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  • Am I the only one that feels like this

    Ok, so I have had anxiety and depression for about 10 years or more now. I have now developed OCD as well. I can manage the OCD and Depression ok with meds. But my anxiety is absolutely through the roof! One thing I do is worry A LOTTTTT. I have a 19 year old daughter who just recently got out of a 5 year relationship 2 months ago. She is now dating someone else who is an absolute sweetheart and treats her extremely well. My anxiety every single day has been so high that I cannot think straight. And the reason for this I dont know, but I am literally CONSTANTLY asking my daughter is everything is ok with them and I worry all the time that theyre going to break up. I dont understand why I do this at all. I always have an anxious feeling in my chest and my heart pounds because I worry about it like I said CONSTANTLY, like from the moment I wake up, while Im at work, while Im watching tv, while Im driving, ALLLLLL THE TIME. Its been getting so bad that my daughter and I get in arguments and she says shes sick of me asking questions every single day about 10 times a day. I am fidgety just writing this. I get nauseous also. I am a chronic worrier about anything and everything but when it comes to my daughter its extra bad. I wish I knew why I cant just relax and let it go. Anyone else feel this way? I feel like Im the only one who deals with this on a daily basis. Its consuming my life. Sometimes I feel as if I am going to lose it and go crazy. Right now I am prescribed 60 mg Prozac, 30 mg Buspar: both once a day and for when my anxiety peaks I also have 25 mg Vistaril that I can take up to 3 times a day. The Vistaril helped a bit at first but now I feel as if it is doing nothing to help me. I also get headaches a lot. This is getting so bad for me. Any advice? Or can anyone maybe explain to me why this is happening to me please? Please no negative comments. Thanks so much!!!
  • Do you always question and analyse what you say/think?

    In the past 2 years I have developed a horrible habit of over analyzing my speech and thoughts, which I notice are typically negative. A realistic description of myself would be sensitive, a worrier and some friends would say I can't take a joke. I feel like all this is stopping me from expressing my thoughts and when I try I come off as confusing or I am not understood. Is there anybody who is/has gone through something similar and can relate? I don't often discuss these matters with anybody so I feel the world of my type of mind is a lonely one.
  • does anyone have a fear of it happening again?

    My ptsd comes from my grandpa dying. Alot of my anxiety is just in remembering how he suffered and changed. Some of my anxiety is just over the fact that it was disturbing, kind of like watching a disturbing movie scene and having it replay in your head. But part of it seems to be fearing that something similar will happen again. I'm confused as to whether this is ptsd or ocd, because I have that as well. However, I respond to specific everyday triggers with anxiety when I'm reminded of the past, vs ocd you respond because you are worried about the future, in general.
  • does anyone's ocd trigger their ptsd?

    I find that my ocd and ptsd are intertwined. I'm not sure what triggers what, but it seems that my ptsd triggers the ocd.
  • Does CBT for OCD actually work? Has anyone ever had a therapist who was good enough to help them using CBT alone?

    Does CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) for OCD actually work? Has anyone ever had a therapist who was good enough to help them using CBT alone?
    I have been using SSRI meds my whole life but am wondering whether CBT could allow me to lower the dose some day
  • extreme ocd and skin picking???

  • Has anyone taken Fluvoxamine before?

    I'm changing medications yet again but we are sure this could be the right one for me this time.

    Just wanting to know how others have found it? Has it helped? What side effects did you notice? Improvement? How long before you noticed improvement?

  • How to stop biting my nails? read description.

    Hello, My name is Melina.
    So of course this question should be obvious, but I'm stumped at age 20. I think it's because I always need a stress reliever. Biting my nails was one of them growing up. It was a huge problem and when I got older it got worse. I started picking at acne and getting paranoid of not looking the way on suppose to. *My back looks hideous because picking at my back relieved some stress over the years. I hate it and I want to find a long term solution to relieve anxiety stress.

    *I appreciate serious and honest answers* (I realize your all not shrinks)
  • how to stop my ocd - dermatillomania developed by too high anxiety levels?

    How can I stop my ocd - dermatillomania that's caused by too high levels of anxiety developed?
  • I am HORRIFIED of (trigger warning) parasites and am scared I have them but cannot see them

    I have this horrible fear of getting pinworms or ringworms, the smaller parasites you can't see in your feces and that don't always have any symptoms. i can't sleep PLEASE HELP ME I CANT EVEN TYPE IT ALL OUT RIGHT NOW IM GONNA PANIC AND DIE PLEASE HELP ME
  • I feel detached, Spaced out, Extremely weird ALL THE TIME, and developing OCD?

    Hello, my name is Andrew. I am only 15 (almost about 16, birthday coming up) and I have been experiencing this... Mental issue, for some time. There are TWO types of problems I want to cover. This first erupted around June 2014. My family got some sort of stomach virus or got food poisoning except me and my mother, this REALLY put some fright into me. This caused a fear of mine to become more than just a normal fear. When my family got sick, I avoided them as much as possible. I secluded myself in my room to stay away from them and to make sure I did not get sick as the fear I was and still am experiencing is vomiting. I can't really explain why I fear or hate it. I just do. The thought of me vomiting was not really a big deal a long time ago, but now it is far more serious. The current thought of me vomiting triggers constant worry about what I eat, what I eat out of, what I drink, What I drink out of or from, what I touch, what breathe in, and or whatever I even put into my body. I cant stop worrying. This also triggers constant paranoia and sometimes anxiety. The anxiety was REALLY BAD at first. I seem to have developed OCD, for germs especially. I don't really care if my room or if the house looks or is a mess. Just things that could get me sick if not clean or clear such as a glass cup, if it is not clean or is spotty from water or soap residue I will clean it my self and probably waste a lot of hot water cleansing a cup that I am going to use for 30 seconds. I will NOT eat anything unless I check the expiration date first. If it is a day over or a day before expiration, I will NOT eat it. Anything that doesn't have a expiration date on it, I will mostly avoid eating or ingesting it. I have lost weight (around 20+ pounds or lbs) because of this. At first I was just never really hungry because I had no appetite and because I could get sick (Only a bit though), but now it's always because I always think that it could or can make me sick. This is only half my problem.

    Another problem I have is some weird feeling I get. I can't really put my finger on it. When I am at home or in public, I feel very detached, spaced out, or just... weird and strange. This is constant. I cant take it. This started a bit after the stomach issue and anxiety issue occurrence. I first wouldn't leave my room or even my bed. I was having full blown depression, on the verge of suicide. I wouldn't eat, I couldn't sleep. Just lay there waiting to die. I am trying my best to get over this, I am doing better than I was when THIS started. The only thing stopping me is... well... some sort of mental block? I don't know, I seem to also worry about hanging out with friends, going outside, or doing any type of activity that requires leaving my house. There is so much I WANT to do. I want to get into a couple activities, but I keep worrying about getting sick or having anxiety attack right there on the spot. One part of me says "Go do it, you want to do it so just do it!", but the other part of me says "What if this? What if that? Maybe this will happen! You shouldn't do it if this or that!", and one very small part of me says "Don't even think about it, go and do it. Why do you think so much just GO! You will be fine". One thing I ask is. Will I be alright? Is this just a weird thing? (Cant really explain it better than "weird thing") I also feel like I am all alone on this now, I think that my family no longer supports me as I see I am getting punished for feeling like this. I get yelled at for feeling like this and or even defending myself on this matter. I don't want to explain this feeling as this is kinda eye watering for me to talk, type, or write about.

    Please help. I don't want to experience this anymore, I cannot take or deal with this anymore, how do I go about solving this or healing this??? What do I do? Help!

    EDIT: I also think Depersonalization and or "Brain Fog" has something to do with this...
  • I'm Exausted! I don't know what to do. Can you help me?

    I have recently started college in a new town where I don't know anyone, I love the college and the friends I have made are lovely. I am not a shy person (although I have my moments). Anyway, I haven't been into college for two weeks now, I'm waking up with morning sickness, throwing up, and tightness in my chest and throat and a crazy heartbeat.. On a normal day I can feel my heart beat and have a tight chest and have waves of sickness throughout the day. My diet is good, At night I sleep like a log (And for ages, like 12 hours is normal.) I'm quite a fearful person, I don't think I have extreme OCD, but I'm very particular about things, so its possible. I am also very claustrophobic to the point where being hugged or being in a building i feel i cant leave feels like I'm suffocating. I am currently having acupuncture, and just finished some hypnotherapy which I'm not convinced has worked. I know nothing about anxiety and how to cure or deal with it, or how to know what the problem it is, Can i be tested? shall I try Therapy? i don't know, I don't really want to start taking pills, but I need to move on with my life and this is really holding me back! Please help if you can.
  • Is it OCD, if you are afraid to be around people for too long for fear that you may want to kiss or hug someone. Even though you know you won't.

  • is this ocd?? need opinions!!

    When I was in 6th grade I started having bad thoughts about people. I would mentally delete those thoughts in my head. I also got the occassional urge to stand up in the middle of church and yell or push someone. But I never did. In 8th grade I went thru a major depression & worried excessively about blaspheming against God. I was scared to play piano or do spelling Cuz Id have bad thoughts and make myself think good ones. These things improved but I also started spitting if I feared id been poisoned. I do that occassiinally. I also worried about indirectly harming someone (I wouldn't dress in style for fear someone would kill themselves Cuz of it). I also asked for a lot od reassurrance to make sure I hadn't accidentally harmed myself. I do still sometimes ask for reassurrance. There are more symptoms to. Does it sound like ocd or just paranoid? So worried I might have it and my parents wont understand
  • It's Friday The 13th. Are you superstitious?

    I suffer from OCD, and with it comes extreme superstitions for me. I know it's different for every sufferer, but since today is Friday the 13th, I was wondering if anyone out there was superstitious, especially on a day like today? Does it trigger any particular rituals/phobias for you?
  • New to the site, please help!

    I am going to the doctor today and I have never had so much anxiety in my life, which triggered a depression. This has been going on for a week. I had back problems that caused me not to sleep and one night I just was fearing to sleep. Now I have thoughts of death, just thinking I have some kind of deadly illness. I also have bad thoughts (like I won't be normal, something bad is going to happen to me, or something terrible has already happened to me.) I think thoughts such as I will be hurt in the future and I think things like I was sexually abused as a child but I talk about it. And nothing comes to mind. When I have my "lucid" moments Everything I have thought when I was anxious seem so insane for me to go there. Am I the only one who has these thoughts? I don't if it comes from my fear of being sexually abused since I know many women who have dealt who rape or being abused as a child and I always feel like it will happen or it already has. Is this common? Or have I truly repressed a memory and this is why I think this. I don't always think this, its usually when I feel anxious. Whenever I have felt anxious I think about death or something abusive has happened to me or will happen. I think of having fatal illness. I feel numb lately as well. When It get bass I feel like am I really here. And I always think of the deeper mean of the world. Please help anyone.I have always been a strong person and never have I dealt with depression or serve anxiety before. It just happened this week and I am so afraid. I am feel afraid of everything. I am afraid now to have kids, or the future, or everything. I am literally living day by day. I need help. Please help.
  • Obsessive skin picking and hair pulling

    I've struggled with OCD all my life, and part of that includes dermatillomania (skin picking) and trichtillomania (hair pulling). In the last 6 years or so, I've gotten infinitely worse with both, to the point of causing significant harm to myself on a regular basis. Typically I pick at my arms, shoulders, and scalp more than anywhere else, but any sort of bump, scab, or other irregularity anywhere on my skin will set me off. And with the hair pulling, no part of me is safe, except for my head (suprisingly) - ingrown hairs are the bane of my existence, combining both issues. The thing is, most of the time I have no idea I'm even doing it anymore until I've already drawn blood, and by then it's near impossible for me to stop. The few people I spend time with typically have to restrain my hands until the obsessive urges pass, which takes a long time. I'm covered in scars from digging at my skin and I'm really tired of it. Nothing I've tried to stop or even lessen the damage and frequency has helped, I always subconsciously find some workaround to satisfy the obsessions. Keeping my nails short and bandaging my fingertips, wearing long sleeves and hats to cover my most problematic areas, hiding my tweezers and pumice stones, none of that has been and be to slow me down. I take ativan for my anxiety and panic attacks, and even that doesn't settle me down with it. I've even tried acupuncture, aromatherapy, and hypnotherapy, but to no avail. I'm just at a complete loss on what to do. I hate that I'm hurting myself, and even more I hate that it upsets my loved ones when they see me stuck in the compulsive picking and pulling or see the damage from it. It doesn't even seem to just be triggered by stress/anxiety/anger/excitement or anything anymore, it just happens all the time. I'm desperate to stop it, and would love some suggestions on how to successfully combat this. Is this something I can even get control over?
  • Sleeping anxiety attacks?

    I',m starting to have anxiety attacks as I sleep/wake up. I suffer from PTSD, GAD, and OCD... I honestly thought I was going to end up hurting myself when I woke up. I felt embarrassed and childish as though it was a temper tantrum. Now I can't go back to sleep... anyway, I was wondering, does anyone else suffer anxiety attacks while sleeping/just waking up?
  • Tongue Picking Problem

    I'm not sure if I have anxiety or ocd but am very skeptical that I do. I have an odd problem with picking/pulling off taste buds. Ive had this problem for as long as I can remember, i get so into it I dont even notice when I do it until my tongue is missing chunks and my fingers are bloody. Its so disgusting, unsanitary, painful, and just weird. I dont know whats wrong with me and i dont know how to stop.
  • Will a positive attitude alone be enough to kick my anxiety?

    Third week of anxiety and I'm starting to kick it. I haven't taken medication or sought out a therapist, but I'm starting to be happy and finding distractions. Sleeping's off and the weird imagines that I was causing anxiety persist. I don't fear the images, but I don't know how long I can take them appearing before becoming upset again. Will a positive attitude alone be enough to kick my anxiety?

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we are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!



We are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!