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Thank you for requesting me.
This once again is your OCD giving you feelings of panic - perhaps not full blown panic attacks, but certainly some of the symptoms of dissociation (feeling disconnected from yourself in a certain way), increased or arrhythmic heart beats, fear, and a strange feeling in your chest.
This is entirely due to anxiety but there is no danger in it.
It seems that these occurrences are concerned with movement and a relationship with changing proportions.
This seems to be obsessive thinking but it also causes me to wonder if you have the additional stressor of a vision problem?
May I suggest that you go to an eye doctor and tell him that you seem to have a problem processing movements when you focus on objects as you move, and it causes you anxiety.
Have him or her test your eyes and see if there is something else going on. It won't hurt.
You are still suffering from obsessive thinking leading to panic reactions, but there may be an additional stressor working here. It won't hurt to have your vision checked.
Please let me know what the results are.
I will definitely make an appointment with the eye doctor I think there could be a problem there adding to the anxiety. Regarding looking at the tv screen and focusing on the womans belt then the picture shifted to another person is that sensation I felt maybe because I took a deep breath in because I was anxious it shifted off the screen? Again no harm to the heart in this situation? Thank you Elliott
Thanks Elliott just one more follow up though could that anxiety just been a deep breath and I thought from my anxiety that it affected my heart when it did not? In other words could that sensation have just been a nervous reaction with no bearing on the heart? Sorry to ask again.
Thank you Elliott just to prove exposure response therapy I stood in the same spot and looked at the tv actually I just flexed my left chest muscle so my conscious tells me that was the sensation I probably felt when looking at the belt on the tv then seeing it move to another person. So basically anxiety cannot interfere with the hearts function?
today my psychiatrist switched me over to Paxil and took me off Remeron and increased Abilify to 10. I met my parents for lunch however I had anxiety about going in to eat with them because of the crowds. My ocd today involved letting go of a credit card or car keys once they are in my pocket. My OCD kept saying that this will somehow affect the heart bad if I let go of them in my pocket. After I ate I became sluggish and feel like I am going to sleep with no energy. Did the anxiety make me feel like this or is something else physically going on with me? I am home now and feel like I am not all here like I am going to fall asleep or pass out? My heart was racing a bit as I walked up the stairs to my condo. I just do not feel right and am not sure what to do?
You should consider seeiing a psychotherapist and not just depend of drugs.
You continue to have the same symptoms and you should also consider changing psychiatrists.
I wish you great success. Your racing heart is from a panic attack, which is part of the anxiety that also causes OCD.
I am going to make an appointment to see my eye doctor long overdue from 2010. Last night and this morning I kept staring at digital alarm clocks in my room and my heart was beating fast so was this just harmless OCD again? However it seem my anxiety triggers when I remove the staring gaze away from the object I was focusing on. Was my heart okay through this dilemma as well? Thank you kindly for your help. My psychiatrist cut the Paxil dose in half because I had a very tired reaction to it this morning.
Thank you so much for your patience with me regarding OCD thoughts and actions. My last follow up question is regarding what I can tell myself about the heart that it works involuntarily and has its own electrical system or something like that so that I can combat these thoughts which tell me touching or staring affects the heart? Is there one simple phrase or line that I can tell myself not to worry about the heart with reassurance these behaviors and thoughts will not affect me?