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GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 8/11/2010 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I'm new to this board but I've been on the bipolar board for a while.
It seems like i've had anxiety symptoms for a bit now. Perhaps because Im depressed.
Like I'll be in the car worried about car crashes, falling off the road.. on a bike worried about falling off and hitting my head or leg, on the boat worried about sinking and falling overboard and accidents.
Or worrying about the future and the past and interview and grocery trips and all these little things that are so stupid!
Does this sound like GAD?


Anyway i just got put on Effexor for depression / fibro pain and hopefully it will do the trick for the anxieties as well.
If not i will be talking to Pdoc..

stkitt
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   Posted 8/12/2010 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning,
 
I would strongly suggest that you do seek out a P-doc to prescribe your medications.  I use to have my PCP order my meds but when he ran out of ideas he referred me to a P-doc and it has been so much better.  I am on Effexor which I started in May and it seems to be working after several adjustments in the dose.
 
I feel you may be experiencing anticipatory anxiety.

Anticipatory anxiety is where a person experiences increased levels of anxiety by thinking about an event or situation in the future. The worries you experience specifically focus on what you think might happen, often with catastrophic predictions about the event.

To begin treating anticipatory anxiety, we must be able to admit that we cannot predict the future. Any scenario we are able to imagine is nothing more than speculation and fabrication.

Picturing positive outcomes can significantly reduce apprehension, which can lead to increased levels of confidence and an overall elevation in mood.

When you find yourself wondering, "What if..." Stop! Take a deep breath; breathe in through the nose, hold the air in your lungs for a count of four, then slowly let the air out through the mouth. While you are doing this, consider the possibility that you are being unrealistic and irrational. Focus on positive or neutral outcomes.

 
 
~~Kitt~~
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GreenTeaHero
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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 8/12/2010 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks stkitt,
i do see a pdoc for meds and he prescribed the effexor.
and anticipatory anxiety sounds likely...
i will try your recommendations. its pretty weird for me though, for years i had NO problems with this and participated in outdoor sports like rock climbing and surfing, which are pretty strenuous and dangerous...

by the way i like your quote!!

stkitt
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   Posted 8/12/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,  I have had anticipatory anxiety for years as I always had stage fright before speaking to an audience as well as going through the "what if's"  I had this way before I was ever dx with Anxiety and Depression.
 
I wish you the very best and thanks for liking my quote. 
 
Gentle Hugs,
Kitt
~~Kitt~~
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