What do I do

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Sorry if it's a little confusing (bare with me). I've had bad anxiety for 6 months now and it's getting worse. I can't go anywhere with have anxiety attacks. (Stores,friends houses,restaurants) I even had to be homeschooled because I can't focus in school when I'm having anxiety attacks all the time. I tell my family and of course they don't understand and just tell me to get over it. I try to explain to them that it's not that simple but they don't listen. My symptoms are; I feel like I'm going to vomit , I get dizzy, I can't breathe, I start shaking, sometimes I brake down and start crying , and I can't help but feel like I'm going to die. (Sorry this is long) I'm going to the dr tomorrow and I'm getting anxiety just thinking about it. What should I do if the dr. Can't help ? Thanks.

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    You'd better check with your Dr. to make sure. Vitals, EKG, etc.

    Once that's done, if nothing comes out as wrong, smile and jump a hurdle, picture a hurdle in your mid and get over it. Pick the height at random.

    Then take a break from here, 1 min. Then come back for a "check up"

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    A Dr will offer either meds or therapy, it's then up to you to choose which way you want to be treated. Be honest with the dr, they will help - it's theirjob after all

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    Hi Courtney,

                        First off well done for making that appointment with the doctor, it's the first step to getting your life back to where you want it to be again, i know it will be an anxious experience for you so i wonder if it might help to write a few notes to take with you? Sometimes when we are anxious we forget to mention things or find it hard to explain ourselves well so having a few things written to take in can be really useful.

    I'm sure the doctor will be able to offer some help but obviously i can't say what kind of help that will be, often it is a combination of medication and therapy and it can take a bit of time to find the right combination for you as an individual so don't be put off if the first thing you try doesn't help or takes some time to have an impact.

    I know what it's like to suffer intolerable anxiety, i am like it constantly at the moment and going out is so hard which upsets me because aside from the fear and anxiety i enjoy being out.

    The key is to face your fears really, a gentle but gradual exposure which usually works best if it is guided with a therapist, you can of course do it alone but you have to make sure you don't push yourself too hard or go too fast whilst still challenging the feared situations, it's about retraining the brain until it accepts there is nothing there to fear.

    I know it is hard, i am going through it myself at the moment and get very distraught with anxiety but its not the first time i have been through it and i know that last time the only way it got better was a gradual exposure to my fear.

    For example i would go to a coffee shop, buy the drink and have it in the car, then i would make sure i still got it in a take away cup but would sit for a few seconds before leaving, gradually i would stay a bit longer until eventually i could order my drink in a glass mug, sit there and drink it at leisure.

    This example might not apply much to your life but what i'm saying is that it's all about taking small steps to rebuild the confidence we lose with anxiety, we get anxious even thinking about the store so of course once we get there it is an awful experience because we have built ourselves up, we have added even more fear to the fear we already have.

    I do understand how you feel because i live in the same state too but i can also tell you that it can get better, even in relapse i can say that because i have done it before, life just threw some nasty stress at me and i have lost my way for a bit but i am determined to get back on track again and i know the only way to do that is to face the very things that provoke the worst of my anxiety until my brain learns once again to break the fear habit.

    I hope it goes well at the doctors tomorrow, sadly getting help here in the uk can take a long time but hopefully where you are it will be different and your doctor can put something in place, good luck.

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    The doctor can helo or point you in the directiin if getting help. You will need a psychiatrist. Agoraphobia is recoverable. It will take a lot of work but it does a decent recoverable rate. 
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    Hi Courtney!

    First off well done for seeing a doctor, that is something I put off for ages.

    Second all those symptoms your having is me. That's exactly how my anxiety surfaces.

    Talk it through with the doctor and don't leave the room unless they have offered u medication or blood tests or counselling of some sort.

    You are not alone, unfortunately family can be supportive but unless they've gone through it won't understand, it's vile and debilitating.

    Always here if u need to chat x

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    Thank you to everyone I will be sure to talk to the doctor about my hormone levels. I'm going in about an hour and I having a hard time breathing but I'll manage. I'll let everyone know how it goes and what the doctor says.

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