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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: MEDITATION FOR ANXIETY ATTACKS
vertical line Posted on Mar.03.2007 @ 04:02PM EDT by Bethany21

Hello,

I am new to this page and have just begun my journey to leading a zen life. I have read on many sites that meditation will help get rid of anxiety attacks. Does anyone have any experience with this?  I have anxiety attacks often and am currently on medication for them but I still get them and my doctor keeps uping my dosage of medicine. I would like to live without medication. Can meditation really help?


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Reply from whatzen
Mar.03.2007
04:13PM EDT 
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Hi

Meditation has helped a lot of people. It helped me do away with a life-long depressive condition. What was key for me, and seems to be true for others as well, is to be consistant. Twice a day for twenty to thirty minutes each time seems to be a good routine.

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Reply from Bethany21
Mar.03.2007
04:16PM EDT 
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Hi

Meditation has helped a lot of people. It helped me do away with a life-long depressive condition. What was key for me, and seems to be true for others as well, is to be consistant. Twice a day for twenty to thirty minutes each time seems to be a good routine.

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......... Thanks for the advice I am also suffering from depression...do you take medication for your depression or did the meditation allow you to stop?
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Reply from whatzen
Mar.03.2007
04:21PM EDT 
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vertical line I was on Zoloft 12 years ago for about a year. It kind of helped as it got me off of the binge drinking. When I started meditating a couple of years ago I cold turkeyed from heavy drugs and haven't touched a medication since, street or pharmeceutical (except a few slips now and then). The deep meditation really did pull me through. I also practice pranayama with the deep meditation.
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Reply from whatzen
Mar.03.2007
04:27PM EDT 
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vertical line So the drug, drinking and depression problems have been basically dissolved by my meditation practice. I still have some cravings for the drugs and have slipped on occassion, but it is so dreary and heavy compared to my new-found state due to meditation that I haven't slipped much or for very long. The depression comes back very rarely and lasts for a day or two at most and is not as devastating as it was in the past.
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Reply from whatzen
Mar.03.2007
04:30PM EDT 
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I hope that helped.

Peace

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Reply from ______
Mar.04.2007
06:21AM EDT 
vertical line Hello

How do your 'anxiety attacks' manifest - what form does this anxiety take? Do you have insight into the cause of your anxiety?
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Reply from boymonk
Mar.04.2007
11:59AM EDT 
vertical line I've had panic attacks in the past – not fun! or rather like bullet to the head fun... better to chose the little death I think.
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Reply from Bethany21
Mar.04.2007
12:48PM EDT 
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Quote: "Hello

How do your 'anxiety attacks' manifest - what form does this anxiety take? Do you have insight into the cause of your anxiety?
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......... Hello Rustic my attacks started when I started counseling due to the fact that I was sexually assaulted as a child....but recently I have been having attacks for no known reason...they come out of no where and I don't know why?  It is really embarassing when I am in public.

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Reply from Woodsman
Mar.04.2007
02:17PM EDT 
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vertical line Read 'Lovingkindness' by Sharon Salzberg. Also, being able to confer with women as spiritual guides may grant a more complete sense of peace and trust through the introduction to meditation as a healing modality. 
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Reply from ______
Mar.04.2007
02:53PM EDT 
vertical line Bethany,
Anxiety and panic 'attacks' are cued by thoughts and environment. You probably know this as you have received counselling for a sexual assault you suffered in the past. I'm assuming that the counselling brought you face to face with those feelings and triggered physical symptoms of anxiety which contribute to depression. Subsequent attacks are cued by related thoughts and environment - hypersensitivity to these physical sensations increases the anxiety - racing heart beat, sweating, palpitations, dizziness, dry mouth, shaking, choking, nausea, fear, et al is the result.

There are many methods and strategies you can use to stop these thoughts from leading to an anxiety attack. In meditation, you will face those thoughts and feelings, so overall you need to be compassionate and kind with yourself.

When we are able to see that our wounds are not a source of shame or embarrassment, the way is open for them to become a source of healing.



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Reply from ______
Mar.05.2007
05:48AM EDT 
vertical line The truth of suffering is not an explanation.  Love is the meaning in the encounter between suffering and compassion.

Have a look at these websites:

buddhism.kalachakranet.org/depression.html

here-and-now.org/wwwArticles/open.html
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Reply from philln
Jul.16.2009
05:17AM EDT 
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vertical line People suffering from anxiety, panic, stress and depression should consult a specialist and only then should use the medicine, as there can be various reasons behind the disorder. Medicines used to cure such disorders are habit forming and should be used for small duration. As per my personal experience, I have used Xanax and it helped me in getting over my panic and anxiety disorder. You can have all necessary information about this on http://www.xanax-effects.com Along with medicine, the concerned person should take a break from his/her regular schedule, go out and take good sleep.
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Reply from IZIZIZ
Jul.16.2009
06:27AM EDT 
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What is wrong with panic, anxiety, depression or whatever experience you may be the user of ?

Dont you like certain experiences?

Do you hate them?

Do they make you angry?

Do you know hate??

Do you know anger??

What do you like???

Be careful not to descriminate.

 

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Reply from immortal 1
Jul.17.2009
05:44AM EDT 
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I have Dysthemic Disorder, mild depression due to an abusive childhood.  Ive had it since childhood.  75% of cases of Dysthemic Disorder go on to become Major Depression.  Mine hasnt, and I believe that is due to meditation, which I have been doing since about the age of 12.

Self-hypnosis could be a good tool for you to use also.  Give that a try.

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Reply from immortal 1
Jul.18.2009
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I have Dysthemic Disorder, mild depression due to an abusive childhood.  Ive had it since childhood.  75% of cases of Dysthemic Disorder go on to become Major Depression.  Mine hasnt, and I believe that is due to meditation, which I have been doing since about the age of 12.

Self-hypnosis could be a good tool for you to use also.  Give that a try.

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I did some reading and it appears that what I have is closer to Atypical Depression.  I really dont have a lot of interest in going places and doing things, and my bed is my favorite place to be. 

Id rather stay home and watch TV most of the time, but I do like to go out on Saturday nights to a casino, drinking, dancing, and doing a little gambling too. I enjoy that.   When I am off work I usually just eat, sleep, and watch TV. 

I get to work on time, do my job as well as I can, and go home.  As long as I can do that and pay the bills, that is the extent of my ambition.

Atypical Depression (AD) is a subtype of dysthymia and Major Depression characterized by mood reactivity — being able to experience improved mood in response to positive events. In contrast, sufferers of "melancholic" depression generally cannot experience positive moods, even when good things happen. Additionally, atypical depression is characterized by reversed vegetative symptoms, namely over-eating and over-sleeping.

Despite its name, "atypical" depression is actually the most common subtype of depression[1][2] — up to 40% of the depressed population may be classified as having atypical depression.  (Wikipedia).

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Reply from Woodsman
Jul.18.2009
02:03PM EDT 
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vertical line begin wherever you are, noting the good things as simple as a flag blowing in the breeze, birds in flights of liberation, or silence that comes once we have let go of fear, the past, anger, and enlightenment
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