Were you taking any cold medicines? Some medicines like Sudafed for example, or even dextromethorphan, can give you some odd symptoms. Some cold medicines can make your fever feel stronger and have mental effects. If you have sensitivities you can get some pretty uncomfortable symptoms. Some of them might even cause panic attack type symptoms.View Thread
That all seems to me to be a really effective cause of stress. And it shows that you are twice as strong to give up the substance abuse. You should really be proud of yourself. Unfortunately, if you are still having awful feelings like you are, that won't really help. I do think looking at it as anxiety may still help you, especially considering all the tests you have done.
I want to repeat myself about one thing - even if it is anxiety, your awful feelings are still real and still very disturbing. I'm not denying that they are terrifying, not at all. I am however saying that if it turns out to be anxiety, it's very treatable and you have a really good chance of feeling better.View Thread
You don't have to tell your parents the exact cause of your anxiety, but can you tell them you aren't feeling well and want to see a counselor? You need someone to help you find out where this monster came from and what causes the idea to come up. The idea could be coming from stress, anxiety, troubles at home or at school, or many other things. Did anything happen when you were 9, around the time you started seeing it? Also, what is it like? Does it come at certain times of the night, or if you've had a really hard day? Even if there is something "wrong," you can find ways to feel better and get rid of this monster. Even if it's only in your head, it's still a sign that you aren't feeling well and that's why a counselor could help. But you need to feel comfortable and safe talking to that person.View Thread
If you have had all the testing etc, you can probably rule out heart attack. You're right though, those are classic symptoms and being young doesn't eliminate the possibility of heart attack. I think your doctors are right - with no other causes, you are describing classic symptoms of anxiety. They will get worse the more you worry about them. Check out anxieties.com for some great free tips, and the meantime try this: when you have these uncomfortable (terrifying, awful) feelings, think to yourself "This is really uncomfortable, but I can hande this and it will pass."
Practice meditation. It can really help. Breathe deeply and slowly, because it's so much harder for your body to panic when you are doing that. And thank you, thank you, thank you for stopping your substance use. That will allow your mind to work better and your body to heal. That's the one best thing you could have done for yourself.View Thread
Let them know about your anxiety and how serious it is. They can put a numbing gel on your skin that will make it so you don't feel a thing. I wonder why you'd need an IV right away? Usually, health care providors are really gentle and kind and good about working with your anxiety. Also, keep telling yourself "I can handle this," over and over. Even if you don't believe it, it does really help program you to thinking you can. Also, don't forget your breathing exercises. It's a lot harder to have a panic attack if you are breathing mindfully, whether Lamaze or just plain normal deep slow breathing.View Thread
I have a couple of thoughts - one, if you don't have a restraining order on your ex, consider getting one. Take concete steps to protect yourself. Learn situational awareness. Use that paranoia to be aware of your surroundings, that way you know for sure whether you are being followed or not. That can actually help you reduce your anxiety because you are taking concrete steps to protect yourself. Your mind is going bananas, in part, because you feel vulnerable.
One last thing - this may seem a little odd, but bear with me. Take a martial arts class. Try to take something that isn't just a sport, like taekwondo. You aren't taking this class to learn to hurt people, you are taking it for the mindset and the self confidence. Martial arts generally teach you self awareness, awareness of surroundings, confidence, physical fitness, and meditation.
Here's why I suggest it: I knew a woman who was being beaten by her boyfriend. She begged her friends not to call the police. She was a broken woman with no confidence. Someone called the police on this scum and she broke up with him. Then she found a new boyfriend, one who taught cojujitsu. She started taking classes. Just a few months later, she was a new woman. She stood tall and proudly, she carried herself well, she had a smile on her face again, and eventually she thanked the woman who had called the police for saving her life.
I want you to have the same chance and I think this might help. Good luck to you!View Thread
You do have the possiblity of regaining control over your own mind. Seeing a counselor might be a good way to start, they can help determine what kind of thing is troubling you and help you feel better. I wouldn't advise a psychiatrist right away, better to start with someone who can help you learn coping skills to regain control of your thoughts.
It's not normal to feel like you are being controlled invisibly, but there is a lot you can do to feel better and it isn't hopeless.View Thread
Meditation can be good because it helps you train your brain to be calm. You can also do mini meditations where you take five deep breaths, concentrating just on your breath, and feeling more relaxed with each one. That can be good to do when you are too busy for anything else.
Your body is controlled by your brain. If you have anxiety, you are bound to have all kinds of physical symptoms. It's your body saying "I think there's something wrong, do something about it."
www.anxieties.com has some great free advice and good tools to help you with your anxiety. Remember though, that your anxiety is really about the feeling and not about the subject. The news may cause you to be worried about terrorism, or your physical feelings may cause you to be worried about your health, but it's really about the ANXIETY, not the subject. Bascially, your brain latches on to something and decides to obsess about it.
If you can take a few deep breaths and tell yourself "these feelings are uncomfortable but I can handle them," you will start to beat the anxiety. Don't fight it. That just gives the anxiety energy. Just let it happen, and tell yourself "this is uncomfortable but I'll be okay," let it flow over you and around you, face up to it and you will see it start to lose strength. The website I gave you states things better than I just did.
Point is, there's hope. You don't have to be slave to your anxiety. It is possible for you to have your mind back. Hope you feel better soon!View Thread
This is a little whacky, but could you try to lose yourself in your daily activities? Rather than focusing on letting go, shift your focus to holding on. But pick what you are holding on to. This takes a little practice, but whenever you have to do something, whatever it is, from scrubbing the tub to driving on the road, put your whole being into it. Focus on where you are and what you are doing and immerse yourself in daily life.
Welcome, this is a good place to just be heard, even if you don't want sympathy. It sounds like meditation might be helpful for you. It can help you practice being calm, give the old blood pressure a rest, and teach you how to relax a bit. I know what it's like to be jumping at everything, and to feel like the whole world is standing on my last nerve. That's when just taking a few minutes in the sunshine, breathing deeply, and maybe listening to some good music can help. Exercise can also help you let off some steam, so can writing, especially handwriting.