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JPE004
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   Posted 2/13/2013 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that I have posted about this "spacey feeling" before or the dream like state... but I cannot help but post it again because its what I am living at the moment and it really scares me! I feel like my anxiety has been less than what it was with the exception of my breathing issues and my fear of dying because of it. I have felt in the "dream like state" for about 4 days now with only occasional gaps of feeling "normal". I am starting to worry about it being a partial seizure but trying to reassure myself since I just recently had normal brain MRI and seen neurologist & mentioned feeling and he didn't feel it would be seizure related. Needing some help. What are others experiences? How do you put yourself into check when it happens? Thanks everyone!

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/13/2013 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Acceptance is key. Look at the things that you know to be true first of all.

Your doctor has run tests and says there is no need for concern, as no seizure activity was present. Also the MRI showned that your brain is structurally fine.:)

If you were suffering from a stroke, you would have more than the feeling of derealization (a common anxiety symptom!)...you would be having cognitive and physical problems that would be hard to ignore.

I have had this symptom from time to time myself, and I work to ignore it as much as possible. The more you can do that, the less it is going to bother you, and go away sooner.

I hope that you get some relief from this soon!

S.C.
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JPE004
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   Posted 2/13/2013 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks S.C.

I'm working to accept it.. as you know easier said than done. I'm really frusterated at the moment with my anxiety. I seem to have a day or two of minimal anxiety and start feeling great... then BAM a week of harsh severe anxiety. Seems like the "knot" is always in the pit of my stomach waiting to arise as an anxiety attack. Things are going great at home, work etc.. its just this darned anxiety is lingering!!!! My therapist is focusing on deep breathing which I am doing but I need better coping strategies or sayings to repeat to myself that I will believe. Hearing health related tragedies scares me as well... its all ME, ME, ME and MY health! I'm fine! I just need to believe it! I am in fear as if every second is my last and I am on heightened awareness of everything. I want to tune down about 100 notches... just not sure how exactly other then deep breathing and positive self talk...

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 2/13/2013 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
It takes time. I went through pretty much exactly what you describe in your post for awhile.

I dreaded even going to church, because there would always be a huge list of people with health problems on the prayer list...and I couldn't even bear to hear about them...because I automatically started to worry that it would/could happen to me or a family member...

I couldn't watch much t.v., or read many articles because they were triggers.

I can offer hope that it does get better however. After treatment in therapy, the fears started to have less of a hold on me.

I started to see those negative thoughts and feelings as merely symptoms of my anxiety that had to be dealt with...not as the doomsday harbingers of awful things that were coming my way!

You will start to notice a shift in your thinking and feelings as well. It takes some time to reverse...just as it took time to develop.  Hang in there!

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

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Avrielle
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   Posted 2/13/2013 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I can relate to what you're going through. I'm feeling incredibly spaced out right now as well from going down on one of my medications, and I've had the dream-like stuff happen at other times. It's scary, isn't it? :(

SC is absolutely right that trying to distract yourself is the best bet.

I just started DBT this week and a lot of what she said echoes some of the skills taught in DBT.

One of these is called radical acceptance, which is basically accepting things that you can't change at the moment. (Obviously this takes a ton of work and time to learn the skill!) Accepting it gives it less power over you. DBT also teaches a bunch of skills about distracting yourself and concentrating on other things to deal with this kind of thing.

I hope you feel better soon. All of the deep breathing and positive self talk will help in the end--again, like SC said it just takes time. :)

Av

JPE004
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   Posted 2/13/2013 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both so much for replys. I have been super busy at work and I notice that the feeling goes away when I am not thinking about it! :) I've really been working on my anxiety but the persistent symptoms seem to try and hold me back. I will overcome it, I have faith I will. Patience is key I know.... its just when it impacts you so dramatically patience is hard to have. You want a QUICK fix :) And I know without taking any medications its probably slower for me... rolleyes
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