Reassurance please and managing help needed!

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/15/2010 2:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

Needing some reassurance that I'm not losing my mind. Please share your tips on gaining control over your anxiety. I don't understand it at times. I will be having a totally chill day and for no reason, at least I wasn't thinking about anything worrisome or stressful, but then my heart will just start beating faster, which causes me to start thinking about that and then I can't get my mind on anything else. Eventually my heart will chill but it is scary somtimes because I don't feel like I was doing anything to make it happen. I also notice at night I get crappy sleep sometimes. Have a hard time actually falling asleep because sometimes I will get the racing heart thing and then I can't relax enough to sleep and will be up like two extra hours until I'm exhausted enough to sleep. I feel like I have anxiety about going to sleep because I want to sleep so bad. How do you control your thoughts to relax? Help! I wanna relax so bad. This anxiety stuff has been going on for me for about a year since the passing of my uncle. Things just snowballed after. I feel like I worry or think about stuff I shouldn't worry or think about.

Thanks :-)

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/15/2010 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi G,
I hope you have gotten some sleep. Just for the record, my Dr. said that if I can pinpoint the trigger of my anxiety, that would be called an anxiety attack. If nothing in particular happened nor were you thinking of anything troublesome, and you then start getting the rapid heart beat and the sweating and feeling like you are going to have a heart attack (or that's how I describe it) that would be called a full on Panic Attack. On occassion an Anxiety attack will trigger a Panic attack, but most often it's one or the other. I did just go online to test this, and it says the same thing that my doctor said. This is the first time I've read up on it or anything, I'll just leave it at that. My Dr is one of the most renouned dr in his field (Psychiatry) here in the southeast region. I have been taking Xanax for over 25 years though this doctor isn't the one who started me on it. But I've been told I will never get off of Xanax and I'm fine with that. I use the medication and a little technique where I take a big breath and say in my mind, "In with the Good", then slowy relax and let the breathe out saying in my mind is "Out with the Bad." Those are the things I can say to you. I sure hope any of it helps. You, in my opinion, should be treated as Panic Disorder vs. Anxiety. And for the record You Are Not Crazy!!!! Give yourself a break and describe how you feel and how it comes on to your doctor. Take Care and let us hear from you!
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   Posted 2/15/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Gorgi and welcome to the HW a/p forum. For me the best help for my anxiety was therapy and the occasional Xanax. If I do not get enough sleep it will cause my anxiety to ramp up. When I first feel my anxiety ramping up I take my Xanax at the first hint and lay down for a bit and I am able to stop it in its tracks. I take the lowest dose, and find I am only using my Xanax about 1-3 times a month. Hope that helps.

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