Bad morning anxiety?

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/20/2007 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have seriously bad morning anxiety, and if so, how do you deal with it?  Here is my issue...I wake up, go to the bathroom, brush my teeth and all that jazz, get my son breakfast, and by that time, I am FREAKING OUT.  I am either having a FULL BLOWN panic attack, or I just feel real anxious.  As everyone knows, I don't have anything prescribed to me right now, but also, I have been forced to borrow some Xanax, just to get through this time of day.  So, I try not to have to take anything, because I shoudln't be, and I don't want to be, but within like 20 minutes of getting up, I have to take a pill.  It is the lowest dose.  .25 or something like that.  At any rate, I hate it.
 
Then, after about 6 or 7 hours, I start to feel anxious again, sometimes needing another pill.  Then, I am generally good until the next morning.  I don't have to take that 2nd pilll all that often...good thing, only sometimes.  The morning anxiety is what is getting to me the most.  I dread waking up because of it.  I love the night time so much.
 
An update for anyone who may not know, I will be seeing a psychologist here very soon, along with a psychiatrist.  I found some people I am pretty happy with, I just have to look at my finances and see what we can afford without me working right now.  So, hopefully I can get feeling normal again here real soon. 
 
Anxiety can really do a number to you.  Ugh, and I am tired of it! mad
 
Anyway, thanks for listening, and thanks in  advance to anyone who answers!!!
 
Tammy

harry4
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   Posted 6/20/2007 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   

I do hope the psych will give you some benzos but its generally best to not ask for xanax as it has a reputation of being used by drug addicts to tide them over when they run out

just ask for a benzo to take as needed and let the psych decide which one

feeling bad on waking is common with worries about having to face the new day

I do hope your experts give you some useful advice and dont just sit there  and listen

you need to learn CBT, that is new ways of coping with the anxiety and stress


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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/20/2007 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
The psychologist seems to have a pretty good system set up. He said it involves homework to be done on my end, and it seems like something worth looking into! I am excited to meet with them and hopefully get my life back on track here. The Xanax seem to work good for me. Since it is a small dose, it seems to wear off within a couple hours though. I have only ever used Xanax, but I will not ask for it by name, as I dont' want to look like a druggie...because I am not. In fact, I hate the thought of meds. Just right now, I strongly feel I need something to help me.

Thanks for all who answer!

happypills
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   Posted 6/20/2007 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Tammy,

I am in the same boat.  Mornings are no good for me.  I don't get attacks but I feel very anxious and fearful.  When I wake up in the morning, I don't feel like.. WOW, it's a new day!  (Which I should)  Instead, I am reminded of all the horrible things in life like death and disease.  Like you, I feel much better in the evening.  You probably feel anxious again after several hours because that's how Xanax works.  It doesn't last very long.  Klonopin has a longer half life and really does last longer.  One pill in the morning should take care of you the rest of the day.  Do you drink coffee in the morning?  As you may know caffeine makes anxiety worse. 

I don't like to rely on meds either.  If you have time, try going out for a walk.  I do this sometimes and I find that it helps relieve my anxiety.   

Good luck with everything.  tongue

 


TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/20/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Happy! THanks for your answer, and I am relieved to hear I am not alone here! To answer your question, no, I don't drink coffee in the morning, but I am a HUGE pop drinker. I recetnly switched to caffeine free, but I heard there is still caffeine in there. I am doing my best to drink even less of that.

I dont' like to rely on meds. like I was saying. I think right now I have to just get stable, and then work my way to getting off them again, ya know?

I am so anxious and antsy all the time. And, I am dealing wtih heatlh anxiety, which I am forcing myself to improve on. I no longer google things to try to find out what is wrong...ok, well, I do, but not the way I use to.

I am thinking now I may have sostochondritis. My chest is so sore, and it is espceially sore to the touch. Ugh. I could be wrong, but this is such an uncomfortable feeling, and anytime I bring it up to anyone, this is what they suggest. UGH.

Anyway, look at me rambling on. I have had a lot to say lately! Thanks though Happy for answering my questions!

Tammy

jerseycherries
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   Posted 6/20/2007 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm really glad that your going to a pdoc. as for the mornings i'm not sure what to tell you. other then to try to breathe and stay calm. try three slow deap breaths. might help. it does me sometimes. maybe more would help. i dont know. i have unpredictable attacks so i dont know what to really tell you.
I am bipolar, have social anxiety, panic attacks w/agoraphobia , diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. Life is short but i am not.


TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/20/2007 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks as always Jersey! Appriciate the advice! I too have unpredictable attacks, and those are the worst kind! But the morning ones come along daily...without question. I am going to talk to the dr about it once I get that going. I hate that feeling.

Thanks for your input!

happypills
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   Posted 6/20/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Tammy,
 
Me again (hehe) 
 
Right after I posted my reply to you, it dawned on me that you battled agrophobia.  So maybe taking a walk for you is not as easy and my suggestion to you about walking wasn't so great.  I read so many posts that I get confused sometimes and can keep them all straight.  Sorry about that!  Dumb on my part.  sad
 
Take care

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/20/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Happy...Don't even worry about it, not problem! I do suffer with agoraphobia, but I am starting to do better. And, I live in an apartment complex, so I could always walk around out side here in the driveway!

Dont' even worry about suggesting a walk! I am not upset about it. And, I have been working on the agoraphobia thing anyway. Plus, I am FINALLY set up for a doctor appointment. I just posted about it. If you haven't read it already...go read it!!!

Thanks for always trying to help!

Tammy
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