What is your anxiety like?

Posted by mattkl817 @mattkl817, Jul 16, 2019

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!

Upon reading your post I thought are you having side effects from any new meds? My mother had constant eye blinking from a med she was on and had to be taken off of it and slurred speech could be another side effect. Pls check with your doctor.

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@sady

I also have dealt with Anxiety most of my life. My doctor put me on Lorazapam. I kept asking him "am I going to get addicted" and he said that " if you don"t
have to take more and more to get it to do the same thing you are not addicted. Well it happened after 38 years!! Now at 70 I am trying to get off it.
When I got anxiety over the years I had different physical feelings go along with it. I have had sore stomachs, tension headaches, and brain fog. My thinking was wonky, and I had a terrified feeling. I think I was scared to get scared again. "fight or flight". Apparently when trying to get off Benzos You go through things that you took it for in the first place. Now I get a dizzy feeling in my head;. it is like I am wearing someone elses reading glasses. I don't have that feeling in my head when I am sitting or lying down ;only when I am standing or walking? I wonder if that could be withdrawal.I am on Effexor and it is helping with everything but the dizziness. I have had it since August 2019. Sady

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Good afternoon @sady. @lisalucier has asked me to join the discussion about your anxiety. I think you described the level of anxiety that I have known and that is "fight or flight". I think that reaction was given to us so that we could be aware of the danger and escape it. Maybe what I tend to do is maximize the anxiety for more and more situations. After my SFN small fiber neuropathy diagnosis, I was in real trouble with anxiety that is initiated by pain. Then the anxiety takes over and in so doing produces more pain.

My anxiety was interfering not only with the quality of life but also in being able to handle daily challenges. Although I protested, neuropsychological testing identified anxiety as a major deterrent to quality of life. I often had that dizzy feeling and what felt like sparklers spraying around my head. With support from my PCP, I started duloxetine and gradually increased the dosage until today, I feel rather calm. So here is the result. After months of settling down from anxiety, I am ready to go try to get my driver's license. It means I have to pass the test. That will be my Christmas present to myself.

What would you do? Is this the type of activity that sets off your anxiety? I have learned that anxiety and depression can increase pain. I think I know enough now from my time on Connect and talking with clinicians that I can withdraw from nortriptyline, an anti-depressant. I am in the third month and at the third level of withdrawal this week and have begun a journal. So far. trouble falling asleep has been a major symptom. Do you have trouble sleeping or falling asleep? Do you sleep uninterrupted for at least 6 hours?

Have a day of comfort and ease. Chris

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Can you recommend a good meditation app or group to join thank you

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@patrick7

Can you recommend a good meditation app or group to join thank you

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@patrick7 Welcome to Mayo Connect. We are a diverse group of patients/family members/caregivers who share our experiences and offer support to others. If you do a google or internet search for "how to meditate" you might find some ideas that you can use. There are so many different forms and types of meditation, and it might take you a few tries to get one that works the best for you. Would you like to share with us the reason you are looking in to meditation at this time?
Ginger

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This post came just at a time when i was contemplating taking daily lexapro 5 mg again. My anxiety, together with brain fog, seems to start in November/December and gets MUCH better around April. For the last 3years i took lexapro from end November through mid April. The brain fog is very bothersome, it makes me unable to think clearly. When it happens, i usually take a long walk in the woods with a friend or my dog, i go more frequently to yoga as well as aerobics classes and try to be active – not always easy but always helpful. I hope your anxiety will het better after your exams. Good luck 🍀

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@patrick7

Can you recommend a good meditation app or group to join thank you

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Hello @patrick7, It seems like you are posting for the first time on Connect? Is that correct? I subscribe to CALM. I use the 10 minute Daily Calm and some of the other meditation sessions. It is well done. There are lots of guided meditations on youtube. I have created my own guided meditation. What is important is to meditate at the same time every day. I choose the morning. Are you experiencing periods of anxiety? For what condition or disorder are you dealing with on a regular basis. Be safe and protected today. Chris

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@artscaping

Hello @patrick7, It seems like you are posting for the first time on Connect? Is that correct? I subscribe to CALM. I use the 10 minute Daily Calm and some of the other meditation sessions. It is well done. There are lots of guided meditations on youtube. I have created my own guided meditation. What is important is to meditate at the same time every day. I choose the morning. Are you experiencing periods of anxiety? For what condition or disorder are you dealing with on a regular basis. Be safe and protected today. Chris

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Thank you I will try at night I have intrusive thoughts

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@artscaping

Hello @patrick7, It seems like you are posting for the first time on Connect? Is that correct? I subscribe to CALM. I use the 10 minute Daily Calm and some of the other meditation sessions. It is well done. There are lots of guided meditations on youtube. I have created my own guided meditation. What is important is to meditate at the same time every day. I choose the morning. Are you experiencing periods of anxiety? For what condition or disorder are you dealing with on a regular basis. Be safe and protected today. Chris

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Anxiety and depression due to grandchildren involved in divorce I worry so much about them

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Hi, @elisabetha – a long walk in the woods sounds nice, and I can see how it might be refreshing and calming when you feel anxious. Yoga and aerobics are also good ideas. Although I'm not doing a good job of of exercising regularly lately, I know it does help my mental/emotional state, and I have generalized anxiety disorder.

When you are experiencing anxiety, especially over the cold season, what is it like? For example, do you have a quicker heartbeat, experience excessive sweating, have feelings of doom, or something else?

@patrick7 – that stands to reason you could be experiencing anxiety and depression due to grandchildren involved in divorce. I personally experienced my parents divorce right after I graduated from college, and it was an anxious and depressed time for me. I had a lot of nausea at that time and felt like the world was crumbling around me.

Is your anxiety manifesting mainly in worry, or does it come out in some other way, patrick7?

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@patrick7

Anxiety and depression due to grandchildren involved in divorce I worry so much about them

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@patrick7– Hi Patrick-I know how you feel and I imagine there are many more like us. My grandkids were 4 and 7 when
their parents split up. It was very hard for them and for the rest of our family too. It is several years down the road now
and I am happy to say they seem to be doing well and have good relationships with both parents. I hope that will be the case
with your as well. Thinking of you…….
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

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@lisalucier

Hi, @elisabetha – a long walk in the woods sounds nice, and I can see how it might be refreshing and calming when you feel anxious. Yoga and aerobics are also good ideas. Although I'm not doing a good job of of exercising regularly lately, I know it does help my mental/emotional state, and I have generalized anxiety disorder.

When you are experiencing anxiety, especially over the cold season, what is it like? For example, do you have a quicker heartbeat, experience excessive sweating, have feelings of doom, or something else?

@patrick7 – that stands to reason you could be experiencing anxiety and depression due to grandchildren involved in divorce. I personally experienced my parents divorce right after I graduated from college, and it was an anxious and depressed time for me. I had a lot of nausea at that time and felt like the world was crumbling around me.

Is your anxiety manifesting mainly in worry, or does it come out in some other way, patrick7?

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Lisa & Patrick, I would just like to add that I to have trouble exercising. Use to be a Gym Rat a long time ago. With the advise of one of my doctors to help me recover from Lyme Disease, same cac be said for Fibromyalgia, exersise classes have been wonderful for me. My local YMCA has a Silver Sneakers and regular Yoga classes. It has helped me to get back to a somewhat normal life. Along with that I have just started their Flex and Balance class. My point is that many of us have a hard time making the time to excersie by ourselves.
For me I have to have a comitment to accompolish something like regular excersie. I made a comitment to myself and the instructor to work on getting better.
Since I still work and run my own business I have built the time into my schedule. It has been wonderful for me!
PS, I have suffered from anxiety and depression all of my Life. I have been on medication for 30 years. But still have those moments! The exercise program has helped all of me!
Good Luck!
Sundance(RB)

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@patrick7

Thank you I will try at night I have intrusive thoughts

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For what it’s worth I have developed a little technique based on exposure therapy I like to call rapid erp. (Ocd, pure o since early teens. I am now 42) obviously erp isn’t easy but once you have deemed the thought to be intrusive and not realistic in that there’s nothing you can ACTUALLY do about it,try this: wherever you are ..stop what you are doing.. put your head down.. close your eyes.. and whatever the intrusive thought, exaggerate it, to the extreme, picture yourself in the middle of it.. take control and exaggerate every intrusive thought one theme at a time Do this for no more than 30 secs total..At first you may need to do this 10 + times a day..I have found this buys me freedom, and generates a sense of control. I used to stop and do it at my desk at the office, anywhere basically.. also don’t push things away, rather than your automatic response being “that’s not true about me!!” Change your internal dialogue to be “meh, maybe it’s 0.0001% true” and live with those odds…obviously don’t do it while driving 😀 good luck

Ps. I’m no doctor. Just someone who’s living with ocd and picked up a few tricks along the way..

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@ainsleigh

@patrick7– Hi Patrick-I know how you feel and I imagine there are many more like us. My grandkids were 4 and 7 when
their parents split up. It was very hard for them and for the rest of our family too. It is several years down the road now
and I am happy to say they seem to be doing well and have good relationships with both parents. I hope that will be the case
with your as well. Thinking of you…….
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

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Thank you I feel better this is my first holiday dance

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@patrick7

Anxiety and depression due to grandchildren involved in divorce I worry so much about them

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@patrick7, thank you for responding. I so understand this kind of anxiety and depression. I have two granddaughters, 18 and 21. They were abused by their father and then had to deal with his suicide. I felt so helpless. I was not allowed in the home for years. My daughter has severe PTSD, the 21-year-old has OCD and was hospitalized for 6 months after his death. The 18-year-old has social anxiety and has attempted suicide herself. Although it is better for me not to be involved in their lives, there is a huge hole in my heart. If only……….if only………my very best thoughts for you and your grandchildren. I understand. Chris

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@lisalucier

Hi, @elisabetha – a long walk in the woods sounds nice, and I can see how it might be refreshing and calming when you feel anxious. Yoga and aerobics are also good ideas. Although I'm not doing a good job of of exercising regularly lately, I know it does help my mental/emotional state, and I have generalized anxiety disorder.

When you are experiencing anxiety, especially over the cold season, what is it like? For example, do you have a quicker heartbeat, experience excessive sweating, have feelings of doom, or something else?

@patrick7 – that stands to reason you could be experiencing anxiety and depression due to grandchildren involved in divorce. I personally experienced my parents divorce right after I graduated from college, and it was an anxious and depressed time for me. I had a lot of nausea at that time and felt like the world was crumbling around me.

Is your anxiety manifesting mainly in worry, or does it come out in some other way, patrick7?

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Hello Lisa: thank you for asking about my symptoms. The feeling of doom and pessimism, together with the inability to think clearly, even the eyes don’t focus well, bothers me the Most. Typically, I’m a pretty humorous person with many friends and make friends Easily, but when the anxiety surfaces, i don’t even like to pick up the phone. Thank you for having started this dialogue, „matt.k.“, it makes these episodes feel more „normal“ to know i‘m not the only one experiencing this.
Elisa

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