Is this anxiety

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/22/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I am 28 yrs old and have been dealing with this bad episode since Aug. I havent been able to work in a month. I am being told its anxiety but not sure. I am on .25 xanax and 5mg valium when needed I only take a half pill. I was given Lexapro but of course I am to scared to take it cause of all the bad stuff I have read online. I feel like I am going crazy. I am going through the racing heart and SOB when i have an attack but what I feel like all the time is what scares me to the point where I dont even leave the house anymore and now I am developing a phobia of being alone. I am always shaky,weak, bad headaches, dizzy, lightheadness, chest pains and feel like there is a lump in my throat. I have cut out caffeine and trying to think positive but nothing helps.My family is telling me its all in my head which makes me crazier. I have been to the er and had blood work, ekg, ct scans and xrays and everything is ok but I dont feel ok and I feel like I am losing. I feel like I am a prisoner in my own body. I see therapists and he has tought me breathing tech but that only helps when I have an attack. I am so alone please help.

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 9/22/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry that you are going through such a rough time right now.  I went through a very similar time a little over a year ago.  The anxiety was constant and I had several panic attacks a day.  I wouldn't leave the house and was terrified to be alone.  I've had all the symptoms you are describing as well and felt like I was totally losing control over myself, my life, everything. 
Have you ever read any books by Claire Weekes?  During my bad period, I read her books constantly and it gave me a good understanding about what was going on with me and what I could do about it.  It does take work, you really have to keep control of your negative thinking and allow the feelings to be there, but in time it does get better.  There are alot of other books on the subject as well and I'm sure others here on the board will have more suggestions for that.  Keep working with your breathing, and positive thinking it will work in time.  If you need some support, you can e-mail me anytime.  You will get through this, hang in there and let me know if I can help.

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/22/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Laura,

Your NOT alone! I have suffered from everything you have described and then some for well over 12 years. I have been taking .50 of xanax 3 times a day for so long now. It's really hard when the people around us don't understand anxiety. My husband tries but he has just learned to accept it he will never understand it. Try not to pay to much attention to what your family says your not crazy.

Being a prisoner in our own body is exactly what it feels like. I didn't leave my house for almost 3 years and every time I did i had a panic attack. It's a scary life to live.

We become so desperate to live again. I wish i could tell you I am living again but not up to my standards. I am currently going through Zoloft withdrawal. If you can do without the SSRI's then please go that route.

I have learned a few things about myself and life in general as a result of this nightmare i call my life. FEAR... It all revolves around fear. Ask yourself has something happened to cause a sudden fear of life? Mine all started in early childhood and I just kept stuffing it further down and then when something new would come along I'd stuff that down too. Sooner or later there is no room left.

This isn't about me so i won't go in to my story. I will tell you there are tools that can help you if your willing to try them. i must enjoy suffering because instead of using them myself I just tell other people about them. LOL

Have you ever heard of EFT? Emotional freedom technique? This tool I have used and it is helpful you can find it by goggling it the site you want is Gary craigs. It's all free and very helpful.

Hang in there it does get better and i know how bad it sucks!

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   Posted 9/24/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
I know that having to take meds can be daunting and very scary but I think if you do decide to give them a go you will see a difference

I was a person that would not touch SSRI"s just took my Valium or ativan til about 3 months ago and then between the doc and self I thought I would at least give them a shot

WHAT a big difference it has been FOR ME
Meds are not for anyone and I would suggesst that IF you are not a willing particapant you should be telling your doc so he or she has all updated info on you

Something is definitely going on with you and with only my personal background I would believe it is panic ....

PLEASE do keep us posted on how you are making out k
Take care and again WELCOME........LYN
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