Waking Early w/ Heart Palpitations & Worry

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IWillBbetter
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   Posted 3/12/2012 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Since Christmas I have been waking up around 5 AM with my heart beating fast and anything that I can be worried about will start going through my mind. It's very odd because it's almost always the same hour. When we advanced the clocks forward an hour this weekend I woke up and the clock said 5:24 AM which means it was 4:24. I find it bizarre that I self adjusted to the time so that I would wake up at 5! So strange. I'm exhausted from this type of panic/anxiety. I am facing an interstate move in 3 weeks and a great deal goes along with that. I know, somehow, that the move is part of this anxiety issue and am terrified to be in a new place feeling like this. My husband will be working out of state and be home
3 nights a week. I was fine with this but suddenly this panic has hit.

Needless to say, I am so tired. I don't sleep during the day so I'll sleep at night. This is so upsetting to me. I'm the most anxious I have been in 8 or 9 years. (I'm new here so hope I'm doing this new posting thing correctly.)

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/12/2012 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome!

Yes you are doing fine with the posting, and great job on introducing yourself and letting us know a little about your situation!

What in the past have you done to help get relief from your anxiety? Has any therapy or medication helped? Are you currently doing either?

Many of us here can sympathize with what you are going through. Anxiety can certainly disrupt your sleep and cause those physical sensations...we have several threads on both subjects!

If you are not currently being treated, I can suggest a few things...you can make an appointment with your doctor and ask for a referral for therapy. With all of the changes coming your way soon, it might be a good idea to talk about your worries and apprehensions.

You may also want to talk about some medication, to get you through this tough time. You may opt to look into self-help methods, and we have a great Anxiety Resource Guide (main A/P page, 2nd post) There are lots of good sites to help you with the issues you are facing.

For now, I'll share my favorite tip for when I wake up scared/heart and mind racing...I repeat this mantra:

'I am okay, it is only fear making me feel this way!'

I keep telling myself this while I breath slow and deep, until I can calm down and fall back asleep.

I hope that this gives you a place to start...keep posting with us, we are here to help and support you!

Talk to you soon,
Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

IWillBbetter
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   Posted 3/12/2012 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scaredy Cat. Thanks for your reply. In the past I had gone to therapy and was put on Xanax as well as having tried many of the SSRI's. None of them agreed with me. My psych finally put me on Wellbutrin and I was doing very well with the combo of Wellbutrin and Xanax. When we moved down to the Mid-Atlantic for my DH's new job, I did extremely well but did have to take the meds. I did everything. Joined a newcomer's group, eventually was president of it, did public speaking, hosted socials at our home and helped my mother navigate the medical system here (she moved with us). about a year and a half ago I began having some health problems. One required surgery which led to another condition which has been troubling and caused me lots of anxiety. Slowly I could feel the anxiety building.
Now I have gone through quite a number of medical tests and with each test, my anxiety increased until I was reduced to tears anytime I had to go to another appointment. Scared the heck out of myself. I had gone back to therapy 1 1/2 years ago-oddly enough to try to understand why I was gaining weight. Now, I can barely eat anything! My therapist is a psychiatrist so she has been trying different meds to help me but my body is extremely sensitive to medications and I have not had a good run. Currently I'm taking Xanax and Klonopin but today she added Seroquel because of these night time wakings. Tiny dose-taking a pill and cutting it into 4 and just taking 1/4. I'm afraid to take it tonight but I'm desperate to get myself through this move.

To be honest, I don't remember how I stabilized from anxiety all those years ago. I think I just persevered but what I'm feeling now is magnified. It's a constant anxiety and feeling of dis-ease. I'm never comfortable and am worried all of the time. I keep telling myself that I'm under a great deal of stress and thus the uptake of the anxiety. I have fibromyalgia as well but I am used to it and push through whatever it sends my way. Truly, I'm very upset that this has come back so violently. It's consuming my days.

Hopefully, chatting with others here and reaching out to help someone else as well might make a difference as I get through the stages that an interstate move entails. It's HUGE.

Thanks again! I really appreciate the feedback.

IWillBbetter
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   Posted 3/12/2012 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, how did the CBT help you? My psych has suggested that I find someone who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy once we move.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/12/2012 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
CBT actually teaches you how to combat the negative/scary thoughts that feed into anxiety. In turn, you learn ocnstructive and positive ways to look at situations, ways of talking to yourself, and perceiving things.

There is a lot of homework involved. For instance, if you have a persistent thought that is causing you fear, then you may get a worksheet that has you analyzing the probability of it coming true...ie, writing down the likeliness of this thought on a scale of 1-10...ect. This is powerful, because you can see this logically on paper, instead of it just being this all consuming scary monster-thought in your head! In our Resource Guide, there are some CBT download-able worksheets that you can check out, to get an idea...or head start.:)

Yes, definitely keep posting with us...it does help to have peer support! We are all here for each other, and we are always glad to welcome more members, so stick around!

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

IWillBbetter
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   Posted 3/14/2012 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply. I will keep this in mind when looking for a therapist when we move.

Unfortunately, the seroquil worked for me for one night and then last night-didn't work! I truly don't understand. Doctor prescribed a tiny dose to help me sleep through anxiety at night and from the effects I had the 1st night I was sure it would work again. Not so. I'm so upset. This move, the anxiety about having my physical next week and finding new doctors has really sent me into a spin. I have no idea what to do next or try next. I'm exhausted.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 3/14/2012 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry that you had a bad night and that the Seroquel did not do its job. I would keep trying with it, unless your doctor has given you the okay to stop.

If it is taken 'off label' for sleep...I don't know if you can just stop taking it or not...I would always check with the doctor on how to discontue a med, if that is what you are leaning towards...

Maybe if you decide to stop, and your doctor clears it, you could try Melatonin? It is a natural suppliment that is a sleep aid, and works well for many people. Your body naturally makes it anyway, taking it as a suppliment just adds to your body's natural ability to fall asleep.

I hope that you can get the problem resolved and sleep better soon!

S.C.
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

rrrich7 aka display
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   Posted 3/15/2012 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear IWillBBetter,

I too am getting ready for a move - fortunately for me, it's in the same city, but it's happening because i lost my job and couldn't sign a new lease.

I am most interested in talking with you about anxieties around moving. Please feel free to post again and talk about that, it will probably help me immensely.

Thanks,
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IWillBbetter
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   Posted 3/15/2012 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks SC. It worked for some reason last night. I will take it again tonight and see how it goes. I got some sleep but I'm very anxious today. I will be until I have my physical next week. The moving has me going in circles. It's just a very tough time right now.

IWillBbetter
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   Posted 3/15/2012 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Display, moving is very stressful no matter where you are moving to. The packing, the getting ready of the new place to live. It's all a big mess. I can truly understand why you are stressing. In my case it's leaving my husband here to continue working while I am back in our home state. My mother lives with us & she's 85 so I'll have concerns about her as well, however, we're moving back to our home state and my son and d-i-l live one hour away and my brother lives about 45 minutes away. We also have life long friends who live one town over. All my family lives in that state and every friend I have ever had is there still so that's a plus. Seeing my husband only 3 nights a week-not so good but it will have to do for now.

I'm so sorry that you lost your job. Moving is tough enough but you must have extra anxiety over the job situation. How are you coping with that? As for moving, are you very connected to your neighborhood now? Friends/shops/etc? Maybe if you talk a little about what concerns you about the move, it would be helpful. I'll look forward to your response. How soon are you moving? I think I leave here on April 2nd. Getting very close!

rrrich7 aka display
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   Posted 3/15/2012 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi IWillB,

On one level, when I think about it, there is really not that much to worry about in terms of a move. Some fears I have - what will happen if I forget to pack something, or what will happen if the movers don't come the day they are supposed to - seem a bit silly. I have a pretty good ability to cope, and have gotten through some pretty hard times.

I know it's helpful to talk about fears (which is what I do here) and I encourage you to do that here. I will do the same.

Thanks for listening,
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