re ready or not (yayyyy hahaha not). 

For a first step, try listening to this website while you feel most at ease, when the weather is calm and you have people at home you feel safe with. It’s a loop of rain sounds with occasional, soft, distant thunder sounds. It’s designed to help you relax, actually! so listen to this, perhaps while you’re doing something like drawing or something with your hands, until the sounds no longer bother you. Then you can try videos of more severe storms, with visuals of lightning, etc. until you no longer feel anxiety from those! do you get where i’m going here?

If i’m totally wrong and it’s something else specifically about thunderstorms that triggers your anxiety, please let me know so i can give you different advice! for instance, you’re more frightened of an electricity outage than the storm itself, etc.

I hope this helps!! 

-Gina

ps., you don’t have to live without treatment of mental illness. Take the first steps to getting treatment, talk to your parents, teachers, insurance, etc, and get yourself better, because you don’t deserve to live with it!


Anonymous asked:
I'm at this point in my life where I feel so overwhelmed and stuck. I dont have many friends and college is making me so upset about my future. I dont know what I want to do in life and it feels like I'm falling behind. It doesnt help that I have confidence issues either. I've had general anxiety disorder and depression for a while and I've seen a therapist but that hasnt helped much at all. I'm on seroquel and klonopin. what do I do? the loneliness is crippling

Dear anon, i 100% know what you mean and feel. My first year of college was 2 years ago and i literally felt the same way, especially since i had moved across the country (NY->SF) to go to school. I think some of this feeling you have to acknowledge as ‘the first year of college is emotionally draining and awful’. There is 1000% solid reason for you to feel all those things in your first year, I know I did. Next time you see your psychiatrist, please tell them what you’ve told me, okay? it sounds like the seroquel isn’t cutting it for you (it didn’t for me either.) It’s time to try something else. Also, consider talking to another therapist, as i’ve said in the past, i’ve gone through them like kleenex! there are so many shitty therapists out there. 

Now, time to get to the root of your loneliness! first i have to know, are you at home in a different place for summer, or are you in the same place as your college?

Keep your head up, I promise your circumstances will get better! I am your ghost of christmas future!!!!

-Gina


Anonymous asked:
Hi I am the girl on summer break seeing a counsellor. I went to her today, in the library, and told her I couldn't see her anymore as I felt guiltily not telling my mum where I was going. It was really sad. I got home and my mum had been looking for something and come across my diary in which there were letters, forms and leaflets about counselling. After four years, she now knows. I don't know whether or not to be happy or sad, I feel emptiness and sadness

* I feel sad and that she hates me, she’ll tell everyone, think I am nuts! hate me for not telling her

I’m sorry for the late late reply, anon, i’ve been working a lot :( 

This sounds like serendipity, can I ask how things with your mum are now? how did it go? I have all this week free so I’ll be around to answer!

-Gina


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