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Offline Lara71

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Feeling alone
« on: February 05, 2014, 07:25:17 PM »
Long story short a few weeks ago my anxiety went from bad to worse and I started to get frequent panic attacks for no reason. I wasn't any more stressed than usual and my life was starting to improve. At first I was hoping it was related to hormones since it got very bad when I was ovulating and then before my period but it's now 6 days after and I had an anxiety attack today at work. I had to lock myself in the bathroom and cry for five minutes and try to do my breathing exercises.

I'm feeling a horrible mess and I don't understand why suddenly my anxiety has gotten the better of me now rather than when I was under severe stress in 2012. I feel terrified that I have some horrible disease that's causing this but all my blood tests just came back normal. I also increased my dosage of viibryd two weeks ago. (I'm seeing a psychiatrist tomorrow)

Has anyone had this happened where they were anxious but suddenly got multiple panic attacks that seemingly came out of nowhere?
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Re: Feeling alone
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 07:45:16 PM »
Yep....sure have.
I had started working and everything was getting better and out of no where, zap....was in the bathroom just like you.
Feeling great for a few days, happier, and much better, and then, again, a horrible panic attack out of nowhere...worse than normal, even.
This has happened to me a few times....
This might seem weird, but, it's almost as if Anxiety itself is holding on and struggling to stay with us.
I don't completely understand it.
It's like we panic because we feel "normal"....
And I hate it...but, you are definitely not alone.

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Re: Feeling alone
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014, 02:49:49 PM »
Yes Lara this happened to me too this past fall. Life was actually going along good with less stress than usual, then bam- I started having anxiety every few days then eventually every day until I had to go back on meds. After getting through the initial side effects of those, I am now feeling MUCH better. I have had anxiety in the past, but this time it was worse than ever and I'm not sure why. I'm in therapy and we are talking about possibilities, but I am a big believer in genetics and I know I am genetically susceptible to anxiety and panic as it runs in my family. I no longer get periods as I am 45 and had a hysterectomy last year (but I still ovulate), so I don't rule out hormones having an effect too.

I'm sorry you are going through this, but you are definitely not alone.
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Re: Feeling alone
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2014, 02:34:17 PM »
You're not alone Laura! It happens to the best of us. I was feeling a lot better and then some stressful things happened and I felt my anxiety coming back. With time, this anxiety will pass and you will feel better. No matter how strong the feeling, it will not last forever. You don't really realize how much small stresses can bother you when you have anxiety. At times there are small stresses in my life and because of my anxiety they affect me in a greater way. I would have never imagined that those stresses would affect me, but because of anxiety they affect me way more than usual. That's normal and you have nothing to worry about. You no other illness. You just have anxiety. Your tests have come out perfectly. You may think you have an illness because of the symptoms you experience when you have anxiety, but they are just symptoms of anxiety. I use to think the same things. However, I read this book titled, "Hope and Help for your Nerves" by Claire Weekes and it really helped me. Maybe you can give it a try. It really explains anxiety and that in turn makes you feel a lot more at ease and less fearful. 
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Re: Feeling alone
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2014, 01:58:03 PM »
so I don't rule out hormones having an effect too.
I'm sorry you are going through this, but you are definitely not alone.

Just wanted to chime in on the hormones. I find it does really make a difference. In about the week before TOM I can be just insane. But not only that I have the physical effects too. Such as chills for no reason. I had always thought I was too young but more and more due to excess estrogen in the environment these problems are happening. I did try natural progesterone and it did work but I keep forgetting to take it.  This morning I had a crazy panic attack because I thought something was wrong with my cat... but... eventually I figured out TOM is due tomorrow so I am sure I am insane. I didn't take the natural progesterone this month.
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