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01 Mar 2004

Whats happening
Hi there,
I consider(ed) myself to be a sober minded female. About 7 years ago I started having panic attacks which were brought on due a traumatic experience. They've been non-existent for the last 3 years, until the last few months. My father passed away 3 weeks ago, and this week I feel as though I'm losing my mind. I constantly feel ill, although I dont always know where the pain is. And I constantly feel as though something bad is going to happen to me. Last night I woke my husband up to walk with me to the loo. Just been feeling so afraid lately. I also have constant dull heart pains, which used to accompany my panic attacks. Am I going mad? I'm at work and feel as though I just need to go home and sleep for a week.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear Far From crazy,
Well, you're surely not losing your mind, though it might feel like that. Your suffering from bereavement, which is a very painful experience and takes time to work through ; and you''re having a return of the panic attacks, which can be well and effectively treated by a psychiatrist. Grief is very painful and commonly includes the smptoms you describe, including the doomy feeling, and greater awareness of mortality, including perhaps a fear that you might die in the same way as your father. See a good shrink and work on this, as you could be feeling far metter and more positive than this. You are safe, even if you don't feel like this is so, just yet.
And I'm really pleased to see the excellent advice from two of our very best regulars !
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