Can't understand... mornings...

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   Posted 11/26/2006 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I am still in "anxiety mode" and imagine I will be until my life gets straightened out (husband and me both losing our jobs)-
But what I really can't understand is why I wake up every single morning feeling like my body is paralyzed because I am so tense!! As the day goes on, I seem to feel better, though I still have some moments (but nothing like I feel in the morning). I am now on 200 mg of Zoloft (gradually went up from 50 mg, which I had been on for about 10 years), taking 100 in the morning and 100 before I go to sleep.
I do have an appointment with my pdoc on Wednesday- months ago she mentioned that maybe we need to add some Wellbutrin too- I just hate taking so much medication!! I do see a therapist as well, but I know that my relapse is due to the situational factors, which I can only hope will be rectified soon!!
I just can't seem to get away from the A/P and some weepiness in the morning!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!!

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   Posted 11/26/2006 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
a.l.  many sympathies and hugs.  Sorry that all is going to ***** for you right now.  Mornings are always the worst.  I find planning something the night before to do in th emorning helps.  I just get up, every day and go to the gym.  No arguments!!! I just do it and it get's me over that whole "oh my god I can't do this again" feeling.  I just get up and go.  Everyday.  I might cry in the car but I'm out of bed!!!

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   Posted 11/26/2006 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi a.l. When I was experiencing intense anxiety the morning were always the worst so you are not alone. The best thing to do is to have a plan for the mornings. Do you have a dog? They love to go for walks. I might also try having a little index card with the first 3 things that you will do in the morning. It sounds menial but it works. The important thing to do is to just get up and face the day. I would just want to hide under the covers with my leg shaking and my stomach churning. Try just focusing on the task at hand and don't allow your mind to go elsewhere. For example...I am walking to the bathroom to brush my teeth, I am brushing my teeth. We have to break the "worry addiction" and learn to live in the moment. Try it.
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   Posted 11/27/2006 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the suggestions!! I do have to get ready for work when I wake up, though I sometimes try to fit a quick walk in. Perhaps getting for work makes the situation worse, as I know I am being laid off at the end of the year...

I just don't understand, though, why the mornings are so bad- is it the prospect of what the day will bring??

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   Posted 11/27/2006 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
i read that with most anxiety, mornings are the worst.  i have the same problem, even though i know exactly what my day will bring.  the past few days have gotten better, but i think it's my job that i have now which is why i'm like this every morning, all week long.  mornings aren't so bad on the weekends, so i've realized that it's pretty much my job causing most of my anxiety.  during the week, it's hard to get out of bed, i do not look forward to getting ready and leaving the house, etc.  hope you're feeling better soon!

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   Posted 11/27/2006 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I definitely agree that the mornings are worse. I think it's because we work ourselves up anticipating what might happen during the day, and as the day progresses and we see that what we were anticipating doesn't happen, I guess the anxious feelings start to dwindle.

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   Posted 11/27/2006 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi a.l.
I detest mornings when I am in anxiety mode...I cannot even begin to tell you how much lol. I am wondering if you are managing to sleep much during the night..because I know that if I am only catnapping in between stressing - I feel 10 times more ghastly in the morning when it's time to get up!
Have you and your husband started looking for work yet...maybe doing something positive in that direction might help a updating your CVs, checking newspapers for job vacancies and posting in applications etc.
Hope things work out well for you both.

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   Posted 11/28/2006 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Maree- I think I am sleeping well, but, ironically, my boss keeps telling me that I look tired- I actually think my anxiety is showing in my face...
My husband and I have been looking for work- he has been doing so for months; I have been looking since I found out about losing my job a few weeks ago- needless to say, we are both very stressed, though my husband seems to be handling it much better than I am. I think I feel better at night because I know that nothing else can be done that day- no more resumes to send out, no more phone calls, etc. This is really a bad situation for someone with A/P to be in- but I know we all have to face life's ups and downs...
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