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   Posted 5/14/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
It comes and it goes.  Last night was really bad.  Seems like I can be having a great day if I know things are good with the kids.  I encourage them to talk to me which they do but then when there are problems I stress out.  Is it normal when your anxiety is high to feel sweaty, heart racing, extremely irritable?  Also, do you feel like you are going to cry all the time?  I took a Xanax for the first time in a long time but it makes me so tired.  I am not sleeping at all which makes me feel like crying even more.  I just don't know how to get past it.  My doctor also feels I am depressed but not sure if that is really it.  I only feel this way when I am anxious.  Is this all normal with anxiety?

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   Posted 5/14/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Not sleeping ,crying and then stressed out ...its a vicious cycle suzy ,so don't panic.
feel sweaty,heart racing.irritable ..are all signs of it so take it slow,xanax will help you ,if you feel tired try to switch it.Talk to doc about it.

but extreme anger or irritability is sign of depression rather than anxiety or panic attack .

take 1 day at a time.Try to manage stress by controlling stressors ,i know its tough but you will learn it slowly .

keep posting .Don't feel alone.

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   Posted 5/14/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Suzy,

You have described my anxiety episodes to a T. I feel exactly like that and I don't know why. It just hits me and I have to work at bringing the anxiety down.  Today I am doing well and even had tests done at hospital this AM and no tears.  I talked and visited with the staff and came home and was not anxious about the tests.

So yes you are feeling anxiety.  Please use your meds and if they help you that is good.  It is very painful to be in a high anxiety state so  don't beat yourself up.  Anxiety is not fun and it is not something you can always just turn off.

I have depresssion too and I feel, IMHO, that the two go together.  Who wouldn't feel depressed if they were feeling anxious, crying and could not sleep.

Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you so keep posting, take your meds and think about some sort of therapy.  :-)

Do nice things just for you.  Pamper yourself and know I am here for you.


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   Posted 5/14/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi SuzyQ,

Yana is right, try to take this one day at a time. You could be depressed and have anxiety also. I do. Though my anxiety has gotten more under control.

Xanax works for me, what dose are you on? I use to take 1mg four times a day. Now I take .5mg twice a day. So that is a huge decrease. And I don't get anxious like I use to.

I wish you good luck and a wonderful day.

hugs, Karen
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi SuzyQ,
Like Kitt, you have described your anxiety attacks like mine.  I get to the point of panicking, raging, crying, etc.  I just don't know what to do with it except try to go with it and remind myself that there is nothing that can hurt me while these attacks happen.  Just keep reminding yourself of that. 
As Yana said, take things one day at a time, take the Xanax when you need adn if it continues to make you sleepy talk to your doc about it and maybe you can try something else that won't make you sleepy.  I take Valium - 10mg 4x day and it works very well for me.  But, like any other med, it may not work for you - it can take several tries with dosages and different meds to get the right one to work for you.
Thinking about therapy is a good idea, it very well might help you.  I wish you the best and keep posting to let us know how you are doing.  Remember, we all here know what you are going through and will help you to the best of our ability.
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the posts that Wen and Kitt have done abotu the meds
YOU may have to change meds ...........

As for not having anger and all with anxiety and panic I know I do .......

Crying has a good point as well about allergies.........

Geat input all IMHO

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   Posted 5/16/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   

SusieQ, yes, it is totally normal to have heart racing and sweating around anxiety, that's the adrenaline caused by the "fight or flight" reaction to anxiety (run or punch I call it!!).

If the xanax isn't working for you do try something new and talk it through with your doctor, there is no reason for you to be suffering like this.  Everyone else has given such good advice so I'll leave it at that.  I hope things improve for you.

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   Posted 5/19/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   

For me, anxiety manifests differently from what you describe, but the crying is right on the mark for my depression. Certainly, loss of sleep will make you feel emotionally weak and depressed too; I hope that has cleared up.

Is it possible that a smaller dose of your xanax will take the edge off your anxiety without making you so tired? That's something to ask your doc as well.

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