Hi, I'm a new user, and I was just wondering if I might have an anxiety disorder?
I was taking a quiz yesterday because I noticed a change in behavior over the past 6 months that was rather drastic. The quizzes that I found were on sites dealing with mental disorders and such, and I took a lot of their quizzes (or tests, rather). They all came up pretty much in the clear, except from one of their tests for GAD. I thought that maybe it was just them, but I took some other tests on other sites and they all pretty much told me the same thing: that I have moderate to severe anxiety symptoms, and that it is very likely that I will develop GAD or some other disorder sometime soon. I've been doing some research, and apparently the disorder might have started brewing in 2006, and recent events over the past 6 months probably triggered it and sped up its development. I have the following symptoms:
Muscle tension, aches, and soreness
Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep
Jumpiness and unsteadiness
Edginess and restlessness
Feelings of dread
Inability to relax
Fear of being rejected
“What if” fears about
situations far in the future
Perfectionism, excessive self-criticism, and fear of making mistakes
Being aware that they are stressing/panicking over trivial things, but unable to control it
I guess the reason I'm asking if this sounds like GAD or some other anxiety disorder is because it's not yet severe enough to interfere with my life, and it usually doesn't happen until I'm in an uncomfortable social situation, or I'm trying to sleep at night (or more accurately, in the morning). That's when the symptoms are triggered. In fact, last night, I had what I think was a panic attack. I just lied down in my bed, trying to sleep, and then I started crying for a reason that I'm not too sure of, and I started feeling nauseated. I tried taking deep breaths, but that didn't help much, so I figured it was something I ate. I went to the bathroom to see if I was going to throw up, but I didn't. And then when I got back into bed, I felt like I couldn't breathe even though I was still breathing. I'm not sure if this is "just a phase", or if it'll stop when things get better (I'm currently in a very stressful situation), but I do know that I haven't really gone to a therapist because I'm afraid of them, lol.
So, I apologize if this is a bit long-winded, and thank you for your answers in advance.
Post Edited (LiteralRuse) : 12/28/2009 10:24:26 PM (GMT-7)