Hey, pompeii16- So, what you think about some counseling? Would your parents be okay with that? You certainly do have some stresses currently, and I think your insights about the AP classes and the summer assignment and your concern about seeing that student again — all these things can be balled up inside you. In fact, your morning troubles may be directly linked to all of this. Plus, although you seem to think you're no longer depressed, you report a number of symptoms that could be caused by or be an expression of depression. Imagine that all of this is your unconscious trying to signal you that you have some work you need to do about your thoughts and feelings.View Thread
I'm sorry to hear of your struggles with these sensations. Here's what I would add to your understanding... You have seen the neurologist, and you're seeing a psychiatrist, and you are waiting for the MRI and EEG results. I'm going to guess that those results will be negative. If so, no one seems worried about these sensations you get, and yet they seem frightening to you, of course, and you panic. Consider doing this: be absolutely fine that you just had those sensations and got scared by them. As soon as you notice the sensations and your fear response, step back one level of abstraction and reassure yourself that you can handle these sensations, since they are not an indication of some problem. Accept them as some momentary weird thing that anxiety delivered to you. Anxiety can produce these sensations out of the blue. And the worst thing you can do is to continue to react to them with fear, because then you add anxiety upon anxiety. And who wants that! Explore my suggestion for a bit, and see what happens.View Thread
You say that you think there isn't much wrong, but you describe some stuff that's really tough: bad anxiety riding in the car at night or in rain, being with your folks, social situations where you feel watched and judged, and then at night. Feeling like you're mind is turning against you, and being afraid to even turn off your laptop — all of these things seem like they would be quite troubling to you. And then having a hard time being alone, and experiencing panic attacks... Boy, all of that is a lot of discomfort. I think you could really use a professional to talk to about this stuff. I recommend that you find someone who specializes in anxiety. Your parents should definitely take you seriously. Show them my answer, and if they want to find someone locally who specializes in anxiety, they can email me and I will try to help: email@example.com .View Thread
One of many cautions about drinking alcohol is that it places a lot of sugar into your system. Your body then secretes insulin to manage the sugar. By morning, you can experience a low blood sugar in response to the excess insulin. That may produce sensations that trigger your panic attacks.
So sorry to be delayed in responding to you; I have been traveling for two weeks. This does not sound like a panic attack. It sounds like you need to get to the bottom of this with your physician.You should rule out any physical problems or causes before you start looking atpsychological issues.View Thread
Hey, An_258170- There is no diagnosis of "major mental disorder". And no one should be diagnosing you with bipolar disorder after a 20-minute interview. You are probably going to have to jump through a few hoops to change this record, but if you want to, you certainly have that right.View Thread
I get it; I understand. Panic attacks that last an hour or more must be awful. You certainly talk the talk of someone who is diagnosed with panic disorder. I can say a few things to you... First, Brintellex is new here in the U.S., and new medications are often touted as being great, with few side effects. And then we learn more, and the shine wears off. However, Brintellex is only new in the United States. It has been used elsewhere successfully. It is currently approved for depression, but most of the antidepressants have antianxiety effects and are often prescribed for panic disorder. Plus, it has a longer half-life than many other antidepressants, so the withdrawal effects when you decide to decelerate may not be as tough as with some of the other medications. Also, you mentioned your fear that Xanax is starting to lose its efficacy. That is not a common experience for people with anxiety, although it is common for those who take it simply for the drug effect (and that's not you). Lastly, of course, you mentioned nothing about getting help from a mental health professional who specializes in treating anxiety disorders. Panic disorder is a highly treatable disorder if you can get the right care. But among the choices: medication alone; medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), CBT alone-----medication alone is the LEAST effective choice. Go to the website of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America to search for a specialist near you. HERE is the link.View Thread
If you understand that your primary issue about getting pregnant is your fear of loss of control, then you are right on target to do the work you need to do in order to fulfill this dream for you and your husband. It's not about becoming pregnant; it is about the fear of the feeling of loss of control that you get when you become pregnant. You can learn to cope with that feeling of being out of control. But I do think you should see a specialist in anxiety treatment who does exposure therapy, as a way to master that control. He or she will help you come up with practices (exposures) for you to learn the skills. But you really do need a specialist. If you live close enough to a medium-to-big city, you can go HERE or HERE to find a specialist.View Thread