Helen S Writes:
For years now ‘No Panic’ has been a voice of sanity in the wilderness of despair surrounding the hell of living with Acute Anxiety/Post Traumatic Stress. Contrary to the promises of politicians regarding funding for organisations supporting those living with Anxiety ‘disorders’ of all kinds, thus far there has been little to see for those promises. PLEASE SUPPORT ‘NO PANIC’, YOU WILL BE UNDERSTOOD & NOT MADE TO FEEL LIKE A VOICE CRYING ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS.
I have been a member of No Panic for 11 years and I have been helped a lot from the helpliners, I have been on a telephone recovery group and had telephone mentoring which helped me a great deal. I have come a long way with the support from No Panic. My Anxiety and OCD are getting a lot better, I would say that I am a recovering anxiety sufferer and I have just completed the training to become a helpliner, I started my first shift on the help line in December, I am very proud at what I have achieved and my next big challenge is to learn to drive in January, that will be a big goal because I have got Cerebral Palsy, but I will not let my Disability stop me from doing it I will get there. It might take me a bit longer to do it, I am not going to put a time scale on it, a good thing about myself, I never give up, I am not going to start now.
I want to say a big thank you to Lynne for training me to become a help-liner; she has got a lot of patience. I want to thank Sandra for being my mentor and Shelia for helping me with my OCD on the recovery group. I have appreciated all the help that I have had from No Panic and I have made many big steps which I thought that I would never achieve – I have surprised myself. To No Panic thank you for helping me there is now light out of the end of that dark tunnel, even though it has been a long journey. Many thanks again.
May I take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to your fantastic organisation and your wonderful volunteers who have been so helpful to me in recent weeks.
Once again I thank you very much for the wonderful newsletter which I find tremendously helpful. Your charity has been a lifesaver for me as I have made pen-friends through it. I really wish your charity was publicised more generally as until I was introduced to it, I suffered for many years on and off, not really understanding it.
I would like to say a huge thank you to you and everyone else at No Panic for all the good work you do. Since joining No Panic 2 years ago, my life has changed completely, I can now go out on my own, shopping and I have even met a lovely, lovely man. I know this would not have happened if I had not joined No Panic. I have now got a life which for 11 years I just didn’t have. I am very, very grateful to you all. I do still have big problems with driving but I am working on that and I do keep trying. I think the most important thing I learned is not to be ashamed of this illness and that is all down to No Panic.
I just wanted to send you a short note to say thank you for all the hard work you are doing in helping us people out there who suffer from anxiety or phobias. It is much appreciated.
I would just like to say thank you to No panic for all your help. Since my attacks have lessened I am now at work full – time and enjoying life to the full again. I think it really helps knowing there are other people who suffer from the same harsh realities of life as you do. Thanks again and keep up the good work.
To everyone at No Panic, I would like to say a very big thank you for everything you have done for me. I was in a traumatic state when I first started phoning the helpline, I am not completely better but a very big improvement.
I would like to say a very big thank you to Tracy when I rang the helpline, and I have also had her as a group leader on the telephone recovery group for the past ten weeks she is excellent. Very confident and very experienced a very big thank you. You have got me where I am and helped me get my life back Tracy, thank you.
I have recently become a member and had the chance to read your members story “the light at the end of the tunnel”. I wanted to say that I have been suffering from panic attacks for a long while and always felt that I was not only the worst sufferer but the only one who felt so bad. His story has given me a lot of hope for even though it make take a long time to get over the panic attacks myself, I feel that I have taken the first step towards a better life by becoming a member of the group. Thank you to everyone who has helped me by writing.
Firstly I would like to thank No Panic for all the help and support you have given me through my Agoraphobia and Panic Attacks, I cannot thank you enough for the information and advice which has helped me to understand and cope better during my four months of illness.
This morning the suffering was a bit overwhelming so I turned to your helpline. What a godsend to speak with or more accurately blubber at Rita. In addition to listening she provided me with sound practical information and advice upon which I will act.
Thank you and your team for providing this service.
I write to thank your organisation and various helpliners for support, sound advice and patient counselling that I have received.
After a life time of suffering from phobias, anxiety attacks and occasional OCD everything spiralled out of control last December and I developed Agoraphobia and could not leave my house even to put rubbish out in the bin by my back door! I developed an irrational fear of sound, of all things, and kept checking that there was none around me.
In a few weeks, my life was out of control and I was fearful, anxious and depressed that I became suicidal, although I did not actually attempt to end my life. I thought about it constantly and I believe that I may well have killed myself in despair if it had not been for the help I got from your helpliners. I am also a great believer in the power of prayer and self-healing.
Jean in particular, (a help liner in London) cheered me up one bleak December Saturday morning and helped me to see the light at the end of the tunnel! I have trouble now recalling exactly how bad I felt but, I realise that despite feeling better now I must be vigilant as I am prone to stress. Jean reminded me that I must practice relaxation therapy and be aware if I am under strain, so as to avoid falling back again. God bless you all. Thanks to Jean and the other help-liners and to yourself at head office and all the staff. You are my good Samaritans.
I would like to say how much help I received from the telephone recovery group, led by Keith. We were six people all very different, but every week I looked forward to this hour, with other problems to talk about. We are continuing with a befriending group which has only just begun and I would tell everyone to try a recovery group. It may not bring complete recovery, but just to talk is good.
I thought I would take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone at No Panic. Firstly for the recovery group which I feel gave me my life back. That may sound dramatic but I’m now able to go out alone and even think nothing of walking into town on a Saturday afternoon and treating myself to coffee in the local café where I am now on very friendly terms with all the staff. Considering that only 5 years ago I was unable to get dressed, answer the door or answer the phone let alone get to know strangers I feel my recovery has been quite remarkable.
Secondly I want to thank No Panic for training me as a help-liner. For the first time I feel I’m doing something worthwhile with my life and it’s something I wanted to do not something I’ve done to please someone else. I’m looking forward to completing my first 6 months so that I can train as a telephone recovery group leader.
I would just like to say a thank you to No Panic for all your help. Since my attacks have lessened I am now at work full time and enjoying life to the full again. I think it really helps knowing there are other people who suffer from the same harsh realities of life as you do. Thanks again and keep up the good work.
I have been a member of No Panic for over 2 years and the mere knowledge that the organisation exists somewhere has helped me with my problems, which always seem worse than everyone else’s.
I have been a member of No Panic for 4 years although I’ve suffered a general anxiety disorder for many years in one form or another. It’s an illness that we’ve got to accept together and its groups like No Panic which helps us to realize that were not alone in our suffering. We all worry about being socially acceptable, the thoughts of being criticised or being made to look silly in public frightens many of us out of all proportion. Our minds then focus on this weakness sending us into a state of panic with so many depleting effects, I.e. panic attacks, sleepless nights, physical reaction, etc.
I would just like to express my thanks through the newsletter, to all the helpliners who have helped me to recover throughout this year. I started suffering severe anxiety in March, but discovered No Panic early, and have received so much support, understanding and good advice since that time. At my worst I was calling several times day, but some of the helpliners were so wonderful that I will never forget what they said to me. Along with a greater understanding of anxiety, the main thing they gave me was hope that I could recover and the reassurance that I had the strength to do so, even while I found it hard to believe that I could ever be well again.
I still haven’t recovered completely, and am always aware that I need to keep practising the skills of relaxation and positive thinking that I’ve learned from No Panic. The recovery group was also wonderful. Thanks to Lynne and my fellow group members for such a memorable and positive learning experience and thank you to No Panic without whom I can’t imagine how I would ever have recovered this much.