I totally get it. Had 2 today.
You aren't alone. Hugs from a fellow Iowan.
Together 15 years, married 7, 1 child, age 7.
WH: 37 y.o., EA/PA since March
OW: 25, 1 child (not WH's)
Me: 34, BS
Separated Nov. 16, 2013
Filing for divorce: Jan. 27, 2014
I also had a series of bad things happen to me around the time I found out my wife cheated. As a result, I suffered from bad anxiety attacks. Something that helped me was a guided imagery podcast from Kaiser Permanente. I suggest you start with the podcast for panic attacks. Here is a link to the site:
I have also found meditation to be a tremendous help. I began daily meditation a few years ago and it really helped calm my mind. You may want to find a meditation class in your area to get started.
The other big help to me was exercise. It's tough to get started when you're feeling stressed or ill, but it makes a difference. Since you have had some health problems, you should probably check with your doctor about what is appropriate exercise for you.
[This message edited by HardenMyHeart at 1:00 AM, October 30th (Wednesday)]
My heart goes out to you. I, too, suffered from debilitating panic attacks since dday. I also have nightmares (wake up screaming) regularly.
I've started working on PTSD in IC because I believe that's the root of the problem in my case.
My shrink said the nightmares and attacks should happen with less frequency as I start to feel more safe.
Are you seeing someone presently? Perhaps look for someone that specializes in PTSD. Focusing on that has helped me tremendously. I will work on the other issues as I recover more from the shock and trauma.
Sending you hugs and light.
I'm glad you survived your suicide attempt and thank God you're still here. I know the pain is overwhelming sometimes and we don't think we can survive it at the time, but we all do. Always remember your life is a gift and NO ONE is worth your life. Please call a hotline or someone in your life or post here for help if you have those feelings again.
Check out the Healing Library, the link is in the yellow box to your left of the screen, there is a lot of enlightening information in there. Keep posting, we're here for you.
You have been through so much this year, no wonder you are having panic attacks. I've had them for years, so I understand what you are going through.
When I have a panic attack, I do deep breathing. Slowly breath in to a count of 4, hold the breath for a count of 7 and then slowly release it to a count of 7. Most of the symptoms I am feeling, are related to hyperventilating. I also found out I can't hyperventilate when I sing, so I'll crank up some tunes and sing.
I also discovered that I was having thoughts that were scaring me and most of those thoughts would never actually happen. I worked with an IC who did behavioral therapy and that was most helpful.
Once you are no longer afraid of the panic attacks, they will have no power over you.
You are a strong woman, stronger than you know. Read the healing library, post here often, be gentle with yourself and treat yourself well. You deserve it.
When H and I separated, I had panic attacks. I've never been one for meds, but I have found that an as-needed benzodiazepine (ativan, valium) has helped me when I feel one coming on. What's been mostly helpful is meditation, though. If I meditate at the beginning of the day, which I'm trying to make into a habit, I don't get as overwhelmed the rest of the day. A friend told me about a meditation challenge and I've been doing that. I think it's about self-empowerment. But guided relaxation is awesome too.
I think when we go through so much in our lives we have to remember to put taking care of ourselves first. I'm learning that soothing the internal chaos first helps me better deal with everything else. I'm so sorry for all you've been through and glad that you're still here. You can and will get to the other side of this, wiser and stronger.
ETA: That last sentence is what I've repeated to myself. A little mantra, I suppose, to help me get through.
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