Drinking and panic..

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   Posted 1/27/2008 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all.  I've had ocd/panic since I was 25, so going on 8 years now.  I know that alcohol is a depressant, and I don't drink every night.  I like to have a few drinks on the weekend.  I feel good at the time, but the next day, I find myself sad and anxious.  I am not on any meds so I'm not mixing anything I shouldn't be.  Do others out there find this happens to them if they drink?  This has been going on & off for about 2 years, but I've been drinking much longer than that so I'm not sure why this is an issue now.
Unrelated to drinking, I have found that my panic is creeping into my work life.  I just feel like I'm going to "lose it" and that I'm not strong enough to keep battling the ocd and all the crap that goes with it.  I don't cry, but there are times when I am around people I just want to break down and cry cause of the horrible thoughts.  It's not even that all my thoughts are bad, I just get feeling like I'm going crazy and it absolutely sucks.
I find writing to others is helpful and I try to keep my mind busy by playing games when it gets really bad.  Even though I have had it for 8 years, it still doesn't make it easier when you feel like you are losing touch with the world.  I want to say I read a statistic that 1 in every 4 people has some sort of an anxiety related problem.  Some (like me) are just worse than others so I know I'm not alone in my feelings, but when my ocd acts up, I feel like the loneliest person on earth.
I did therapy for about 5 years - cognitive behavior therapy and many self help books.  I may start seeing my therapist again, but i was hoping I could get thru the rough patch on my own.
Thanks for listening - just venting about the problem makes me feel a litle better.
Best wishes - Laurie

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   Posted 1/27/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   


You vent away anytime you need to. Your right alcohol is a depressant. Perhaps you could not drink and see if the anxiety stays under control.

I would suggest a visit to your physician for a good physical and to perhaps consider medication short term to see if it helps you get back on track.
Remember alcohol is a  chemical you put into your body the same as medication.  The medication may be a better choice right now for you.

That is just my humble opinion.  I know you can beat this and come out the winner.  CBT therapy is awesome, can you start working on that on your own until you get into therapy if that is what you choose to do?

Lots of hugs and keep posting.

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   Posted 1/27/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laurie and Welcome .........

I dont drink and havent for many many years it only amplified my a/p and my hangovers got worse as I got older I would be in bed for 3 days after a night out .......NOT worth it too me IMHO........

I would really do as Kitt has suggessted and find other ways to have some fun other than drinking

There are many short acting meds out there that work fast and will get you thru the a/p and opanic attacks

I have severe OCD and have had since I was young
Mine is about clean and all things have to be balanced and I and doc put that down to my being able to CONTROL the things in my " Safe Zone"
I usually check locks and doors by 3's or 5's
I have gotten much better with the help and hard work of CBT

Are you planning on doing the CBT again .....there is an online one free that I use ....Let me know or others and the link can be put down for you

Please stay with us and get the support you need ...
Personally I as well found that drinking just wasnt " fun' anymore and I liked being in control of myself and not drunk .........
Take care and keep posting
Let us know how you make out

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 1/28/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Nope, don`t drink here at all. Have not for a few years now. I get so bad if I drink, get this good feeling then so depressed it is bad, bad. thing is mine would last for a long time. Just made things a lot worse for me. a/p attacks would get worse when I would drink. Meaning I would have a couple of drinks and it would just do me in big time as far as my depression and a/p. I have not had a drink in about 9 years or will I ever again. Simply is not worth it and then start back to square one.

To many other things out there to do and to have fun other then drinking. Agree with you Lyn

I think it is a great idea that you start seeing you Dr again. That might help you more then you know.

Best of health and let us know how you are doing.


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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 1/28/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi laurie, I too felt worse when i use to drink alot, like howlyncat siad i would have a hangover for about 3 days!!!!(awful) Like everyone else i would feel good at the club then once i got home and start sobering up the feelings of depression and my p/a would act up. If you have ocd/p/a i dont recomend drinking especially excessively. Now i do sometimes have a couple of glasses of wine when my husband and i go out to dinner,but no more than a couple!!!! And i do just fine!!! Like the others siad talk to your dr. GOOD LUCK HONEY!!!!!

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   Posted 1/29/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Wondering how you are making out and if you have read the posts and support here so far??

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