Category Archives: Panic Attacks

Overwhelmed!

Overwhelm seems to be happening a lot at the moment.

I can cope with one thing in a day, eg. work, but not 2 or more. Try adding on choir, cooking, seeing friends etc and my anxiety levels shoot up. Being productive with any other activity other than work is just not happening- I can’t concentrate, get easily distracted and restless.

Overwhelm seems to happen when exciting things are happening too. I recently went away to Edinburgh to sing in a choir I’m part of. Most of the members I hadn’t seen for a few months and we were all really excited to see each other again- well, I was excited anyway!!! Couple this with singing awesome music and trips out to shows and tourist attractions and soon I wasn’t coping. Too much excitement!!! I had three panic attacks that week. I hadn’t had one previously for a good few months. I was overly emotional.

I didn’t take this limitation very graciously, and was very angry and frustrated with myself for not being able to join in everything I wanted to. I could try, but panic attacks had already resulted from doing too much.

Accepting limitations is something I’m still working on! Remembering it’s not my fault is important, but also to evaluate whether I’m putting too much pressure on myself or judging myself harshly.

Affirmations that I’m finding helpful from Louise Hay’s companion book to You Can Heal Your Life are:

I have the power, strength and knowledge to handle everything in my life.

I relax into the flow of life and let Life provide all that I need asily and comfortably.

I am enough just as I am.

Louise Hay

 

The Lightning Process & Bipolar Disorder

I was recently speaking to a new acquaintance about The Lightning Process. I’d heard of it but didn’t really know what it was. She had experienced severe ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 20 years, for 10 of which she was in a wheelchair. She told me that she’d completed a 3 day course called The Lightning Process and that she’s been completely better for 5 years. I could hardly believe she’d been so unwell as she looks so healthy!

As far as I can gather The Lightning Process involves reprogramming the mind to give us the choice whether or not to accept our symptoms. Not a lot of detail is given on the official website except about something called the Physical Emergency Response (PER)- all this coming from the guy who developed the method: Phil Parker. He has found success in treating a range of disorders including eating disorders, addictions, ME, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, phobias etc.

The main reason I wanted to post about this is because attached to the website was an article by a Bipolar II sufferer who went through The Lightning Process successfully:

The Lightning Process and Bipolar II Testimonial (Scroll to the bottom of the page for the Bipolar II Feedback).

I know it definitely interested me and I would like to try it!

Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety & Panic Attacks

For the last 7-10 days I’ve been having a bit of a weird mood episode: anxiety, panic attacks, racing thoughts, indecisiveness, restlessness, inability to relax, general muscle tension and disturbed sleep.

Last week I thought it was depression, now I’m veering towards thinking it’s a mixed state. My thoughts aren’t along the severely depressed line, though I would definitely say they’re more negative than usual.

The most debilitating symptom at the moment has been the panic attacks, and yesterday for the first time ever, I had one at home. I usually have them when I’m out in the city or in my previous jobs, so this was a bit of a surprise!

I’m also getting agoraphobia symptoms: anxiety/panic when further away from home/on my own/in crowded places. The anxiety and panic are mild when I’m well, but increase in severity with the presence of a bipolar episode to the point of disrupting regular activities. The following is a very interesting article about Bipolar Disorder and it’s relationship with anxiety. It discusses whether or not it is a symptom of Bipolar or a Separate Condition:

Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder (PsychEducation.org)

 

Other Articles I’ve Found Useful

Very informative website exclusively about Bipolar Mixed States

Anxiety in Depression & Bipolar Disorder: From McMan’s Depression & Bipolar Web

A bit more dry & intellectual, but still interesting: Comorbidity in Bipolar Disorder from Psychiatric Times

Interesting blog post on My Bipolar Bubble: Separation Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder in Children 

 

Photo Credit: freedigitalphotos.net