Is it anxiety or something else?

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Syn
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   Posted 8/9/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I'm new here and was wondering what you guys thought about something. I've read pages of posts here about anxiety and panic disorder and had a few questions.

For the past few months I've been having what I think is anxiety. For a week or two, I would wake up sweating and in a panic attack. My heart would race, I felt light headed, cold & hot at the same time, legs and arms would twitch and I'd feel all around jittery and nervous. Not to mention horrible tummy pains and frequent urination. It was really weird and extremely scary. Thankfully, it has not been that bad lately. I have not had any more panic attacks but I do feel worried/anxious most of the time. Sometimes it's really bad. I can't seem to calm down, meditating doesn't even work any more. I also have a short temper now. I'm easily upset & sad. I would not say I'm depressed at all but it sure feels like it. (the symptoms, not the sadness) I'm tired all the time. Fatigue-like, mind is just slow & it's hard to concentrate on anything. What really bothers me now is that I feel out of it all the time. It's hard to explain, but I feel automatic at times. Like I'm just there, not really aware of what I'm doing. Weird. I feel crazy just talking about it. I wish I knew of a better way to describe it. I have so many other family members who have anxiety and panic disorder (at least 7 people I know of in my mediate family) but I'm not sure if any of them is going through this "out of it" thing - I'm kind of scared to even ask. It worries me. Faces don't seem familiar to me, not even my own. (thats the scariest of them all.) I don't mean that I forget my family members, its just when I look at their faces.. I feel an overwhelming oddness, like I forget their face for a split second. Even when I look in the mirror. It's terrifying. Can anyone please tell me what is happening and if its anxiety or not.

I'm not on any meds at all & have not been diagnosed with anxiety. I'm a 23yo female who's suffered from OCD and Health Anxiety since I was four, literally. Any advice would be so appreciative.

Post Edited (Syn) : 8/9/2008 8:06:30 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 8/9/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Syn,

Welcome to HealingWell. What you describe could be anxiety and/or depression.  I think it would be wise of you to make an appointment with your PCP for a medical screening exam to see if there is a medical problem causing your sx.  If not then perhaps your PCP can make a dx for you to work with.

Now days there are so many options for people with anxiety and depression and therapy is often a good choice.

Keep on talking to us and know you are among friends here.

Many of us have the same sx as you do.  Anxiety can manifest itself in just about any sx or bodily response.

Take care and again a warm welcome.

Kitt


 

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Syn
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   Posted 8/9/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the welcoming and advice, skitt. I really appreciate it.

I feel a little dumb, but what is a PCP? I'm guessing it's some type of doctor? That's another problem of mine, I'm terrified of doctors. I know I NEED help, and I am defiantly pushing my self in that direction, it's just hard. Especially since I don't have the money nor insurance. I've gotten the courage to go to a health clinic (was cheap) but didn't get much help. They said they could give me Celexa (sp?) but I'm not found of meds so I'm still thinking about it.

Something else that I've wanted to talk about is.. the conflict between this anxiety and being spiritual. Deep inside, in my soul & my heart, I know that I'm fine and God is with me yet my body is going through all this hell and it literally feels like my spirit & body are in constant conflict. I guess rather my spirit and my MIND. This is hard to talk about and I have not told anyone (its so much easier to type and tell strangers) - I was just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this. :|

percycat
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   Posted 8/10/2008 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Syn,

Hello, and welcome! I'm so glad you've found us because this is a very supportive place.

I think the feelings of family and even yourself looking unfamiliar are called "dissociation." It is a common symptom of anxiety and is probably listed and described in our resources link at the top of the forum. Fortunately, I don't have that one (may have experienced it a little when younger).

I understand what you said about feeling conflicted about anxiety and having faith. Folks from fundamentalist traditions know the Bible reference that says we shouldn't worry, as God will take care of us. For some of us, though, this advice (or command, depending on your beliefs) is really hard to follow. I think it's because we all know we have to work in our lives to defeat the bad things that happen to us; that's an idea that pervades most faiths. And we're only human, so sometimes keeping up that fight is tiring or beyond our abilities. It doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong, in my opinion, or betraying your faith. It just means you're fighting something that's hard for you. What's important is the trying, IMHO.

percycat

Syn
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   Posted 8/11/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Dissociation, you say? Not sure exactly what that is and too scared to look it up. I will take your word for it - my worry is that it's been going on for over a month now and it's really terrifying. I feel like most of my anxiety has come from the way I'm feeling. I constantly feel really out of it and so I stress and worry about that and what is causing it, when will it stop, etc. How long does this go on for? And is there anything I can do to make it stop? Meds, herbs, anything. I've been praying and asking god for strength. I guess I'm just being impatient.

And lately, I'm SO tensed. I feel as though I can easily snap, even over small things so it's to the point where I'm afraid to even be around people. I have a fear of losing it or just going crazy because all the thoughts and emotions inside make me feel like it. :| I need something to calm my nerves. I just started a new diet - lots of protein & my daily value of omega-3s, lots of brain food along with all the other daily needed nutrients. I hope this will help! I feel too foggy, I hate it.

And the constant state of paranoia is horrible.

stkitt
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   Posted 8/11/2008 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Syn

PCP is Persoanl Care Physician or your Family Medical Physician.  The Physician you usually see.

Dissociation, or the feeling of being detached from the reality of one's body, can be categorized into two types: depersonalization and derealization. Depersonalization is highlighted by a sense of not knowing who you are, or of questioning long-held beliefs about who you are. In derealization, persons perceive reality in a grossly distorted way.

If you are having these sx, Syn, you should seek the advice of your Doctor as you may benefit greatly from therapy.

I know this is scary but you are brave.  Your God will never give you more then you  can handle but he does expect you  to work hard in handling your load. I know this to be true. :-)

Sincerely

KittGod Will Never Give Us More Than We Can Handle


 

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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
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percycat
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   Posted 8/11/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Syn,

For a lot of us, the anxiety feeds on itself. We feel certain symptoms - physical, mental, or emotional - and worry about what they might mean or how we'll deal with them if they continue. This leads to increased anxiety so increased symptoms. So what you're feeling is very common in people with anxiety. Some people fear they'll go crazy or have a physical illness or break down if they don't get relief. The good news is that what we fear hardly ever happens, but that's not much comfort when you're feeling you're at the end of your rope.

The paranoia or worrying about other people looking at us all the time or wanting to criticize or even hurt us emotionally or physically is really hard. I sometimes have a little success by reminding myself that most people don't notice me nearly so much as I think they do.

I know that there are some therapists who specialize in health anxiety. You might find some relief by lining up an appointment with someone. And if the first doctor or therapist doesn't help, it's okay to try someone different until you find a good fit.

percycat
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