I'm new here but...many questions.

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New Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/23/2006 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
i'm certainly not new to anxiety. I suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder-which is an anxiety disorder in itself,but i suffer from anxiety in itself anyway,which is torture as i'm sure you guys know.
I have a few questions though,i'd like to know if these are symptoms of anxiety or if these are only specific to myself.
Does anyone have a constant tension headache? Like a fuzzy feeling inside their head? This came on suddenly 2 years ago and it's never really left.
Do you get obsessions?Like a specific fear that ruminates in your mind,like the fear of going crazy? I have the fear of becoming a murderer or a paedophile-infact i saw a programme on Mark Chapman,the man who killed john lennon,and there was so much in common with his adolesence and life to mine that i live in fear when i remember certain things from that programme,proper fear to the point i feel almost suicidal because i'm convinved i'll become a murderer.
Do you feel like you have lost your identity? That since anxiety happened,you've never really found yourself? For me,it feels like i'm a million different people from one day to the next (song lyric) and i'm not too sure if this is anxiety related or not.
Do you get mood swings,like you'll feel in despair 1 minute and then you'll come up with some way to stop worrying and feel over the moon?
Do you think you suffer from all sorts of mental disorders or physical problems?
Do you have problems forming relationships and performing sexual intercourse cause your so anxious? I'm 19 and i'm still a virgin cause i'm too worried about everything to even get an erection when i'm with a girl,don't want to be a chronic masterbater
Do you isolate yourself from the world,have a hatred for society and feel lonely and confused?
I'd love if you guys could respond and let me know if any of these are specific to anxiety,plus i could do with some friends because i dont share these things so much in everyday life. All the best.


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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 11/23/2006 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
A constant tension headache.. no.. but I do suffer from migraines.  Tension headaches can be caused by stress.. and anxiety causes stress.
Do I get obsessions about fears? OF COURSE!! I obsess constantly that I'm going to be put into a psych ward.  Which is along the lines of fear of going crazy I guess.  I have fears that I could become a murderer, but I know that such is not in my will, and I am not capable of murder. 
I feel like a ton of different people as well, but those are all just aspects of myself I've come to realize.  I am STILL me, and have the same interests... but sometimes my personalit isn't always the same.  That would be anxiety related I think.
I get mood swings severely.  One moment I'm so depressed I'm suicidal and the next I'm so happy I could just bounce around everywhere and hug everyone.
Mental disorders?  Just panic disorder, anxiety, and depression.  Physical pain and TMJ and chronic migraines.
But I always THINK I'm developing mental disorders like schizophrenia and physical disorders like AIDS or something.
I don't have very good relationships, and fear them because of my panic disorder.  NO FEAR of sex tho.. I want to get laid LOLOL
And if you're a virgin, wait til you find the right girl.
Do I isolate myself?  Yes, I am a recluse.  I fear people judging me, and don't want to be judged... so I avoid people most of the time.
Hope this helps
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
RX: Ativan/Lorazapam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (15 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 11/24/2006 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome Kenny to HW
I have to answer YES to all but 3 of your questions
I do get headaches (tension and migrane but not constant)
I am 52 and I still do enjoy my under the covers time lol
You can also look at being a virgin with PRIDE at your age ya know turn it around make it a good thing
Then when you finally do meet that "special one" you will experience something I cannot even put into words
I dont like being out to much BUT I force self as I dont want to become a prisoner in home and to this DD any more than I already am ...........
As for the rest yes I do and have experienced them things ........
I get mood swings from Hades
Yes I sometimes lose self from one day to next and it is a hard thing to cope with BUT it can be done
Have you tried CBT, relaxation techniques, listening to fav music things to get mind off of problems
PPL with A/P do have health anxiety and the fear of going crazy ( most) but I know in fact we are not we are just more 'IN Tune " to our bodies IMO
I am hoping that you will stick around and become an active member on the forum and get to know all the fantastic ppl here
Take care and again Welcome to HW
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Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 97
   Posted 11/24/2006 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there!  You are definitely not alone!!  I am severly obsessive compulsive, and worry about everything under the sun!  I worry that i have this or that, and it drives me crazy.  Just the past couple of days, I have been feeling better, but all these worries i've been having have been eating me alive since the beginning of September.  it was all triggered by financial difficulties.  I can't hear or read or watch anything about people hurting other people, because i think 'how could they do that, what goes through their head, what if, what if, what if'.  Then i think of the worse possible scenarios, and scare myself to death with all the thinking i do.  These forums have put me at ease tremendously, and even though i haven't been on for too long, it really does feeling like a little family on here.  When you have a problem, people post so quick, which is really comforting. 
If you only knew the worrying I do on a day to day  basis!  I'm worried i'll drive myself into a stroke, which is what i thought i was having the other day.  not to mention the worry that i have a brain tumour, etc.  But i'd rather worry about physical health than worry about mental health, because i'm terrified of going crazy.   

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 11/24/2006 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kenny
Wow you have all the 'yick' symptoms - poor you!
Just a couple of questions..
Are you on meds - and if so do you think it might be time for review?
You are so young to be suffering all this..and I would love to see you getting some quality of life :)
Have you tryed some form of counselling?
Talking about stuff like you have mentioned with a professional - can really help heaps...they can teach us skills for coping and working towards feeling better.
Well done for reaching out to us at HW - there are some fantastic people here all willing to help :)


Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 305
   Posted 11/24/2006 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kenny, Welcome to healingwell. I usually get tension headaches when I'm really stressed out or when my anxiety is on a rampage. I also get migraines, but those are usually caused by other triggers for me. Obsessions, my panic in itself is an obsession. As much as I obsess over having a panic attack. Whenver my anxiety is really bad, my OCD kicks in and I start my rituals and things.
I can't say that I feel like I've lost my identity, but I do feel that whole out of body type feeling sometimes. I do get mood swings, mostly when my anciety is really bad, sometimes I am fine and the next second I am feeling really moody. I get all kinds of physical problems that go along with my anxiety, like shortness of breath, tired all the time, constant worrying, shaking, nausea, vomiting, just an all around yucky feeling. I don't have isses with relationships, but you should be proud that you are still a virgin at your age. When you find that right person, you won't feel anxious, it will be good for you. I try not to isolate myself, but sometims I can't help it, I feel better being at home and safer , but I force myself out and about most of the time, just to prevent becoming agoraphobic, so far it's worked, I just have to stay on top of myself. I hope all works out for you, take care

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