First time poster but man am I glad I found this forum. I am 24 and have been dealing with anxiety since the age of 15 so here is my story.
I was on paxil for my anxiety since the age of 16 but two years ago my doctor went into private practice so I didn't have anyone to follow up with me for my condition so 6 months ago I decided to go off my meds WITHOUT consulting a doctor. I felt GREAT for all 6 months thinking that everything was under control until one day....BAM... it came back with a vengeance. I'm not sure what caused the anxiety to come back but I have never been so scared in my life.
I have been back on paxil for just over 1 week now and I am starting to feel better but I am still having symptoms ALL DAY LONG. What we need to realize is that anxiety is often caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain which makes it very difficult to overcome alone but we CAN overcome it with the proper tools such as medication,therapy and even hypnoses. Don't ever give up no matter how bad it gets or how scared you get.
To help you with your question sweetbabyray, it is normal to have symptoms from the time you wake up to the time you goto bed and this is what I have learned is chronic anxiety. I cannot tell you how many times I've sat around wondering if I should goto the ER just incase but it wont help.
Whats been working for me is getting my butt out of bed or off the couch and going outside to do something. It's VERY difficult to sometimes seeing as how my symptoms are all out of wack but it helps takes my mind off of my anxiety
Hope this helps