Worsening situation..plz suggest..is it GAD?

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Raiden_2008
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   Posted 9/5/2008 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

I am a 26 year old male and after seeing so many doctors I have come to the conclusion that I am suffering from GAD which resulted from overwhelming health worriness. Now for the last 4 months I have gotten rid of anxiety. Now I am worried about nothing.

However, I was taking pills to battle anxiety (although I dont have any!!!). I stopped taking pills but still I have been feeling drowsy for the last 3 days since I have stopped taking pills.

I have muscle and joint pain (mildest) which does not hamper me. But I feel drowsy during the day time and situation gets better at night. During the afternoon (1pm-4 pm) I feel so drowsy that I am compelled to go to bed. My eye lids feel very heavy and keep yawning constantly. But when I go to bed I just cant sleep. even when I am worried about nothing. My brain remains very active. Again in the night , I keep waking up and end up sleeping only 4-5 hours. Is this GAD? How long does it usually continue? Can anybody suggest? What is the difference between drowsiness and fatigue? Currently I am not working but I am about to start my job in about 5 days which is a city finance job and is of extremely pressuresome. I would be grateful if somebody could answer/shed some light on GAD+Drowsiness+Fatigue. How to tell whether I am fatigued or drowsy?


Raiden.

stkitt
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   Posted 9/5/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Raiden_2008

Welcome to HealingWell.  I have a couple of questions for clarification.  What did the physicians tell you they felt was the problem and what were the medications.

Generalized anxiety disorder occurs when you feel worried and stressed about many everyday events and activities. Often the things you are worried about are small or not important. This type of worry disrupts your life most days. Everyone gets worried or anxious sometimes, but people with generalized anxiety disorder experience more than normal everyday worries.

Many people who have generalized anxiety disorder have physical symptoms, such as headaches or being tired all the time.

You made the comment " I am about to start my job in about 5 days which is a city finance job and is of extremely pressuresome"  You may think you don't have anxiety but this statement causes me to suspect you have anxiety and are trying to ignore it instead of dealing with it head on.
 
Keep posting as you will find the members very wise and supportive.
 
Again Welcome
Kitt
 

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bigcc_1976
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   Posted 9/5/2008 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Raiden_2008,

I have experienced overwhelming health worries for the last 1.5 years.  I also work in a very stressful position, but I have no anxiety worries when I am working.  It is in the down time where I may be just sitting around where I get my anxiety. 

I also agree with Kitt that more information is needed.  There are several anti-anxiety meds that take several weeks to start working and make you drowsy.  When you stop taking them it may take several weeks for the drugs to get out of your system at which time even though you have stopped taking them you are drowsy.  However, it is very important that you stop taking the meds under supervision of your doctor.  It would be beneficial to know the type of meds you were on.

I also suspect that you do have some anxiety in your calm time, not working at the moment but have a job coming up. 

CC


Raiden_2008
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   Posted 9/6/2008 3:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Skitt and BigCC...I was on bromazepam for nearly 3 weeks 3 mg a day and escitalopram still on 5 mg a day. I thought of getting ready for the job and as bromazepam used to make me drowsy during day time (as I thought) I stopped taking it ..its been a week now I still feel drowsy during day time...the issue is this problem started when I was least worried in the last 2 years...::(..

Doctors diagnosed me having GAD, acute stress disorder, anxiety disorder etc (I guess all are synonymous)...

do you have any idea about how to get rid of this drowsiness during day time?

Can anyone tell me how to distinguish between drowsiness and fatigue? :(

stkitt
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   Posted 9/6/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

My best suggestion is to get up and move.  Get out of the house, go for walks, go visit your friends but just stay away from some where to lay down and give in to the drowsiness.  Don't drive a car if you drowwsy.

Be where the action is, a zoo, a ballgame.  Just don't give in to the feeling your want to go back to bed.

Take care and I hope this passes for you.

Kitt


 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 9/6/2008 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Raiden_2008,
 
GAD can make you feel exhausted, it is very, very draining, the best wat to work with it as Kitt said is to move ... It may seem like a cruel joke but exercise is one of the best tools against anxiety. You ask about the diffs between drowsiness and fatigue...a/p & GAD uses a great deal of adrenalin and often we feel depleted/exhausted after an episode.. Vitamin B can help with this if you don't want to take meds. Spinach/broccoli and those geen veggies help too.
 
Sounds boring, but be as nutrtious as you can, and if you still feel depleted, get a blood test. You may be deficient in something or needing a thyroid check. All the very best Take care
 
Meg
 
 
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