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Day 8 Anxiety and the terrors

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Paxalot, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. Paxalot

    Paxalot New Member

    It has been a whopper of a week. I threw myself into this work with my usual dedication. But things quickly started spiraling. By day three the pain was very bad and I was crying on my wife's shoulder about not wanting to live. What was really not helping was the high levels of anxiety this work brought on. I have had to take benzos three times to calm me down. I'm prepared to be a basket case for a while if that's what I need to do. There has been some minor improvement of my worse symptoms, stomach, pelvic, leg and foot pain. I'm not overly concerned about miracle cures. It is clear to me that I've been welding shut my feelings and frustrations for decades while I present a polite and civil face to the world. I always had to be in control. i was the only one that could do things right. etc. There have been many crushing disappointments. People have behaved very badly. The government hounded me with audits. Investments have vanished. I've lived in fear of things getting worse but the only thing that actually did get worse was my own pain. For decades I wished I could have a good cry and now it's friggin' Niagra Falls.

    I've been through therapy before but I never really grasped what the therapy was about. Now I understand why I was always asked 'how did that make you feel?' I never understood what therapists meant by 'processing'. I think I do now. Part of me always felt that therapy was a kind of a joke. How could getting in touch with emotions possibly do any good? It was like some sort of flaky Bob Newhart sitcom. But now I am in the thick of it much more intensely than I ever was with a therapist. I am looking into doing some mind body sessions using Skype with someone familiar with Dr. Sarnos' work. Both my wife and I are out of work and we have a son so we must weigh any decisions to spend money we don't have carefully.

    So for now I'm here with you all in this extraordinary little community. Thanks for listening.
  2. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    It is great that you are so willing to get in touch with your emotions. The fact that you had such a strong reaction shows that there have been past hurts that have contributed to your symptoms. Of course you also want to make sure that you are not too overwhelmed by getting in touch with these emotions. Does journaling make you feel depressed, anxious, frightened, or stressed? If so, then you may want to think about taking a different approach.

    One thing to keep in mind though is that you do not necessarily need to dig into your past all that much. You do not need to uncover the exact source of your anger and rage. It is much more important to understand how and why you repress emotions in the present. Steve Ozanich made a great post about this awhile back in the thread TMS Healing Mistakes I've made. Digging into your past, while it will give you new awareness, may create more stress and worry in you. When we are overwhelmed our stress response kicks in, and it is very easy to have our symptoms worsen. Taking a much calmer, present based approach, I find, is more helpful in recovering.

    I do think that seeing a therapist can be very helpful to people. There is a list of practitioners who will see people via Skype on our Find a TMS Doctor or Therapist.
  3. Paxalot

    Paxalot New Member

    I agree that my response may not be a good indicator. Like I said I've been in therapy before so I'm not crazy about reliving past traumas yet again. This time I am focusing more on drawing the line between my symptoms and my deep seated need to present the appearance of control. I will ease up on the intense journaling and 'think psychological' for the next week. There is not much point in driving my anxieties through the roof on top of everything else.

    I will re-read those links, thanks.

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