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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 01:33 AM

To those of you in the USA struggling with anxiety these months and years:


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Reply To those of you in the USA struggling with anxiety these months and years: (Original post)
applegrove Feb 12 OP
applegrove Feb 12 #1
True Dough Feb 12 #16
BigBearJohn Feb 12 #2
safeinOhio Feb 12 #3
samplegirl Feb 12 #4
applegrove Feb 12 #5
Raine Feb 12 #10
DarthDem Feb 12 #6
applegrove Feb 12 #7
socdem60 Feb 12 #15
montana_hazeleyes Feb 12 #8
applegrove Feb 12 #9
Raine Feb 12 #11
applegrove Feb 12 #12
Dennis Donovan Feb 12 #13
rownesheck Feb 12 #14
JustABozoOnThisBus Feb 12 #17

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 02:52 AM

1. It really has worked for me over the years. But sometimes you have to let the fear/anger/

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sadness just out. Like you did when you were a kid and something hurt. Feel it. Let it out.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 06:31 AM

16. I suffered from horrendous panic attacks as a young man

Stuff that would keep my up most of the night, a lot of nights.

I agree with your second point about letting the thoughts and emotions overtake you and dealing with them. My mistake as a teen was desperately trying to push the tormenting thoughts out of my mind. Of course they'd immediately return and I'd feel anxiety about not being able to avoid them. So it created a negative feedback loop that would spiral out of control.

Not easy, but best to confront the troubling thoughts and do your best to make peace with them, or form a strategy to cope -- at least in my experience.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 02:54 AM

2. I highly recommend this. Works for me.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 03:27 AM

3. Welcome to the reality of

the here and now.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 03:28 AM

4. I get panic attacks

bad I use to be able to fight them off so much easier. But much harder these days. Thanks for sharing this. I use to never tell anyone but now itís easier to talk about it! Again thathans applegrove.

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Response to samplegirl (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 03:50 AM

5. No problem Sample. I have had anxiety attacks and then ptsd for 23 and a bit years.

Belly breathing, as I call it, works some of the time. Sometimes you just have to feel the pain.

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Response to samplegirl (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:13 AM

10. I get panic attacks too

I lately started trying mindfulness meditation and it's helped quite a bit. I saw a segment on PBS about it and then learned more about it on the internet.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 04:31 AM

6. Thanks for Posting This

It really does give comfort even from minor stress.

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Response to DarthDem (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 04:39 AM

7. No problem.

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Response to DarthDem (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 06:13 AM

15. Minor stress, yes.

I've been using this breathing method for years. It works well when driving.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 04:44 AM

8. Thank you applegrove.

Things like this really help a lot.

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Response to montana_hazeleyes (Reply #8)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 04:49 AM

9. Know that you are not alone in the US fighting this. Or bellybreathing.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:14 AM

11. THANKS

so much!

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Response to Raine (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:15 AM

12. de rien

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:44 AM

13. THANK YOU!

First I've heard of this! Hope it works...

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 05:56 AM

14. As anxiety ridden as I've been

I'd be doing nothing but repeating this breathing exercise for the next 2 years. Ay yi yi! When will it end???!!!

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 06:37 AM

17. I mis-read that as "exhale for 8 years". That's way too long.

I can't exhale for 8 years. Maybe 4 years. Barely.

We need a new Dem prez in 2021. We huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

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