Welcome to HW, It does sound to me like you may have GAD, maybe even suffer from panic attacks, or at least very near to.
I am sorry that your family has had bad reactions to medications, but each of us are individual and what works for one person can be totally wrong for another, family or not.
As for your fear of being deemed "crazy" I wouldn't worry about that. So many people suffer from anxiety/panic these days it isn't something that is highly stigmatised anymore. Have you been to a doctor with your symptoms and concerns? They really are the best place to start. Just make sure you see someone who sin't going to demean you. If they do, leave and find another doctor.
I hope this has been of some help to you. Anxiety can be treated well through therapy, meds (if you decide) and lifestyle changes. Please let us know how you go, and again, welcome to HW.
Welcome!You've found a safe, caring , and reliable support community for people battling Anxiety and Panic.. We have many members here who will be glad to lend an ear, offer information, and provide support for people who need it.
Panic attacks are short times of intense fear and anxiety, which often include quick heartbeats, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness or stomach problems.
I would like to suggest that you see your PCP for a medical screening exam to make sure you do not have a medical reason for your symptoms.
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
• Taking a warm bath
• Going for walks
• Regular exercise that you are used to doing
Again a warm welcome to you and please keep posting as we are here to support you.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Definately get that thyroid checked out. It can make a world of difference to get on medication for that. I understand that you don't have health insurance, do you have any "free" clinics where you live? I'm fortunate that I can get most tests done for free, downside is I have to wait. Boo!
I've tried a lot of herbal types iof remedies, and yes they do work for general stress, but when the big ones hit I ned something stronger medicationwise. I think it is good to incorporate these things into our lives though. Keeps us balanced..or so they say
Please let us know how you go, we really support each other here.
Well here is anxiety at work for you. I am up at 4 AM on the site which is for me my own special therapy. I loved to be able to help others so here I am.
Yes, please do get the thyroid checked when you can. It is another possible cause for anxiety. Some anxiety can be good for us but to much is not. If you find your self being over whelmed here is another of my favorite suggestions and it does work.
Just because you have these sensations doesn't mean you are crazy. These feelings are just unpleasant and frightening, not dangerous. Nothing worse will happen to you.
Let your feelings come. . Don't run away from panic. When you feel panic build up, take a deep breath and as you breathe out, let go. Keep trying. Stay there almost as if you were floating in space. Don't fight the feeling of panic. Accept it; you can deal with it.
Try to make yourself as comfortable as possible without escaping. If you're on a street, lean against a post or a store wall. If you're at the cosmetics department of a store, find a quieter counter or corner. If you're in a boutique, tell the salesperson you don't feel well and want to sit for a while. Do not jump into a car and go home in fear.
Don't indulge in stinkin thinking, "Why can't I be normal ? Why does this have to happen to me?" Just accept what is happening to you. If you do this, what you fear most will not happen.
Think about what is really happening to your body at this moment. Do not think "Something terrible is going to happen. I must get out." Repeat to yourself "I am ok, I will not die or lose control."
Try to distract yourself from what is going on inside you. Look at your surroundings. See the other people around you. .They are with you, not against you.
When the panic subsides, let your body go loose, take a deep breath, and go on with your day. Remember, each time you cope with panic and anxiety, you reduce your fear.