help with my anxiety please?

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   Posted 7/23/2010 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
ya. i'm new to this site, and i have massive panic attacks about getting the stomach flu... and i'm not sure exactly how to handle it. and im nervous about it all night and it keeps me up. i'm on no medication for my anxiety, i would rather try and deal with it without help of meds unless its a last resort. i have panic attacks often, and i'm anxious about getting sick when i dont have any rhyme or reason to. and i feel horrible because i know how unrealistic it is, but i can't stop. advice would be great.

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   Posted 7/23/2010 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
and sometimes i worry myself into the point where i make my symptoms realistic. please help.

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   Posted 7/23/2010 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning and welcome to HW.
I am wondering what is triggering you to think you are getting the flu? To the best of my knowledge there is not a threat ofa flu outbreak right now.

Big breathe and know you will be OK. Try not to let your anticipatory anxiety take control. Try meditation or breathing exercises.

Also check out our resources thread at the top of our forum, lots of good advise on how to conquer anxiety.


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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi friends!
I have anxiety,depression,claustrophobia,agoraphobia,panic attack and many other phobias
I try everything to help myself without medication for long 3 years.
I was suffer so much,ending up many time in ER because I DIDN'T WONT MEDICATIONS......
Last year I decide to:
because I couldn't live my life.I couldn't drive far from home,I was getting panic attack when is busy traffic,I couldn't get in elevator and many other problems.I got panic attack at work,everywhere I go and it was unpredictable.
I was 3 summer at home and because of me,my kids too......
If hospital is not around I get so bad panic attack so I almost paralyzed.
More time was passing WORST I become and feel!
I read many books,went in counseling,spend many nights on computer reading and educating myself.
All of those was WASTE OF MY TIME AND LIFE!
Last year I toke first pills of antidepressants and I become different person.
I call my pills:
I am on Cipralex 30mg for year (on 28 July)and I never got panic attack again.
I am using elevator again,just6 start month ago---BIG progress for me,I am driving in other city without panic attack,I start to live again.I know I can't return all those years of suffering but I feel bad because I didn't want help!
I rejected and I decide to suffer because I was stubborn--(my psychiatrist told me).
I was mad at him after his critic but now I thank him for my life!
I was not mother not wife for long time and now......I try ketch all this time!

I hope you will find something useful for yourself and if you have any other question please ask......
Good luck

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   Posted 7/23/2010 11:10 PM (GMT -7)   

I would say the first thing to do is to find a good psychiatrist. You sound like you may have mixed symptoms of OCD and panic disorder. When you find a doctor and get an expert diagnosis, then you can work out how to handle your problem. You may need cognitive therapy, medication, or both. But please, try to find a good doctor and get the ball rolling on this. The quicker you get diagnosed, the quicker you can get better.

God bless.

Irate - she posted "--(my psychiatrist told me)."

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/30/2010 7:22:08 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/29/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not going to try to make a diagnosis, but I think that it would be important to include your second post in whoever you speak with (along with Kitt's comment about why the stomach flu specifically?). If you're causing physical symptoms to become real when they previously are not real that could be anxiety, hypochondriasis, malingering, or any other somatoform disorder. I mean no disrespect and am not suggesting that you're malingering or making symptoms up so as to gain some personal benefit, but rather I'm simply saying that our minds are very powerful and even on an unconscious level we can create symptoms that we don't consciously want and those symptoms become just as real as a true physical ailment even if they originated in the mind.

I know I'm getting anxious when my left arm gets sore (feels like a pulled muscle) or when my chest starts to hurt. My arm is like a barometer. The higher up my arm I feel the pain, the more anxious I am. This happens well before I intellectually am able to realize that I'm anxious. As far as non-medicinal approaches, there are a lot of posts and links here about CBT which emphasizes the power of the mind and our thoughts in constructing how we live (healthy or unhealthy).
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