Post # 1
I am just curious to see hoe many other people suffer from anxiety and or panic attacks. I have suffered since I was 12. I get extreme anxiety when I become stressed and it’s hard to control. I do take medicine but a low dose to regulate me. I am just so tired of always feeling tired and never feeling at peace. If any of you suffer, how do you cope with it? over analyzing everything is starting to get really old…
Post # 2
I’ve been dx’d with generalized anxiety disorder, severe, major clinical depression, severe & panic disorder.
In my case, the anxiety is so severe it causes the depression.
For me, meds are essential as is physical exercise.
Post # 3
sassy411: I have also be diagnosed with GAD and depression. I was seeing someone for a long time to work through it, and am on a low dose medication. I’m a bit nervous because some of my symtoms have reared their ugly head again (randomly waking up panicking, getting hit with nausea/sweating/heart palpitations/dizziness for no reason due to an anxiety attack)… \
Dchalifoux2012: I found the most helpful thing to be seeing the psychologist. She gave me some really awesome literature and strategies to work through the anxiety. I wanted to try to “deal” without medication, but to be honest the dosage I’m on provides me just enough help to be able to deal with the rest on my own.
Post # 4
Dchalifoux2012: Yep, I’m in the same boat. Luckily I don’t have many panic attacks, but they upped the dosage for my meds and thats helped alot. I do over analyze everything. Sometimes I need to have a heart to heart with myself and say “stop, it doesn’t matter”. It’s still tough though. Honestly, other than the meds, working out and eating better has helped, which really surprised me.
Post # 5
Maybe it’s time for an adjustment in your meds?
I’m glad you have a therapist with whom you work well. I spent about 5 yrs in therapy & finally realized that I needed meds.
Post # 6
sassy411: You’re probably right. I also stopped going to see my therapist because I thought I’d got everything “under control” – I need to learn that going to therapy isn’t failing, and that this is LIFETIME disorder that will never just “go away”.
I agree with all the PPs who said eating better and working out. I find walking the dog twice a day really helps me.
Post # 7
I have been diagnosed with GAD and depression as well. It’s a really tough thing to get over. My Fiance would try to get me up for work and I’d be literally unable to get out of bed because of how anxious and depressed I felt. I was on a smaller dose and I spoke with my doctor and she upped my dose and gave me an accompanying medication and it made a world of difference in my life. It took me months to finally book my appointment and go (and I almost cancelled a million times because of my anxiety), but I’m glad I did. My anxiety was a lot worse than last time and they were ableto help me. That might be what you need, too 🙂
Post # 8
Dchalifoux2012: I do! It has gotten REAL BAD in the past. What works for me – low dose meds, yoga, a healthy diet, therapy.
As long as I commit to a healthy lifestyle and follow through, I usually don’t get too bad anymore. I still have my moments, but the crippling anxiety – not so much.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane Oakbrook
Dchalifoux2012: I ported about my Major Depression yesterday. I’ve been told by my therapist that it goes hand in hand with Anxiety, but these days it feels more like I just don’t care about anything.
For me, it just helps to talk to people. Not even a professional, I just want to know that someone is listening.
You’re definitely not alone.
Post # 10
I haven’t had a panic attack in two years. I do have some anxiety left ,but how I calm myself , I knit or crochet to get my mind off of it. Since I got engaged I know I will be stressed. I realized that is my trigger, so I’m going to take wedding planning a step at a time.
Post # 11
Dchalifoux2012: I could have written this post myself! Though I’ve never taken medication (at least to this point), I have suffered with anxiety from a very early age. As a former athlete, I never knew how much of a positive impact exercise had on my anxiety levels until I finished up in college. Afterward, I wasn’t working out as much and I found myself super anxious all of the time. I made the correlation that my anxiety levels are decreased when I work out consistently and when I don’t work out consistently, I feel super anxious and out of control. Also, trying to remain organized really helps. Making lists and crossing off each completed item as well as having a clean and organized house and car. My dad used to always tell me that “an organized room brings and organized mind.” So true! Lastly, having someone to talk with (i.e., counselor, friend, partner) and not going through this alone. A lot of people are ashamed and afraid to talk about it, which further heightens their anxiety levels. You’re not alone. I promise. 🙂
Post # 12
I started to suffer from anxiety about two years ago — I was going through a turbulent time in my life (I lost my job, my boyfriend and I were working through some issues, etc.) and for the first time, I understood true anxiety. I would ruminate OVER and OVER about conversations, choices, etc. It was totally paralyzing. I would both not want to do anything but also have a really hard time sitting still. I finally started going to therapy, which helped a lot and also realized that a low dose of medicine was needed. I still hate taking it (not because I feel judged but more because I don’t really like any meds long-term) it has been hugely helpful. I will echo others — working out has been a great way to get out of my head a bit and I find I always feel more calm after a good sweat.
I sort of thought I had it “all together” but actually this week, seemingly out of nowhere, it reared its awful, ugly head. For me, I tend to focus my anxiety on my relationship, even though my SO is amazing. I start to worry about whether he loves me, whether I make him happy enough and I read WAY too much into everything he says/does. But, I’ve started to be able to recognize when it’s my mind spinning a bit too quickly and to try to rationally focus on what I know to be true, rather than the thoughts and “stories” my mind is making up. But, in the moment that’s definitely easier said than done. 😉
You are definitely NOT alone, and I’m sending a hug your way.
Post # 13
I was diagnosed with GAD and Depression. For me, the medication I was taking made it so I couldn’t feel anything and slept all the time. I tried many different variations and doses and never had any successs. I took myself off the medication and focused on getting a strong support system of people who knew about my condition and could help me. I still struggle with both of these things daily, but it is better than the alternative so I choose to do this.
I hope that you find something that works for you. I understand exactly what you are talking about, and I hope you find some peace.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2008 - County courthouse
I have bipolar disorder and anxiety is a part of it. I was prescribed anti anxiety pills but they made me very sleepy. So I don’t take them.
Post # 15
thank you all for your kind posts. I am so sorry that you all go through this.. It’s a horrible thing and I hate it everyday. I should probably up the exercise a little. I hear from a lot of you that helps. Again you all are so amazing and strong to go through this. Thank you again!