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Apr
08

Why does anxiety make me feel so bad?

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I have had anxiety my whole life but recently it has just taken over my life. I’m shaky all the time, tired, my heart beats up to 128bpm, I feel like im going crazy. Xanex, exercise and meditation help a little but I just don’t know how to keep myself calm and not sweat the small stuff.

Anxiety is not just a more severe form of what normal people experience. Its an acutal biological process, much like diabetes or high blood pressure. Here instead the problem is with chemicals in the brain. This can result in cognitive distortions i.e. thoughts which are not correct regarding your situation. A person with anxiety is more likely to have selective thinking which recognises the bad and blocks out the good, and makes the person unable to realise, understand or rationalise their anxiety. This is why it is important to seek help from a medical professional. A general practitioner or psychitrists can help with medication, and a psychiatrist or psychologist can help with very useful cognitive behavioural therapy, which helps to correct some of these abnormal thoughts. The combination of both will go a long way to helping you cope. And the more they help you the better you’ll be able to think and help yourself.

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Anxiety is not just a more severe form of what normal people experience. Its an acutal biological process, much like diabetes or high blood pressure. Here instead the problem is with chemicals in the brain. This can result in cognitive distortions i.e. thoughts which are not correct regarding your situation. A person with anxiety is more likely to have selective thinking which recognises the bad and blocks out the good, and makes the person unable to realise, understand or rationalise their anxiety. This is why it is important to seek help from a medical professional. A general practitioner or psychitrists can help with medication, and a psychiatrist or psychologist can help with very useful cognitive behavioural therapy, which helps to correct some of these abnormal thoughts. The combination of both will go a long way to helping you cope. And the more they help you the better you’ll be able to think and help yourself.
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I’ve been dealing with anxiety/panic attacks my entire life (28). Some days are better than others. Even months will go by where I don’t have panic attacks, but the anxiety is always there. The older I get the more anxiety I get.
I would recommend going to a doctor. I have no insurance so I go to my local urgent care clinic. I take Zoloft for long term meds to help reduce the anxiety and Xanax when I feel the drumroll of a panic attack coming on.
Unfortunately, anxiety and panic attack survivors experience all sorts of weird physical things. I recently started getting tingling sensations on my face around my eye. I was checked for all sorts of things by my doctor, but in the end it was just a physical symptom of anxiety. I also get random pains in my arms, legs, torso, etc. I also will get the shakes, high heart beat, etc. Mentally I always battled with the feeling that I was losing myself, or that I would hurt someone, or that I was going crazy and even sometimes I felt like a monster. This too is a symptom of anxiety/panic attacks.
Exercise is always good. But beware, if you feel like you have a panic attack coming on, the worst thing you can do is raise your heart beat even more. Don’t stop exercising, just be conscious of when you exercise because it can make your anxiety levels worse.
Meditation is great. I was very skeptical at first because I didn’t want to be labeled as a crystal toting loon. But focusing on your breathing and emptying your mind helps tremendously!
I also took it upon myself to reach out to an online community of panic attack/anxiety survivors and I found a great website where everyone is going through the same thing. It is very therapeutic to talk about what is going on with you and read about other people’s experiences. The thought of not being alone in itself has helped me.
But above all, do seek help from a professional as they can prescribe meds that will help you.
I hope this helps, i’ve included a few links below for the forum site and a few other sites you may enjoy reading.
References :
http://www.no-manifesto.net/2009/07/dear-non-panic-disorder-sufferer.html
http://www.panicsurvivor.com/

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