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'If you suffer from repetitive panic or anxiety - you CAN recover'

 

It is possible to make headway with this illness when you understand that panic is all about our 'intense reaction' to very normal thoughts and feelings (or shall we say OK thoughts and feelings........ is there really a definition of what's normal?!). When you also understand that our minds play a little trick on us and, inadvertently, quickly send us in to an overlap of very 'separate' forced panic tensing, we can soon realise that we need to do completely the opposite of what we think we should do.

'Ultimately, this should also bring you to the point where you understand yourself and reach the height of true self-confidence' - see also Ch 6 Chicken And Egg?

This site is dedicated to helping people, who suffer at the hands of panic, or anxiety and the repetitive/obsessive thoughts/behaviours which often 'follow'. I must admit, I didn't really know what I was suffering from when I was younger, but now I have a much more educated view of what has been a terrifying illness at times. I have created this site because I have thankfully recovered and would like to share my experiences. 

You will also see that this has developed into a concept - COPAST. If it's not for you, then simply visit many of the other sites that are available to help you in crisis - as said, this is my personal experience, and my recovery, so please read on if you find it helpful! You will realise that you CAN operate as a rational and productive human-being - with the caveat that this is not always easy - and that we 'can' cope with being us/avoid that intense reactive panic when we understand it really is unnecessary. 

As I also have a major interest in sport, I can see panic disrupting performance in many other walks of life. To this extent, this website/my book may also help people understand what is happening when they panic and how this can affect their performance in life. 

Your feedback is always appreciated and any comments will also help to improve this site and help other sufferers see that they're 'not alone'.

Below is the latest NICE report on the ‘GAD’ form of anxiety – it really does beg the question are we really getting anywhere with treating this affliction? You can see some sections of that report below……of course, there are so many different types of anxiety out there – with so many symptoms – even ones not listed here are very frequent like feeling in an unreal world, not feeling as though you are in your body etc. Basically, all of these different symptoms stem from our anxiety and this is what I aim to clear up. There doesn't seem to be a real understanding of how we can recover and what we ‘do’ that makes us go into that unnecessary extreme mode. Will ........

'Generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia) in adults': Management in primary, secondary and community care (partial update) National Clinical Guideline Number 113. National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and the Royal College of General Practictioners: Commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 

GAD is one of a range of anxiety disorders including panic disorder (with and without agoraphobia), PTSD, OCD, social phobia, specific phobias (for example, of spiders) and acute stress disorder. Psychological symptoms include irritability, poor concentration, increased sensitivity to noise and sleep disturbance, typically difficulty falling asleep. Increased muscle tension is a common accompaniment of persistent anxiety and may be experienced as restlessness, inability to relax, headaches and aching pains, particularly in the shoulders and back (Gelder et al., 2006). Particularly common comorbid disorders are depressive disorders (specifically major depression and dysthymia), other anxiety disorders (especially panic disorder, social phobia and specific phobias) and somatoform disorders (Bitren et al., 2009; Carter et al., 2001; Hunt et al., 2002; Grant et al., 2005; Kessler et al., 2005b). There is also significant comorbidity with substance misuse especially among men (Grant et al., 2005; Kessler et al., 2005b).The average duration of illness in this group was about 20 years and despite treatment the outcome over the next 3 years was relatively poor, with only one in four showing symptomatic remission from GAD (Yonkers et al., 1996). The proportion of people who became free from all psychiatric symptomatology was smaller, about one in six.

It should be noted, however, that the majority of people with GAD in the community do not seek medical help for their symptoms (Wittchen & Jacobi, 2005), and the course of the illness in these circumstances is not established.

 

2.2.4 Incidence and prevalence

The estimated proportion of people in England with GAD was 4.4% (**Will - and that is just for GAD – how many of us really suffer with anxiety then!!) in the most recent Adult Psychiatric Morbidity In England survey (Mcmanus east al.,2009), a figure that has varied little across the three survey years 1993, 1997 and 2007.

 

***These excerpts show that more needs to be done - the aim of this site is to give you that hope...

 

COMMENTS  

 

13 Feb 13, Hi Will remarkable parallels with Wilko Johnsons story and how this fits in with that guy waiting on his death bed and then suddenly he felt better?... I know so much of this now is down to how I react to me! Eventually I realised I could get to that stage you have mentioned - a complete sense of strength and confidence regardless of what we have done or need to do. Just by not over-reacting to life's imperfections and leaving that self-pressure alone I have that sense now. There can be times when the pain is so great that you feel trapped and unable to ever envisage a way out and yet I now sense a strange and relieving kind of freedom and can't thankyou enough for taking the steps you have taken to enlighten me! Keep up the good work and if theres a message I can out put on your site it is 'please' have faith there is a way out of this. Its just you moment getting out of hand and that can be rectified...living proof. Many thanks again Will Sami 

On Thu 11/09/08 1:20 PM , "Nicholas Watts" sent: Hello Will, How are you ?? I was just thinking of you the other day, I thought I should drop you a line! Things are going really well my end and I am about a year into my recovery. I sometimes got to pinch myself on how well I have recovered. The difference is mind boggling!! “Let It go works wonders!!!!!!!!”  Any news with your work? Nick Watts

On Sat 6/09/08 10:44 PM , Danni sent: Hi Will Just coming to the end of reading your book - i think this will clear up a lot of confusion for many. All this time i was laying the blame on the thoughts, each time they repeated i got more mad with myself and desperate... but now i can clearly see i only got mad and desperate as i over reacted and tried to over-control thoughts which where perfectly acceptable to have.  If the mind was not supposed to thing anything negative, then it wouldnt be capable of doing so and the world would be an idylic place! Everyone is capable of thinking a negative thought if they try to do so. This illness is simply going beyond the moment and compulsively over-thinking something. I see now the only difference with me and someone who doesnt suffer is not my negative thoughts.. but the over intense reaction I have to them .. which then leads to me taking another look at them repeatedly to gain clarity.  I used to think my problem was repeatedly thinking negative thoughts, but the problem existed way before any compulsive repetition... it started when i decided to consciously question my thoughts. 
 
I so get this now, isnt it amazing how once you get an understanding you can clearly see exactly where you go wrong!  I remember the first obsessive thought i have ever had, it was a couple of years ago... and thinking about it - it only stuck as i was going though a very stressful time and i linked the anxiety to the thought. like you say though perfectionists/flighters live very close to the edge. Once i had that thought my anxiety took on a downward spiral and i seemed to throw more and more negative thoughts at myself... caused by lack of confidence and understanding. 
Also, is your book available hardback copy, I would like to use your it for a future assignment? Thanks, Danni

On Mon 25/08/08 3:02 PM , Candie sent: Hi Will I 100% believe that its my reaction to a perfectly normal thought now, so its easier not to fight... for so long i believed the thoughts were the root cause of my anxiety.. i suppose I have come a long way as I don’t even take them seriously anymore.  I used to look at people and think why can’t I be like them, but like you I have come to the stage where i am comfortable with my own mind now... I totally agree with the character type thing! Feel free to put this out, anything that helps others is ok by me :). If you could just give my first name that would be fine.  I think its great people are opening up about this illness, as it has been brushed under the carpet for so long, because the medical profession don’t really understand it. I have come so far through accepting my thoughts and using your method of recovery. Six months ago i was a wreck! I didn’t eat, sleep and my thoughts consumed me. I even begged my doctor to section me at one point as I thought I was going insane! I was also dependent on medication, which was never enough.  I suppose I’m telling you this as i would like you to mention this too, as I am living proof your method of recovery is the only way forward. I now enjoy my life, look to the future just about off the meds completely and believe I am going to be ok. Looking back I cant believe how bad I was, it scares me to think how I would be now if I never found yours and Paul David’s books! Thanks Candie (see also on 'More Reviews' section)
 

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