Post # 1
I have suffered anxiety for the last few years, quite badly. I have a few specific triggers which can make my anxiety worse, but sometimes I just feel anxious for no reason at all, almost like a sense of foreboding.
My main symptoms of anxiety are tension headaches, overbreathing and feeling like I cant get a deep enough breath, and feeling flighty/light headed and as if I’m detatched in some way.
Right now things are bad due to a recent health scare and Im feeling really low and just wishing I wasn’t like this. I want to be more positive and carefree but I just cant do it.
It made me wonder how common this actually is. Would love to hear from people in the same boat, especially any tips on overcoming this!
Post # 3
@Loupyloo: I have anxiety as well but I can usually manage it with counseling and medication. I agree, sometimes it’s just that sense of “Something is going to go wrong. I’ve forgotten something important and it’s going to bite me in the ass. Something’s going to happen I have no control over. I’m going to get in trouble for something by someone.”
Sometimes it’s triggered by being in a large crowd (social anxiety) or meeting people I don’t know, particularly like at a wedding or other social function.
I’m afraid I don’t have very many tips. It’s not a huge issue for me, just something that will creep up on me if I go too long between counseling appointments or neglect my medication. Or if a lot of stress creeps up in my life (finals, work.. oooh work is awful. Sometimes I can’t even keep a job because the anxiety eats me up!)
Good luck to you, I know there are lots of bees on here who deal with similar issues and I’m sure they have more advice to offer than I do!
Post # 4
I have it too. Some days I’m ok and others I’m not. I find absolutely no help in counseling. I am slowly weening myself off meds because I just don’t want to be on anything anymore. But I do worry about that not working out for me.
I truly believe in pet therapy. I believe that once my husband gets me a puppy this summer (after we find a house) that I’ll be a much happier person.
My main issue is my job. I want a change and finished grad school last May to make that change.
My current “new” issue making me nuts is finding a house. My husband & I have seen probably 60 or so houses, and when we think we are ready to bid after doing a pro/con list, someone else beat us to it & it’s either under contract or attorney review!
Post # 5
Thanks! i also think a pet migh help!
Post # 7
@Loupyloo: Yup, I am very anxious. Some days better than others. I just try to control my thoughts the best I can and distract myself. Wish there was an easy cure, I am sooo not carefree.
Post # 8
I just realized that my anxiety is HUGE and I dont understand how I never caught it before.
Some of my interactions with new people and crowds, how my breathing gets shorter and i start to flutter my hands when on a time crunch, how I sometimes want to control my partners behavior, and when it gets really bad, I tend to thinnk about death… all the time.
I have been on medication for a few weeks and will start to talk to someone ovre my work vacation.
I think a lot of my “issues” in life all go back to anxiety (my father has been on medication for half of his life and says I am just ike him). I wish I would have caught it earlier and led a more happy and productive life.
Sorry, no tips for you. I think the pet things sounds wonderful. And medication has helped me at least be calm enough to notice triggers and remove whatever is making me anxious before I panic. Also my DH is just starting to understand what I am going through so he is more helpful…. wtill working on that one 🙂
Post # 9
Because I am a realist some people think I am a “worrier” in some ways. It does not actually make me unhappy in any way, and in fact I’m very happy to have the ability to consider things from multiple angles. I feel pity for those who tend not to “look before they leap” (often ironically because they are afraid of what they might see if they looked).
Post # 10
I want you to know you are not alone! I suffered from exactly what you described since I was a small child. Plus phobias, nausea etc. I finally got on celexa. It is a mild antidepressent. I felt a bit sleepy until I was used to it, and it took about a month to work but my life is so much better now. I have xanax for emergencies. I find celexa does not make me feel different in any way at all except I can now function without horrible anxiety. Also, for the breathing problems. The best way I got past that was to stop thinking about breathing immediately when it came into my mind. Count, sing, call someone etc. You have to force yourself not to think about it. With time and practice I think it could really help. It was acctually my gynecologist that perscribes my celexa, because my anxiety shoots up right before my period. You are not alone and you will be just fine 🙂 I wish you all the best!
Post # 11
@Loupyloo: I am very anxious with specific triggers but have not sought help. I also have IBS which causes more anxiety, which makes my IBS worse. I have a lot of things that set off my anxiety, but one of my biggest triggers is not having access to a bathroom. (I don’t like hiking, long car/bus rides, or basically anything where there’s no bathroom I can seek out. I’m very good at finding them though, when they are there, and I’m not picky lol.)
Post # 12
You’re not alone! I’ve struggled with high anxiety for years due to specific personal triggers. Some days are okay, and others it’s just not. Recently, I was just also diagnosed with IBS so that hasn’t helped much. My relief? Drawing, spending time with my pets, etc.
Post # 13
Lots of hugs to you.
Yes I have anxiety too. It affects me daily.
I haven’t found a way to overcome it fully, but I sort of manage it.
The 2 biggest triggers which I have never been able to overcome are driving and public speaking. I don’t know if I ever can.
Some areas I have been able to work on, such as attending interviews.
You are not alone x