Hey there, I am sorry you dealing with this problem but please read my anticipatory anxiety and see if it does not fit some of what your going through.
Common Anticipatory Anxiety Reactions include :
Feelings: anxious, fearful, angry, confused, hopeless, losing control, numb, sad, moody, irritable, guilty. (Losing control may be your feelings of thinking your going crazy)
Behaviors: withdrawal from others or activities, disrupted routines, startle reactions, easily crying
Cognitions: preoccupation with possibility of trauma, concentration difficulties, self-doubt, worry, indecisiveness, memory difficulties
Physical complaints: muscle tension, headaches, gastric distress, sleep and appetite changes, fatigue
Talking usually helps. Share your feelings with friends, family, on here are all good ways to work through the anxiety. Talk it out here. Also I hope you have a therapist. :)
Relaxation techniques: Try deep breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization (imagining peaceful scenes), and/or listening to soothing music.
Realistic self-talk: While we can't always control what happens to us, we can always control what we say to ourselves. It's important to keep things in perspective. Talk to yourself in reasonable ways. Ask yourself "how likely is my fear?" Remind yourself that you have coped before during other challenging times. Don't just dwell on the negative but consciously look for things you can appreciate every day.HugsKitt
I used to be sure that panic would send me crazy...in fact one counsellor had the nerve to say that anxiety is "crazy making" well I told her how that made me feel! I still feel that I'm a bit "odd" because of my anxiety/panic but I've learnt (over a fair few years) not to listen to all the little voices in my head (now that does make me sound crazy!!).
If you think you have a serious problem go and see a doctor, and try and stay away from mental health websites....i swear i can self diagnose a new disorder every couple of hours!!! Try and work through these fears day by day..i hope you're having a good nights rest and let us know how you feel tommorow..please vent at will sweetie!! It's tough xxxx
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 3/18/2008 7:19:09 AM (GMT-6)
Fixing typo's ..lol
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 3/24/2008 12:30:40 PM (GMT-6)
Living with this type of anxiety is so difficult because we can imagine and even convince ourselves that we have some dreaded disease. The more we research/read about them the easier it is to be convinced that we have some catastrophic illness. As others have said to you, try to stay away from medical or mental health sites - not all are credible. Even the ones that are credible can still do some harm because we are so good at self-diagnosing. I know it's hard to stay away from this stuff, but try to find other things on to do on the net - play games, read jokes, find stories, poems, etc. Lots of good things out there too. I know I haven't been much help with this, as I've really just reiterated what you have already been told, but I hope that something has helped. Keep posting any time - vent, ask questions, seek advice, etc. Someone is always here to try to help.
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