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Severe Stress/Anxiety/Insomnia

Posted by @yangedd, Wed, Jan 30 11:56am

Hi guys,

Will update on my previous topic soon.

Right. For like the past week my stress/anxiety/insomnia have hit the roof. I'm over wraught, absolutely exhausted and have a mixture of symptoms such as severe stomach problems (Upset, the runs, acid and nausea), trembling hands, dry mouth, absolutely horrific migraines and an all out feeling of impending doom which is terrifying me (Paranoid feelings also, which are a part of BPD when you're stressed) so I'm up in a heap. My Doctor is away for the week so I ended up at the Pharmacy in such a state and told her I was about to bang my head off the wall and felt like vomiting. She was absolutely great on fairness and sold me a pill called "Excedrin", a mix of Paracetamol, Asprin and Caffeine. It's after taking a lot of the pain away but unfortunately I'm still left feeling shaky, sick, anxious, stressed and exhausted. It's not even 6pm here and I'm actually in my PJs and in bed as I write this. I just don't feel any bit sociable and have been ignoring phone calls because I don't have the mind to interact with anyone. I'm so sorry if it sounds like I'm complaining, but I just wanted to let people know what's going on for me (Mum's 9th anniversary is in four weeks too which has me even more upset). I promise to update on everything else soon. I don't have the energy to go into it now,



Hi, @yangedd – I'm sorry you have been feeling some negativity and paranoia, especially with the article you read on the hospital you were in and the murder of a psych ward patient who took the same route to the village you have taken many times. I, too, would feel rather spooked with reading about that.

I also wanted to affirm the fact that you are spending a lot of time writing of late, as many find writing very therapeutic. I personally like writing a lot. Your use of music to chill is also a good idea. In fact, you may have seen the thread on Connect that @parus started a while back entitled "Music Helps Me," where a number of members talk all about how music contributes to their health.

Glad to hear this morning has not been so bad and you at least slept a little.

@sirgalahad and @gailb had some concerns about you using marijuana at this time, due to potential negative impact on your mental health. I know that both of them care about you. I wanted to point out a couple resources that may be useful, and note a few points they make, if I may:

-First, I wanted to suggest you might check out this Mayo Clinic article on marijuana There are a few quotes from the article that are particularly notable and may be important, @yangedd, as you seek to protect your health:

“However, marijuana use can cause cognitive impairment and should be used with caution if you have a mental health condition.”

“Marijuana can cause:
Dry mouth
Dry eyes
Paranoid thinking
A disconnected state (dissociation)
Increased appetite

“If you have a mental health condition, use marijuana with caution. Marijuana use might worsen manic symptoms in people who have bipolar disorder. If used frequently, marijuana might increase the risk of depression. Marijuana use also might worsen depression symptoms. Research suggests that marijuana use increases the risk of psychosis in people who have schizophrenia.

Smoking marijuana can affect your memory and cognitive function and cause harmful cardiovascular effects, such as high blood pressure.”

“Possible interactions include:
>Alcohol. Marijuana use might increase the effects of alcohol.
>CNS depressants. Marijuana use in combination with CNS depressants might cause an additive sedative effect.
>Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Mixing marijuana with this type of antidepressant might increase the risk of mania.”

-Second, I wanted to mention you might look at this article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Feb. 2012, by Raphael Mechoulam, PhD Institute for Drug Research, Medical Faculty, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel This article also makes some points I wanted to note, just as a kind caution to you, @yangedd, especially about marijuana's capacity to contribute to anti-anxiety while also having the potential to go the other way and prompt anxiety issues.

“However, from a medical point of view, marijuana is a valuable drug. It lowers certain types of pain; has antianxiety, anti-inflammatory, and antispastic effects; and enhances appetite. Its adverse effects are also well known. It can precipitate anxiety attacks or even schizophrenia in susceptible individuals, although, surprisingly, the extent of schizophrenia in the general population does not seem to have increased in parallel with the very wide use of marijuana for recreational purposes.”

Please know we care about you, @yangedd, thus are concerned about you using marijuana right now just due to the potential side effects and interactions which have the potential to make things worse for you as you seek calm in your life and good mental health.

You talked about preparing for a meeting with your key worker, @yangedd. Hope it goes well. Have to mention, though, that I'm not sure I'm familiar with the term/position "key worker." Would you share a little about what that is and your meeting?

Hey Lisa

Thank you for the links. I'll get around to reading them.

Actually yanno, sometimes I do get very freaked out and paranoid after I smoke. Things can get very sinister and dark and you can suddenly find yourself questioning your sanity. Other times though I'm relaxed and very creative.

Yes Lisa, I love writing. I do so much of it every day.


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