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    Default What does your anxiety feel like?

    Starting this thread to take my mind off my feelings of panic right now. I had a stressful night but a very ordinay day. I have been feeling nervous and faint all afternoon. It feels like I need to vomit, pass out.. run away maybe.. just feel awful. My eyes are a bit blurry too. Seems crazy that this could be anxiety. Then I start doing the usual thing I do.. jump to a worst case scenario. So far I have thought maybe I don't have anxiety, maybe its a brain tumour or something else awful, and I have thought what happens if I actually pass out. The kids will be all alone with nobody to look after them until their dad gets home from nightshift. Crazy hey..

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    I don't think your crazy

    You sound very stressed?!

    Do u know why you are feeling this way? Anything troubling you ATM? Added stressors?

    I have suffered with depression and anxiety for years and years (currently comming to terms with the fact that I may need to take medication forever)

    If you feel like this often & for no reason, yes you may have anxiety.

    If you rarely feel like this & you have a 'reason/cause ' for feeling anxious then it is not an anxiety condition IYKWIM.

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    No I do have generalised anxiety. I have a counsellor but I never go and I have medication which is just diazepam which I HATE taking.. my doctor doesn't think I need antidepressants.. so as you can probably tell, I'm doing a great job staying in control of my anxiety. I find it comes and goes. Right now I'm extremely tired, my daughter has health worries and there's just a lot going on. What can I do to help myself feel better? Is there anything helpful? I think hot showers are good but I can't stay in there all night.

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    You poor thing. Anxiety is an awful thing - it plays tricks with your mind. It is very common to think you'll pass out/vomit/have a heart attack etc. The most common symptom I have is blurry vision where I can't focus my eyes. I even went to a specialist to do all these tests to rule out a brain tumour, so I can sympathize.

    Can you pinpoint why you might be feeling this way? Personally, I always feel a lot better talking to someone about what is going on. Even if I don't know what the problem is, I can usually get to the bottom of it by talking it out. Do you have someone you could call?

    I hope you start feeling better soon.

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    Thanks. Yes the first time I had an anxiety attack I told dp something was very wrong, and to call an ambulance because I thought I might be about to die! He was the one who first suggested I try a hot shower as he suspected it was anxiety. I don't have anyone I can talk to right now iykwim. Most people in my life have too much stress of their own. I try to distract myself but its basically inevitable that it will hit me eventually. I should probably go back to the doctor. I feel so silly though. I don't have any major reason why I feel stressed. There's just a whole bunch of niggly issues I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumMum View Post
    No I do have generalised anxiety. I have a counsellor but I never go and I have medication which is just diazepam which I HATE taking.. my doctor doesn't think I need antidepressants.. so as you can probably tell, I'm doing a great job staying in control of my anxiety. I find it comes and goes. Right now I'm extremely tired, my daughter has health worries and there's just a lot going on. What can I do to help myself feel better? Is there anything helpful? I think hot showers are good but I can't stay in there all night.

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    Why does your doctor think you don't need antidepressants?

    My depression & anxiety have always gone hand in hand and many depression medications (including the one I'm on now) have done so much more for me then anxiety medication.

    I do everything that's supposed to help these conditions (eatting very healthy/clean, exercise 4-6 times a week, meditation & counseling) and these things do 'help'.

    I think anyone with a MILD depression/anxiety condition could benefit from these things. But in my case, and Many others, (neurological) medication is still nessessery.

    Ask your Dr about St Johns wart. I'm currently giving it a go & so far I'm very happy with it. It's not a long term solution but it is 'over the counter' at your pharmacy, has little side effects compared to other medication & in my case works just aswell/better. Only down side is it pretty much conflicts with every other drug (exaggeration you can't take MANY other things (including the pill) while your on it.

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    I don't know why my gp doesn't prescribe anything else. He feels therapy will be of biggest benefit to me. I did take beta blockers at one time in the past but honestly they weren't as magical as I had hoped
    I don't take the pill or any medication so I could give st johns wart a try.
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    I definately know how you feel! I have had GAD for aslong as I can remember. I have alot of syptoms and because of the GAD I automatically think I have some terminal illness. I have made myself believe I've had just about every illness there is I often get a racing heart and heart palpitations where it feels like my heart skips a beat. My mind never stops and if i'm sitting there not thinking much (not often) I say to myself there has to be something i'm worried about. I always run to the worst possible senario whether its a trip to the doc and thinking he's going to tell me somethings wrong or everytime I ride my horse I think of what could happen, if I can't see my dd for a short period of time I think something bad has happened to her and so it goes on and on. I am currently taking Zoloft which has helped a bit. i don't talk to many ppl either as noone seems to truly understand and I just feel stupid. It's funny how you said you worry about something happening to youwhen your partner isn't home as I also do the same. In turn I then do become depressed I believe from exhaustion. Big Hugs, i'm sorry I can't offer you too much advice but the only thing thats helped me is zoloft, eating well and staying fit. That seems to make quite a difference.

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    The thing that helps me to pass through such periods are Claire Weeks books or mp3s. You can download them and listen whenever. Its very helpful for physical symptoms. Give it a go it was eye opening for me the first time. Beta blockers dont do anything for gad rather for stage fright, performance anx etc. try relaxing, yoga, walk on the beach and above all remember it always passes soon enough and its just yr mind playing tricks!


 

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