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Constant feeling of dread?
« on: June 29, 2014, 11:13:05 AM »
Every day for no apparent reason... I feel this mixed feeling of dread, feeling trapped, and this feeling that I'm too conscious of my existence. It's like a i'm anxious about the fact that I'm alive... Anybody else feel this?
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Re: Constant feeling of dread?
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2014, 05:30:41 AM »
This is a regular symptom with both anxiety and depression. It would be good if you could find things to do. Things to focus on. Take your mind off of yourself. The feeling will lift. Once you begin doing other things.
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Re: Constant feeling of dread?
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2014, 07:47:43 AM »
A very common but frightening symptom. I believe it stems from your inner fear of feeling the way that you feel. It typically comes and goes and can be strongest when you foirst wake up, at least in my case. Take comfort in the fact that many anxiety sufferers deal with this too and that with recovery, these feelings will dissapate.

Good luck,

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Re: Constant feeling of dread?
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2014, 08:12:32 AM »
Yes! I can completely relate. In fact, I'm feeling it right now. For me it has no apparent cause. Things are looking good right now, yet, it's there and I don't know why. I think it's called "free floating" anxiety. My theory is there's a fear message being sent from my lizard brain, the limbic part, and the adult brain, the prefrontal cortex, can't seem to calm it down.

Other than a klonopin, I've found certain things can help.

Deep breathing, with a CD, guided is best for me.
CBT, write down all the good, reassuring things going on in my life.
Exercise, exercise, exercise.
Meditation, feel it, don't fight it, let it go away.
Hot shower.
Focus on one activity at a time.
Distractions are helpful.

It can't hurt me. And it will fade. I hope this helps.

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Re: Constant feeling of dread?
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2014, 08:36:40 AM »
Sure can relate. It is interesting how something in the brain suddenly won't function. Sometimes I can wake up that way, no interest in any of the typical activities and the big question of existence pops up. All I can note is the suffering, esp. of children.

Turn to meditation to focus on whatever I need to that day. Sometimes it is to revive the "Chi" the life force that can go missing. Plod along as I need to until Chi revives.
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Re: Constant feeling of dread?
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2014, 10:12:01 PM »
YEs! All day, every day. I can't stand it anymore. I have an existential crisis every minute. I can't handle so much introspection anymore. I wonder sometimes if I am in some kind of like anxiety "coma" that I can't get out of and all my thoughts happening in this bubble are a disease and not my fault. You know what I mean? I'm so influenced by the heavy depression and anxiety.
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Re: Constant feeling of dread?
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2014, 11:52:46 AM »

My Dad died almost 10 year ago now. Shortly before he passed away he asked me if I ever woke up with a feeling of dread. He confided that he often did and that my Grandad was also a worrier. The sad thing is that I never got to discuss it more fully with him before he died.

I'd fully recommend being open and honest about how you feel with the ones that you love. Obvioulsy, there's a time and a place for everything, so choose your moment carefully, but it's worth talking it through with family and loved ones.

Who knows, they may have experienced the same feelings and may have some good ideas to help live with it. 
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