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Offline oasis

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Chronic anxiety
« on: January 06, 2014, 11:48:30 AM »
I have been suffering with anxiety for at least five years now, but recently it has become worse. I have no idea what set it off to become this bad, however I have been having constant daily worries, chronic nausea, shaking, eye problems, headaches, stomach problems and etc. I did go to the doctors, in fact twice, but they were not much help and only gave me some websites to look at and suggested I have counselling. The counselling sessions have not started yet, however they hopefully will soon. I am just fed up of feeling anxious and ill daily, especially at school where I have the most problems. The school does support me with my anxiety, but I still feel too anxious and ill to even concentrate on the work and I find staying at school difficult as well. I seemed to have the most difficulty with my anxiety during mock exam week, as during the mocks I would end up sitting there shaking and not being able to answer the questions. I really hope that soon I will feel better..
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Re: Chronic anxiety
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 05:06:04 AM »
Hello Oasis...

I am sorry to hear about the difficulties that you are having with anxiety.  You are certainly not alone.

My problems with anxiety (GAD)/panic attacks/depression/intrusive thoughts started some four years ago.  I was fortunate to find an excellent psychiatrist that is in charge of my mental health care.  A psychiatrist is a medical doctor, and therefore can provide you with a diagnosis and also prescribe medication if necessary.  I have been on an anti-depressant for some four years now, and recently had to start a new one, Celexa, because the Remeron I was on stopped working for me.  I have been on 20 mg of Celexa for some 6-7 weeks now, and am doing so much better.  I will also be seeing a psychologist at the end of the month, to begin cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).  I also have a regular therapist through my work, that I can see when I want to.

I know that you mentioned that you have been to your regular doctor, on more than one occasion, but that you feel they haven't done much for you.  I would highly suggest that you consider seeing a specialist is the area of mental health, such as I am doing.  There are also many things you can do on your own.  These include exercise, getting proper sleep, meditating/mindfulness, keep oneself hydrated (drinking plenty of water), eating small, frequent, healthy meals, and reading self help books, to name a few.

There is no reason for you to suffer, as there is so much that can be done for conditions related to anxiety.  The very best to you, Oasis!...  Chuck
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Re: Chronic anxiety
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 09:27:15 AM »
I'm sorry to hear that you haven't felt like you've had a lot of benefit with your doctor so far. Some are better than others in managing mental health concerns. I would strongly recommend that you consider exercising as that has many health benefits including decreasing anxiety.  Let me know if you'd like ideas in particulars of an exercise program. There are so many options and it can be enjoyable. I would also recommend looking into mindfulness, it's all about focusing on the present moment, accepting your body as it is right now with its limitations and focusing on enjoying life in spite of it. Just trying to immerse yourself fully, whether you are just walking from your car to work, enjoy that short walk. Observe the wildlife around you, people watch. When you have a bowl of soup for lunch really savor the heat of the soup, the flavor of the broth, the texture of the noodles. There is scientific evidence that mindfullness can be beneficial.

I agree with Chuck, consider getting set up with a psychiatrist as well.
Good luck to you!
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Re: Chronic anxiety
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 11:05:30 AM »
Hi, I agree taking care of your body as a whole, is taking care of your mind too, after all, they're all connected. Eating a healthy diet, exercise, drinking plenty of water helps tremendously with anxiety. I went through a very rough patch with my anxiety for what seemed to be a good few years. The area it affected physically was my stomach. I lost my appetite, and found it difficult to eat. So, on mornings that I had to go somewhere I would skip breakfast because I didn't want my stomach to be upset while I was out. Not eating only made my anxiety worse. When I stared eating breakfast again everyday my anxiety improved greatly. I agree with the mindfulness approach too--focusing on the present moment--even by using you senses, smell, taste, touch can take your mind off your worries because you are focusing on something else :)
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