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Offline Snoopy10

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Re: New and just needing people who understand
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2014, 03:07:38 PM »
Try focusing on getting to a psychiatrist who can help you.  Its going to be hard but put all your effort into getting yourself into see a psychiatrist.  If the medication helped before it can help again.  Ask your Mom to help you to get you to one.  Have her drive you and even go into the appointment with you if you need it.  Don't give up.

Sometimes I get shortness of breath.  I am on Lexapro and clonazepam and I still get anxiety related shortness of breath.  I now just shrug my shoulders and say "oh well, it will pass" and in a few days, it does.  Our bodies manifest anxiety in crazy ways and yours is playing a major game with you.  Your anxiety is tricking you into believing you are sick. 

Don't give up!  You felt okay before you can feel okay again.  If your Mom can help you, let her help you.
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Offline Aaron Davis

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Re: New and just needing people who understand
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2014, 07:07:58 PM »
I am terribly sorry to hear about your new phobia....(as well as the previous ones). I am still consumed with cardiophobia. The one thing we can all attest to here is that YOU ARE NOT ALONE in feeling anxiety like this. I know that knowing that does not stop the anxiety...but, I think the important thing to remember and tell yourself is that you realize what is going on now...its anxiety. Nothing more. Nothing less. 
I can totally identify with the hopping from one fear to the next. And isn't it funny (not actually) how the newest fear is always the worst and how we would trade it for the previous.
Rest assurred that "this too shall pass." I think that it takes a certain something to break our fear. Like a light is suddenly turned on and we realize why we shouldn't fear the things we do.
I believe that that will happen for you.
It's also funny (once again...not really ) to hear other peoples' main phobias and think "oh, well theres no reason that they should worry about that." Its entirely subjective. There are people that will never know or understand what a panic attack is.
I would like to convey to you (in hopes that this will ease your mind) that you will not choke.
Its natural to hone in on feelings with the throat or swallowing when you overthink it - pay too much attention to the sensations.
Sucking and swallowing is an innate ability that we were born with. Its easy to pay a lot of attention to the sensations of it and freak yourself out.
I wish you the absolute best and hope that you will soon abandon your current anxiety and replace it with positive thoughts.
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Re: New and just needing people who understand
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2014, 07:54:22 PM »
Hi arwashington.  I was just reading up the thread a bit -- are you taking Xanax?  My experience with Xanax is that it is chalky and does leave a taste in your mouth when you take it.  It sort of rubs off on you as it goes down.  That's all it is -- just a pill flavor.  Just drink a glass of water and swish some Ensure around in your month if you find yourself fixating on the pill taste.
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Offline Aaron Davis

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Re: New and just needing people who understand
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2014, 10:38:21 PM »
Also, I don't know if this might help, but next time to take medicine, join the chat and talk to people. I think we could be reassuring and positive and get through the anxiety together. That's why this forum/chat site is here.
And honestly arwashington, I really do understand your fears to a certain degree, because in the past I had similar ones. I was afraid of swallowing pills, and was over attuned to saliva and my own swallowing. Fortunately I was able to shrug off that fear in someway or another. I can't remember how or why. But you will too.
You deserve to be happy and free from these terrible shackles of anxiety. Wouldn't it be nice to spend time with your husband and just enjoy what's going on around you, instead of what you think/fear is going on within you?
Trust me, I know this feeling. And I know how helpless it can make me feel.
The good thing is that you know you've felt these feelings many times before and they always subside, and you never really choke. It's hard to find the assertiveness to believe the reality that it's all in your head - I know how that is. I hope that us affirming that on here eases your mind a bit.
Just know...we DO indeed understand. You're not crazy. Infact, quite the contrary, you are obviously really rather bright. You're just dealing with some issues. Issues that are not perhaps uncommon. But issues that can be debilitating.
I don't know you personally, obviously, but You responded to my post and really made me feel a lot better and gave me hope that my anxiety was understandable. And, I do really understand your phobia, like I said.
I will be praying with hopeful and positive thoughts that you, arwashington, will find peace - that the light will come on and you will find your way out of this anxiety...and any other anxieties. I want you to live a life that you deserve - happy, stress-free, outwardly-focused, fun, relaxing, energetic, etc.
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Re: New and just needing people who understand
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2014, 11:39:53 PM »
Ditto on what Aaron Davis said. My "crazy" thoughts were different but the same feeling. Just cling on to the scraps of evidence that have proof to support the contrary to what you believe. And eventually your worry will pass. It will, I promise. It might move to a new worry but as that happens again and again it will teach you what are real worries and what are not and you will make it through.
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