Co-Moderator Anxiety/Panic Disorders
Weekend Warrior Princess
Welcome to the Healing Well family, I am very happy for you that you found us. This is a great source of help and support as well as finding resources in which to help you. In the yellow box to the right is a list of resources that you may want to check out. We are a family here and care about each other - we support each other however possible - giving a shoulder for someone to cry on, lending that listening ear, give advice (non-medical of course), etc.
Now that you have found us, you most definitely won't be alone. Many of us here suffer with the same symptoms/problems that you do and can understand and relate to them. Anxiety can strike at any time of the day or night. I think that night tends to be the worst because it's usually it's quiet, we are winding down from the day and have more time to think/worry about things which can cause our anxiety to kick up a notch or two or get us into a full blown panic attack. Night time is usually worse for me.
I used to smoke but gave it up when I got pregnant with my second son. I stopped smoking the first time when I was pregnant with my first son, but then started again a few months after I had him. The second time I quit was when I was pregnant the 2nd time - this time I was able to give it for good. He is now almost 16, so it's been a long time since I've had a cigarette. Being pregnant was a great motivator for me to stop and I just never had the desire to start again after he was born. Not really sure why, but I'm not gonig to argue with it - LOL - I like being smoke free. Quitting is not an easy thing to do and you will quit when you are truly ready to do so.
Have you talked with your doctor about possibly trying a medication for the anxiety? It may help you. There are many good ones available, but you and your doctor will be the best ones to decide if this is a good option for you. Should you decide to talk to your doctor about this, make sure to ask lots of questions i.e. what are the side effects, how often to take them, how quickly does it work, etc. You need to get as much info as possible so that you can make the best possible decision. Because ultimately the final decision of whether or not you will take anything is your choice entirely. It's just a thought for you to consider.
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I am in no way a medical professional, any advice given is purely on an amateur level.
Please seek professional advice from your doctor.
Dx: Agoraphobia, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Essential Tremors, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S., Mitral Valve Prolapse, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Social Anxiety
Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Lunesta, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin ER, Valium
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I smoked for 20 years, until I quit in 2004, because I developed asthma. I could of kicked myself for letting it get to that point. I was hospitalized and the dr said, QUIT now or dont see your children's children. That was enough for me. I used the commit lozenges for 2 mos and havent smoked since.
The smoking, I thought, helped with the anxiety, but actually it made it ten times as bad. I found that out after I quit. Quitting is very important if you suffer from anxiety. Hope you find the right method. You will definitely feel better
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. We are all so pleased you found our site and you willl find any caring and supportive members.
Along with the health benefits that take place in your body, there are also several psychological benefits that occur from you quitting the habit of smoking. At first, several experience withdrawal symptoms, causing a craving for nicotine. However, if you can move past this, then there are benefits that will occur for you mentally. Feelings of freedom are one of the psychological benefits to stop smoking. A lowering of anxiety will also begin to occur. Many say that changes in their environment will occur, as well as a boost in self-esteem. Because of the addicting nature of cigarettes, it often causes one to feel powerless, lowering the self-esteem. When one quits smoking, there is a boost in power and control over their lives.Please work with your PCP as some people will do well on the patches and others may need a antianxiety med for a short time until their body adjusts.
I am so proud of you for making this choice..........what a great example you are for others.