Hey, lambertc10 - This is the exact problem that mental health specialists in the field of anxiety disorders are trained to treat. It is quite a common treatment protocol. Your complaint will not surprise them at all. They will not think it's strange. There is no reason for you to continue to suffer like this, since we now know exactly what to do for you. But you do have to find somebody who knows what they're doing. Go HERE to find help near you.View Thread
Hey, An_260161- Well, now that's scary: thinking you might die! Yikes. I'm so sorry that fear is causing you such distress. Before you can look for a cure for "panic attacks", you need to make sure there isn't some physical condition that is provoking these symptoms. See your primary care physician and get checked out. If your panic attacks are caused by panic disorder, then you can absolutely fix them. There are a great deal of self-help books for panic disorder. And here's a free self-help protocol that you can study: HERE . If you want to see a mental health professional for these problems, make sure you find someone who specializes in the anxiety disorders. You can go HERE to find help near you.View Thread
Hey, ann450 - Yes, panic disorder can make you feel pretty sensitive to ideas like being hurt. You feel fragile! It's good to keep up with your activities of daily living, like nourishing yourself well. I don't make recommendations around natural remedies like St. John's Wort, so you'll have to find another source for that. Since I have never met you, I don't know what your diagnosis is and whether you might "go crazy." But panic disorder doesn't do that to people. And it can't make the thoughts come true.View Thread
Hey, daneg - I have not seen anything in the literature that connects GAD with narcolepsy, type II diabetes, enlarged prostate, erectile dysfunction, or heart failure. But I'm not a physician, so I suggest you ask your psychiatrist or primary care these questions. By the way, Wellbutrin is typically not used for anxiety.View Thread
Hey, anonymousteengirl - Those symptoms sound like they are really difficult to tolerate. I'm so sorry that you are feeling this degree of uncertainty and anxiety and fear. You have a lot going on, so I can't really say with any clarity what is wrong. Please ask your folks to let you talk to a therapist about this. This stuff is not going to magically clear up with time. It's just not. You need a strategy, and you need someone skilled in mental health to help you create that strategy. I know that sounds like a big step: to have to ask for professional help. But do you really want to wait one year, two years, longer? You can do this. Keep in mind that every professional in every field — music, art, sports — has used a coach to help them get stronger. You need to take on these problems like you are a professional wanting to strengthen your skills in mental health.View Thread
Hey, An_259747- You are describing the symptoms of someone who might be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. You can absolutely make a difference in your life, but the first, and most important, thing you have to wrap your mind around is that the content of your worries is irrelevant to fixing this problem. If you don't get off the content, taking the content seriously, you can't get better. You are getting tricked by focusing on these topics that pop up in your mind. You need strategies that help you tolerate these scary thoughts that pop up but not take them seriously. One book that I recommend is written by my colleague-friend Dr. Robert Leahy, called The Worry Cure. You'll find it HERE .View Thread
Hey, An_259420, Comments like what you heard on the bus last week or what you heard at the hair salon can really be troubling to any of us. And we certainly can dwell on that for a while. So in that way you are just like everybody else. And I can look in the mirror on some days and simply feel unattractive. So I know that feeling.
But once it starts spilling over so that you are dwelling on it for days and days at a time and jumping to some kind of false conclusion like you truly are unattractive — now you are creating unnecessary suffering. When you start doing that, you need to develop another side of you that steps back and labels what you're doing — "here I go again, being self-critical [or whatever label you would use to describe these thoughts>. I'm gonna turn my attention somewhere else." And you also need to step away from the mirror as soon as those thoughts begin to take a hold.View Thread
Hey, Anon_963- One week is not quite enough time for all the Paxil to get out of your system, so you are right to have a little patience. You might consider seeing a psychiatrist now instead of using your primary care physician. Psychiatrists are well-trained and experienced in figuring out what to try next in terms of medications for mental health disorders and in how to help someone tolerate the withdrawal effects.View Thread
Hey, cm106- sure, this abdominal pain can be a symptom of anxiety. But you should absolutely visit your doctor and have it checked out before you decide it's a psychological issue as opposed to a physical issue. And it could be a combination of both. But you clearly know that you are also anxious now, experiencing insomnia and racing thoughts. So at least the anxiety and racing thoughts can and should be addressed psychologically.View Thread
Hey, wishgirl56 , I'm so sorry to hear of the death of your brother. What a tragedy. So sad. And clearly you are struggling with those panic attacks added on top of your depression. Consider starting with two tasks: see your physician and get on a medication for your depression, since Xanax offers you no benefits for a mood disorder. And find a therapist whom you can talk to about all that has happened.
I know it's a tough decision: do you head back home or do you stay and make a life where you are? One thought I have is that if you have no friends or close acquaintances where you are, and you can't envision developing them, and you can't afford to hire a therapist to help you through this, that it might make sense to head back to a community where you have support. Your entire family has lost your brother. At some level they must understand what it might be like for you, someone who has suffered from depression for eight years anyway. So, even if one of your family members does express some kind of disappointment, I would predict that would be short-lived.View Thread