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yana
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   Posted 5/2/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   
i feel like i am going crazy?i feel like losing it..can anxiety trigger panic attack? eyes
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Honey Bee
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   Posted 5/3/2008 2:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Yana

Sorry to hear you are feeling so bad at the moment, I am in the same place most days at the moment and today as well have struggled to try and feel 'normal' if you know what I mean. I really feel for you and please do not feel like you are going crazy, others I think before have said that you would not be aware of it if you were 'crazy'. Anxiety can trigger panic attacks for me, the more I get anxious the more panicky I become and it is v hard to slow down and stop that process happening. Please try and take some comfort (I know it is very hard) that you are not odd or the only one feeling this way, many of us do.

Can you/do you want to tell us a bit more about why you are feeling worse at the moment as I am sure you are aware the more stressful time you are going through the worse it is which is a real sickener and very ironic, just when you need to feel calm about things you have the anxiety to deal with as well. Have you always had periods like this, are you taking any meds for example. The people on here are wonderful and I am sure will be able to give you some good advice such as really trying to slow your breathing, distracting yourself by doing something else - I often do some housework which tends to help focus the mind on that and calm me a little, plus I am trying to come on here and post as that helps, but others will have other tactics to offer I am sure.

Take care

Honey Bee

mitcl74
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   Posted 5/3/2008 4:42 AM (GMT -7)   
that is a very common feeling w/ panic.  What i found helpful was researching my disorder (i have panic and ocd) and buying self help books and seeing a therapist.  By talking w/ us on this site and learning about what your anxiety is and how it affects your body can make it easier to get thru..  Trust me, feeling crazy is awful, but if you can say to yourself "this is a feeling of anxiety, i've gotten thru it before and  I will again" then you can see a light at the end of the tunnel and that can be helpful.
I can't put into words the horror I have felt from my ocd and panic.  In my very bad times, I have to keep my mind very busy to try to get past it, by thinking of a song or playing games on the computer.  I've even written emails to a fellow friend of mine w/ ocd while I'm having the awful attack and just sitting and typing can start to alleviate that feeling.
I'm sorry you are dealing with it.  It sux and I wish none of us ever had to feel that way.
Good Luck.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/3/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning my dear Yana
IMHO, yes anxiety can turn into full blown panic attack.

Signs of anxiety include restlessness, a lot of worrying about things that probably will not happen, and not being able to pay attention or remain focused on a task. Sometimes the stress can get extreme and lead to panic attacks.

Panic attacks are short times of intense fear and anxiety, which often include quick heartbeats, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness or stomach problems.

Some things that may help lower your stress are:

• Getting enough rest (at least 8 hours a day)

• Meditation (sitting quietly with your thoughts)

• Listening to gentle music

• Reading

• Massage

• Taking a warm bath

• Going for walks

• Regular exercise that you are used to doing

Coming here and writing about your feelings is a good way to put your feelings down in black and white and then trust the members to support you and offer you warm hugs to help you through this rough spot.

Take care and know we support you.
Kitt 

 


 
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yana
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   Posted 5/3/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thx honey,mitcl and kitt,
My anxiety keeps on increasing ,i need to book an appt with pcp soon.Will let you know how it goes.

hugs
yana
Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.
~Marian Wright Edelman~


I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
~Blaise Pascal~


percycat
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   Posted 5/3/2008 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Yana,

I'm sorry you're feeling so rough. That ascending spiral where your anxiety just seems to get worse and worse is so hard. I hope you can try out some of the suggestions here while you're waiting to get in to see your doctor, and that they give you some relief.

We're praying and pulling for you!

percycat

yana
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   Posted 5/3/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
pls keep me in your prayers!!thats so sweet of you.

hugs
Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.
~Marian Wright Edelman~


I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
~Blaise Pascal~


stkitt
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   Posted 5/3/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   

Yana,

So glad to hear you say you are going to make a appointment with your PCP. We are praying for you kiddo so you just keep on remembering you  have anxiety, it does not have you.
Hugs

Kitt


 
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic 
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


chriscars
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   Posted 5/4/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
  I am simply the Father of a daughter that has this problem too as well as my Ex who suffered with panic for years. My view is from arn outsider looking in and desperately seeking to help his little girls. I am so sorry that you feel horrible right now. I hate seeing my daughter go through those feelings and not really be able to help her. I first tried to get her mind off the feelings by doing something else with her or just sitting with her to reassure her. She would feel a little better at the time but not indefinitely. I tried something new the other night when she came into the kitchen and told me she wasn't "feeling well". I asked what she was thinking about and what her body was feeling that was causing her fear. This is hard to pinpoint, as you well know! She told me she felt her heart beating too strong and she saw a bruise on her leg that she didn't remember. She worried that she had internal bleeding. Now this sounds silly to a person who doesn't feel these thoughts but I have come to the realization that perception is reality. I know that she feels better when she e-mails others that have this problem or when she speaks to the counselor. So, I tried this...I listened to what se felt and told her about times that I felt that way. Sometimes it was to a lesser extent but, because I am a veteran of war, I know what anxiety and fear feel like! I let myself revisit some moments that I don't like to remember and I could better comunicate to her that way. We talked for hours and although I always want her to look at me as strong and a protector, I may be of more help to her that she knows that ALL people are scared and filled with uncontrolable anxiety at times. I guess what I am offering you is this...feel free to use our e-mail, as we check it several times a day. There is me, my wife and 5 kids that can offer all kinds of warm thoughts, prayer and hopefully some insight. Brenna (insomniac12) loves it when people talk to her about this. It makes her feel not so alone- you know?. :-)

stkitt
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   Posted 5/4/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Yana,
Hope your day is going well, just wanted to stop by to tell you I am thinking of you.  Remember to do something nice just for yourself today as it is so important to take care of you.

Stick with us my friend and I believe that the members are here and supporting you.  You are family, and family sticks together.

Hugs

Kitt



 
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic 
Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


chriscars
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   Posted 5/4/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey yana!,
I saw that my dad wrote you, and I know how you feel, at first I thought that I was completly alone, but then my mom told me me that she felt the exact same way.Or at least she used to before she got on prozac. Iv tried prozac and it hasent worked for me, well it did at first but a few days ago the fellings hit me like a train again. I have a doctors appoinment tomorrow to try somthing different but just knowing that its gonna get better helps push me through, I hope that it helps you too.

feel better,
brenna

yana
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   Posted 5/4/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi kitt-i am feeling better today ,did some gardening !thx for thinking abt me.luv ya.

hi brenna -thx for writing kind words,many thinks to your dad for kind words,
mary- don't take sam-e with anti depressants ,a friend told me.you are so nice,thx for writing .
my family is uplifting my spirits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(((((((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))))))))))
yana
Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night.
~Marian Wright Edelman~


I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
~Blaise Pascal~


percycat
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   Posted 5/4/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Yana,

We're all pulling for you. I'm glad you got out in the garden today. The fresh air and sunlight sure don't hurt, and the mental distraction is a plus too.

Be gentle with yourself, and if you feel your anxiety rising, try what ever technique helps you to let go of it best, rather than fighting it. For me, sometimes that's my inner self-talk - saying that I'll be okay and I can handle it - or going out for a walk to burn off some of that energy that the anxiety is using to feed itself.

And post for support or just to vent if you feel like it. There's always someone here to listen.

percycat

chriscars
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   Posted 5/4/2008 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I am praying for your dreams to be wonderful tonight. Angels are around you and you have but to look, listen and feal them to know that I am telling you the truth. Sleep well and know that my daughter, who was in severe anxiety when she came home from her Mom's, felt comfort from your words. You did someone a very good thing today! Thank you.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Yana,
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.........and I wish you lots of sunshine and a good day.
Let  us hear how you are hun.  We care for you.
Hugs
Kitt
 
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic 
Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


wen4003
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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Yana,
 
You got some great advice from everyone and I'm so glad you are doing better.  I apologize for not being here for this weekend, but because of a med reaction I couldn't be here.  Gardening is a great way to get rid of the anxiety as it takes you away from everything that is bothering you and you can take out your aggressions on the dirt - LOL.  Keep up the good work and keep posting to let us know how you are doing.  We here at HW care about you!
 
Take care,
Wen

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ickin
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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
oh honey i hear ya!!! I know exactly how you feel!! I have been experienceing anxiety for the past couple of years and am finally on the road to recovery thanks to a very patient and undestanding GP. I found myself stopping many times over the last two years and thinking "oh my god I am losing it, i am truly going mad, bring in the men in the white coats" It might sound like i am making jokes but that is truly how i felt! Well i have some good news! your not going mad you are just going through what thousands of people go though everyday. You are not alone and you will get through it. Even when you think you are at your wits end and you just can not go another day living like this trust me (i am speaking from exerience) you will find the strength and there is help out there you just have to reach out to the right people. You would not believe how much talking to someone who understands this condition and how much it can rule your life can help! Find a good GP or get a referral to a phsycologist and just talk and cry and vent. You need to just let it out. Trust me it will be like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You can recover from this without meds. The most improtant thing is to remember to laugh and i mean really laugh it truly is the best medicine. Keep smiling

Jen24
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   Posted 5/5/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
hi there I haven't been on the site for a while because I guess my anxiety and fears started to go away or atleast I thought i had it under control for a while, but I know its come back and full blown again, it's definately feels like the first time everytime you have a panic attack or stress comes into your life.
For me things were going good I still had the anxious feeling before starting work or getting on the bus, but I controlled them alot better than now.
I sit here wondering what and how it all started again, and well i believe its from stress, I started a new job and things were really looking good, until I had a horrible night out drinking, and ended up in a bad situation, and broke my ankle. Now I have been off work a month now and sitting home everyday, crying, feeling frusterated that i did what i did, I have tons of anxiety, and fearful thougths along with feeling a bit depressed. Then again the other night i went out with drinking came home in a really good mood, and then started freaking out on my boyfriend you didn't derserve it at all, and had a huge anger attack. And of course the next day major anxiety and depression and wondering why i do the things i do, and is it normal? The one thing i have realised is that i have to lay of the drinking for a while, and try and get back on track, but my question is how do you get over the guilt, and stop questioning if i am normal or not, because i have noticed that i have developed phobias that i never use to have and constantly have racing scary thoughts that make you think you are on the verge of losing it! , I read all these post and know that i am not alone but its so scary to constantley be obsorbed in what if thinking... and wondering if i am normal. I have read on this so many times but when you are going through so much anxiety and anxious thinking it so hard to convince yourself that you are not losing it and that i wont act out any of the fearful thoughts that i am having? Is this truly just anxiety? I just want to stop obsessing and worrying constantly about all the things I fear, I am currently reading Lucinda's book from panic to power! It's a great book but it just seems i'm not letting anything obsorb. Can anyone relate is stress triggering all this anxiety ? Thanks so much Jen
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