Is anxiety cyclical?

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   Posted 1/31/2007 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted this item on another forum..but thought I would repost is here as well....
Does anyone know, is anxiety cyclical?

Ive been battling something for the past 10 weeks and Im not sure if its andropause, GAD (anxiety), some virus, a pituitary disorder, or something else.

Ive had a ton of tests ran, and they've all come back negative, although my testosterone is pretty low within the "standard range".

Im scheduled to see a neurologist next week. But what I have noticed is that it almost seems as though my anxiety attacks (panic attacks) kind of come and go.

With good days, I barely notice any anxiety problem and instead I seem to battle a headache, or facial flushing or nausea. On bad days, it seems the anxiety it kicked up a notch, without a reason why, and I literally spend most of the day either deep breathing or exercising to counter it.

By the way...does anyone want to weigh in on this topic: ...if I am having a panic attack or major mood swing and I suddenly feel like crying...(again, no reason why) I better off just crying?..or holding it back and doing other releases (yoga, deep breathing, exercising, etc.)??

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   Posted 1/31/2007 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, anxiety symptoms always comes and go, just as most episodes of depression and panic disorder resolve on their own with no treatment. It is very common for these conditions to wax and wane.

Obsessing about our health and looking for "outside" causes is one of the challenges to overcome before we learn techniques to take action in our lives and gain control over symptoms of anxiety and depression. Medication can help, but ultimately we have to be willing to help ourselves too. That can mean crying our eyes out, taking a nap or getting our feelings into perspective.

Have you tried psychotherapy or CBT to help get the out-of-control anxiety under control? It might help you tremendously.

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   Posted 1/31/2007 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
hot weather can make it worse

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   Posted 2/1/2007 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I can and do cry at the drop of a hat
IMHO it helps me
I believe A/P can hit you anywhere anytime it doesnt care what you have planned
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   Posted 2/1/2007 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Lyn...No rhyme or reason when or where it will hit...As far as cyclical...I would say that there are "chunks of time" Where I have more anxiety than others but I dont think you could pin point it to a cycle...
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   Posted 2/1/2007 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the responses...

I've been doing lots of deep breathing techniques, yoga, and exercise.  Ive just started working on positive visualizations.  I'm thinking of starting a daily "positive journal" in order to keep my focus on the positives vs always dwelling on the negatives.

I have noticed how with the anxiety it can come out of nowhere, without warning.  Ive also noticed that my "episodes" were almost predictable for a while (like cluster headaches), but have become more unpredictable in the past week. 

Usually when the anxiety is building, its almost as if my mind is a cup...and its slowly getting filled up.  When the cup starts to overflow, thats when I feel the urge to cry.  I've been feeling that way for a day or two lately, and last night when driving with the Mrs., I just suddenly let it go..a brief 3-5 minute sob.  Afterwards, I felt a lot better.  Some of the anxiety was still there, but it felt like the cup had just emptied a bit. 

Im not advocating crying all the time as obviously that can be awkward in public (especially at work).  But I think that perhaps its better to let it out when you can (if it makes you feel better), vs holding it back and suppressing it.

I don't know, this is all new to me as this anxiety stuff has just now manifested itself into a problem.  Prior to this happening I was an extremely confident, cocky, determined person.  This anxiety stuff has really humbled me and put a different perspective on my life. 






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