Need Help, could it just be Anxiety? Feels like more then that

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Mike619er
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   Posted 11/28/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm 24 yrs old and have always thought I had just regular normal anxieties.  For example public speaking, being around big crowds, meeting new people, etc.  I've noticed somethings over the last year that's been kind of new for me I guess because of what's happened to me recently it made me look back and see what was changing.  Over the last year I've been a little more guarded, more sensitive, more irritable, and up until about 2 months ago I was actually sleeping a lot during the day and at night.  I'd get off work at 2 pm and sleep from like 3-6 have dinner watch a movie or play some games and then go back to bed and do it all over again the next day.  Would pretty much only go out on weekends and would drink pretty much your standard amount for a single 24 yr old guy.  Then all of a sudden something happened where I became extremely nervous and feeling guilty about things I've done in the past, and it's so stupid because when I think about them its just stupid little fights or arguments that have already been patched up but my mind just started racing.  For the first week this happened I would say my mind was going about 100000 mph, racing with all these negative thoughts and I was unable to focus on anything.  Lately that has calmed down but what hasn't changed is my physical ailments.  I've had this headache now located on the top and back of my head sometimes going down my neck, I have a tenseness in my jaw and throat muscles, my hands shake mildly and from time to time my legs will twitch.  I can't sleep for anymore then a 25 minute period, and it seems like everyday is just dragging on forever.  I've lost enjoyment in just about every activity I enjoyed doing, and the days for the last 2 months just seem to never end, not to mention the memory and forgetful problems I've been having.  I've had all bloodwork and cat scans done and nothing out of the ordinary popped up.  My primary doctor prescribed me seroquel saying that I could be bipolar or skizophrenic and told me to seek out a psychiatrist which I am currently doing, thank god so far he has ruled out both those possibilities and says its just generalized anxiety disorder.  I just cant keep getting it out of my head that maybe it's more then that and my primary doctor was right?
 
I was talking to a friend who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder and they said that their headaches come and go and it's not really constant, all of my symptoms have remained pretty constant over the last 2 months...  I'm currently on cymbalta for the last 9 days to try and help with the anxiety but it only seems to have stopped my shaking and twitching, still suffering from everything else.  And in the last week my left ear has began to twitch and when it does I get this cracklingn and popping sound in my left ear.  Was hoping that anyone reading this who had generalized anxiety disorder has had these symptoms or atleast had a headache that just didnt quit for this long.  Really getting worried that somethin serious is going on here.
 
Whatever the heck is going on, all I know is that it is impossible for me to relax and just enjoy anything.  My mind seems to always be somewhere else.  Anyone who has experienced this who would be able to shed some light on the situation it'd be greatly appreciated
 
~Mike

serafena
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   Posted 11/28/2009 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mike,

It definitely sounds like you definitely are suffering from major anxiety. You need to get that under control. It's good that you're seeing a pdoc now, and I think you can probably trust him on that. Give the cymbalta a bit more time.

As to the bipolar, there are very definite criteria you need to meet to be bipolar. If you don't trust your psych's opinion, or if the cymbalta makes you worse, not better, than I would seek out another pdoc's opinion.

Hope you feel better soon!

serafena
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Mike619er
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   Posted 11/29/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Yea I heard there is a certain criteria you have to meet to be considered bipolar it's just that I'm so completely down, sad, depressed, that I'm completely exhausted of any other kind of feelings.  I'm completely and utterly miserable, and completely irritable all day.  And the last day or two I've began to even shut down and withdraw from family members.  I want to talk to them but I feel like I'm burdening them with how weak and depressed I am.  I also feel like I'm not even myself, feel like I'm just dreaming sometimes and just like a robot doing everyday things that I have to do to just get through the day.  Someone told me that you don't have to have the extreme highs to be bipolar, and it's not that I want to be bipolar.  I just want answers as to why I'm feeling the way I feel if that makes any sense.
 
Also, my current therapist I only meet for 30 min a session, was wondering if that a normal amount of time?  I feel like I don't really accomplish much on every visit and my first therapist I was going to go see was an hour and a half session but they unfortunately didn't take my insurance so that was going to start getting pretty costly.  If anyone who has gone to a therapist that they have seen good results from can shed some light on that situation I'd appreciate it, or even better if someone in the NY area has a therapists name that they would recommend?  Willing to try and do just about anything to get out of this state I'm in.

serafena
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   Posted 11/29/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mike,

Depression is an option too. All three of these things are common together: anxiety, depression, mania, etc... So seeing a doc is critical to make sure you're being medicated appropriately.

I think the average for counseling sessions is around an hour. Mine sees me for 50 minutes. But I think if you feel like you need to see someone longer, or more frequently, you should look into it. I know how hard it is to motivate yourself to take care of yourself when you're not feeling good, but it's important.

serafena
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   Posted 11/30/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Definitely go see a PDoc.  My well-meaning GP diagnosed me with depression and GAD and put me on meds that only made me worse.  Please see a PDoc, they will be able to more finely tune in to what is actually going on with you and give you the appropriate meds to help you help yourself feel better.

Good luck and do not be too hard on yourself in the meantime.  All will be well, don't give up!

Gem smilewinkgrin


Mike619er
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   Posted 11/30/2009 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
What exactly is a PDoc?  Seing a Psychiatrist right now for 30 minute sessions and he keeps telling me its anxiety and depression but meanwhile it just doesn't seem to be getting better.  It's been 2 months now of not being able to get any REM sleep, Im only able to sleep for 15-30 min intervals at the most and feel anxious all the time, but at times I get extremely bad panic attacks.

Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/30/2009 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   

PDoc is a pschyatrist.  Sorry, I did not realize you were already seeing someone when I posted previously.  If you have been seeing this Dr. for a while and are not getting better or he is not helping you sleep via meds and you are really frustrated, go for a second opinion.  Maybe you and your Dr. are just not clicking or maybe your Dr. is on the right track, it is just going to take time.  Whatever the reason, I hope you find sleep and some serenity some. 

Gem


Mike619er
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   Posted 11/30/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I've only had two visits so far for 30 minutes a piece so I'm thinking I should give him a little more time to work on things, although I do feel like the half an hour is kind of limited.  Might ask him to double book me due to how bad my anxiety has been lately.  On the brighter side I guess I have seen marginal improvements?  It's so hard to tell sometimes to compare it to the other days.

Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/30/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   

I know what you mean Mike.  I guess some improvement is better than none.  I do have GAD on top of Bipolar Disorder I.  I remember having chest pains and shortness of breath really bad with my anxiety, and it would happen out of no where, nothin bad or stressfull going on.  Fortunately, my BP med has helped so much with my anxiety, that I hardly have those problems anymore and so glad for it.  Yes, give it some time, some Dr's are more aggressive in treatment than others.

I hope the rest of your day is as good as can be. turn

Gem


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   Posted 11/30/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Mike

I'm only seventeen but I was diagnosed with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) and major depression. A lot of what you were discribing was similar to what I was experiencing before I went overboard and actually had to go to the hospital.. but right before that happened I was just thinking everything I had ever done was sooo horrible.. and even though the things I did were probably bad choices, none of them were destructive towards others, just myself. I started to think everyone hated me and all this stupid stuff but anyways what I'm trying to say is you may have major depression? I'm not a doctor but everything you described really relates to my story. My doctor put me on a mood stabilizer which has really helped the depressive episodes.

Hope that help a little.

HILLARY

Mike619er
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   Posted 11/30/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I actually just went back to the therapist today and he upped my dosage on the cymbalta to 120mg and started me on ativan .5 mg twice a day so maybe I'll see some more improvement now?  Hoping for the best here cause I'm still kind of struggling.  I appreciate the help from everyone on here, also Hillary since you said you were diagnosed with GAD also and major depression, did you feel like you were acting any differently during your bad episode?  I feel like I'm anxious and talking a lot more and quickly sometimes instead of just being my regular laid back self.
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