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verybusy
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   Posted 4/12/2007 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
  I haven't been on for a while-  I've actually felt rather well for the last month.  But the last couple of days I've been feeling like all my anxiety related physical issues are returning.  Does anxiety run in cycles?  Something new has been troubling me the last few days.  When ever I am breathing esp. when I lay down to attempt sleep, I feel like I am having to consciously take a breath or else I am not going to breathe in my sleep.  I know to say this sounds ridiculous ,but I seriously feel like I am suffocating.  This in turn is starting more anxiety from a lack of sleep.  Does anyone have any suggestions? Please don't tell me to just relax because I am really sruggling right now.
 

verybusy
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   Posted 4/12/2007 1:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your response I always think the worst case. I know that our breathing is an involuntary function I think my mind is just looking for some place to put this anxiety. Breathing excersises don't always come to my mind as does the panic. I think I just need to hear someone else say the things I know already.

freezinginAK
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   Posted 4/12/2007 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   

  Hi verybusy

 Yes anxiety dose tend to wax and wane I haven't had a p/a for 4 months now but I know it will come again like it has for the last 13 years now and are you on any meds for it, because they really do help with the treatment of anxiety and with sleeping or you may try reading a book or watching tv to keep your mind of the anxiety and try taking some slow deep breaths as this is away to body tends to help relax it self and trust me you will not stop breathing so try to get that out of your mind set. I know you don't want me to tell you to relax but I will tell you that I like to lay on my back and clear my mind by telling myself to relax and if something dose pop up I just throw it away outside my mind and get back to telling myself to relax it's hard at frist to do this but after a while it real helps and when you get tired of doing this just roll over and I find that I fall fast a sleep I hope this helps.

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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 4/12/2007 3:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety can come and go I agree, and when I am tired my anxiety is worse.
You have been given some great advice here so I won't repeat what everyone else has said but I hope that things soon improve again for you.

Victoria x

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1ofhissheep
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   Posted 4/12/2007 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello there. I think I know exactly what you are talking about. I get that same feeling, especially before trying to drift off to sleep. I feel as though I have to keep taking a deep breath, like I am not getting enough oxygen. I feel like someone is sitting on my chest area and I wont be able to breath. I had this happen just the other night, and what I notice is, when I do finally drift off to sleep( and I do toss and turn all night), when I wake up during the night,. I feel fine. No pressure or feelings of suffocating, so from experience I tend to not get all worked up about it now, because I KNOW it is from anxiety, and I notice that it tends to leave a lot quicker now, than it does if I let that feeling fester. One thing I have taught myself is there is a BIG difference between feeling like something is happening, and the reality that is actually IS happening. I may feel like I cant breath, but obviously I am breathing or I would be passed out or worse. I dont get this feeling all the time, but when I do, I usually reassure myself that I KNOW it is anxiety, and I like to do something that will distract me from the feeling. I have a tv in my bedroom and a cd player, so I tend to put the tv on( usually to ESPN because I LOVE sports), or turn the radio on and listen to my favorite country station, or put my favorite cd in my player and concentrate on the lyrics. And I do notice when I do that...get my mind distracted( on something that interests me) for even just a few moments, that the breathing thing goes away and I am able to go to sleep. Maybe you could try something that I have mentioned and see if it works for you( what would it hurt to try) :) .
I do tend to notice that my anxiety/panic runs in cycles as well. I will have a particular symptom for months or weeks, and it will just vanish and then another one comes along to take its place. This breathing feeling I will have for a week or more and then it will leave for MONTHS. It is very strange and confusing how symptoms will come along...get us all worked up and stressed out about them, and then just leave for who knows how long. I dont know why it happens that way, but it definantly does for me!
I hope something that I have said helps.
God bless and take care.
In His Grip,
Dawn
 
verybusy said...
  I haven't been on for a while-  I've actually felt rather well for the last month.  But the last couple of days I've been feeling like all my anxiety related physical issues are returning.  Does anxiety run in cycles?  Something new has been troubling me the last few days.  When ever I am breathing esp. when I lay down to attempt sleep, I feel like I am having to consciously take a breath or else I am not going to breathe in my sleep.  I know to say this sounds ridiculous ,but I seriously feel like I am suffocating.  This in turn is starting more anxiety from a lack of sleep.  Does anyone have any suggestions? Please don't tell me to just relax because I am really sruggling right now.
 

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Diagnosis: Generalized Anxiety/Panic Disorder with underlying Depression. Not currently on any medication. Perfer to try and use natural healing as a way to control these disorders. Do have prescriptions for Zoloft and Klonopin( just in case I become brave enough to try them). :)


verybusy
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   Posted 4/13/2007 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the kind words. I've had a very trying day, but I am managing. I'm still having the breathing issue but I have tried several things today that have helped a bit. In answer to the question about meds, no I am not taking any. I think at times it would be beneficial, but I had originally told my therapist I wanted to try with out any to get better. I don't really know how to ask to be put on anything. I don't necesarily think I want anything long term but I do think something to use in moment of sheer panic would help.

Cappy
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   Posted 4/13/2007 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
When I would feel like that, concentrating on breathing would make it worse..I try to divert my attention and next thing I know I am still breathing...and xanax is usually taken only when things like this happen.

harry4
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   Posted 4/14/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   

to very anxious, the most helpful meds are valium type, taken as needed, these can be hard to get, some docs dont like them

the feeling that you need to consciously take each breath is common, I have it at times, its also possible to forget to breathe when concentrating hard on something, this can cause a panic attack


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