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Offline MobileChucko

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The Light Switch Effect...
« on: March 29, 2014, 04:26:03 PM »
Hello everyone...

When my anxiety is at its worse, that being 24/7, I find that it is the most severe in the morning upon waking, and less severe in the evening hours.

There are times though, like this week, where I can feel very anxious one moment, and fairly relaxed the next.  This is what I call "the light switch effect", because it is like someone turning a switch on and off.  This happened to me this morning when I was e-filing my state income taxes.

Can any of you relate to the "light switch effect"?

Thanks for any responses!...  Chuck :yes:
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Re: The Light Switch Effect...
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2014, 04:44:54 PM »
I wish I knew man I'm experiencing the same thing! The mornings are absolutely horrible. Indescribably so.
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Re: The Light Switch Effect...
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2014, 05:06:14 PM »
Yes, I like that metaphor too.  The change in mood I feel when anxiety/panic dominate my thinking is often abrupt and sudden.  Like a switch being activated. Wish calming back down was as quick as the fear coming on!
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Re: The Light Switch Effect...
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2014, 09:52:01 PM »
For me it's the opposite: It's worse just as the light starts to change in the evening, then subsides around sunset.
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Re: The Light Switch Effect...
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2014, 10:29:44 PM »
Hi Chuck, I've read that the stress hormone cortisol is higher in the morning, and also for those of us who suffer anxiety disorders, the morning is the worst time for us.  For me waking up in the morning is so hard, and I seem to always have a feeling of dread, I'd so much rather pull the blankets up over my head and stay there all day, but by sheer will I get up at the same time every morning (7:30am), and use that same will to work out 3-4 days a week.  Don't know how I do it really, that is the best way I know how to cope with those feelings though, by just pushing through.  When I was younger there was an ad by Nike that said, 'Just do it!', I think those are words to live by.....when I don't feel like getting out of bed, I 'just do it'!

Take care :)
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Re: The Light Switch Effect...
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2014, 02:52:13 PM »
Ah it has a name?? I deal with this daily, thought I was schizo.. seriously one moment I'm feeling good and have hope that I'm getting better, then I literally a second later BAM I'm on the verge of tears, and anxiety is weighing me down and I get kinda depressed...uhh I hate that bc until a few days ago this was chronic..whatever you find to help with this please enlighten the class lol..
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Re: The Light Switch Effect...
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2014, 03:00:20 PM »
I am exactly the same way. Good name for it :spineyes:
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