Therapy service can help those struggling with panic attacks

One day off turned into two weeks – but you don’t have to suffer with anxiety like I did

One day off turned into two weeks – but you don’t have to suffer with anxiety like I did

First published in News

THE psychological therapies service run by Dorset HealthCare, has been expanded after moving into new premises in Poole.

Here a Bournemouth woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, explains how the Steps2Wellbeing service helped to get her life back on track...

For a long time I had been experiencing episodes of, what I now recognise to be, panic. Panic at all different situations from a day trip to going to work.

I had this overwhelming fear of either feeling sick, being sick or seeing someone else be sick.

The thoughts were all consuming and as hard as I tried to distract myself, my thoughts always came back to sick. I thought the only place I was safe was in my own home.

Things came to a head in December when I took a day off work because I really didn’t feel well. One day turned into two weeks because at home I was “safe” and it was then I turned to my GP for help.

Without that help and understanding that he gave me, it would have been a struggle to return to the job I love.

I completely broke down in front of my GP. He sat and listened to me for nearly half an hour whilst I cried my eyes out and told me he could help. The relief I felt that I wasn’t going mad and that someone understood was immense.

My GP prescribed me some Beta Blockers to alleviate the actual physical panic attacks and recommended a course of CBT.

From the moment I first met my therapist I was immediately put at ease and felt comfortable telling her exactly how I was feeling, even though in myself I felt ridiculous.

I must admit, at the end of the first session when my therapist told me it wasn’t really about being sick but about other things I was sceptical.

As the sessions went by I too began to realise that my way of thinking about various aspects of my life and situation were changing. I was being shown, through talk and diagrams, how the way I think impacts on my life.

I don’t think the therapy changed who I am, it just gave me a better understanding as to why I think the way I do, how I react to certain situations and therefore provided me with the tools I needed to be able to see the wood for the trees.

For anyone else suffering and putting on a brave face to the world I would say you don’t have to. Help is out there – you just have to ask for it. I’m so glad I did.

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1:39pm Wed 2 Jul 14

rednurse85 says...

Great story, I too suffered with panic attacks and sought the help of my Gp and CBT. I ended up using hypnotherapy as well to help combat my attacks. Keep your chin up and thank you for sharing your experiences to help others.
Great story, I too suffered with panic attacks and sought the help of my Gp and CBT. I ended up using hypnotherapy as well to help combat my attacks. Keep your chin up and thank you for sharing your experiences to help others. rednurse85
  • Score: 16

3:14pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I found propanopol beta blockers useless. Lorazepam is top notch. Docs have been told not to give it out if possible and fob people of with cbt and beta blockers instead.

I get what I want from my doc, I'm unfoboffable and he knows it. We get on well and dont waste eachothers time.
I found propanopol beta blockers useless. Lorazepam is top notch. Docs have been told not to give it out if possible and fob people of with cbt and beta blockers instead. I get what I want from my doc, I'm unfoboffable and he knows it. We get on well and dont waste eachothers time. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 4

3:16pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Bournemouth87 says...

With all the cuts made to mental health resources in bournmouth this wont last long before it is cutt or outsourced. This service is already with the mental health teams in and around Bournemouth. Makes no sense in expanding one area here but cutting several others elsewhere. What a joke!!!
With all the cuts made to mental health resources in bournmouth this wont last long before it is cutt or outsourced. This service is already with the mental health teams in and around Bournemouth. Makes no sense in expanding one area here but cutting several others elsewhere. What a joke!!! Bournemouth87
  • Score: 6

11:37am Thu 3 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Sometimes bursting into tears and 'letting it all out' really helps.

When my GP does this in front of me he says he feels so much better afterwards.
Sometimes bursting into tears and 'letting it all out' really helps. When my GP does this in front of me he says he feels so much better afterwards. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

9:31pm Thu 3 Jul 14

guisselle says...

Cognitive behavourial therapy seems to be the latest thing for psycho
therapists to treat their patients. I suppose it's a thought changing process
but it can't be easy if you are severely depressed.
Cognitive behavourial therapy seems to be the latest thing for psycho therapists to treat their patients. I suppose it's a thought changing process but it can't be easy if you are severely depressed. guisselle
  • Score: 2

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