Is this Anticipatory Anxiety ??

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   Posted 2/8/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All
Im new on hear, past few months have lets just say have been a rollarcoaster of emotions for me.
Anyway cut a long story short, i have been diagnosed with anxiety and taking meds for it have never experienced anything like this before in my life.
I have been unable to go back to work since the New Year due to my anxiety and the fear of being in work and having an attack terrifies me and i just have not felt me if that makes sense ?
I have been having a lot of what ifs thoughts what if im like this forever ? what if im going crazy and this is not anxiety ? and the list goes on and on, and just some days i feel i could curl up in a ball and sleep this is the only time i get releif from the what if thoughts argghhhhhhhhh.
Anyway be great to chat to others who have experienced anything similar.

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   Posted 2/8/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yeah, definetly sounds like anticipatory anxiety to me. I have a chronic illness and I suffer alot with the what if's too. For example, what if I get sick and can't go to work, what if when I travel I get sick and ruin my husbands trip. Constant what if, what if. I take Xanax for it and saw a therapist. Now I am able to recognize it and stop it in its tracks with my Xanax. By the way I have lived with my illness for 33 years and just developed anxiety related to it about 2 years ago. What did they prescribe you for it?

Welcome to Healingwell by the way, we look forward to hearing more from you.

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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tibbi,
Do you use cbt or see a therapist?  I think what-if thoughts are pretty common with anxiety disorder, but I know that cbt has really helped me to deal with them.  Glad you found HW.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Nanners

They prescribed citlopram ( i think thats how its spelt) have been taking it for just over 3 weeks so still early days, i have an appt this Weds to see a counseller and decide where we will go from there, thanks for your replies i shall let you all know how it goes on weds.

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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, as a person who has anticipatory anxiety I would say your sx do fit the description of a person with anticipatory anxiety but I am not a professional, just a peer. :)

I am glad you have an appointment with a therapist.  Kudos to you for taking steps to get through the anxiety.
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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Tibbi, the what-ifs are very common with anxiety/panic attacks. They will determine your days and make attacks worse. Like Nanners said, you need to stop the what-ifs in their tracks before things escalate. Positive self talk helps tremendously.

Have you bought any books on anxiety disorder? There is a place here on this forum to purchase books. It helped me a lot to educate myself on this subject. You will discover that you are in control of these feelings. They may not go away forever, but you will learn that you can make them less frightening.
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   Posted 2/9/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tibbi :)

I think many of us go through this and you should be so proud that you have taken the steps towards your own recovery. In my honest opinion, the first ones are the hardest and most important steps! Congrats to you!

Take care and I hope everything works out great for you :)
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