Hugs, BumMum. I have suffered with anxiety my whole life. It is awful. It's like a rollercoaster for me - it can be all over the place and sometimes very random. But not a day goes by where I don't have to work to manage it.
Mine got really bad last year after my Dad died. Everything just swallowed me up. I saw a psychologist and it helped so much. I highly recommend it. I am also on medication at the moment (I've been on it off and on over the years). This is the first time I've really felt like it's helped. I am on Lexapro. I hate the thought of taking it long term but it just may be a reality for me.
Big hugs. I understand that if you are fearful of GPs then it will be hard to see one but it might just be the key to helping you through this.
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19-06-2012 19:38 #21
20-06-2012 02:31 #22
I hear ya in every shape and form. I've suffered anxiety for years. I also get shocking heart palpatations (feels like my heart skips a beat) and I've noticed lately if I have a shocking day the palpatations go all night which in turn makes my anxiety worse as I think I'll have a heart attack or there is something wrong with my heart. My anxiety is quite wide spread but mainly on my health, always thinking there is something wrong with me just from a twinge. I also worry about my 3 yr old daughter's health and safety. In return I get extremely irritated (sometimes needlessly with my daughter and hubby) tired and cranky. I am now 21 weeks pregnant and I stopped Zoloft whhen I concieved but have had to start taking it again as it got out of control....again! I am now stressing about my pregnancy (been 100%normal) and the pending birth, thinking if I can even do it!!! I live on a cattle station too so i'm quite remote and 3 hrs from the hospital to add to it all. I feel slightly better as i've restarted the meds but it never truly leaves you....ever so I am just trying to find ways to control it, trying a who cares attitude to the silly thoughts that run through my head. I feel one of my greatest remedies is talking like how we are now, just knowing your not alone is sometimes enough to get you through. If you want to talk at all anymore please message me iif you think it'll help. Hang in there
20-06-2012 04:20 #23Senior Member
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Thanks everyone. I have completely failed at sleeping tonight. How on earth will I function today. I just could not turn off my brain. I'm breastfeeding and so worried that ill have to stop for medication
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20-06-2012 05:45 #24
Hey bum mum I have suffered anxiety most of my life and it hit hard when I had my 2nd baby! My suggestions would be the see a psychologist to help u change ur thought patterns and processes! U remember to breathe! When u are havin an anxiety attack because essentially when u are having racing heart, fast breathing etc ur body has a build up of CO2 so slow deep breaths can really help also journaling! After the "event" write down all your thoughts feelings and emotions (this will help pump the blood to your more rational side of the brain) but I recommend seein a psychologist to help u use these tools! Also there are medications out there that are safe for breast feeding you absolutely DO Not have to give it up! I researched it and found that setraline / Zoloft has been widely prescribed in BF mothers for around the last decade and little to no transfer rate of drug into the mothers breast milk!
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20-06-2012 07:56 #25
I agree Allycat, like I said I am pregnant and had to go back onto meds and the doc said Zoloft was very widely used for pregnancy and bfeeding.
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18-01-2013 07:27 #27
I also suffer from anxiety (GAD) & have been seeing a psychologist & I'm also on effexor but one thing I've found that has helped me immensely is the Bach flower spray rescue remedy - it really does help !!
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