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  • Coping suggestions for exposure method???? Help!

    I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder when I was in seventh grade. My anxiety only manifests itself through worry that something will happen to my mom. She is a runner and I have panic attacks every time she goes for a run...worrying that she won't return or something will happen. I know it is stupid and unlikely but I can't shake it. My mom is a bit wreak less. She runs or 3 hours deep in the woods by herself without a phone. She takes risks so it's not like I am completely wrong to worry. I am almost 20 now though and am leaving for college on August (I took a gap year to try and get a hold of my sanity!). I'm going 10 hours away and I'm terrified. I'm scared I will have panic attacks and be trapped up there with no one to help me and with no one to look after my mom. I am on Zoloft and clonopin and haven't felt any results even though it's been almost 2 years since I started the meds. I have had cognitive behavioral therapy and have seen multiple therapists and psychiatrists.
    This anxiety is a constant battle. Every day I panic and worry and am controlled by this anxiety.
    I know exposure is the best cure so I am hoping that leaving and separating myself from my mom and doing WHT terrifies me will ultimately cure me but I need advice on how to get through the months that are looming ahead.
    Any suggestions?
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  • How is your Anxiety Exposure going?

    I've finally gotten organized to start an anxiety exposure program, and am just wondering if anyone else out there is currently starting, or in the midst, of a similar exposure program? I've been aware of CBT methods through therapy sessions before, and have even tried "incremental exposure work" in the past. The hardest part for me is getting organized--I would spend so much time planning (i.e., thinking over and over what I should do) that I never actually started. Thankfully, I found a wonderful online site called They've really lit a fire under my exposure work because they have print versions of exposure and anxious thought sheets. I've spent the last 2 weeks recording my thoughts in their program (it's free!) and am just beginning my first exposure week. If anyone out there is in the throes of an exposure program, I'd really appreciate your insight. What keeps you motivated? Do you need organization like me, or other people to attend functions with you? I'd love to talk about exposure with any members who are on the fence about it, don't know what it is, or are succeeding at their own regimen. Thanks, and I hope all's well! :)


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We are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!