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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I hate having anxiety.  It seems to go away for a bit and then comes back.  I'm so sick of worrying about silly things.  I don't feel like I've learned how to properly deal with my anxiety.  I just made got an appt next week to see a therapist.  I'm on Zoloft 100mg and klonopin 1 mg at night but sometimes that doesn't help.  I can't stop the thoughts.  I have made friends with someone recently who also suffers and they told me that instead of distracting myself that I avoid my anxiety.  I'm not sure how I do that or what the difference is.  My main fear right now is going crazy.  It sucks cause I can usually pinpoint where my anxiety comes from.....whether its hormones or no sleep or whatever.  I feel like its been looming over me like a dark cloud.  I know today I took a nap and that usually gets me anxious....not sure why.  I took a shower and put this special conditioner in it.  I got out of the shower and felt like my one eye was irritated.  I didnt pay much attention then after I woke up from my nap I was ok then it starting to creep in.  I started thinking that this new stuff I used on my hair got in my eye and now i'm gonna go blind.  sounds crazy right?  I went and checked the tube and it didn't have any crazy warnings on it like dont get into eyes.  So why do I still have anxiety?  Why can't I fight it?  Do I try to watch tv and hope it goes away or should I let it happen and not avoid it.  I don't know what to do.  After suffering from this for 8yrs.....why can't I get a handle on it.  Why does it keep coming back?  I feel so alone.  My friend who has anxiety keeps making negative comments that don't help me.  Like tonight I told him what I was thinking about my eye and he said oh he's not that bad.  I try to be so positive to him and he's no help.  I need some help.  What do I do?

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/16/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand what ur feeling...the constant worry is physically and mentally draining. I recently experienced a series of anxiety attacks and wouldnt wish them on my worst ememy. Im on day 15 of celexa and taking Xanax to sleep. Im waiting for the dark cloud to pass....maybe ur meds need to be changed. Nobody should live like this.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/16/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all, I think anxiety is common, and I have worried and thought some MUCH crazier things than you (I know it's not a contest, I just hope it assures you that you aren't crazy, I don't consider myself crazy either). I am on 200 mg zoloft. It took a lot of time and patience because yes, I went through the insomnia with it too and months before it started to work. But after 4 or 5 months, tough months, IT WORKED. Maybe talk to your doctor about if your dosage is therapeutic enough amountwise, etc. My doctor gradually up-ed my dosage. It's hard to fight anxiety, bottom line is don't beat yourself up if you do have anxieties- just take it a day at a time and don't feel like you've already lost the battle if you have an attack each day, in time things will get better or you will adapt and know how to cope with the right meds or whatever. Hope this helps!

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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   

First off, you are not going "crazy", no one here is crazy :-) .

It feels to me like you have "anticipatory anxiety," an emotional state of what-will-happen-next fears.

Just as different people experience different feelings from stress, they also handle it in different ways. It is important to focus on the positive ways of coping that work best for you.

Talking usually helps. Sharing  your feelings with friends, family and here in the forum are good ways to help reduce your anxiety.  As for your new friend, this person may be causing more stress in your life with their attitude.  Do you have any friends that are positive people, ones that would support you in a upbeat positive way?

While we can't always control what happens to us, we can always control what we say to ourselves. It's important to keep things in perspective. Talk to yourself in reasonable ways. Ask yourself "how likely is my fear?" Remind yourself that you have coped before during other challenging times. Don't just dwell on the negative but consciously look for things you can appreciate every day.

Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.

Take care and do look into the resources here at HealingWell.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 7/17/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for the words of support. Everytime my anxiety strikes back and I start feeling alone....this forum and the members here are always here to help me and give more words of encouragement. I am happy to have made it through the night. Just gotta get through this day. I am gonna try to not let the anxiety take over. I am still having trouble with my eye but I am trying to be realistic.....I'm gonna try to take this anxiety head on. I don't want to constantly live in fear that its gonna come back and what if this and what if that. Thank you all and I am gonna be posting alittle more until I can get this under control.

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   Posted 7/17/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi angelwings

I can really relate to you as I also hate having anxiety as it is so mentally draining. I have GAD and have had problems with anxiety for as long as i can remember, I have just started CBT which is a type of talk therapy which gives you the techniques to deal with your anxiety so that it does not affect your life as much and have found this very helpful and would recommend it. CBT has started to help me look at things in a more positive way, for a long time I just wanted these feelings to go away and was expecting medication to get rid of my anxiety. My therapist pointed out something to me which was that I need to accept that I have GAD and to try a stop fighting it all the time and role with it instead, I have now realised that I will always have issues with anxiety but through CBT I will be able to learn techniques which will help me get my levels of anxiety down so it does not affect my life so much. I hope things get better for you soon and we are always here to listen and support you through this rough time so please do keep posting to let us know how you are getting on.


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   Posted 7/17/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi angel-

You are amongst friends here. we all suffer various forms of anxiety and panic and due to that shared experience, we understand each other. you are not going crazy- none of us are. we just feel that way because we often feel our circumstances are beyond our control. thats when its time to do something like seeing a therapist, journalling your thoughts and feelings- and coming here to share your problems, cos a problem shared is a problem halved.

Here for you,

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