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dviflx
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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there everyone.

I've been suffering from "anxiety" or "panic" for about nearly 2 months now... and I'm just getting really sick of having to take valium in order to be able to rest/sleep without freaking out and getting weird physical symptoms... does anyone else get this? when I wake up in the morning, I feel really good... and I usually am pretty fine most of the day as well.. it's usually just about 10pm onward that I start feeling really anxious and start panicking.......... SO fed up with this!! I just want to be able to lay down and feel comfortable again, and enjoy going to bed!! not be feared by it!!! :(

Blessed08
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   Posted 6/4/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Dviflx,
I understand. I have had anxiety for almost 12 years now. And when I get a anxiety/panic attack it usually takes 2-3 months for me to be the same ole person again. Unlike you alot of times I wake up feeling horrible and as the day progresses I get somewhat better. But then when nighttime hits or when it starts getting dark outside I get panicked. So I usually trying to keep some lights on or turn the tv to some sort of comedy. That usually has helped me get to sleep. But you should probably continue taking the valium or at least until the doc says to stop. All my support
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dixibella
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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem, although I also experience it upon waking. My doctor explained it that when I am trying to relax (ie. at night when there are no more to-do lists or pressures of the day) then everything just hits me at once and since my guard is down and I'm not in "go mode" my anxiety kicks in. Its as if you were distracting yourself from the anxiety during the day then when you stop it regains your focus. I found that learning how to do deep breathing meditation where you don't allow yourself to focus on anything but your breathing... sounds easy but it takes some practice. This has really helped me to be able to set aside my anxiousness at night so I can truly get some down time.

Aries8
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   Posted 6/4/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Figure out what you're thinking around 10:00 pm every night. You may be worrying automatically that you're not going to get a good night's sleep. Start doing a relaxation technique as soon as you get into bed. If other thoughts pop into your head, just tell yourself, "no, not now". And go back to the relaxation. Eventually, you will sleep.

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Jibjab
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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
That is the worst, isn't it?  You've had a long day, want to get a good nights sleep and then it hits.  I started getting panic attacks about 2 months ago and they only occur when I am going to bed.  If I do manage to fall asleep, I am restless most of the night (or up half the night like I am now ;) ) .  I am just curious what physical symptoms you have?
 
Good Luck!

nellebutter
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   Posted 6/7/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Bedtime is the worst for me also. Sometimes when I feel myself dozing off I am startled (like when the phone rings and wakes you up) it is the worst feeling ever. Its like something or someone scares me and I feel it in my chest (that stertled feeling). I just get so scared that it will cause a heart attack or something. I mean to be scared out of your sleep is a terrible feeling I will take the chest pains over this feeling anyday.
This too shall pass...


mike79
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   Posted 6/7/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
dviflx said...
Hi there everyone.

I've been suffering from "anxiety" or "panic" for about nearly 2 months now... and I'm just getting really sick of having to take valium in order to be able to rest/sleep without freaking out and getting weird physical symptoms... does anyone else get this? when I wake up in the morning, I feel really good... and I usually am pretty fine most of the day as well.. it's usually just about 10pm onward that I start feeling really anxious and start panicking.......... SO fed up with this!! I just want to be able to lay down and feel comfortable again, and enjoy going to bed!! not be feared by it!!! :(


mike79
I know what you mean I've been battling anxiety for ten years now,my Dr. has me on xanax but find more addicting than affective sometimes,and at bed time I toss and turn,have racing thoughts of the past,present,and even future things that may happen. Thinking ''whys'' and ''what if's''. So for sleep aid I'm on seroquel sure it gets the job done,and it may for you too. But when it kicks in most of the time I get really hungry,and even though I should just lay in bed,I stumble impaired to get food... I also listen to music,soothing cd's, i bought at Barnes and Noble...also taking deep breathes in through the nose and out the mouth.....Hope you found this helpful and believe me your not the only one,hang in there, I know it's easier said than done

stkitt
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   Posted 6/8/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   

At one time I had huge anxiety attacks at bedtime and could not sleep without taking large doses of Ativan.  I have been through therapy and adusted AD meds and now I use 100 mg of Trazodone at bedtime and I fall asleep without problems...............

Have you ever been to counseling?

It may be something to consider.

Take care

Kitt


 

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dviflx
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   Posted 6/9/2009 2:37 AM (GMT -7)   
hey all, thank you so much for the responses... I haven't had a chance to log on since I wrote this thread!

This is my 6th or 7th day without Valium now :) :) seem to be keeping things under control too!

I even felt very anxious at dinner the other night with family and family friends, and felt as though I was going to really
need some Valium to be able to rest and sleep that night... but nope, I was able to work through it and fall asleep without any Valium!

Funny with all the advice you have shared with me, I have learned most of it in a matter of a few days! I would have to agree
with most of the advice from everyone's reply... :)

My physical symptoms are usually tingling sensation, brain zaps, twitches, cold sweats & being startled easily.... but I think I've been getting "normal" feelings confused with being "symptoms"... especially thoughts too... I remember normal thoughts being pretty much the same as the thoughts I have now, but now I panic about them and get all anxious??? weird huh!!?! guess it's just a part of anxiety & panic disorder. :|

Thanks again everyone for responding.... :) hope you are all doing well.
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