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Offline leg252

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Re: Feeling Trapped In My Own Mind/Body
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2011, 03:39:51 PM »
 I'm currently seeing a  pyschologist for   hypnosis and cbt. He  said it will take  3 to 6  months to overcome gad.I'm trying  hard to forget  my symptoms, but there consuming my whole body! How  do you forget it when there right there? I feel like my symptoms are overwhelming me! This gad sucks! I want so much to get  better! But sometimes  i feel like i'm trapped inside   my own head with no way out! I'm having  trouble coping with this!I  feel like i'm  never going to get  better!I believe the  symptoms will go away in time, but not soon enough for me! I'm so tired of this! Will i get  better eventually despite some anxious thoughts? I pray to God  everyday to take away this anxiety and put it  back into remission.
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Re: Feeling Trapped In My Own Mind/Body
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2012, 06:45:31 PM »
I know this thread is old, but I've been feeling exactly like this lately. I know it's related to GAD, but it's like I've truly become aware of "myself" for the first time in my life. I've realized how separate I am from everyone else, and I'm very aware of the passage of time. Sometimes I'll just be going about my day, doing something normal like microwaving something, and I'll get this feeling that none of it matter. I feel like whatever I do instantly becomes nothing but a memory of the past, and I'm constantly trapped in my present state of mind and body. I took low doses of xanax for a couple weeks, and that got rid of most of panic associated with the anxiety, but it's been about a week since I stopped the medicine and these thoughts are starting to creep back. They're not as strong or as frightening as they were before, but they're still strange, and I'm worried that they'll interfere with my social life or get worse. Has anybody else here been able to get rid of these feelings permanently? Any tips for dealing with them on a day to day basis?
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Re: Feeling Trapped In My Own Mind/Body
« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2012, 04:27:21 AM »
Okay I understand totally what you are going through, and being someone who has suffered Anxiety and panic attacks for almost twenty years I know what I am talking about:
What you have described is something I experienced as well. The brain is an extremely powerful thing and has an amazing power of suggestion, and control of feelings and thoughts. The key thing you have explained and highlighted is control, you are thinking of a situation that is completely beyond your control, that being your existence. If you feel panicky, say in a shop, you can leave the shop, if you get panicky in a car, you can leave the car, and so on, but now what you are doing is thinking of a situation you cannot escape from, and that for an anxiety sufferer is scary, because control is the main factor of anxiety. One thing I remember about my anxiety was the strange feeling about who I was, and that I can never run away from myself and I was stuck with myself. You talk of buzzing sensations, I used to feel like I was hooked up to the mains sometimes, I had huge jolts of energy just pulsate through me and many buzzing sensations. This is usually nerve related. One thing I have learned over the years is to let go of control, because it consumes your life and rules your life too. Another thing I do is I try to keep my brain active, that is very important I do anything, read boring books, do crosswords, puzzles clean, write books (Never published just to occupy my mind) if you leave your brain inactive it will go into itself especially if you suffer from anxiety. A panic attack is a truly frightening experience that unless you have suffered one, will never understand. The fact is the modern world is to blame the stress, and fast moving lives we are not built for, the media, films, video games, the internet, and so on. I have found that taking myself out of this helps me, I do not get bogged own in modern life anymore, I don't watch the TV much because that can influence my mood allot, the same with the internet and all its bad news, I quit smoking and drinking, also reduced my caffeine intake all these help to feel less panicky. It is hard to tell another it will be okay, because when suffering anxiety it seems hopeless, and that this is your lot forever, but it's not so, you can reprogram your brain, it takes time and many ups and downs, but you can do it, remember it's your brain.
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Re: Feeling Trapped In My Own Mind/Body
« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2012, 05:50:35 PM »
I completely agree Peter that this particular part of anxiety is a control issue. I have entered this DP/DR symptom again big time from ruminating endlessly over a health dilemna which I can't make a decision on. I started having horrible anxiety attacks, and many even during the night. I am now having this feeling I cannot free my mind from its own bounds. However, I have studied anxiety for years, and I know full well that this is only a symptom of an overly tired and anxious mind. I think doing simple distracting things and projects, and interacting with others in situations where you have some control, will gradually free the mind. You will eventually forget this is a problem as you come to experience that you are not really trapped in your 'own skin' but are really connected to everything and everyone. Control is the issue, as when you are overly anxious, the limbic system of the brain goes wacko and interprets everything as an alarm (even ones existence).
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Re: Feeling Trapped In My Own Mind/Body
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2013, 10:50:47 AM »
Yes, I know this thread is old (still) but word is bond I really understand this issue, have done for a long time, thought it was just me who overanalyzed everything and was always on edge. I would like to know if any of you guys have gotten over this kind of thing as of yet? I thought I got over it, but it would always come back. I find if I make anothers life the priority (usually a girlfriends), I can kinda forget about myself if I do each and every movement to benefit and suit them. Would not recommend this course of action. Leads to major heartbreak. Try the drugs. The withdrawal symptoms are better.
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Re: Feeling Trapped In My Own Mind/Body
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2014, 11:07:17 PM »
Yes, this is an old topic.. But I think more people need to see this. There is so much GOOD information and experience in this thread. This describes perfectly what I have been feeling for months a few years ago, and now the past 4 months. For me, it's been like I'm trapped in my mind, but I can't accept the fact that I felt that way because it's strange. My mind goes on overdrive and I spend hours on an endless thought cycle, constantly worrying and going deeper and deeper. But there are brief moments where I realize that these are just my thoughts, and I have nothing to worry about. After all, pondering life's existence is what started it for me in the first place, and it goes away completely when I'm preoccupied and distracted. It comes back though.... Almost like my mind doesn't know how to function properly without anxiety.

Hopefully someone can relate to this post, you aren't alone. I hope the people in this forum are doing well.

Take care!
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Re: Feeling Trapped In My Own Mind/Body
« Reply #26 on: June 27, 2014, 06:20:35 PM »
I found this post weirdly reassuring I'm afraid - I have the exact same thoughts! Today I've been convincing myself that I'm going mad, all I've thought about is how odd human consciousness is and how strange humans are and all of those kinds of things, and there's definitely this sense of feeling 'trapped' or like my body is just a vessel or something along those lines. Ofcourse I find psychosis symptoms 'strange ideas' and bang, off I go into anxiety and completely reassuring myself that I'm mad.

I guess it's just important to ground ourselves and realise nobody knows the answers to everything... Accepting that things are just a thought is indeed very difficult but that's all they are, our thoughts.
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Re: Feeling Trapped In My Own Mind/Body
« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2014, 10:17:40 PM »
I feel like you described all the time. You really nailed it all. I go from thinking I'm completely responsible and will be "punished" for being like this to feeling like it is a disease, a disorder, and not my fault. I'm not asking for it, I am seeking help, doing what I can. It's still there and I don't know what to do. I'm sad because it feels like there are no answers.
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