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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.Just another long term sufferer here :).
I have had anxiety problems since 22 and am now 33.My problems developed from smoking too much weed for too many years.If I ever knew how I was to turn out I never would of smoked the stuff.
Just happened one day I had my first episode and from then on it never left me.When I get it it will last for days or longer and it is constant from when I wake up to going to sleep,although at night it gets slightly easier.
I became very reclused from the dope, going from a very social person to a life of virtual solitude.The anxiety kept me in this state.I just never feel like doing anything.And I never REALLY have any fun when I do do stuff.
I havnt worked properly since about age 25.I used to spend the first few years up all night and sleep all day.Just on the computer playing games.Eventually I got in a very bad way and even tried to end it all.I lived through that and started to get ok again.I have tried a few diff meds.
The last lot I have been on is lexapro which seemed to do the trick,at least letting me live half normally.I would only suffer anxiety if I drank too much for the meds.more than 4 drinks.
Although situations would set me off.Usually anything out of my usual routine I would feel funny the next few days.It is like my whole body overreacts to the slightest things.Say having to go to a wedding.Out of my routine so it affected me.
I havnt dated since I started getting axiety.It all seemed too hard to do.Although through a friend I meet someone and we got on well and all.However she dumped me after about 4 weeks.And here I am again.I had feelings for her and sure I should feel hurt abit but im back to the constant anxiety stuff again over it.My problem is that I am on a high dosage of lexapro and I still have had this anxiety come back.
There I was thinking the meds were doing the trick but bam I feel crappy, more than I should do for a relationship of such a short time.I guess I will get over it again in time.But it is really annoying that the meds that seemed to be working havnt helped me in this matter.If something sets me off so easilly u can see how it would be hard to do new things for me.
Anyways I have just written a virtual novel here lol.Just adding my 2 cents.
I also suffer OCD and depression comes with the anxiety.Lucky me, not.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/14/2007 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
as a fellow anxiety sufferer.. I cant give much advice as far as relationship and dating.. but from my own experience.. if i stay away from caffiene chocolate alcohol.. and other such things I notice a tremendus decrease in anxiety on a regular basis... tho if i drink i know the next day my anxiety is through the roof and it makes for a terrible hang over.. or even if i just have a glass of wine or two.. it dramatically increases anxiety... so maybe try to not drink and see if it helps your anxiety or other foods and drinks that are known to increase anxiety.

hope this was in some way helpful.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 11/14/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Tobias,

At this point I will assume you are only on prescription meds.

I am wondering if you are in therapy and if not that may be a good suggestion for dealing with your anxiety?  Also mixing the meds and alcohol will interfere with your medication as well as being dangerous.  This could be why your med does not appear to be working. eyes

I am glad you have been able to recognize the detrimental behaviours that you have gone through and are working towards healing. You will find many wonderful and supportive members here so please stay with us.

Just a gentle reminder to please read the forum rules and guidelines,  in particular Rule # 1.



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   Posted 11/15/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I know my limit so to speak when it comes to alchol.Usually no more than 4 pre-mix cans.Before this last episode though I hadnt been drinking much at all, and I only drink once a week when I do.Basically if I stay to my limit I am fine.

These symptoms have been brought on by this relationship breakdown.I think I was so used to being single that at first I was on edge because I started seeing someone.Then once I got comfortable, I get the I think I prefer to be friends thing said to me :).

Now I beleive my body is anxious because it has been thrown back into my old routine.Another shock to the system kind of thing.

I feel abit better today. Yes I am on prescription meds.I have seen a phsycologist and phsychiatrist in the past.Both of whom have told me things I basically already know on how to try treat the problems.In the end they basically said you seem to know all u need to know so there isnt alot we can do.

I know the 'keep busy, distract the mind, excersise, deep breathing' routine. I do it all.

Im considering trying hypnosis as a way to reduce the onset of symptoms.Dont know if anyone has tried this and had any luck.

Afterall, my latest anxiety came instantly when I heard I was dumped.So even though I felt great b4 hand.It was instant afterwards.So my brain has decided it is time to have anxiety ;).So who knows, maybe hypnosis can train my brain to take such triggers with less concern.

Thanks for ur replies so far
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