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   Posted 7/22/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
SO I was thinking last night about all the things that I do when I'm anxious and wondering if anyone else does these sort of things. Its almost like a tic, I know I'm doing it but I can't get myself calmed down enough to just stop. I also know that doing these things generally just makes me more anxious but its like looking up side effects from drugs or symptom checkers... I can't seem to resist without some serious willpower.
*Check my pulse constantly
*Rub my neck/under my collar bone
*Check my fingers/toes to make sure they aren't turning blue
*Check my calves/feet to make sure they aren't swollen or look like I might have a clot
*Freeze and listen to the skipping heartbeat

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   Posted 7/22/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Pull my hair out- (trichotilomania)

Pick at the skin on my lip till it bleeds

Crack my knuckles

Grind my teeth



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   Posted 7/22/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Please do not laugh...LOL

I pull out my eyebrows...ROFL. And I have bushy brows so pulling out a few (well ok more than a few! ) doesn't make a difference. I pluck them anyway...and they grow back so fast....LOL
I also check my pulse when I have bad palpitations.

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   Posted 7/22/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Looking for the boogieman under my bed after seeing a scary movie.

Checking the closet for the boogieman or any DNA-like traces of the boogieman.

Locking my bedroom door before I sleep, so my cat doesn't annoy me when I sleep, so bandits, robbers, random people, don't disturb my slumber and so the boogieman doesn't come in. lol!  I watch a looooot of horror movies, way too much.  It's sick. 

Turning on fans and biting nails usually.


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   Posted 7/22/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I've made my husband get up in the middle of the night and take me for a ride, especially when I get the ole heart skipping a beat thing.
I run around the house so I can have a logical explanation for the rapid heart beat.
I have yanked my dog off the couch at midnight and forced him to walk around the block with me.
What I don't do is google symptoms.  That almost put me in the nut house.
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   Posted 7/22/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the turning on fans, biting nails, checking my pulse, taking my temperature to see if I am running a fever because the feeling of being really hot and sweating.
My worst symptom is the's amazing how anxiety and panic can physically effect your body so much!

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   Posted 7/23/2009 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Clench my jaw closed. So tight I have broken and cracked a few teeth.
Check pulse,
Rub my neck, shoulder, and arms.

Check my nails to see if they are turning blue. To stop this I keep my nails painted.
Run my hand through my hair. A LOT to the point its always very oily at the end of the day. To avoid this one I put things in my hair. Barrettes, hair ties etc.

Put a cold rag on my neck when I get the sweats.

I worked with someone who pulled her hair out. She actually started shaving her head. But that caused her to start on her arms, eyebrows and any where else that she had hair. Her daughter even shaved her head to support her mommy.

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   Posted 7/23/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Allestaria - I have actually opted not to paint my nails because I'm afraid it will cover them up and I won't notice if they turn blue, how sad is that? Your idea sounds healthier.

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   Posted 7/23/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   

I also check my pulse, constantly rub my eyes, bite my finger to the point were you can see the the marks my teeth have made (this one worries me).

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   Posted 7/23/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to have nervous habits as some of those listed above. I don't have any at the moment.
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   Posted 7/23/2009 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   

OK, I guess I am guilty of racing thoughts when I know all I need to do is just shut down the worries and stay in the moment.  But I will chase those thoughts around and around in my head.  idea The "What iffies?"


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   Posted 7/23/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I too check my pulse constantly, rub my chest under my collar bone and freeze to feel and listen to my heart beat. I don't worry about a blood clot, my worry is a heart attack. I know it is just anxiety but I think it is very common for us to have certain "ticks"

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