Everyday symptoms of anxiety please respond...

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   Posted 12/9/2006 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
So I've researched this whole anxiety/depression fiasco that I have developed over the last few months, and there isn't much on the everyday feelings/symptoms of us anxiety/depression sufferers, so I was hoping you guys could fill me in and hopefully make me feel more normal.(If there is such a thing).  So give me your everyday feelings, how do you feel everyday even when you aren't (or at least don't think) you are anxious.
For me:
* Most days it looks as though everything is a little blurry but I can see fine (Like I have been on a computer for a couple of hours before hand).
* I am short of breath almost all the time, but when I don't think about it it seems to go away, which makes me think it is nothing serious just anxiety/depression.
* I get sudden feelings of lightheadedness and a warm feeling in my head that lasts just a few seconds.
* I also feel as though any little stress puts me over the edge, I avoid any extra work (which is so not like me) and I just want to get out of anything I am doing.
* I can't pay attention to anything anybody is telling me, when people talk I am always thinking about other things.
And I know there is plenty more but I can't think of them right now.
So please give it to me, let me know how you feel when you are not anxious when your heart isn't racing. 

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   Posted 12/9/2006 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem....I tend to just zone out and am not there when ppl are talking to me ... hehe

My vision seems blurry too at times... it was really bad last night... I thought I needed to get an eye exam.

I get the lightheadedness too and the shortness of breath where I feel I can't breathe or am not breathing at all and then I feel faint... eek....

Any BIT of stress sends me over the edge too.. either into a fit of anger or panic...

How I feel when I'm not anxious...... peaceful.. content.... and wanting to do things I enjoy ....

When anxious or panicky.. I want nothing to do with the world.. I want to escape...

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   Posted 12/9/2006 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
i get all those things too plus LOTS more!!
i notice that i get stressed out way too easily.

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/9/2006 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
i too get all of those feelings .......... i even get a little manic i guess you would say. i want to talk ALOT and i just go, go , go all the time. yesterday i was up for almost 24 hours. i only liked 3 hours being 24. and all of these feelings are i guess what is normal for those like us.

God bless you all

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   Posted 12/9/2006 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I started a thread like this once, but it didn't get much of a response. I don't know if it was this forum or not, though; when I started looking for a "support group" I started posting to two different forums and settled upon this one. An any even, I'll respond with what a typical day is like for me, but everything I try to write today is horribly disorganized. Bear with me.

Sometimes I have a dizzy feeling and/or a "weird vision thing". Things aren't blurry, exactly, but it's like there's a big, opaque gray cloud that starts hovering in my eyes. Ninety percent of the time it's only in one eye, at least, so I can still function if I close the afflicted eye. It's very rare that it occurs in both eyes, but it's really strange when it does because I might as well be blind. Anyway, it only lasts a few minutes and then it'll go away as suddenly as it came. I've always understood it to be an ocular migraine, although it's never been officially diagnosed. I was quite worried about it when it first started happening, I had some things checked out and they didn't figure out what it was before I got sick of going to the doctor. I guess if it were serious I would've been dead a long time ago...haha.

Now and then I'll experience chest pain. Rarely is it enough to be worrisome. I don't know if it's anxiety or not because I smoke, and that might be causing it.

When alone, I've started to notice myself contorting my face or doing weird things with my fingers. By weird, I mean that I'll tap them on my neck in rapid succession. I guess that's the best way to explain that. It's kind of like a nervous tick, I guess? I don't think much of it, but I know if I saw somebody doing it I'd think it was weird looking. Maybe these are mini freak-outs? I don't know. For all I know, everyone on Earth does it. So who knows...

Most of my anxiety seems to manifest itself in my belly, and I have had some pretty bad problems with it. Lots of nausea that's accompanied most of the time by bloating. I don't know what others experience, but to me this seems like a pretty extreme physiological response. Sometimes it occurs along with an absolutely horrible taste in my mouth that I can only describe as "bitter" and "metallic", but this doesn't happen all the time. It's the nausea that troubles me. I'm a person with a very high tolerance for pain and discomfort (former Marine, actually), but nausea turns me into a whiny little baby. I just can't stand it. Still, I'm afflicted with it almost every single day, usually several times a day. I can't concentrate at all while it's going on and get extremely self-conscious. I don't want to be around anyone. It's affected my life on an unbelievable scale. I can't work my job the way I'd like, and my social life has been reduced to nothing. This has been going on for two years.

They find nothing physically wrong with me, so they've decided the stomach problems are "modified panic attacks". They also don't want to give me meds so I'm just going to try to work through it on my own. I was actually doing much better until this last week, so maybe there are better days ahead. I don't know.

Other things:

I, too, occasionally get very angry. And occasionally I do get the blurry vision, come to think of it, but again it's only in one eye. The gray cloud is a different thing entirely. There's no question that I'm suffering through depression as a result of never doing anything fun. I'm 30 years old, single, decent looking, and am making a better than average living...I should be having the time of my life, but I most definitely am not. I find that I'm also annoyed too easily by noise. Not sure why that is.

When I'm not feeling sick to my stomach, I usually feel totally normal. I tend not to do anything fun anyway, since an attack can come at any time. That's a habit I need to break myself of because I'm fine most of the time, truth be told. I'm allowing myself to be a prisoner.

Anyway, I hope that helps. It was interesting for me to read what you and Twiggy go through. I hope everyone will weigh in.

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   Posted 12/10/2006 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel sick to my stomach most of the time. My heart races a LOT. Even without panic, it will just race. I get extremely tired out of nowhere. I am moody. I have a quick temper. I dont feel good 98% of my day, there is always SOMETHING going on with me.
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