Good Morning Gem,
I am sorry to hear you were feeling good and then whammy, yes that happens to me way to often and it has taken a lot of practice to learn how to pull out of the anxiety spiral as well as to accept that I am a person with anxiety.
When looking at the topic of anxiety there are a couple of terms known as Specific and Non-Specific Anxiety.
In the majority of cases of clinical anxiety, the fearful feelings are fixated on a specific threat: an identifiable person, activity, event, or circumstance. This type of anxiety is therefore known as "specific anxiety." The phobias would fall into this type of anxiety.
On the other hand, non-specific anxiety -- fears that are not easily attributed to any particular source or trigger -- are often more disturbing and more difficult to manage clinically. This type of anxiety is called "free-floating anxiety" when the anxious feelings occur spontaneously and without any apparent cause.
I believe that I have more non-specific anxiety as I will have days where I just burst into tears of anxiety and cannot identify why I am feeling so anxious. One of the things that helps me to pull back from the anxiety is music. Listening to music which is soothing will help to redirect your immediate thoughts away from any anxiety you feel. The calmer the music the more effective it will be towards soothing your emotions. Even if you are a hard rock or rap fan you will still appreciate and benefit from this type of music.
Take care and remember to keep on moving forward, one babystep at a time.
Thanks for the info Kitt. I am the "free-floating" variety. Everything can be fine than Wham! I recently had a med increase that I think was a little too much, I may just be adjusting to the new dose. I was taking 15 mg a day and Dr. told me to go to 30mg. I did for a couple of days and started having side effects that I had not had with this med, so I backed down to 15 mg and am going to go up a little more slowly. I know meds are not the complete answer, but I do eat well, try to get enough sleep, exercise, hold down a job - though some days I do not even feel capable of that, I fake it. Some days it is just so hard and some days so easy, no in-between. Thanks for writing me back, I need to follow my own advice today and know that tomorrow will be better.
You are talking to one of the world's best fakers.............for 23 years I never told a soul I worked with that I had anxiety and depression. When I went to retire due to escalation in my Depression, Anxiety and a major melt down no one would believe me when I admitted that I had Depression and needed to decrease the stress in my life.
Some just laughed and said " Oh yeah right, You have depression "
I took my benzo med everyday before leaving for work. I also went through therapy several times and I am back in therapy now as I felt I needed a boost.
I know where you are coming from and what you are going through.