Anxiety taking over my life.

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   Posted 7/16/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Im 25 and anxiety has become real bad for me.  I dont know when it started but i do know that it just gets worse every night.  I have a constricted chest and it feels like my heart beats irregular.  That irregular beat started a few months ago.  I have not been to sleep at all.  I am tiard but my body will not let me rest.  I just think until my head hurts.  I need help physicaly for my body.  Anyone who can give me advise it will be appreciated.

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   Posted 7/16/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Coe, welcome to HW.
A lot of people on here who can relate your worries.
Anxiety is very common with most humans, it's just a matter of how to manage it.

tell me more about you. Do you Work? What do you think is causing the panic? Are you active (as in exercise)? Do you have a good diet?

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   Posted 7/16/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Coe, and welcome. You've found a supportive place to be.

Have you had a routine physical lately, to see whether there are physical health factors contributing to your symptoms also? That's often a good start.

Lack of sleep is a huge anxiety trigger for some of us and can turn it into a vicious cycle.

Counseling has also helped a number of us to deal with anxiety.

Good luck, and keep posting.


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   Posted 7/16/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a good diet, but i dont get to exercise much.  I swim a few times a week when i can.  I am a full time college student in the moarning and i am working on my realestate license at night.  I am looking for a new job and have had no luck.  I dont know what causes this to happen.  I still have not been to sleep since the night before last.  I feel like my body is soar, and tiard.  I can tell you that i always feel like something bad will happen if i leave my house.  I dont understand my thinking anymore.  I just cant breath.

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   Posted 7/16/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
A sore body can be many things. Like Percy asked, have you have a full physical lately?

Anxiety is NOT rational so it's tough to understand the thinking when we are in deep anxiety.
A good diet means what?
Do you drink soft drinks, coffee or eat a lot of sugar?
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   Posted 7/16/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Coe,

a warm welcome to HW. I'm sorry that you are feeling so anxious and having trouble with sleep. It just makes everything worse with no sleep, so be gentle with yourself. You have a lot on your plate at the moment, but if you can take the time to see a doctor that might help out. Are you taking any medications at the moment? Where do you feel sore? Sorry for all the Q's!

Hang in there Coe, and please let us knw how you are getting along.


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   Posted 7/17/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Coe, and welcome!  Just looking for a job and not finding one can cause anxiety.  It's always on your mind.  I used to suffer greatly with anxiety but then I realized it was actually fear.  Then I asked myself what was I afraid of.  Yes, I had problems that I needed to handle but nothing that I had to be frightened about.  When that realization really set in my mind, the anxiety got a lot better.
I have had the heart-skipping, too.  I did go to the doctor and have everything checked out to make sure there was no problem with my heart.  Once I knew that I was fine, the heart palpatations got less and less because I recognized that as anxiety-related and I haven't had that for a long time now! 
I know how your mind can conjure up all sorts of terrible things but they usually are not true at all!  You can worry and worry and then, when things resolve, you see you didn't have to worry after all and that the worrying didn't help one bit.  All it did was make you feel ill!
When the pressure in your chest is tight, take a deep breath through your nose and blow it slowly out your you are blowing through a straw.  Do that a few times and I think you will feel the muscles start to relax.  Then, when you are trying to get to sleep, squeeze your toes as tight as  you can and then release them.  Then tighten your leg muscles as tight as you can and then release them.  Work up you whole body this way.  It may really relax you so you can get to sleep.  I like to fall asleep with the television on.  I pick an light-hearted program and the next thing I know, I'm asleep!  I turn the TV off the first time I get up in the night. 
I hope some of this helps you.  Take care and have a much better evening!
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   Posted 7/17/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   


 I can relatesome days my panic attacks can take over, I've gotten good at "talking myself down". I'm a single mom of 2 and my son is very ill. It's true if your exhausted they can be worse, drinking coffee or caffeine. My first attacked happened after my daughter was born 7 yrs ago I thought I was dying, I was afraid to go any where. I was afraid of what would happen to my daughter if something to me. I've had a lot of reactions to meds so taking anti anxity's were out of the question so I started reading whatever I could on anxitey that's when I found out excercising at 3 times a week for at least 20min was enough to get the chemicals in the brain released like taking a pill, then I found out about asking yourself what I'm afraid of, what's the worse that can happen etc. If there really bad then I call a friend and talk about what's going on distraction works well. I found taking Vitamin B12 helps also. I still get them not as bad as when I first started them but I do have  some episodes that doesn't seem like I'll make it. As I have my attacks I write in my journal about what I'm feeling etc then I go back and read it when I'm better it's interesting. There are days I get them for no obvious reason buy later on if you think back you might pin point it. Hang in there and Don't Be Afraid To Admit If You Have One! there's nothing wrong with it. Also get a physical Thyroid can cause an increase in anxitey and panic

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   Posted 7/17/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Coe,

Welcome to Healing Well.  Anxiety and panic can cause many sx and yes one is chest discomfort, tightness or irregular heartbeats but so can many other things.  Just having the chest discomfort can raise your anxiety so it is a bit like a merry-go-round.

Please make an appointment with your physician for a medical screening exam to rule out any physical  problems and be sure to talk with him about the anxiety.  Anxiety disorders should be diagnosised by a physician.

I am sorry we are not professionals but we are a great support forum and we are glad you have joined us.



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