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    Default Anxiety?

    My girl is almost two (full of beans & is very demanding), i own my own business (so work is constant), just moved to a new area, no friends with babies, and family certainly do not live close.

    Life is certainly pushing me to my limits. I feel I had managed it quite well previously, but mind you I was also enjoying the occasional drink and smoke. But now I am completely smoke free (almost 6 months, yay!), and drink rarely! My body and baby thank me everyday, (not that I ever smoked near her, in case you were wondering) but now my tolerance is much lower for frustrating situations, I worry I won't find other mums that understand me, I worry constantly about silly things, I am snappy, constantly tired, stressed, tense and my heart skips a beat or flutters occasionally when I am highly strung or even when I'm trying to rest. I am fairly fit and very active. But I do find I cannot keep still sometimes, and it's incredibly hard to relax.

    I am certain i have anxiety of some form and would like to see a GP. And I am curious if any others out there have experienced similar symptoms? And how do you or have you overcome this?

    I hope you can provide some informative perspectives for me, it would be nice not to feel so lonely!

    Thank you in advance. X

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    First of all ...second of all congrats on giving up smoking

    I had those symptoms and spoke to my GP. He checked my thyroid and that was fine and then believed me about how anxious and paranoid I become over nothing. He prescribed anti depressants but I didnt fill the prescription. I dont want to take pills for it...its just not me. Saying that, alot of people do take the pills and their quality of life improves dramatically. He also gave me a referral for a psychologist but I havent gone...though I do think that would be helpful.
    I found that writing things down helps me. I have a journal that I write in whenever I feel like things are getting too much. I still have the panic attacks over nothing but I just try ride them out till they pass.

    I think anxiety and stress are sooo common these days and you just need to find the right treatment for you. Speak with your GP and see what he/she says.

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    I spoke to my GP years ago when my panic attacks returned and finally did something about my anxiety. I should say though it was a hard thing to do. It just sort of happened, I was having a panic attack to drove to the doctors (dr's and hospitals are 'safe' places for me), by the time I got there the attack had subsided, but I decided I had to stay and actually do something about this, not just keep ignoring it. I have a real habit of taking on too much and when I start change I start to change everything - eg. I just don't take the easy way a lot of the time! At that point in time I had separated from my (now)XH a couple of months prior, quit my job to start my own business and was about to move house. I'd already had work burnout a few years before and didn't want to head there again.

    Anyhow, because it was on record that I'd had panic attacks in the past he could put me onto a medicare care plan which included subsidised psychologists visits and the GP clinic also ran a stress management course (2x1hr group sessions with lots of info). The psych was the best thing I did - it made me question what drives me to take on too much, to feel the need to overachieve and look at who was setting the standards for 'success' in my life.

    I now always work actively to manage my stress - the biggest thing is knowing when to say 'no' and not be pressured into things. In the moment or a stressful time I have to stop and ask myself "will stressing actually make any difference in this situation?", unless it's life-or-death where the adrenalin is actually required the answer is no!

    You Gp will be a good starting point but, from my own experience, if all they want to do is usher you out with a script, seek a second opinion for a more 'whole' approach.

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    First of all thank you ladies for your input and your advice.
    I suffered another panic attack this morning during my workout because I though DD was awake and this one was rather intense. I think now it has reached the point something has to be done about it.
    I am going to go to a GP as soon as I can get an appointment. I need to overcome this, before I become a nervous wreck.
    I have started a journal today also.
    Onwards and upwards...

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    Definitely take action - it is hard, especially as talking about/thinking about an attack can bring one on, but it is worth it! Good luck with your GP.

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    Yay for you quitting smoking! I am going on 2 years in June and feel so go for it!

    As for the anxiety, I have suffered with depressiona nd anxiety for 15 years. Most of the time is well managed with meds and I am fine. Whilst counseling and meds and doctors can help I am also a big beleiver in natural therapies. Would you consider anything along those lines to compliment medical treatment?Just another suggestion I found that accupunture, NLP and Kinesiology worked the best and things I practice regularly, so much so that I am studing to be a kinesiolologist myself! Anyway I hope you ok, panic attacks are very scary. Take care
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    2 years that's amazing work hun. Congratulations!

    In regards to alternative treatments, yes, almost certainly I would consider these treatments! But I wouldn't know were to start... :-/ is there any treatments that can be bulk billed?

    I too have suffered from severe depression for 10 years and have sought counseling with medication to control it. However, I am used to mild bouts of anxiety but this intense anxiety I have been having recently... It's strange, unfamiliar, long lasting and stressful.

    Thanks everyone for the advice and support! It's nice not to feel so alien. :-)

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    Well firstly, good on you for taking the step to seek out help! That in itself shows great strength and courage. I believe you have all the tools you need to start working on managing your anxieties!

    I cant exactly offer you any ideas or input as I am currently going through a dark phase myself with my major depression and anxiety, but I just wanted to say that you are inspiring me to also take action for mine.

    Good luck with your journey.

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    Thankyou you too, I hope the darkness passes quickly and you get all the support you need and deserve! If you need a vent don't hesitate to message me. Sometimes a stranger who understands your feelings is better than a friend who pretends.

    I think when you see that ugly side (which I have seen all too often lately) and your children see it too, it puts it really in perspective. My stupid anxiety has had a hold over me for way too long! The more I ignore it the stronger it gets hence the panic attacks.

    This isn't how life should be lived...well I don't want to live like this anymore, something has to give...


 

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