When was the last time you felt 'normal'?

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   Posted 9/16/2017 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety is now my new normal, I try to take that in but sometimes I long for the life long ago.

For me it was 3.5 years ago. A man sneezed in an art gallery and I got a bad cold soon after. I couldn't
breathe right for a long time and that lead me down the path of trips to various doctors that couldn't find
anything wrong with me except anxiety.

I've had good days and bad days. I have used just about every coping method there is. Some work others don't.

Today I am struggling with shaky fearful feelings. Yuk.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/16/2017 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tela,

I understand your frustraion. For me it started with a random panic attack...

...and though thankfully I have those managed, I still deal with anxiety that is something I deal with now as a chronic issue.

I have more good days than not...so for that I am thankful...and I seek to further my recovery and grow, which gives me confidence and peace about it.

Everyone has some kind of challenge be it physical or mental...and though I wouldn't wish this on anyone...I accept it as simply part of my humaness, for lack of a better term, lol.

Wishing you peace, perseverance and progress!


"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

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   Posted 9/16/2017 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
The last time I felt normal was back in March. My son got sick in April for like 6 weeks and that triggered my major anxiety. Ever since then I can't get back to "normal". I had anxiety and panic attacks since I was 19-20 yrs old due to a random stalker. However, I was panic attack free for many years until recently. It's awful and I often find myself telling my fiancé "I just want to feel normal again."

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   Posted 9/18/2017 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on a batch of prescription medicine to manage my bipolar disorder since I was hospitalized for depression a few years ago. And I was on medication before that, since 2000-2001 when I had a manic episode. So it's been about 16 years since I felt normal. That's a long time.

I will ask my psych (again) next time I see him if I can be taken off some of my meds. I just feel they have me in a controlled down mood, and also one in which I can fully feel things. I have days where I just want to sleep all day.

Thanks for this topic. I have wanted to write about how I feel down and over-medicated for years.

bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, upper denture, benign prostate hyperplasia
cymbalta, lamotrigine, zyprexa, klonopin

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   Posted 9/18/2017 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
After a 14 month stint of medication changes and everything, I finally did feel normal for a little while. I got to feeling normal again for at least a few months. Now, I'm not feeling so normal, but I don't think it's anxiety.
Diagnosed With: Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder
Treatment: Lithium Carbonate ER (450 mg), Sertraline (100 mg)
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