extreme anxiety, i feel so alone with this right now!!

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jazzy29
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   Posted 10/24/2008 3:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi every one,
I am feeling really bad today and it started last night at around 8pm. I just cant seem to get it out of my head that these feelings are just anxiety!! shakehead I find it hard to explain how i feel as it is just soo random. When i am at my worst i feel i need to be sectioned or something as the feelings are sooo terrifying. The bad thing for me is that this intense anxitey can last for hours and i think at that time that i should go back to GP but am scared that he will think me mad too!! I just cant win and feel trapped in my mind. I am also too fearful of taking meds as had a bad reaction a few weeks ago when being put on them so stopped taking them after 2 days. I think this is what triggered my extreme fear again.
I am seeing a counsellor again and she reassures me that i am just going through a very bad time at the moment and i am not turning mad!!
 
The one thing i do know is that when it passes(could take mins, hours or even a day) I do feel my normal self again so surely this means im not about to crack up??! Although at the time i feel i will never get better and that terrfies me. It is such a viscious circle and i just as i start to feel better for a few hours or days it hits me again!
 
Please help people and is this feeling shared by others When i am at my worst i would say on a scale its near enough 10/10!!
 
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badfish
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   Posted 10/24/2008 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jazzy

I had a bad reaction too my meds not so long ago I stopped taking them was fine for a week bt then the withdrawal syptoms kicked in. Stopping meds isn't somthing u shud do without consulting ur doctor first. It sounds like this is just a rough patch u need to get thru and then u'l be ok.

Try n do nethin to take your mind of anxiety i kno thts really hard todo wen things are really bad. I recommend a relaxing massage it helps me alot. Your definetly not going mad.

Also go to doc ask him for new meds if the meds u have aren't working properly. Most Meds take two weeks to fully work, and the side effects are worse wen u start taking thm i.e the first few days. If ur getting bad side effects only take half a pill for first few days then up it too ur normal dose. Like i said before i would really recommend going to ur GP sooner rather than later.

I would also recommend not getting drunk while ur worked up or in the first wk of taking new meds.

All the best

Badfish  smurf   


 


jazzy29
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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Badfish, thanks for your reply am really needing support and reassurance at the mo.
My partner is encouraging me to get to the GP today. But the prob is I have developed this fear of taking meds as i feel the side effects (which are reported) will make me go mad or something and I am so scared that i dare not take any!! Am not on any meds currently So I am in a no win situation it seems!

I will go though to see if he can reassure me at least! I dont drink alcohol so thats one thing i dont need to worry about!!

Many thanks

anxiousminds
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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jazzy. Good luck at the doctor today. Don't worry, you won't go mad. It can sure feel like it though, but you can't go mad. It's physically impossible. No one does. So you don't have to worry about that either.

stkitt
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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Jazzy,

Here are a few tips to get through the really bad anxiety. This is my favorite, I hope you see something in it that will help you.
Remember this:

It does not matter if you feel frightened, disorientated, dreamlike, or unsteady. These feelings are an exaggeration of the normal bodily reactions to stress.

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.  Take care and hugs to you.


 

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debaser
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   Posted 10/24/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, you're not going to go crazy from anxiety. It just doesn't happen so don't worry about that. You may indeed feel that way but you'll never have to be locked up or anything like that.

Meds...are you scared of the side effects? I'm the same way. Cannot take an SSRI. Can't take anything for allergies. Nothing but advil for migraines. BUT I have found that Clonazepam doesn't really have any side effects and has helped me a whole lot. There are upsides and downsides, so talk to your doctor but think about it. Pharmacology can actually be very helpful with anxiety.

In spite of the clonazepam, I still have my moments that feel much like you described (though typically not often and not as long at a time). When they occur I have three things that usually help: writing, photography, or playing music. It's my theory that it's the creative part of the brain going overboard, so when I engage it by doing something creative it tends to calm me down. You may find that doing something creative helps you, too.
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jazzy29
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   Posted 10/24/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, thanks that really helped me.
Just got back from docs and he gave me some meds to calm my heart down as he said that the palpitations I am getting is likely to make my anxiety even more enhanced!!
So as they are not psychological grugs i decided to take one about 10 mins ago and as soon as i swallowed i thought i felt funny!! nono   obvioisly anxiety!
He also gave me some diazepam to try if i do feel anxious but have not dared try that yet as i know i will create some problem with it. shakehead
 
I am also even reluctant to take stuff for headaches but as the GP and my partner said what is worse at the moment......how i am feeling or a chance to start to feel better. I know they are right but i wouldnt be an anxious person if i found it easy to take them.
Oh and yes he also confirmed i was not going mad and i can just about believe him !!!
 
Thanks guys you have really helped today
 
Hugs
 

Mazfire
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   Posted 10/24/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jazzy,
even though i am well medicated, the best thing for me to do in a really bad state of anxiety/panic is to control my breathing, and to get someone to distract me if possible. i also dont fight the panic anymore, i let it wash over me in huge, terrifying waves and i "ride" it out. once its over, the feeling of knowing that i can manage is the best.
im sorry you are having such a rough time and i totally sympathise.
all the best
Maz XX
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/24/2008 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jazzy
'Great input from all
I sure hope this does settle down for you and sooon

If you must take the meds then by all means do so
I know I have to at times



One other thing I do is relaxation and breathing techniques they help for sure

Keep us posted k

WE are here to help

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jazzy29
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   Posted 10/24/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi many thanks
I am feeling alot calmer now and to be honest pretty drained from all that anxietying! Its like a full body work out while being still!!
I got weighed at the docs and I had lost half a stone so i have been pretty busy worrying i guess.
I think i am going to do my pilates exercise dvd tomorrow to do some positive exercising.
Thanks for all your support am here for you guys too if need to talk.

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/24/2008 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
You are surely an asset to this forum
Jazzy
so plz do stay with us anf let us know how the pilates goes for you


........LYN
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jazzy29
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   Posted 10/24/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Ah thats great to hear, will keep in touch with my progress and be here to support others too.

Warm wishes

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