I know what you are going through because at your age, I developed an anxiety disorder too. It started in 7th grade. I was sitting in the middle of everyone in class where I started having a panic attack. My heart started to race, I felt dizzy and I felt like I was going to have a heart attack or pass out. There were times where I avoided going to school because I was scared of having a panic attack. I did miss a lot of school because of this. It's probably harder for you too because you have the panic attacks before school and not during school. I've had an anxiety disorder ever since then and throughout high school also. There are many ways that your school can accommodate you. Talk with your counselor at school. Talk about setting up an IEP, which is an Individualized Education Program. I had one throughout middle school and high school and it helped a lot. They would have a spot for me to come to whenever I felt anxious at school, there always would be someone to talk to, I had a pass that all the teachers knew about in case I needed to leave class. There are alot of things that your school can do to help you. I'm sorry that your dad doesn't listen, it's probably hard for him to understand it because he's never gone through it. Try talking to him again, it it doesn't work then talk to someone at your school. Is there anything at school that makes you feel anxious or do you have panic attacks when your actually at school? Sometimes it helps knowing why you are anxious but sometimes you have no idea why. I hope this helps and good luck. I know school can be tough sometimes but try to make the best of it because I had a hard time in school too.View Thread
Is it true that some antibiotics can worsen anxiety? I've read this online and I don't know whether it's true or not. It's hard to belive anything you read online about medicines or side effects.View Thread
alot of us with anxiety like to go on the internet and on this discussion board to learn about our symptoms, to talk with other people who can relate and try to figure out what is best to help us.. but i feel like that sometimes that can be a really negative thing. we try to find other people who are going through what we are and talk to other people to see how they are dealing with it.. there's so much negativity. we want to see other people who are struggling who have had success in dealing with their problems but it seems like all i see are people who are claiming that they have had anxiety for years and nothing works for them and they are completely hopeless.. reading things like this makes me feel so much worse. if i wasn't a positive person, those things would make me feel miserable and i know they are making alot of people on here feel hopeless like no one ever gets better from anxiety and they have to live like this forever. that is so NOT true because i KNOW there are so many people out there who have gotten over anxiety and are able to live healthy normal lives. just because there alot of people who still havent gotten better doesn't mean that they aren't any people out there who have gotten better.
this is not to bash on anyone who has written anything on here about how awful anxiety is making them feel or anything like that. i KNOW how anxiety can make you feel and i'm not trying to tell you that you can't post how your feeling on here.. all i'm saying is alot of us read what other people say and when there alot of negative things about anxiety.. it makes alot of people feel hopeless.
i just think that we all need to be positive! i know its very hard. but i want people to know that we don't have to live like this forever and hope is out there. if anyone has anything positive to say about anxiety or how they have gotten better, please share it. i hope this board can also turn into something where other people can share their success stories with anxiety, not just the negative things.
once again, sorry if i offended anyone because like i said.. this wasn't made to bash on the people who write on this discussion. i just want everyone to know that there is hope out there and i want to bring some positivity to everyone. the goal of this is just to make everyone feel better and help them know that just because alot of people struggle with this doesn't mean they have to struggle forever, and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.View Thread
I have tried what your talking about and it really does work. it's all about how you react to your emotions and feelings and not letting them empower you. just because you feel anxious, doesn't mean you have to let that take over you. life can be completely normal with anxiety. I think this is better than medicine. Medicine works sometimes and sometimes it doesn't.. but most importantly it's how you mange it. We defiantly have power over our feelings and our anxiety. I actually bought an anxiety book, its called the mindfulness and acceptance workbook for anxiety and its great, it explains how to recontol your anxiety and take charge of your life. thanks for sharing your story because I had just posted a discussion on here on how I was tried of seeing people complain they have anxiety for years and never get better and i was asking people they need to share their success stories. I was tired of people always seeing negative things on here and thinking they can never get better and when people post things like this, I think it can help us all.View Thread
your welcome. im glad i could help. i've kind of been feeling like that lately too. it's really weird because i could be fine for a long time then out of nowhere i have anxiety and sometimes i can't figure out why. when i'm bored or have nothing to do or if i'm going through something stressful then i notice that's when i have anxiety but if i could just get myself out of the house and my mind on something else, it goes away. i've been thinking alot about the reasons why we have these thoughts too.. but ive tried to realize that its just my mind, and i have to think about positive things. the more you think about going crazy or that your losing your mind, it makes it worse. try to remember that's its only your thoughts and how you react to them. i think maybe you should try to talk to a therapist or a psychologist, just someone to talk to that understands. you really should go out and buy the anxiety and phobia workbook or some type of anxiety book. some people don't like reading and i don't either.. but this book has ALOT of helpful stuff in it. did something make your anxiety worse like have you been at home alot or not getting out alot? because my anxiety started after i was sick for a week and all i did was stay home and worry that something was wrong with me.. then i had anxiety about other stuff and it just turned out a big cycle. try to find someone to talk to, whether it's your doctor or a therapist. i think thats the first step to take. you really aren't going crazy though, trust me. people with anxiety are way too much in contact with reality to go crazy, we overthink EVERYTHING and worry about the dumbest things and sometimes we just have to realize that even though its hard. like when i have negative thoughts, i have alot of what if thoughts that i hate.. but i know its just my mind wondering. right now i'm trying to get out of the house more and get a job and hopefully i think that'll help because when i have nothing going on in my life, my anxiety gets worse.View Thread
I've felt like this many of times but you aren't alone. I'm sorry that your dad is the way that he is but if hes never had anxiety/panic, he's not gonna know what it feels like. I'm not a doctor but if you have been to the doctor and have had tests done then there is nothing at all wrong with you. anxiety can make you feel this way, it can produce nones of physical symptoms. It's really hard when you have no one to talk to but you really should consider talking to a therapist, it will help you so much. but believe me, your only 19 like you said, you have your whole life ahead of you, your too young to be worrying about something being wrong with you. your letting your anxiety rule your life, and your letting your mind get to you. be thankful that you are young and healthy. please talk to someone though, whether it's your doctor or a psychologist. you don't deserve to go through what your dad is putting you through. there are alot of people who are in the same situation as you are and you are not alone. get out of the house, do the things you enjoy doing, get your mind off of how your feeling because trust me, your mind is tricking you into thinking like this. you can't help feeling sick and being anxious and scared but you can control how you react. please believe me and believe your doctors if they tell you that you are fine. don't make yourself feel worse, chances are all you are doing is making yourself worse when there is nothing wrong with you, its crazy how our minds can trick us. Don't let this get the best of you. You'll get through it. Good luck. dont hesitate to ask if you need anythingView Thread
I know exactly what you feel like and you are not alone, because alot of people go through what you are going through. Let me tell you, it does get better. Having irrational fears and thoughts is NORMAL when you have anixety and panic. and yes it is normal to be afraid that you might be stuck like this forever but i'm here to tell you that you will not be stuck like this forever. You are only 18 years old, you have the REST OF YOUR LIFE, everyday is a new day, you have so much in your life to look forward to. DONT let anxiety rule your life, its not worth it. i know its really hard but you can't let your mind and your thoughts get the best of you. you have to always think positive. think about the way you think about things when anxiety comes on and you start to panic.. what goes through your head? you think horrible thoughts and you think that you are going to die and be stuck like this forever. do you notice what your doing? your making it seems way worse than it is. i know its very hard to control what thoughts come across your mind but let me tell you, you CAN control how you react to your emotions and your thoughts. anxiety WILL make you a stronger person. don't give up on yourself. Anxiety is treatable and alot of people can go on leading normal great lives. Have you ever considered going to see a doctor to get on medicine or see a therapist to talk to? That's the best thing you can do right now. If you like reading, I suggest you go pick up an anxiety workbook, it helps ALOT. There are many things you can do to help your anxiety. Exercise, Medicine, Talking with a therapist.. just one of many things. I know its also hard when your family and friends don't understand your anxiety, they don't know what it's like if they havent gone through it. Please don't give up on yourself. there is HOPE, trust me. you just have to be positive and have hope in yourself. you are not too young to take medication, trust me. but let me tell you, medicine doesnt work for everyone and there can be side effects but that's something you have to decide for yourself. get out there and live life. just be thankful, there is nothing else wrong with you, that you don't have heart disease or cancer, your a healthy person, be thankful for that. and yes anxiety can be scary but its not gonna harm you. your mind is your worse enemy, you just have to learn how to control it. please know that you are not alone and don't rely on the internet to give you answers about anxiety, because there people who complain about their anxiety and never get better but there are alot more people who have the strength to live despite their anxiety. Good luck, please let me know if you need anything.View Thread
yes, it can. ive been on clonidine for 16 years now. i got put on it when i was only 2 years old for a rare sleep disorder and ive taken it every night since then to go to sleep. i swear by this medicine because i cant sleep without it. it does have a very calming effect and it can help lower your blood pressure or heart rate. ive had anxiety since i was 12 and i dont know what id do without it becuz it always helps me get a great nights sleep. id say give it a try becuz it is a great medicine but different medicines work differently for certain people and im only on this medicine for my sleep disorder but i do have anxiety. i hope this helped, good luckView Thread
I just wondering if anyone ever notices that their temperture goes up when they are anxious and if this is normal? my fever can go up to 99.9 when i feel very anxious and hot. most of the time its around 99.4. I was freak out when I take my temperture and i have a low grade fever thinking I have an infection but there are nights when my temperture goes up to at least 99.5. Is this normal or something to be worried about?View Thread
Alot of people know what you are going through and you are not the only one. There are alot of things people share on here and useful things you can do to try to feel better. You are obviously going through a hard time right now, it is normal for you to have these feeling. It very well could be PTSD. It takes a while for things to get back to normal and you have to have patience. Klonopin is a good medicine but you should really switch to something different if its not helping and because it's too easy to get dependent on and hard to stop taking. Having anxiety can make you feel foggy minded and make you feel like your losing time. Talk to your therapist, it takes time to find the right therapist for you, someone who can really help and who you can relate to. Try to see him more often can help too. Get anxiety books or any books relating to PTSD, get out more and get excersise, try to go out and do the things you enjoy to get your mind off of it. Your not suffering alone. Good luckView Thread