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  • I haven't been professionally diagnosed with anxiety but I know in myself that there is something wrong. I'm too afraid to talk to anyone that I know as I feel like I would sound stupid. I regularly experience panic, shakyness, racing heart, feeling down

  • Abuse and aftermath ?

    I have escaped an abusive childhood and now I am afraid of doing things on my own. I really want to go the cinema on my own, I have no friends or family but the primary reason is to allow myself to do things which I wasn't allowed to do and stop being afraid of what other think but I can't seem to stop thinking of how other would perceive it or if they will judge me like my parents - I have read on-line that it is weird and not normal but some say it is good because you pay for it and you can watch without interruptions. I keep thinking people are like my parents - analysing my every move and judging me. I want to discover new things and go places by myself but I can't because I don't want people to see me. How do I manage this feeling ? I am fine once I leave the house but it is having the courage and mental strength to convince myself to leave the house that is the problem and also I scratch myself if I am nervous and shy and I keep my head low but that makes me look weird and pathetic.
  • Advice

    Anyone have any advice on how to stop shaking, freaking out, and fearing the worst over nothing all the time..? Like my parents always, ALWAYS ask to see my phone and even though I know I have nothing to hide it becomes hard to breath when they're reading my texts or looking through my pictures. I just get scared because no matter what I do for them I never feel good enough and they always find something I do wrong when I think it's nothing..
  • After a Panic Attack

    For those of you who, like me, experience panic attacks at least once a month, please help! I PROMISE this is not spam. I'm looking into helping those of us who suffer with panic attacks. I'm conducting research study as part of a course requirement for my clinical psychology PhD program at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. My study has been designed to assess anxiety, and the relationship between panic attacks and any residual/lingering symptoms or impairment immediately after the panic attack itself has abated (referred to as “post-attack symptoms”). It's like the fatigue, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, etc. that continues after the panic attack has ended. Nobody seems to have the answers for it, and I decided to look for the answers. I truly hope to bring about awareness of the fact that there is more to panic attacks than the attack itself...there are the lingering symptoms! Your participation is completely anonymous and confidential, and you could enter for a chance to win a $50 debit gift card! Please click on the link below to be directed to my survey.
  • Am i overeacting..?

    My boyfriend and I usually play online games together. Yesterday, he met a girl while playing that game. She added him on skype and they started talking. I saw the conversation and it was no big deal, just like "hi" "what's up" and some talk about the game. Even tho it was nothing, everytime i think they talk, i feel very anxious and sometimes i even panic. when he says he is going to sleep i call him several times and wake him up cause i'm afraid he is going to talk to her insted of sleeping. I feel like a crazy person...
  • Anbody else suffer from hypochondria aka health anxiety?

  • Anxiety, Moods and just feeling flat. PLEASE HELP!

    Hey Guys, I am new here. And I am probably the worst when it come to going to the doctor about my symptoms. I know I suffer from major anxiety and have done for years. Panic attacks have somewhat calmed down and I am able to manage it. However 4 days ago, my husbands first time flying away in the mines and I became highly stressed days leading up to and 2 days after. It has made me feel tired, lifeless, dizzy, anxious, and overall low mood. I try to force myself to go to work, get kids ready for sports and so forth, I also find myself snapping and people and really overanalysing everything to the point where I get my stress levels elevated once again. However, prior to all of this, I seem to get this way for no reason either.. I am thinking it may be GAD?? And most of the time I have been excruciatingly anxious over my health, I think the absolute worst, that if I have a single symptoms, I think, what if I have cancer? My mind is playing total tricks on me, and at times due to all of this, I have recurrent negative thoughts that I feel as though I am going insane! It scares me even more and I get more anxious over the fact I feel this way cause I feel like I am going mental? Does that make sense? I am tired of it all. I refuse to take medication.... I have started on natural stuff to help me out. Brain fog is killing me, I feel so low and depressed. But yet I still go about my daily work? seems to come and go.. I also think its just part of having anxiety and worry and being highly stressed, also triggers this effect off as well. I also had 2 clients in my office (I am a banker) that have gone on about their children having major depression and the in depth detail - I become highly sensitive to all of this, I get depressed myself, I think its because I know I am prone to it? This is why I hate talking about this condition at times, it gets me all upset and feeling sad. I am felling like I am loosing control. :(
  • Any helpful tips to get over anxiety

    So hi I'm new here. Atm I'm living with my parents, i finished school last year and felt too anxious to go to college.. it's been almost six months and I haven't done anything with my life, I've finished school and I don't have anything to show for it. I don't have anyone to talk to about this stuff so I'm usually up all night worrying about the future. The last few days have been torture and tonight has been one of the worst in my life. I honestly think that i'm going insane and that terrifies me. I keep worrying about things I usually wouldn't care about? Like for example; the last few days I've been freaking out about global issues and convincing myself that a big change is coming or that the world would end/ I've also become very forgetful. I've also been very suicidal lately and i don't want to start with meds.. I just want to be able to sleep at night, to be able to go out for a few drinks and not worry about stupid things. I hate how I feel. I don't want to accept that this is my fate, i have no idea what i even want as a future, i just don't want to be scared so much by everything. I feel so trapped, I don't know much about any remedies besides medication so i'd really love tips to help me get out of this rut.
  • Best medication for social anxiety?

    I was wondering what the best medication for social anxiety for a sixteen year old would be? I have been on Zoloft before and it did not work too well.
  • Can anyone help me?

    About a month ago i had a panic attack which was triggered by overuse of marijuana (Yes it is my own fault and i completely acknowledge it) and i've been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks ever since. They have just recently started getting worse and i now have physical symptoms like a tight chest, chest pains and a bloated stomach. I cant stop thinking about my heart during these attacks and convince myself im having a heart attack even though in the back of my mind i know i'm not. Can anyone help me?
  • Currently having a panic attack...anyone around?

    I have them at night, usually right before I go to sleep, or immediately after I sleep I'll wake up with one. I've been dealing with panic on and off for about 7 years, starting when I turned 18. I take 1mg lorazepam when symptoms start, but sometimes I don't act quickly enough and start to get dizzy, my heart races, I can't breathe properly, my stomach hurts, etc. I took lorazepam about 15 minutes ago and am waiting for it to properly kick in so I can fall back asleep. In the meantime, this will be my first post on the q&a board: Anyone have any words to help?
  • Do I suffer from anxiety disorder?

    Hey, can anyone respond me how to be sure that I am suffering from anxiety disorder? I mean I have gone through many online tests and they show I do have anxiety problems. But just curious to know if any medical test or such thing just for the sake of confirmation? By the way, I am male, 29.
  • Do you all....?

    I had something weird happen to me. Today was a very stressful day. I was yelled at in traffic for a very rude man, the traffic itself was horrible and difficult to deal with. I had two run ins with very rude shop keepers. I mean, the drivers were awful! I would feel myself start to get panicky, but I made it through and was able to keep it all under control. Then I got home and my throat started hurting and feeling tight, thus I worried about that...I kept telling myself it was just the anxiety, but you happens. Well, I decided to go get some comic books and this lady at the comic store mistook me as someone who worked there, I decided to help her anyway, but she was a really chatty lady and I had comics waiting at the front, so that was irritating to me. Then I got home and my kitten was being so bad again and I was having to scold her while I was trying to eat and that annoys me. My head was also hurting, probably from stress now that I think about it, which was causing me MORE stress... I tell you all of that to get to kind of add background info for when I get to my question. So, anyway, I'm sitting there, trying to eat and I just want to cry. So, I did. And I kept crying and kept crying and it started to scare me. And what happens when we get scared when we have anxiety and are all alone? We start to snowball. So, I went from crying to full on sobbing to worrying that I was going crazy. To me, I had handled everything, why was I still sad? Why did I want to cry? For me at the moment it felt out of nowhere and it made me feel like I was going crazy. Which, of course, brought up even more bad self-talk. I went and got my sister, paced around, and talked. She said that what probably happened was that all the stuff that had happened all day had probably just stressed me out. She was with me when it all happened in the day and she said it made her stressed too. Looking back on the day, I can see when I would be stressed. My question is do you all experience this? What do you do about it? How do I let things go? I don't want to carry around the stress from the jerk who yelled at me in traffic, or the bitchy shopkeep. I want to just let it go and let it not bother me. I feel like the MAJORITY of my anxiety and panic attacks are related to the fact I can't let things go and calm down. Even if I'm physically calm, mentally I apparently hold on to it. Any advice on how to let that all go? I have gotten so good at being able to calm the attacks, but I need advice and help on this part now. I feel like it is the second part to my recovery process.
  • Does anyone experience tetany during panic attacks?

    I have had agoraphobia and panic attacks since I was 4 or 5. I am 19 now. I struggled for a while last year when I couldn't even leave the house but got on Lexapro and was able to go to college far away and feel a lot better. I have had less panic attacks now that time has passed but today, while driving, I had a random panic attack that I think was triggered by caffeine and high heart rate. My lower chest has a ton of pressure, pins and needles consumed my body, and my hands and, for the first time, my face muscles contorted (pucker-like) and my eyes became squinty. I could not move. It was scary because I was driving and was basically immobile. I knew this wasn't a heart attack because I have had the pins and needles/hand muscle spasms before, due to lack of proper breathing from panic. I talked myself down a little and was able to get home. 2 hours have passed and I still am sore and a little numb. I am nervous because I am flying for the first time in a while to D.C from Los Angeles and I am terrified this will happen on the plane. Does anyone have a similar experience? What do you take on a plane to calm down? Do you have anything that helps you distract yourself? Thank you.
  • Does anyone have Thanatophobia?

    I just need to know. This is my 3rd time with this phobia. It's about myself not others dying. It gets to the point we're in am afraid of going to sleep. I take kolonopin 3 mg and am thinking for telling my psychiatrist. I have already talked with my psychotherapist. Please let me know so I don't feel alone.
  • Does anyone have the physical symptoms of anxiety attacks that are chest pain and hard to breath? I used to think it was my asthma, Then I thought it was anxiety but now I'm not sure... It feels like someone is stabbing my ribs/back and heart area with a hot knife and it hurts to breath and the air in my lungs feels to heavy to breath and I get an overwhelming need to run to get away from where I'

    Does anyone have the physical symptoms of anxiety attacks that are chest pain and hard to breath? I used to think it was my asthma, Then I thought it was anxiety but now I'm not sure... It feels like someone is stabbing my ribs/back and heart area with a hot knife and it hurts to breath and the air in my lungs feels to heavy to breath and I get an overwhelming need to run to get away from where I'm at.. Is it like that for anyone else?
  • Fear of public transportation and long journeys?

    I suffer from fear of public transportation, i.e busses, coaches, taxi's, trains, aeroplanes, and long journeys, and I was wondering if anyone else here suffers similar experiences from what I am about to write from bellow: I don't know how or why it started but I sure remember when. One of my ex girlfriends and i had a long distance relationship. We lived about four hours away from each other and we would both take it in turns to take the train to one another's houses and stay for a while. I was I think 14/15 years of age and had been suffering from severe depression and severe anxiety since I will say the age of 11 as that was when I was first officially diagnosed although I have always been an anxious person. Anyway, this one day it was my turn to take the train up to hers and for a while now the anxiety had been building on these journeys every time, and on this particular day something felt different, shall I say. I had boarded on to the train and I could see my Dad standing on the platform outside of my window and I suddenly just went berserk. I shouted through the window to my Dad, "I can't do this", and suddenly desperately needed the toilet and was hyperventilating, pouring with sweat, shaking uncontrolably, and I couldn't even talk! After i had been to the toilet about 10 times, I had been throwing up blood and blood was coming out from my behind also and suddenly everything went dark. I later woke up on the floor of the carriage of the train by the ticket guy and he called for help and I was taken off at the next station. I was so embarrassed and ashamed, I had to call my dad who luckily had not left the station after i had shouted to him "I can't do this" and came to get me straight away. I had to be taken to the hospital and get checked over etc, all to discover that I had IBS..? When I was a kid and would go on school trips, I never wanted to, i was too afraid but I was still made to go, and i would always throw up - embarrassing and shameful yet again for me and I would experience levels of anxiety but not to the level of the story up above. After that experience on the train, I tried going on to a bus. I had paid for my seat and the bus was about to set off, and I suddenly ran off the bus shouting to the driver to open the doors and let me off. And once again I was very embarrassed and ashamed. I had also tried to go on long journeys in the car back to my hometown, London, UK, Bournemouth where my auntie and cousin live, and other long journeys but that also got too much for me to bear. Every time I got anxious I would suddenly need the toilet without warning and would have to get my Dad or whoever was driving to pull over immediately in fear that I would soil myself. And now, at the age of 22, I still suffer from this. Even when I'm not going on a journey, as soon as I become anxious, I need the toilet immediately. My friends don't know about this at all, only my current girlfriend and my parents do. So when my friends ask me to go on a journey with them somewhere, I have to make up an excuse and lie to them. I hate having to do that. It has happened a lot when being in the car with my girlfriend going on a journey somewhere. Twice I have been in tears in the car because I thought I was about to soil myself. In my personal opinion of myself, and no one else, i feel that as a 22 year old man, I should not be suffering with this. I constantly tell myself "you know, you're not a kid, you're a grown man so start acting like one", and all other kinds of things. I am my own worst enemy at times, I do self sabotage a lot. I actually can't believe i'm writing this for all to see, but I need to know that I'm not alone and need any advice anyone can give me.
  • Feelings in my heart lead to warm tingling sensation all over body?

    I'm having extreme anxiety with my heart. I always feel it beating, i have extremely hard PVCs, and after i have these my body goes warm and numb. Each time that happens I feel like I'm going to die. This is the 3rd time tonight...I'm scared and I don't know how to deal with this. Is this a serious medical issue? Or is it all in my mind?
  • First Post here...

    I am 36 years old and was diagnosed with GAD at the age of 17. I went to some therapy sessions, refused any medication (I was a recovering addict at the time and did not wish to try it), and since then I have had very few panic attacks. In March of this year I had an episode that was diagnosed as Positional Vertigo, but it sent me to the ER because it prompted a very strong panic attack. Since then, I am having a very hard time managing these attacks. In the last 2-3 weeks, at least a couple nights a week I wake up in the midst of a panic attack. I think my biggest fear is a health anxiety type thing. EKG was normal at ER so I know my heart is ok. Now I am to the point where I am almost only comfortable at home because I am terrified of having an attack somewhere else. This is a dangerous road that I don't want to go down but I cannot seem to stop the thoughts as I have in the past! How can I get these attacks under control again so I can live my life normally???
  • Has anyone else felt Prozac loses its effectiveness after awhile? Unfortunately, I feel as though it is for me. If so, did you change to a different medication? What medication did you switch to?

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