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Johnwest

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My step father passed last Sunday and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I thought I could go to work but on the way to the job I had a panic attack. Then the next day on Tuesday I was so afraid I had to send my family without me. Then I listened to jeff's audio message gathered myself and went to the funeral. It was very stressful and this is when the panic attack hit me. Since then I am afraid of the panic attacks returning. I took off work. I am exhausted and no matter how much I rest or sleep the feeling of anxiety is there waiting when I wake up. At this point I am afraid of the panic so I walk around waiting for it to return. I know it only exists if I allow it to yet I'm still afraid. I am sick of being afraid and can't live with the fear anymore. I can't walk around afraid of fear . I am a big strong guy who feels weak . I listen to jeff's message with my blue tooth over and over. This helps me keep the attack away. I know that fear can only intimidate me if I allow it to yet it's still there. I am officially exhausted and I am trying to grieve at the same time. God please give me the strength to overcome and apply the things I know. I need to be able to do the things I know .
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You have reached a point where the panic is controlling you, right? Yet panic, by its nature, cannot control you, only protect you. From what? Well this is the irrational part: from a threat which you have deemed panic to be. So you are stuck in this circle: Your nervous system is trying to protect you from a threat by racing your mind and body to run away or fight but it has no idea that the "threat" is the overreaction by your nervous system!

I was this way for almost 20 years. Oh, I was able to moderate my lifestyle, and I wanted to face the panic down based on all the information I read - much like the information you have read from me. But why didn't I do it? Because it seemed too scary, too risky or I might get much worse and lose my sanity or something horrible. These are likely your fears about panic. They are all wrong.

Your panic is 100% apprehension awaiting a resolution. So when you show it that you forego the apprehension it cannot be. How do you do this? You get mad and mean it. You dare it to do you in. You refuse to stop it in any way or form and demand to see it all the way to the end of either you or the panic.

Sounds desperate and scary? It's the only way out and it works.

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Also you might get more connections with members if you post on the main forum.
Johnwest

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Thanks jeff. Been feeling better. Back at work and suddenly all the issues at work that would stress me out are less stressful. The passing of Norman was a big hit and I had a few panic attacks but I feel like it put things in perspective. I appreciate your feedback and will continue to confront my fears as fake evidence appearing real.
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That's great to hear!
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