Odd question for those w/ anxiety disorders

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   Posted 12/5/2007 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
As this has started up again over the past couple of days, I thought I'd put this out there. Obviously I'm not asking for an official diagnosis. ;)

I've begun to realize that when I do get anxiety these days, it comes in episodes that as I've looked back have been almost regular as clockwork. For example:

First real bout with bad anxiety occurred towards the end of October 2006. It lasted for about three to four weeks.
I was then pretty good for three months, not really worrying about anything, able to function normally.
Three months later, in February of 2007, I had another attack. Again, lasted about three to four weeks.

This has sort of been the pattern for me for the past year. The more stuff I hear about anxiety/panic disorders, they seem to be ongoing and occur fairly randomly. I have noticed some triggers: major changes that are going to affect my life tend to cause this, or periods of extreme stress (fortunately my job doesn't put me in many of those). It's been the same all my life...disruption to routine has always caused me to get nervous and have a bit of an episode, but when I was younger I could deal with it by lying down on the couch and reading a book for an hour, or talking online to some friends, watching the news etc. Now I'm 23, and instead of having small attacks these episodes last for weeks and make me lose my appetite, I sometimes have insomnia and feel like my mind is racing. My stomach is also in a constant state of nausea. I never suffered this badly when I was younger.

Does anybody have any explanation as to why my anxiety may have become worse as I've gotten older, and has anybody else experienced a worsening of it(or better yet, a lessening of it), as they've aged?

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   Posted 12/5/2007 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I found anxiety is progressive and can start yound & get worse wit age. I'd get myslef to s Dr. ASAP & explain everything you've stated in your posting.

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   Posted 12/5/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Cary,

I actually recently graduated from college and during my last semester there(February to May of this year), I was in therapy with a great psychologist. As you say, I told her everything and she suspected that I've been suffering from minor anxiety on and off from a very very young age(say six or seven). I've checked for a history of it in my family and my mother said she often suspected she might suffer from a mild form of anxiety, it just never got bad enough that she was officially diagnosed. My sister has suffered from anxiety and OCD since she was a teenager, and interestingly, her anxiety got extremely bad during her college years as well. She's doing a lot better these days, I'm thankful to say, a combination of good therapy, a low dosage of SSRI and a good fiance who understands that when she's going through her episodes she just needs to be held and talked to.

If this continues for the next couple of days I probably will get myself to the doc.

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   Posted 12/5/2007 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   

It seems really logical to me that as you get older your responsibilities are more numerous and your transitions are more substantial, and this is going to cause deeper anxiety. Maybe if you know this, you and your therapist can plan for these stressors a bit a try to counteract them with drugs, naturally, but also with relaxation techniques, and by strengthening your own support system. I wish I could say the stressors go away as you get older, but in my experience, they dont.

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   Posted 12/5/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you're right, Serafena.

I've often wondered about the future when I get like this and some of the questions I put to myself are: "How am I going to hold down a marriage if I can't even take care of myself properly yet?", "How will I be able to handle the ups and downs of a job if I can't deal with substantial change without getting into this state?"

I really think I may have to go back on medication, much as I don't want to. sad At the moment the only things that relax me when I feel like this are my family and my friends, and they obviously can't be there to hold my hand all the time. Even when my father brought me back down to my apartment last night after taking me up to the old home to spend time with him and my mother, I felt guilty and like I was relying on both of them for something I should be able to handle on my own.

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   Posted 12/5/2007 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   


Hi this is Kitt.  First of all, I am very glad to hear that you have a therapist, take a med and your support system is well grounded and understands you.

You may have a biological predisposition to  Anxiety that  is  inherited. According to what you have shared you have a family history of anxiety.

Yes, anxiety can become more prominent as we age but it may also controlled with therapy, CBT training and medication.  I wish you the best in dealing with your anxiety and we are all here to support you.  Keep posting.

Wishing you a Joyous Holiday Season,



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   Posted 12/5/2007 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Soonblue,

I had the same thing happen to me when I was at uni...my anxiety went through the roof.  It lessened a little when I graduated, but all the "what ifs" eventually came crashing down on me too.

It sounds like you have really good self awareness and a good support network, use them!! and please don't beat yourself up too much with negative statements that begin with "  how am I going to..." they are evil, nasty thoughts!!! Kick em in the teeth!

I think a visit to the dr might be a good idea, just to check what options there might be for you.  best of luck with those icky thoughts! 

I alone can do this, but I cannot do it alone. 

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