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minniemoo
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Certain people trigger my panic attacks

Postby minniemoo » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:36 pm

Hi :-)

I have experienced anxiety for years now. Mostly its under control and I have a really good happy life. But one or two specific people trigger panic attacks for me almost every time I see them. It can also trigger a pattern of negative thoughts for days afterwards.

I dont know what to do about this. Of course Ive considered cutting ties but I’m not sure thats fair as they are not bad people, just a lot of history there, and also I feel I cannot be myself around them. I suppose I could just decide to stop caring about what they think / say, but I just cant seem to do that. Ive talked about it a bit with them and they were apologetic but nothing has changed significantly.

I have a therapist and she thinks I should tell them less about my life. This is stressful too tho as there are so many subjects I now work hard to avoid, especially as I’m naturally an open person. I also feel its sad for them as they must sense me holding back. They are important in my life but being around them makes me so very unhappy. I’m not sure what else to do!

MM xx

minniemoo
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Re: Certain people trigger my panic attacks

Postby minniemoo » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:45 am

Thank you. My therapist did some EDMR with me yesterday. She thinks there is a trauma there from childhood and perhaps that might help to lift it, I willl be less hyper alert to things that are said and done by them. Today I feel quite odd, like I’m losing the plot a bit, maybe I’m just tired

minniemoo
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Joined: Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:32 pm

Re: Certain people trigger my panic attacks

Postby minniemoo » Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:04 pm

Sorry to hear that. Do you know why you are hyper vigilant? Are there some situations where you are ok?

I dont think I will ever know exactly why but its something that happened to me early on. It would be great if I could finally let this go. Other than this one thing I am doing well!!!!!

Yes mental health sucks, I wish everyone had a good start in life and not be damaged by things beyond their control. Many people have it far worse than me. I cant imagine what it would feel like not to have any trauma though, it must be amazing!!!!


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