..persons/ideas/expectation that they HAVE to "please"
& yanno, Measure Up To Expectations & so on.
Insomnia, I'm not completely disagreeing with you/rubbishing the CBT & such idea(s), mind -- just thought I'd get that out there straight away, in case I offend BUT
There are some folk for whom the initial prospect of CBT, or certain other varieties of counselling/ intervention ( imo, particularly those which might have "group" components) , actually exacerbate the panic attacks and ratchets up the anxiety factor exponentially.
Smtms it's helpful to get the person -- even fairly young & even (older, imo)peds patients -- on a small dose of something that settles them down a bit & helps w/the panic, before they can think calmly enough to properly go into any CBT/counselling/group or w/e setting, without it actually causing sequential heightened panic
That's not everybody, of course. So believe me, I take your meaning and agree that if it can be managed a good CBT/p-doc & such is often the way forward.
Just that, for a few folk, they need to get themselves settled a bit first? Am I making sense at all?
BTW you haven't lived till you've had a panicking anxiety-attack-having kid kick you in the everywhere -- including face --whilst you're driving them to therapy appointment
Too much pressure apparently?
Everybody is a BIT diff, yeah. Not everything works for all of us, nor should it.
Finding what works for you might be a bit of a journey. IMO: It may help as said above, to do a Pros-n-Cons list/What's The Worst That Can Happen? agenda maybe; see if that settles your anxiety somewhat? If you feel able for it?
(But. Please. Break it down into manageable units...GOOD CBT DOES help with that, so do other things smtms
And pls keep the "WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN??" end of it w/in at least somewhat realistic boundaries, OK? BC I had a client & then later a fam member, who went waaaay out there in imagining all sortsa sci-fi/horrorshow stuff. Helped the panic/anxiety/doom-n-death obsessing not one whit, made it worse by miles. Poor thing.
So yeah. I've now done just exactly what Seventeen says I do.
Oh fukn wellz
Chyia (btw thank your stars that you can sleep! That's key.)