You may be experiencing anticipatory anxiety as you are thinking about the meds and worrying that something bad is going to happen. Remember you will be ok and yes I over think taking new meds too and every little twinge that feels different in my head I think it is probably the med.........the old "I knew this would not be good" thinking.
Common Anticipatory Anxiety Reactions include :
Feelings: anxious, fearful, angry, confused, hopeless, losing control, numb, sad, moody, irritable, guilty.
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.
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.
Stick with us and we will help you through. If you feel your med is the cause and it continues please recheck with your physician.
UC has an excellent idea and I agree Pharmacists are a wealth of info and are much more familiar with the interactions of the meds etc.
I hope today is better for you Julie.
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I am not a medical professional, any advice give is purely from personal experience.
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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
Rx: Abilify, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin LA, Rozerem, Valium
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So glad your having a better day. Another of my practices is to try to stay in the moment, don't worry about yesterday as it is history, and worrying about what will happen tomorrow only causes the anxiety to rise so stick with today and stay in the moment. When a "stinkin thinkin" thought enters your mind, let it flow right on out.
Make an effort to stay focused on what's happening now. What do you see, hear, and smell? How do you feel? Truly be 'present' in the moment! That will help you keep the anxiety down.
Hurray, I am so glad you are doing well on the med and I am very proud of you for coming here and sharing your fears with us. We care and now you are a great example of success, you made it through the anxiety.
Kudos and Hugs to you.Kitt