What is your anxiety like?

Posted by mattkl817 @mattkl817, Tue, Jul 16 8:28pm

Hello y'all,

I have dealt with with anxiety for most of my life but have finally this year been diagnosed with GAD and panic disorder. Now that I have gotten the help I need I have been feeling so much better day to day, but sometimes when life gets tough it flares up again. One thing that I have experienced for years does not sound like the typical anxiety symptoms. I often get this sort of "brain fog" where I will have a hard time thinking, will seem very out of it, I will even slur my speech, and normally it comes toward the end of the day and I am fine the next day. I also get this weird thing where my eyes will feel dried out and sensitive, and I will blink a lot. It doesn't worry me as bad as it used to because I attribute it to my anxiety flare ups, but I was wondering if anyone else experiences anything like this, and if they have any methods to alleviate it.

Thanks!

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@mattkl817, Good evening and welcome to Connect. You will find a large number of empathetic folks on this forum. We don't have medical experience except with our own problems and issues. And yet….we learn from each other just as we support each other.

You have received a diagnosis of a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). You state that you have finally received the help you need. Would you be willing to share what you received that was beneficial?

You described a "brain fog" that has certain effects that go away the next day. I don't know if my foggy brain episodes are similar to yours but I can say that I now only get them occasionally when I just don't have my act together. I just started to use duloxetine in the morning. And I make room for some yoga stretches & strength building poses, Then, I give my mind a break with a guided meditation. What do you actually do when the brain fog makes its appearance? Are you in pain anywhere in your body? Perhaps you could clarify a bit to help me understand. Be safe and protected tonight. Sleep well.
Chris

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Meds can cause side effects but what does your Doctor say about the symptoms you are having?

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@artscaping

@mattkl817, Good evening and welcome to Connect. You will find a large number of empathetic folks on this forum. We don't have medical experience except with our own problems and issues. And yet….we learn from each other just as we support each other.

You have received a diagnosis of a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). You state that you have finally received the help you need. Would you be willing to share what you received that was beneficial?

You described a "brain fog" that has certain effects that go away the next day. I don't know if my foggy brain episodes are similar to yours but I can say that I now only get them occasionally when I just don't have my act together. I just started to use duloxetine in the morning. And I make room for some yoga stretches & strength building poses, Then, I give my mind a break with a guided meditation. What do you actually do when the brain fog makes its appearance? Are you in pain anywhere in your body? Perhaps you could clarify a bit to help me understand. Be safe and protected tonight. Sleep well.
Chris

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I saw a psychiatrist and had a few sessions with a psychologist. The doctor recommended putting me on a low dose of an SSRI such as Zoloft, but I told him that I wanted to try and work through it on my own. One of the worst side effects of my chronic anxiety were the constant heart palpitations that I experienced, and I got to a point where I convinced myself that I may have some fatal heart condition. I finally got over my fear, started running a few times a week, started to drink less alcohol, and kept seeing the therapist till I felt comfortable to end my weekly meetings, and felt that I have beat my anxiety. I was doing alright for a good two months or so, but lately my anxiety has been giving me problems again, and I can say that it is probably due to the fact that I am finishing college on Friday, and the stress of final exams, and starting my career has made me anxious again.

Today in fact, after my run, I went the library to study for my last exam on Friday, and started to have really bad heart palpitations again. The ones I used to get were just rapid heart rate for long periods of time, but this time they were more like my heart fluttering or skipping a beat. It really frightened me this morning, and I was in such a panic that I almost wanted to scream for someone to call 911, but I removed myself from the situation, and eventually calmed down, and now here I am.

I am now starting to wonder if I should revisit taking a course of medication, or if it will go away after I finish my exams and graduate. But who's to say when or if it will happen again.

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@stsopoci

Meds can cause side effects but what does your Doctor say about the symptoms you are having?

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I have not taken any medication, haven't seen my doc since may.

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@mattkl817

I saw a psychiatrist and had a few sessions with a psychologist. The doctor recommended putting me on a low dose of an SSRI such as Zoloft, but I told him that I wanted to try and work through it on my own. One of the worst side effects of my chronic anxiety were the constant heart palpitations that I experienced, and I got to a point where I convinced myself that I may have some fatal heart condition. I finally got over my fear, started running a few times a week, started to drink less alcohol, and kept seeing the therapist till I felt comfortable to end my weekly meetings, and felt that I have beat my anxiety. I was doing alright for a good two months or so, but lately my anxiety has been giving me problems again, and I can say that it is probably due to the fact that I am finishing college on Friday, and the stress of final exams, and starting my career has made me anxious again.

Today in fact, after my run, I went the library to study for my last exam on Friday, and started to have really bad heart palpitations again. The ones I used to get were just rapid heart rate for long periods of time, but this time they were more like my heart fluttering or skipping a beat. It really frightened me this morning, and I was in such a panic that I almost wanted to scream for someone to call 911, but I removed myself from the situation, and eventually calmed down, and now here I am.

I am now starting to wonder if I should revisit taking a course of medication, or if it will go away after I finish my exams and graduate. But who's to say when or if it will happen again.

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@mattkl817 Gosh, I can certainly see why you would be anxious, with all that is going on in your life. You have proven you were successful to overcome anxiety issues before, and, yes, it takes hard work. Of course we all want to do it without medications, but sometimes we need a little help to "reset" our brain. There is nothing wrong with that. We appreciate your honesty here, and hope you will look at what you have written. It seems like your anxiety may ease after the final tests a bit. What do you do to take your mind away from the issues, when they arise? Have you tried breathing techniques, or meditation to relax?
Ginger

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@mattkl817

I saw a psychiatrist and had a few sessions with a psychologist. The doctor recommended putting me on a low dose of an SSRI such as Zoloft, but I told him that I wanted to try and work through it on my own. One of the worst side effects of my chronic anxiety were the constant heart palpitations that I experienced, and I got to a point where I convinced myself that I may have some fatal heart condition. I finally got over my fear, started running a few times a week, started to drink less alcohol, and kept seeing the therapist till I felt comfortable to end my weekly meetings, and felt that I have beat my anxiety. I was doing alright for a good two months or so, but lately my anxiety has been giving me problems again, and I can say that it is probably due to the fact that I am finishing college on Friday, and the stress of final exams, and starting my career has made me anxious again.

Today in fact, after my run, I went the library to study for my last exam on Friday, and started to have really bad heart palpitations again. The ones I used to get were just rapid heart rate for long periods of time, but this time they were more like my heart fluttering or skipping a beat. It really frightened me this morning, and I was in such a panic that I almost wanted to scream for someone to call 911, but I removed myself from the situation, and eventually calmed down, and now here I am.

I am now starting to wonder if I should revisit taking a course of medication, or if it will go away after I finish my exams and graduate. But who's to say when or if it will happen again.

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Low dose anti-depressants are often a suggested route for anxiety, which is interesting. I have depression and take Lexapro and Abilify for it with good effect, but I also take Gabapentin for my anxiety. All of these have mild side-effects for me, such as some weight gain (not morbidity) and some brain fog. So, there is some caution warranted in medication if you can use other methods to address the anxiety. If your anxiety is episodic, CBT techniques may be helpful in resolving in your mind that the anxious feelings and the physical manifestations are false assumptions or errors in your thinking such as catastrophizing the moment(s) of distress. You did well to remove yourself to another place when you were near panic, but it must have been very hard to do. I would go back to the psychiatrist to review what medication might be helpful for you. I am cautious about benzos, though they work well for immediate relief, because they can be habit forming and hard to quit. All told, I perceive that you are handling things well for yourself in difficult times.

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Thanks for the responses, hopefully my mind will be at ease after I finish my exams, it is nice to hear you all share your experiences!

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@guener

Low dose anti-depressants are often a suggested route for anxiety, which is interesting. I have depression and take Lexapro and Abilify for it with good effect, but I also take Gabapentin for my anxiety. All of these have mild side-effects for me, such as some weight gain (not morbidity) and some brain fog. So, there is some caution warranted in medication if you can use other methods to address the anxiety. If your anxiety is episodic, CBT techniques may be helpful in resolving in your mind that the anxious feelings and the physical manifestations are false assumptions or errors in your thinking such as catastrophizing the moment(s) of distress. You did well to remove yourself to another place when you were near panic, but it must have been very hard to do. I would go back to the psychiatrist to review what medication might be helpful for you. I am cautious about benzos, though they work well for immediate relief, because they can be habit forming and hard to quit. All told, I perceive that you are handling things well for yourself in difficult times.

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I take hydroxyzine if I really need it to help me sleep in restless nights, but I also used to go through CBT with my therapist and it helped!

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@gingerw

@mattkl817 Gosh, I can certainly see why you would be anxious, with all that is going on in your life. You have proven you were successful to overcome anxiety issues before, and, yes, it takes hard work. Of course we all want to do it without medications, but sometimes we need a little help to "reset" our brain. There is nothing wrong with that. We appreciate your honesty here, and hope you will look at what you have written. It seems like your anxiety may ease after the final tests a bit. What do you do to take your mind away from the issues, when they arise? Have you tried breathing techniques, or meditation to relax?
Ginger

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Thanks Ginger! Test today, hopefully my mind will be at ease after today!

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@trellg132

I would like to know too

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Hi, @trellg132 – wondering what your anxiety is like, when you have flareups?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @trellg132 – wondering what your anxiety is like, when you have flareups?

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Chest pain nervousness short of breath heart palpitations

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@trellg132 So sorry to hear that you are dealing with this. Mine always manifests as shortness of breath.

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@trellg132

Chest pain nervousness short of breath heart palpitations

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@trellg132 Have there been any recent changes in your lifestyle/where you live/work/personal relationships that might be a root cause of your anxiety? Have you tried mindful breathing, relaxation techniques, or activities that will change your focus away from the anxiety? What has worked for you? I know each person is different, and I can say that refocusing my mind, or getting some exercise, helps me a lot.
Ginger

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@gingerw

@trellg132 Have there been any recent changes in your lifestyle/where you live/work/personal relationships that might be a root cause of your anxiety? Have you tried mindful breathing, relaxation techniques, or activities that will change your focus away from the anxiety? What has worked for you? I know each person is different, and I can say that refocusing my mind, or getting some exercise, helps me a lot.
Ginger

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I quit smoking had health issues stop doing a lot of things

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