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sarahbarah

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Basically I have always suffered from anxiety. I am on medication for that and OCD. A lot of my fears have to do with germs and contamination. I have emetophobia. With the current state of the world, this has been extremely difficult but manageable.

Recently, I have started having panic attacks and I'm not really sure what triggers them. They seem to happen out of nowhere and it's the most horrible thing in the world. They make me feel like I'm dying. I'm afraid to leave my house. I don't even want to leave my bed. That has become my "safe" place lately. I fractured my shoulder a couple of months ago and have been out of work and that seems to be when this started but I have no idea why. I wake up at night panicking. My mornings start off with a panic attack and then it seems to happen for the rest of the day. I don't want to be around anyone. I do have plans to call my dr but I just needed to talk to people who understand. It's very difficult for me to open up to people.
 

Siphonophorae

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Thanks for sharing, sarahbarah! I have heard that some people do seem to have random panic attacks and aren’t sure if there’s anything to be done about them. But some say that meditation (or medication, I guess) and de-stressing help your body to calm down. I don’t have panic attacks so I don’t have any first hand experience, but I can say others do recommend various ways just calming down and relaxing to the best of your ability.
 

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I would think germophobia in this pandemic would be unbearable. It's in the news daily. Good news is that Dr. Fauci thinks a vaccine will be ready by early next year.
 

Siphonophorae

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Early next year?!
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Better late than never I guess...
But still!!!!
 

RagingCalm

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Yes, my employer is making preparations to deal with COVID for the next 18 to 24 months. My church is currently planning to re-open for face-to-face gathering possibly in 2 years because we want to protect all of our members, especially the elderly ones.

I did hear about some hopeful news in Seattle a while back. I heard there was someone who volunteered to test a vaccine but I have no idea about the outcome or the current state.
 

Cuchculan

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Welcome to the forum. Always good to have a place to come were you can just write away. Lot of good members here. So help is always close at hand.
 
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