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How many of you that suffer from Panic, Anxiety and Depression find that their symptoms are worse in the morning and gradually get better towards evening?
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It has been happening to me for several years now.. have tried many helpful activities… meditation, deep breathing, mindfulness etc.. I go to bed, feeling okay in the evening.. however, each morning I am greeted upon waking with the same feeling of anxiety , panic and a sad feeling,
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I find myself dreading the morning I wake up depressed and don’t know why I try to stay active sometimes I just don’t do anything and sleep all day I know that’s not good. Lately I make it a point to get out of the house and walk my dogs
Believe this is very common but no answers. I find as soon as I see other people, my whole experience of life changes. I meet people at AM coffee shops and it goes away. Anxiety is very painful. We do have to advocate for more research on anxiety disorders. Exercise, good healthy diet including dark chocolate of 70% and above, brain foods included. Exercise is suppose to drain of the body of anxiety…it helps me, but still anxiety no matter what the docs say. Meditation also helps, Tai chi, etc. The last year have been filled with unknowns on every level, but our ancestors lived with much more than this for sure. One to one contact, even when I get a phone all early in the AM it help me. Moving out of bed, eating breakfast, petting my dog, getting to job early, early to all events helps me relax after I get there. Helps me so much. Need to advocate about the AM wake anxiety! It’s so painful for us.
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Thanks for the all of the good suggestions. I am going on 4 years of continual morning anxiety. The doctors I have seen are indifferent and judgemental. Claim they are not familiar with morning anxiety. I am glad to know I am not alone.
I too experience morning anxiety. I wake up feeling tight in the chest. My dad experiences the exact same symptoms too.
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Hi, @anniegk — how are you doing?
I appreciate your post and the way you cope with anxiety. You list diet, exercise, meditation, petting a dog, etc. – a very balanced approach.
I especially like the idea of arriving early to reduce the anxiety. I always did that when I worked as well – and it started my day off much better. At the time i was doing it, I did not realize that it was to reduce anxiety, but it certainly made me feel better prepared for the day. Thanks for sharing the ways you cope. Even small changes in routine can have a big impact on how we feel.
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You are definitely not alone. I suffer with it too. I have it as we speak. Hopefully we can together as a group figure out some strategies. Be blessed!
Please feel love al around you coming from all kinds of people. If Psychiatrist does not knowledge this problem, whomever they are , they do not sound supportive to you! And, we all need support all around us, friends, family, and specially MDs that we are going to for their expertise. This ANXIETY in when one wakes up is common and painful, because one does not want to wake up!
Now does that not sound with some common sense added, something that a professional needs to address?
And, find answers to help? Or, find another one…my MD is so supportive, even though it is not all solved, I do have to make more changes myself, but, we need to have SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE SURROUND US. If one has never felt this kind of horror, they probably do not know what you are talking about, but you need to be validated. And, MD needs to do this and find research of it, or, the specialist
is perhaps the right one for you? Go forward!
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Hello @samsolley and welcome to Mayo Connect. I see that this is your first post.
Have you found anything in particular to be helpful to you in getting through this morning anxiety?
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if I get up and get moving it lessens the anxiety. Listening to music settles me too. And, a regular gentle Yoga practice with focus on breathing is an amazing preventative measure. I’ve had the flu and so I have been unable to muster the energy for yoga practice and my diet is out of whack, thus anxiety creeps back in.
Also, reminding myself that although I am feeling anxious in the moment that “it will pass”
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That sound so wise! Remembering that these moods/feelings are temporary is really important. Good for you.
Just a welcome to you, Scotland Girl, on joining this forum of supportive people. Blessings to you on this day.
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Temporary in the morning everyday. Mornings once were by best times. Still continuing the journey of this ever changing living body.
I have had this before. Over the years there have been times I’d wake up from a nap and feel”bad.” In my 40’s I had a lot of panic attacks that eventually led up to full blown depression. During that year of slowly returning to normal mornings were intolerable, then gradually as the day passed things were much better. I’m really thinking hormones might play a bit into this. Remember feeling a tad of it going through puberty and then menopause.
Anyway, things were great all through my midlife. THEN, 2 years ago, my husband of 45 years was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Now I’m dealing with that sinking feeling again right before I open my eyes in the morn. And, as before, it gets better as the day moves on. I have a card on my dressing table that reminds me that today is the day I was given, make something memorable of it. Thinking that way helps me focus on doing good, helping my loved ones or just having fun. I did not think this happened to other people. Did anyone in the group go for treatment for this and find the physician could help? Love to all❤️
I suffer severe morning anxiety sometimes but can’t get out the f bed but I make myself do it. Come down stairs pop an Ativan about 1/2 hour later it begins to lift but not always. To many days off f anxiety panic and depression since coming off Lyrica. Hopefully big one day will will be me again but for how lucky big this will take who knows. Ativan is fir short term use don’t know how long will be when it’s all gone. Maybe not around any
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