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        06-13-2013, 12:18 PM
    If medication actually gave you some relief I am not sure why you would hesitate. I had anxiety once that was "induced" by dense trees, high humidity. It greatly subsided the second I got out of the trees, but it did not disappear entirely for months. I rarely ever take medication and a lot of it doesn't agree w me, so naturally I was afraid of even going that route when I had seemed everything was "scarier" when I had it. As many have said..exercise - it is a "natural drug" and soooo effective. I like to walk/hike - so I did for many miles a day - sometimes twice a day. It was a life saver! I found I couldn't sit for long w/o it getting worse, and I never consumed caffeine during that time b/c it would seemingly amplify it 10 time over. Everyone is different, but I took a lot of vitamin B complex and Mg which actually helped.

    I did not have the misfortune of having to "get into" it with someone during my episode with it - but if I had of been confronted with an unpleasant exchange, I think I would have just - not participated. :) That is pretty easy to do, you just say, "I can't discuss this with you right now, I will let you know when I can, though - good bye".
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        06-13-2013, 12:35 PM
    Thank you so much to everyone who replied!

    It looks like I have lots of ideas to be trying out now

    I probably should've just "walked away" from the situation but I was already in the midst of a panic attack and I felt cornered, so I ended up replying and lashing out and trying to defend myself.

    I think I'm going to cut her out of my life for a while. It sucks because she was my designated "come talk to me when you're having an attack or depressed" person....looks like I'll be finding another one, at least for now. :-/
    I feel like my entire family is going to take her side because everyone else seems pretty well adjusted after losing our mom, and I'm the only one who's still majorly affected by it. I feel like I can't go to family functions or anything, like our 4th of July BBQ, because of the drama and tension.

    Gah, I hate conflict.
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        06-13-2013, 12:37 PM
    Oh, and I forgot this "trick". I read this method somewhere and my first reaction was that it sounded like pure garbage, but I tried it when I had anxiety and was very pleasantly surprised to find it worked! I love to touch things and feel their textures, so this method might work best for those that do, too. Here it is: when you feel anxious "short circuit" the fear by focusing on the feel of a given texture - such as the texture of the ground beneath your feet, an apple or material in your hand, whatnot...really focus on it and think about the texture. No matter where you are, there is something you can touch.
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