Help! Going crazy!

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   Posted 6/21/2010 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
sad  Hello all.  I am a 46 yo female who has had anxiety problems basically my whole life and panic attacks for the past 4-5 years.  I can go for months without a panic attack sometimes.  Last week my husband and two children were gone for 5 days/4 nights.  I was home with my other two children (11 & 9), and was very stressed and anxious that I would have a medical emergency while they were gone.  I have a lot of health related anxiety.  The last night they were gone I had a brief surge of adrenaline but was able to talk myself out of panicking.  The next morning (Saturday) I had a full-blown attack.  I took .25 mg Lorazepam, and did calm down.  Sunday, I had a lot of anxiety and took another .25 mg.  For most of the day I felt very agitated, restless, racing thoughts, and thought I might be losing my mind.  I was afraid it was related to the Lorazepam, even though that dose seems really small and I haven't taken it in a while before that.
Today I continues to have racing thougts, inability to settle down, feelings of going crazy, etc.  My questions:  When you go through a very stressful time (dh being gone) does it build up the adrenaline in your system and cause the increase in anxiety/panic?  Will this dissipate over time?  Is it possible the medicine did something to my mind?  Is it possible that I am losing my mind?
Please help!  I am scared.

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   Posted 6/21/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Breathe and know you are going to be OK. Worrying, racing thoughts is the one symptom with anxiety that bothers many members the most. They do not understand how they can have such thoughts that seem so scary and come with such impact. I know I have racing thoughts and it takes a lot of hard work to stop the thoughts.

The reason may be because you seem to have your attention on yourself all day and it feels like there are many thoughts running through your mind.

It may be all the confusion you have about how your are feeling. Your mind spends all day looking for answers and trying to get off this wild merry-go-round.

When you are in an anxious state everything magnifies and a little problem becomes massive. Something that you could dismiss when you were healthy, can stick around all day.

I am wondering if you have ever seen a therapist to learn ways to deal with your anxiety?

Cognitive behaviour therapy skills work for many members and there is a free online site you may want to work through. Here is the link for the site MoodGYM :
Picture a STOP sign when your mind starts racing and stop the wild thoughts as your are not losing your mind. :)



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   Posted 6/21/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for your response. I can sometimes talk myself back from the edge, but not always. I'll check out the site that you recommended.


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   Posted 6/21/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
i really do wish you all the best in getting thru all of what yr dealing with
im sure  kitts link n input will help
keep us posted..please

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 6/21/2010 12:28:46 PM (GMT-6)

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