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Hello I believe I can help you with your concern
What would you like to talk about in concern with your Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
can anyone ever be completely cured of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
I've been try everything
I should add completely cure with out medication
Well that is a very difficult question to answer, some psychologists would say that a complete cure is possible without medication. Other would say that it can be managed successfully without medication so that symptoms of GAD never truly impact you to a great degree. But yes it is very possible for GAD to be "cured" without the use of medication in most people.
May I ask what have you tried to help "cure" your GAD?
i've changed my diet to be more healthy, been exercising more, been using all the breathing and relaxation methods I've been taught, seen a psychologist (which I really could not afford so it didn't last long), been on anti depressants which made it worse
Have you used a therapy modality called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? It can also be used as a self-help therapy.
Not sure ? I think that is what the physiologist said he was going to be doing but i didn't get the chance to really get into it with him couldn't afford to see him for very long
Would you like me to teach you some CBT techniques that can help with anxiety. CBT is the most evidence based therapy modality out there that may be able to help you. But it will take around 2-3 months to first see results from this therapy and possibly 9-18 months to see the maximum benefits from it.
ok ya whatever you could teach me would be great, this is getting really hard to deal with the longer it goes on
i will also let you know that all of my anxiety revolves arounf health fears
I understand, I am so sorry that you are going through this I cannot imagine how distressing this must be for you. Okay so would you classify it as a form of hypochondria?
CBT has a premise that your symptoms are caused by negative thoughts, so if we change your thought process to be more positive and objective as well, then your symptoms will lessen.
So this link may help you, it contains a technique I use with patients called a thought record. It will help you keep track of any negative thoughts you have. You put the trigger for your health anxiety, the emotion intensity and the intensity of the negative thought associated with that health anxiety trigger. Then you put down how you responded (e.g. panic attack, obsessive compulsive behavior, etc…), what would be an alternative and more rational response to this health anxiety trigger. And then you re-rate your original negative belief.
In addition, these two worksheets are very good at helping lessen anxiety symptoms. It can help you focus on the big picture and the objective/positive thoughts and outcomes.
ya probably if anything feels slightly not right I go off the deep end to worst case scenario. Chest feels weird, I'm having a heart attack. Headache I have a brain tumor or aneurysm. I start twitching I have Lou Gehrig disease
Also individuals with severe anxiety have a poor coping mechanism, so this worksheet will help you develop a better coping strategy to manage your depression better.
These two books are also really effective in helping manage anxiety as well.
This is a link for something called Progressive Muscle Relaxation that can help you create a long term calm by using muscle tension and release techniques; it can help manage your anxiety and is very similar to a style of meditation.
So I know you do not like medications, but are you opposed to natural supplements at all?
no natural things i'm not opposed to
i've tried st. johns wort and kava kava root
Okay well these supplements can be added to help decrease your anxiety; Omega-3, Glutamate, and Valerian root
May I also ask, why do you not like the medications besides the bad reaction you had to the antidepressants?
I'm just the kind of person who prefers to be all natural if at all possible
but I'm learning that this may not be possible
That is fair, well those techniques and natural supplements are the best natural way to help manage your anxiety better.
i actually kind of gave up 2 weeks ago and tried a new drug the doctor suggested
What was the medication called?
not sure what to think of it yet
what is your opinion on beta blockers for GAD
Well if the antidepressants did not work, then a beta blocker could be an option. But you did not mention if you tried a benzodiazepine (Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Valium) or Gabapentin at all, which are used for anxiety more often than the beta blockers.
ya I have Ativan on hand for bad attacks
i only take it when i am at my very worst
it's my absolute emergency drug
Okay, then that is good at least you have that medication. Then yes the beta blocker is a good option. I was wondering since you are in Canada if you tried the antidepressant Valdoxan? This is a new antidepressant approved in Canada in 2009 and it is the first melatonin based antidepressant ever which has low risk of side effects, no sleep disturbances, and is very effective for anxiety.
hmm i'll have to ask my doctor about that
Well wait and see how the beta blocker does, which could be very effective for you. If the medication is not effective in 2-3 months, then you can ask your prescribing physician about the Valdoxan
it's kind of weird I think I feel a little different on it
Well that could be just your body getting used to the medication, it usually takes 4-6 weeks for your body to adjust to new medications
is an odd kind of numb cold feeling a normal side effect?
kind of feels like my body isn't attached to my head
Is the cold feeling in your toes and fingers primarily?
mostly yes sometimes thru my whole body but that could just be me over reacting
and in the past week when i have an anxiety attack, it feels alot different
It is a known side effect to this medication. Here is a quick list of the side effects of this medication for your easy reference
it's like i'm having the anxiety attack but less of the physical symptoms
like my heart doesn't seem to be racing as fast, I don't feel as tense, my breathing doesn't seem to be a fast and paniced
That is what a beta blocker does. It is is designed to reduce hypertension, and when you have an anxiety attack you are hypertensive, so the beta blocker reduces your physical symptoms, which is supposed to help manage your anxiety attacks better.
just like all of the craziness is just going on inside my head instead of my whole body
Also if your physical symptoms are reduced it can reduce the intensity of the anxiety attack and can reduce the length of the anxiety attack.
ok well than I guess it's starting to work as it should then, which is good
Yep it does seem like it working very well for you.
ya they don't seem as tense, and they don't last as long
i would have anxiety attacks that could last hours upon hours
That is a good thing. This will also help you be more responsive to the CBT techniques
now it's like an hour tops
today i actually calmed myself down within half and hour which is amazing for me
That is great to hear!
I think with the added CBT, you will be able to successfully manage your anxiety for an extended length of time
It seems I'm actually able to go thru my anxiety mental check list for the most part now and calm myself down
These are positive steps, you should be encouraged by this
is a mental check list a normal coping thing?
i just kind of wrote down a list one day about all the reasons why there is nothing wrong with me and try to go thru it every time i have an anxoety attack
Yes it can be because it helps you focus and distract you from a stimuli that is causing your anxiety.
Well the CBT health anxiety record is very similar to that as well
CBT is designed to help you focus on objective and positive thoughts and not negative thoughts.
#1 on my list i've been to the doctor numerous times, had many tests done, and doctors are not idiots
Thanks for that, made me smile :)
ha ha it's one that makes me smile too which is why it's #1
if they thought something was wrong they would have done more tests
That is good, the CBT will help you focus on objectivity, it is very effective. The more you practice it the more effective it will be for you
ya i'm going to print off all of those work sheets that you linked me to
i need to get this under control
Good I hope they work well for you, also the books are very good too
it's just been going on so long that it's really starting to wear on me
it's exhausting worrying about everything all of the time
I know it is and I am so sorry that you have been feeling this way for so long, CBT is very effective and it seems like the beta blocker is starting to work well for you
So be positive because it looks like you are turning a corner on your anxiety
anxiety runs in my family and i seem to be the one who has it the worst
I am sorry, but you are moving in the right direction for your treatment
thats what i keep on trying to tell myself
and that it could be alot worse
I took a mini anxiety coping class a few months ago and it started out with 8 other girls in my age group, by the end of it there was only 3 girls left because they just couldn't handle the group setting
Yeah group setting are tough for people with anxiety, especially social anxiety
it may sound bad but seeing other girls having it worse than me, made me feel better about myself
Thats not bad, its a natural feeling. It also can give you hope that your anxiety can be successfully managed.
and just so you know lol you've been talking me thru and anxiety attack as we speak
just need someone to talk to sometimes that knows what i'm talking about
and i'm alone way tooo much
I know, severe anxiety is a very tough disorder to deal with and I am sorry that you are dealing with this, but you are not alone in this at all. If you ever need anyone to talk to, you can chat with me.
well thank you
Anytime, I am here to support you through this. You do not have to be alone
I do not know many people where i live now and i feel quite alone most of the time
i think thats half of the problem
Well when you effectively get your anxiety under control, which you will, you can slowly start to go out and meet people in your area.
thats what i'm hoping for
It will happen
i'm not sure if you know what working in the oilfield entails, but my husband is gone for 3 weeks at a time
and i'm just sitting here by myself all the time
I do actually, I used to live near Bakersfield and had friends work in the oil fields for weeks at a time and it did put a strain on their relationships.
thats in California isn't it?
my husband got a job offer down there but i told him no way
Yes it is, it is in Central California.
I agree California is not doing that great, so you and your husband were wise not to move here right now
7 hours away from family and friends is bad enough let alone almost a whole country
That is very true, good point
hmmm while i'm talking to you now
one more question
Sure go for it :)
any advice for for a person who is scared shitless of flying lol
we are suppose to be going to the Dominican in November and it has me really really really nervous
would Ativan be enough to get me thru the flight
Well the CBT techniques, especially the decastrophising and What If worksheets can help with that. Also the Progressive Muscle Relaxation can help too.
How long is the flight?
And what dosage of Ativan do you take?
4 hour flight to Toronto then 4 hours from Toronto to Punta Cana
ha ha it's kinda funny as I don't like taking drugs
but I have .5 Ativan, 1mg Ativan, and 2mg Ativan
i'm a walking Ativan pharmacy
Okay well 1mg of Ativan has a half-life of around 9-16 hours, so that should last you, but if you feel your anxiety returning mid flight, then you can take another 1mg tablet. So you should be fine
ok good good
well think you've basically got me thru this anxiety attack now
thanks for the talk tonight
I am glad that I was able to relieve you of your flight
and it's so odd where my only physical anxiety symptom is sweating
it's like everything else is blocked
Well the sweating is not something controlled by the beta blocker possibly
hot flash, cold sweat... they suck
so you up for talking me thru my next anxiety attack and am i able to find you on here again if I need ya?
I am sorry, well give the medication more time to achieve maximum effectiveness and also time for the CBT techniques to be effective.
holy crap i've been talking to you for an hour and a hald
Yes you can definitely find me on here just put "For DoctorZ only" before your question to get me, but I also noticed that you are a subscriber and the website only allows subscribers one mental health question a month apparently
Yes you have, that is very true. Hope that is okay with you
i know it sucks
it's ok with me hope it's ok with you
It is fine with me, I happy to help :)
*I AM happy to help
so am i going to have to pay another fee to talk to you again?
i don't quite understand how they say it's unlimited questions but only one for mental health?
Yeah I am not sure about how it works either, apparently there are other categories where it is once a month too, but I do not know which ones those are.
I think they wont even allow us experts to answer if you have posted more than one mental health question, some experts do answer and get chastised though.
well I guess i'll see what happens next time i need to talk to someone, cause talking to a neurologist or cardiologist about anxiety just doesn't seem to make much sense
Yeah I agree, I am sorry for the inconvenience I know a lot of subscribers that do not like that rule either
and it's pretty dumb because you'd think mental health would be the one thing people would have multiple questions about
Exactly!!! But maybe the website knows that and wants to make more money that way
They are a business like any other one and they try to make a profit, that is what keep them here and sustainable.
well i guess they said if i didn't have a subscription this convo would of cost me 16 bucks
And allows great experts like me and others to help people like you
i guess thats alot better than 140 bucks an hour for this psychologist i was seeing
see why i couldn't afford to keep seeing him lol
but i guess i should probably let ya go here, it's probably pretty late whereever you are too
Well I am very happy that I was able to help you tonight and I wish you the best with your anxiety treatment. My goal is to provide you with excellent service, so if you ever have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at anytime.
thank you again, you really did help alot tonight and thank you for all of the links you sent me, I will most definitely utilize them
I am glad, I am sure they will be very effective for you :)
Good night :D
Good night to you as well :)
You there Dr. Z
I'm having another bad night with anxiety :(
This has been going on all day, and I did the work sheets you gave me last night, and I am still trying to hold off on the Ativan. I just feel like something is wrong again, my whole body feels fuzzy and not quite right. I've been dwelling on it and making myself worse. Changing the way you think about things is really hard to do
Hi Dr. Z it's me again.... anxiety attack once again this has been a very bad weekend. I'm keeping under wraps pretty good today but gotta question. Is feeling like my body is like none existent from my neck down but still can feel and move everything despite the sensation an anxiety symptom or is it something to worry about
Ya that's what I've been doing today is thinking more objectively and trying to come up with more plausible explanations. The beta blockers or just plain anxiety is what I came up with too, and the simple fact it could be lack of sleep too. Haven't slept really at all all weekend. But ya thank you again for your reply, just needed someone who knows what he's talking about to verify that this sensation is most likely nothing to worry about. Big step today for me not going to complete panic feeling like this... I printed off like 50 of each of those work sheets you gave me and they really do help I'm finding. Writing everything down makes me think a little more and panic a little less. :)
Hello again Dr. Z, So my anxiety has slightly calmed down the past 2 days. On Sunday, I decided to stop taking the Inderal LA. Good choice, bad choice? I'm not sure? Since I stopped taking them tho that odd non-existant body feeling has subsided quite a bit and my mood has improved. I think I'm just going to stick with these work sheets and ativan for bad attacks. Do you think it was jumping the gun a little quitting the Inderal so quickly and not even being on it for 2 full weeks?
Yes I am going to keep track of my anxiety closely now and I have actuall started keeping a journal on how I feel each day on top of the work sheets. I just felt like I had to get off the Inderal as I was pretty sure that it was what was causing the non- exsistant body feeling. That feeling is what had going crazy with anxiety most of the weekend. I actually didn't mean to stop taking it on purpose either. I was up all Saturday night until 7am. Then slept all Sunday from 7am until around 5pm. I woke up feeling pretty good and had completely forgot about taking the Inderal. On Sunday I stayed up until 2am and at that time I realized I hadn't taken the pill and that also my body felt pretty normal and good again. So yesterday I thought I'd test the waters a little and see how I felt all day without taking it again, and yesterday was the best day I've had since I started taking the Inderal. No odd body feeling or anxiety or anything. Just happy ol' Lisa again! Then today I didn't take it again had slight anxiety upon waking but had my shower and got ready for work and was fine the rest of the day. Even managed to go shopping and take my dog for a 3km run. I will keep an open mind about having to go back on the Inderal, or another medication for that matter, but for now I'm just bask in the fact I've had 2 good days that were all because of me and not some drug :)
Good Morning Dr.Z,
So I've had a bit of a set back this morning, I had a massive full out panic attack last night. Good news is I got thru it like a pro had myself calmed down with in 20 minutes record breaking time for me. Bad news, I called my mom this morning and told her about my horrific panic attack and how proud of myself that I got thru it so quickly, and then this is what she said back to me....
Lisa, I don't want to hear it! You are getting sickening with all this anxiety bullsh*t. You wonder why are alone so much, well it's because you sickening to be around, anxiety this, anxiety that, everything is anxiety with you. You are being so selfish, why don't you stop worrying about yourself for a second and look at what you are putting everyone else thru. You have pushed everyone away and you only have yourself to blame. You keep this up, you won't have anyone, I don't know how Trevor (my husband) or Shauna( my best friend) even can stand you anymore. Don't call me anymore until you can get ahold of yourself and maybe you really should look into putting yourself into a mental institute.
At this point I am at very low point and don't know how to take this, how to deal with this, really how to process this in my head at all. Any advice on how to deal with such hurtful words from my own mother because I sure am at a loss.
Thank you :) I was pretty impressed with 20 minutes myself :) Thank you for get back to me so quickly too. I don't think I will be talking to mother for a bit, that was quite the low blow which hurt even more because she has also suffered from anxiety in her life and knows what it's like. She seems to think what worked for her in the past should work for me no questions asked. She also thinks that my anxiety can be no worse than hers was, but how is she to know she's not in my shoes nor was I in hers during her time of anxiety. But honestly in these past few days I've been talking to you, I feel so much better and more empowered to get thru all of this anxiety. It has still been a rollercoaster ride and I'm sure it will be for awhile, but I feel like I have the power to get thru all of this and have more hope of completely overcoming this anxiety in the future. I don't know why but in the few short days that we have been talking you have helped me more than anyone else has been able to. Maybe it's the comfort of being able to talk in the comfort of my own home, and that whenever I've needed you you've always been just a message away, and not having to wait until my next appointment and what not. I just don't know how to thank you enough :)
Hello Dr. Z
I am having another bad day. I have this odd sensation thru my body, it feels like my blood is itching thru my veins, I feel like i'm on the verge of going crazy. I feel so scared and this is much different then any other anxiety attack, I don't feel the panic as I usually do, I just feel tense and scared. Scared like I should be hiding in a closet keeping as quiet as possible. Although this is a different feeling this is just anxiety right? And I can't just up and lose my mind right?
The work sheets just aren't working today Dr. Z. What could be causing my anxiety to be different? I hate feeling so pathetic. I hate feeling scared of nothing when i know there is nothing to be afraid of but can't stop the feelings. It feels like all of my hairs on end, and my head is all tingly. I have taken an ativan now, and I can feel it start to kick in but still I feel today has been a step backwards in a new direction.
Hello again Dr.Z ......more of a question for question for ya tonight, my anxiety hasn't been too terribly bad the past few days thankfully. So question is, have you heard of the XXXXX XXXXXnden Method for anxiety? If so what are your thoughts on it? Also another question, if your taken ativan for a few days straight and then not take it for a few days can it have kind of an anxiety rebound effect if that makes sense?
Thank you Dr. Z, and thank you for being my go to guy when I am having a bad attack. I keep on telling myself that the anxiety is coming in waves, and it goes away when I'm distracted, so it can't be anything serious. Everything is all in my head and I just have to work at turning the anxiety off, which will take time and by far an overnight task. I am also realizing I am doing something that makes things worse..... I have a few good days and then when the anxiety hits again, I feel disappointed in myself and ashamed that I'm having anxiety again. It's like i'm kicking myself while i'm down :(
I am trying to focus on the work sheets as much as possible, and I've got it thru my head that sensations are just that sensations and nothing to fear. It's just so hard and frustrating when I know all this but can't seem to control the anxiety when the "sensations" arise. I guess at lease I'm no longer in a spot where I feel like i'm literally going to die if I don't get to hospital during an anxiety attack like I was months ago. I think I need to really start focusing on the progress i've made in the past year and not get so down on myself for the anxiety attacks that I've having now. Which on a scale of 1 to 10, my anxiety attacks from last november to march this year were a 9, April to August they were a 6, now they are sitting at a 3 or 4 and they don't last as long. So there has been progress which is good. I feel bad that I have been taking advantage of the ativan lately too, feels like a new kind of anxiety lately so I've been trying to kill the feelings as much as possible, I have a big issue with feeling new things. It's gone from worry and panic, to just a sense of fear which tenses me up, all anxiety but still a new feeling anxiety. My friend also pointed out a weird concept of thought.... she thinks I'm fearing not being anxietyish anymore or that "feeling more normal" now is causing the sense of fear. Make any sense?
I've been taking a 2mg ativan at night, just because it seems start the day out right the in the morning, took 5 days straight last week, and then didn't take it for 3 days, but have now taken it again tonight. Is this abusing it? Also, so what your saying is my baseline before was pure panic and awful sypmtoms, don't have that anymore so my new baseline is more calm but causing anxiety because i am not use to the calm feeling? Anxiety is such a strange thing :S
Not sure, thats the problem, I don't feel anxietyish and I don't feel normal, just feel kind of lost. Don't know how to describe it really
Hi Dr.Z, sorry I disappeared on you last night. I called a friend and she got back to feeling normal again. Hated that feeling last night, but on a good note at least it wasn't anxiety. I also feel kind of odd today...no anxiety, not feeling "lost" like last. My whole body feels odd but not in the numb tingly way or non- existent like before. Oh man, I don't even know what I'm trying to say lol.......ummmm could I just be feeling "normal" ? lol I haven't felt normal in forever don't know what it feel like anymore?
Hi Dr.Z, ok kind of having an anxiety attack tonight. I know I'm not having a heart attack but wow please talk to me and verify this for me. I've had numerous ECG's and blood work done, and I don't think things could go downhill this quickly. The tension in my chest is just crazy tonight feels like my whole left shoulder and chest area is seizing up, it scaring the crap out of me and it's been going on for hours.
Hi Dr.Z, ya i got through the attack last night, took me awhile but I finally calmed myself down. I still have that tight seized up feeling in my chest and shoulders today, but trying not to concern myself about it. As much as my anxiety has become alot better, I still suffer from really tense muscles, it's like after almost a full year of anxiety my muscles don't know how to relax anymore. I think I really over worked myself this week. I have been having anxiety free days this week with only mild anxiety acting up in the late evenings ( except for last night, that wasn't mild). So I've taken full advantage of not having anxiety this week. I've stained my whole 2 tier deck, cleaned my house top to bottom, steam cleaned all the carpets, started my Christmas shopping, and I've been going for a jog with my dog every day which is something I haven't done in months. I think the jogging was even a shock to my dogs system lol. I signed up for a yoga class today heard it's good for anxiety and relaxing muscles, I hope it works. I also booked myself in for an hour massage tomorrow. I think if I could actually relax I would be as good as gold. The different sensations from being so tense, I think is what really stirs up the anxiety in the evening when it's time to actually relax and I just can't seem to. I also have been thinking a lot about my life this week, which has been a motivator for going out and just living life this week. I have a good life, a great husband, great family and friends, I have the perfect job that I love doing, I have a nice house, and really have it quite easy and lots of people would love to be in my position. Why am I, and have I been letting anxiety run life for almost a year? I am stronger than this, I am usually the happy go lucky, life of the party kind of girl. I think this year has just been a little too much for me. I didn't tell you this but I had a miscarriage last year in September, I didn't think it bothered me that much because I didn't know I was pregnant. 2 weeks after that I had the mother of all panic attacks and from that point it's been a life of constant anxiety, it's like after that panic attack I was always so worried about having another one, and then the anxiety just turned into habit. We also just got married in July and the stress of planning all that really intensified the anxiety to for awhile. I don't know why I am telling you all of this right now, but I just felt the need to vent. Also, I have a question for you, you gave me a relaxation technique, it doesn't work for me, do you have any other relaxation techniques I could try? I have a very bad habit of clenching my jaw all the time, started when the anxiety was really bad and just haven't been able to stop doing it now, any suggestions on how I could possibly stop doing this?
Hi Dr. Z, it`s happening again that tight feeling in my chest and shoulders. I am also having worrisome thoughts that my heart is just going to stop working. On the flip side of that I can`t stop moving I feel like I just have to go go go, it`s 1:45am and I`m cleaning the house like a mad woman. Everytime I stop and try to go to bed the tight feeling and worry goes out of control. I just don`t know what to do with myself. I feel like I`m going to go crazy!!!!
Ok thank you, XXXXX XXXXX don`t know what I would do without you sometimes at these hours. I must say tho since I`ve been talking to you these past few weeks I have come so much further with my anxiety then ever before, I don`t let the anxiety stop me from doing things anymore. I can`t thank you enough for you time and care :) I know it`s not going to happen and it`s just a little anxiety....my heart is not going to stop or explode or anything along those lines and I am not going to lose my marbles right? Sorry just need to hear from someone else other than myself.
Thanks again Dr. Z, It is a h orrible disorder and it makes me sad to know there is alot of people that have it worse than I do. I will get through this and it is getting MUCH better.I guess on another good note my house is so clean you could eat off any surface in any room lol. Which is really good as I am having alot of family over for Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday. Another thought that just crossed my mind and calmed me a bit, if there was something wrong with my heart I highly doubt I would be able to clean like a mad woman without just keeling over.But I guess I should let ya get to bed now, and if I don't talk to you again this weekend Happy Thankgiving!!! ( if it is Thanksgiving weekend in the states too this weekend)
That is great that you did a great cleaning job at your house for the Thanksgiving weekend :) Actually the U.S. Thanksgiving is in late November, so I still got some time on that one. You are right if something was wrong with your heart, you would be weak and have hardly any energy. This is restlessness associated with anxiety, but your are beating it, so that means you are winning the battle! I hope you have a great night's sleep and a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend if I do not talk to you before :)
Dr. Z!!!!! So I've had mild anxiety the past 2 where i have a brief feeling of being nauseous, and then ill worried/panicy feeling where I feel like I can't breathe.....but guess what I haven't let it get to me or hold me down. Just have the brief feeling and then carried on like nothing ever happened. I went shopping all day yesterday, and the BIG thing is I drove out to my friend Shauna's place ( she lives about an hour out of town), something I haven't been able to do in over a year. I've always had to turn around in panic each time i've tried to go out there. I also stayed out there for over 4 hours without my husband which is another BIG thing because I won't stay anywhere that long if there is no hospital within a 5 minute reach and if Trevor's not with me. This is huge to me, I feel so empowered!!! WOOO HOOO!!!!! Also had all the family over today and didn't panic much with my place being so crowded, not to mention my meal turned out perfect
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Hi Dr. Z, I have a question for ya... I feel as though my anxiety is slowly starting to fade away and my days have been soooo much more enjoyable but the thing is the more I start to feel myself relax the more I get these odd twitching sensations in my legs. It feel like there is popcorn popping just beneath my skin. Is this really odd and something to worry about? I looked up twitching on google, something I soooo should not of done!
Ok thank you, I've had the twitching during times of high anxiety but since they are happening now without the anxiety it was starting to worry me. I really would like to thank you again though, in the month I've been talking to you I've made leaps and bounds with my anxiety. I know if I would of been able to do it without you. Also thanks for thanks for the tip on chewing gum to help with my jaw clenching, it really does work :)
Hi Dr. Z, I'm day having a not so great day today. I don't really know how to
Just feeling weak, and like something is wrong, I feel like I can't breathe but i am breathing perfectly fine kind of a smothering feeling, I feel lightheaded, and have odd periods of sweating..... Hmmmm well with writing that out I just solved that issue kind of a "duh" moment.... just anxiety once again. Just the feelings without the panic basically. I have been seen by a doctor numerous times in the past year I should know there is nothing wrong with me. Just a bad day like you said and I will get through it, tomorrow is another day :)
Ok so you know how I've been doing pretty good with my anxiety lately, well i've been taking an ativan every night before bed....just realized i've been doing this for 2 weeks straight is this a bad thing and would this be considered abusing them? I will also take another one during the day if I'm having a bad day and the anxiety is acting up.
Ok good to know, how what is the longest someone should be on ativan, I've been off and on it for about a year. I go weeks are months without taking any, and then a few weeks where i take it regularly.
Ok thanks again Dr. Z, hope you have a great night
Hey Dr. Z, sooo I figured out some of my issue lol with out talking to a doctor.
I didn't get to talk to one of the medical doctors, these people seem to take forever, your the only one who is prompt with responding lol. So the horrible cramping problem is solved, but why that problem has solved itself so quickly is something that doesn't need to be discussed lol, my only thing now is the woozy spells.... could my neck and shoulders being so tight and tense for so long be causing this? I know there should not be anything seriously wrong with me all the tests done. I think it was a little bit of anxiety that was making everything a little worse too, with the horrible stomach pains I was thinking my appendix exploded and leaking toxins which was making me dizzy, once again my anxious mind going to worse case scenario.
Hi Dr.Z, I have still been having some anxiety issues this week but I have been pushing myself thru and continuing to go out and do things as if I didn't have any anxiety at all. Tonight I am having a little more of a rough time dealing with the feelings. You said I could come to you whenever I need any reassurance, well tonight I need some reassurance again. Please reassure me that this is all anxiety and it's impossible for me just to go crazy and lose control of myself, that I'm not going to have a heart attack, and that i'm not going to stop breathing. So tense tonight, and can't relax, so frustrating!!!!
Thank you, that is what I have been telling myself. I know it's just anxiety just sometimes when I am alone it gets to me and I have to hear it from someone else.Since my anxiety has been getting alot better I have been noticing the control I have over the anxiety, not exactly the control in a good way at this point. Just realizing it is another good step I think. I may not be able to control the initial feeling of anxiety, but I have noticed that I am the one who makes it worse or better. At the start of anxiety if I give it the time of day and think about it, it gets bad in hurry. If I shrub it off and continue on like I don't feel any sense of anxiety at all, it goes away. I just need to keep on working on everything I have been working on, and consciously know I can make the anxiety go one way or another. It's just trying to go the right way all the time because if I don't and I do go the wrong way thats when I really do lose control of it. Sorry if I'm just rambling, I'm just trying to not talk about my anxiety to anyone but you anymore. Since I have been out and about like a normal person lately I feel my friends and family have a warmer happier disposition with me instead of just feeling pity or annoyance towards me. I have been hiding my anxiety the past 3 weeks as much as possible.