Finals are over... so, why do I still feel so stressed out?

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   Posted 5/16/2009 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I did well on my finals... I just realized that I've forgotten to turn something into the library... And now I'm at my mom's apartment and it'll be hard to make a trip to the college to turn it in... But it's really not that big of a deal...
I'm worried about my youngest brother (He's 16)... He's recently lost a lot of weight and complains a lot of tummy trouble... He's had tummy problems before and the doctors have wanted him to get a colonoscopy, but he refused to get one... (for stupid reasons).... Recently, though, I managed to convince him that he needs to make an appointment... he said he'd make one Monday..... So, I should be relieved about that...
Why am I so stressed out? I just don't know... I've been through so much in my life... why am I falling apart so easily? My medicine doesn't seem to be helping me...
I feel really scared a lot... This morning, the closet rack crashed into the floor... it woke me up... It shouldn't be so scary now that I know what happened... yet... I'm scared...
This is so stupid... :S... I feel like I'm on another pending nervous breakdown.... it wasn't that long ago that I admitted myself into a stress center... I should be over all this... It should all just leave me alone and stay out of my life... I can't keep feeling like this... I have to live my life....
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 5/17/2009 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
hello Celey,

It sounds like to me you are/ have been going through some very stressful times.

Even thought the most of the stress factors are gone. Your still stressed. Which is common. The best way to understand it is like this. Say you go work out at the gym for hours a day. And you work really really hard at it for some time. Your body isn't used to the extra workouts and gets very tired and achey. It does take time to recover from all that extra work outs and muscle strain.

Well same for stress. Just because the factors are gone. Your body is going to still be high strung and over worked. It will take time to recover. How fast and ease of it depends on you yourself, and your body's natural recover time.

People with Anxiety, panic attacks and depression take longer to recover. Our minds and body are much more active. So we have a tendency to hold on to stressful situations much longer. Even though finals are finished you without knowing it still stress over it. And in a couple weeks the stress should recover.

Now about your brother. Have you sat down and chatted with him? It sounds like he has something serious going on and needs to find the problem. His reasons may seem "stupid" to you. But are valid concerns of his. Which in return do not make them stupid. He might need some extra support in his concerns. And maybe if you show a little more consideration for his fears he might be able to overcome them and have the tests done.
Being scared about something is never stupid but more so a fear that needs help and support from someone to over come them. It is not easy having any type of tests done. And understanding from a support person helps to over come them. If he has said why these tests are bothersome to him. Your best bet is to try and help him understand and feel more comfortable about these tests. And he might need to understand the testing itself. And come to a conclusion it is important.
Try to help him over come his fears. So some support and understanding. And in time he might come around.

I myself am very and I mean VERY scared of needles. I can not handle seeing someone get shots. Or even take any myself. It totally freaks me out to the point I will pass out. Or get so close to passing out I'm sick and very tired for hours. It is my fear. I don't understand why and probably never will. Because of this huge fear of mine I avoid any and all testing. Which include blood work. My fear maybe seem dumb to a lot of people. But it is my fear. And it is something I have to deal with when I can. And a support person will help with it.

To relieve some of your stressful feelings. Have you tried meditation? Or yoga? Both are great ways to relieve stress and relax the mind and body. Can you get some fast acting meds like Xanex to help you in times during the day when you just need a little more relief?

Anyway as a side note. I am not a professional what so ever. My advice is not given as a doctor. But just thoughts of my own that might help you.
Seeking medical help is always the best way to go. =)

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   Posted 5/17/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Celey,

Your still feeling the  rush of all that you have been through lately so take a deep breath and know you will be ok.

Let go of the anxiety, you don't need it.  Don't start to anticipate the bad stuff....................stay in the moment.

Have you ever read The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition, Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear
Claire Weekes?

You may want to pick up that workbook and give it a try.  Many people have had great success with it.

Take care and remember we are here for you.



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   Posted 5/17/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Celey,

Are you still on any kind of anxiety or anti depressant medication? I was thinking if it is a anti-d maybe you need to up it some. Or if not, like Allestaria said, maybe a fast acting med like Xanax will help in those bad days.

As for your brother, I hope you are able to convince him to get checked out. With our Crohns you know it can be genetic, so better safe than sorry, and better to get things taken care of quickly.

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   Posted 5/17/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Celey,

I just popped on here for a moment to write a thread to say hello to everyone, but I saw you post and wanted to give you a word of encouragement. Sorry that things are tough right now for you. Sounds like you have been going through a lot, so it is no wonder you are feeling on edge. Definitely take some time for yourself just to relax and set up an appt. with your doc. Maybe a change in meds would benefit you my friend.

Keeping you in my thoughts,
Your Bro Sam
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   Posted 5/17/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I say the reason is stupid because... his words... "I don't want anyone sticking something up my butthole..." I've told him that they knock you out for it.... (That isn't even the worst part of a colonoscopy... it's drinking the stuff)... I think I managed to convince him, though... because I was crying on the phone... and I begged him... (Really worried, I couldn't help it...) I also told him I would be there for him and give him money if he just got a colonoscopy done... I hope he'll go through with what he said....

Right now, I'm taking Prozac.... I had been off of it for a while (had trouble getting a refill on it)... but I'm back on it now.... Maybe it's just taking time for me to readjust to it....

Thank you all for the suggestions... Kitt, how much does the workbook cost?

I'm feeling better today... I still feel a little panicked, but it's not as bad as last night...

I know I'm not living in the moment.... if I'm not anticipating bad things to happen... I seem to be dwelling on my past... (I thought I had gotten over it...).... I think I'm having one of those periods in my life where I'm just wondering how I got through it all.... what prevents me from snapping and going completely insane...

I feel so... hopeless...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 5/18/2009 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, the GOOD NEWS is that your worrying about going insane is something EVERYONE with anxiety/panic attacks goes through. I haven't seen any medical journal articles that have cataloged anyone going insane from anxiety disorder. I DO, however, completely relate to that feeling, especially when my mind seems to be firing off thoughts so fast that my head swims.

But really, college is stressful for everyone. Especially finals. Studying and taking the tests is definitely like being under pressure for an extended period of time. It's only natural that we need to "decompress" afterwards, just like deep sea divers.

Hang in there... things will get better, and the fact that you are working through them says a lot of good things about your character.


"Come to the edge," he said.
"We're afraid!" they replied.
"Come to the edge," he said.

He pushed them, and they flew...

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   Posted 5/18/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going insane, too. So all of us might as well do it together! More fun that way.

Celey, you've just finished your finals. They are very stressful. It will take time for the stress from the tests to subside. Get rest, good food and start walking or running.

Keep on your brother! He may have irritable bowel syndrome or something like it. Your surely worried about him. I will pray for both of you and try not to worry too much!
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