I've been where you've been. Well, sort of. I've had severe anxiety all through college, and it managed to manifest itself in all kinds of forms. It can be incredibly stressful and discouraging, but just try to keep at it! It'll be worth it in the end.
I'm not sure what causes your anxiety, but if you can address that problem it will go a long way. What worked for me was letting a close friend in on the situation; tell them the full story, and have them be someone you can be near and talk to when you're having symptoms. If s/he can be there and help calm you in class, that might help.
As well, and this go for any type of anxiety, you should get on a regular sleep schedule (hard in college, I know), eat regularly (nibble on snacks as much as you can, always have something in your belly), drink plenty of water (I've found dehydration, even in mild forms, makes the mind more susceptible to anxiety), and avoid stimulants such as caffeine as much as possible.
For settling your stomach, you might want to try ginger ale (sugary, but if it helps, it's worth it), or maybe even antacids like Gaviscon.
Hope that helps... I'm in my last year of college now (4th year) and still have anxiety symptoms (my panic attacks make me gag... sucky!) though managing them has become easier over the years. Hopefully it will get easier for you too. Best of luck.
PS: And as Patricia wrote before me, CBT is the best treatment for something like this; I did it years ago, and what I learned helps me still today.View Thread
I've had a similar sort of sensation when I have panic attacks, or sometimes if I'm just mildly anxious. I get the feeling of eye strain, or that my eyes are having trouble focusing (though nothing is really blurry). I also get the sensation that lights are very bright, and I want to squint. This sensation can also mess with perception; I've kind of experienced the feeling that I'm not walking straight or might fall over - I'm not dizzy, persay, but I feel as though I'm on the brink of becoming dizzy. However, I think it's just perception being messed up from what my eyes are seeing.
My theory is that excess adrenaline (triggered by anxiety's "fight or flight") causes the pupils to dilate, and take in more stimuli, which can be kind of overwhelming. I find wearing sunglasses or simply closing my eyes for a little bit can help.
Not sure if it's the exact same thing, but figured I'd throw in my two cents; haven't heard many people with this issue, so it was interesting to read your experiences.
Keep doing it. Keep going for walks, even if they make you panic.Running away from things that cause you anxiety will reinforce the trigger, I've found. Cognitive behavioural therapy will tell you the same thing - do the thing that makes you anxious so as to "disarm" it. Your anxiety will start, peak, and then come down. It'll be really uncomfortable for the first while, but if you keep doing it, I bet it will get much better.
I've suffered from anxiety for close to 10 years now. I tried marijuana when I was around 19 to try and alleviate some of the symptoms. For me, it did not - it actually made it worse. I felt like I was losing control of my body, thought I was going to pass out, and I could feel my heart racing in my chest. Basically, it made me oversensitive to everything and caused me to panic. Now, if your anxiety isn't related to the way your body feels (instead of being anxious that you're sick, which is my "thing", and you instead had social anxiety or something like that) then it may very well help relax your mind. All depends on what kind of anxiety you have.
Give it a try, that's all I can say. It won't kill you or do any lasting harm, and it may very well help you out. Best of luck .View Thread