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I'm a 36 yr old female with a story of anxiety. Recently (

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Hello,
I'm a 36 yr old female with a history of anxiety. Recently (for 6 months) I've gone through a period of high stress/anxiety work related issues. I experience as a result.. a terrible feeling (being extremely hyper aware/nervous) of time-days/passing quickly and morning night "routine." It makes be feel more anxious and caused me to stay indoors because of the overwhelming feeling I have and some depression because I don't know why this is. I've never been this way before and hope you can help me.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

The high stress you are feeling at work could be leading to these very uncomfortable feelings of anxiety and they indicate that we need to slow things down, breathe and take some time for yourself to decompress and figure out what you need. These demads are taking a toll on you.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
the work is over and I have 2 months for rest.. But this hyperawareness of days/time passing is what I don't understand
Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

If these feelings continue I would desire that you see someone and get evaluated properly and see if medication is needed or face to face therapy.

Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

explain to me a bit more this increased awareness of days and time passing...

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Like my days are a blur.. And like my life is passing too quickly. So I'm very hyperaware of the day going and night coming and the "repeated cycle" of "life" I suppose in connection to "time passing quickly."
Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

yes, the anxiety can cause things to feel blurry and somewhat confusing as well. Would you be open to seeing someone face to face to talk to close to you?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I endured work related "bullying" and sought a therapist who said I had developed PTSD as a result of the prolong stress since January. But the therapist had no explaination of the anxiety of the "morning/night day cycle" that I'm hyperaware of. It's distressing :-(
Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

the anxiety is part of the ptsd and the feeling of time too quickly is the anxiety taking hold and causing this worry and focus on things. I am sorry you have been through what you have. I am hoping you are still with the therapist...it is not about the therapist giving answers and more about you having a safe space to talk about all of the feelings that come up and develop strategies to ground yourself when overwhelmed.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
I agree she also suggested to see my doctor who then prescribed me with low dose Zoloft to see if that might help. I also have high anxiety usually in the morning and subsides in the late afternoon evening
Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

I would talk with the doctor about possible increasing the dose so you can have relief. The symptoms in the morning and getting better as the day goes on is also normal for depression and anxiety. When you feel most vulnerable I would put something into place for yourself to ground yourself and stay in touch with yourself...a walk, exercise, anything that keeps you present with you!

Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

I also think some self hypnosis could be beneficial. Listen often and you may notice some improvement. Take a look here. http://stevegjones.com/product/ptsd/

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thank you. I was also reading something about "phobia." Specifically chronophobia. Could I have developed this as a result of the prolonged anxiety/stress?
Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

I would strongly suggest not reading on the internet as so many things could apply to all of us. I would stick with your therapist, your doc and be open about all of the symptoms so you can look at all that may be going on for you...you deserve that gift for yourself.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
This hyperawareness "fear" stems from not wanting the days passing..like the fear of moving on..
Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

I understand and you are ruminating about it all the time...anxiety can wreak this kind of havoc. I really hope you can get back to the doctor and speak about the meds possibly being adjusted.

Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

Anxiety can bring up a lot of irrational fears...that is anxiety but you can feel better with good face to face support from your doctor and therapist.

Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

Let me know if I can support you further. If all good for now, please take a moment to click on the rating tab to rate my support.

Please get back with your doctor and therapist so you can have the best possible support.

Expert:  TherapistJen replied 5 months ago.

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