Anxiety issues?

I’ve had anxiety issues my whole life, but in the past 6 months or so, they seem to have snowballed and have gotten worse and worse to the point where I feel like I’m becoming agoraphobic…I have a doc’s appointment friday to sit down and talk with him.

My two questions are

A.) the only ways I’ve found to cope so far are benzos and smoking pot, is this something I should share with the doc? (more specifically the benzos, I dont want to seem like i’m just seeking drugs)

and

B.) How the fuck do you other people deal with it when the attacks come? Usually I get so caught up in them and my thoughts begin racing to the point where I can’t think logically enough to help myself out of it

A) Yes, you need to tell your doc about both of these things. He/she really needs to know as much about your life and how you currently cope with these problems so they can truly help you. Leaving this stuff out is what gets a lot of people in trouble. Imagine if your doc prescribed something for you and it interacted badly with something you were taking but didnt tell them about…Also, these things affect your mood as well, so they will also probably affect how they help you.

My two questions are

A.) the only ways I’ve found to cope so far are benzos and smoking pot, is this something I should share with the doc? (more specifically the benzos, I dont want to seem like i’m just seeking drugs)

and

B.) How the fuck do you other people deal with it when the attacks come? Usually I get so caught up in them and my thoughts begin racing to the point where I can’t think logically enough to help myself out of it

A) Definitely tell him this. You can’t seek good treatment without being totally open. That is not the kind of stuff he’s going to judge you for or report you for.

B) There was a thread on this very recently but I’ll reply again. When I used to get my attacks (at least when they were at their worst and most frequent) it was extremely hard to prevent them. The best thing I could do was sit with my head between my legs and take very large breaths. Try as hard as you can to think of anything other than the attack itself or what might be causing them. Play out a baseball game in your head, anything. Also, if you are somewhere with a friend or family member try to have them talk to you. Have them ask you questions about anything just to keep your mind off the attack.

A) Definitely tell him this. You can’t seek good treatment without being totally open. That is not the kind of stuff he’s going to judge you for or report you for.

B) There was a thread on this very recently but I’ll reply again. When I used to get my attacks (at least when they were at their worst and most frequent) it was extremely hard to prevent them. The best thing I could do was sit with my head between my legs and take very large breaths. Try as hard as you can to think of anything other than the attack itself or what might be causing them. Play out a baseball game in your head, anything. Also, if you are somewhere with a friend or family member try to have them talk to you. Have them ask you questions about anything just to keep your mind off the attack.

thanks for the reply

I was planning on mentioning that I’ve noticed when under the influence of pot I’m much less likely for an attack, I just didnt know if I should mention taking benzos that I don’t have an rx for

and I’ve tried everything you’ve mentioned during the attacks, nothing really helps that I’ve found yet once they’re triggered
You should tell your dr. Another thing, the drugs that you are doing, even though you may think are helping, are probably contributing to your anxiety.

You can try to talk yourself out of it by repeatedly saying "this too shall pass" or "this is extremely uncomfortable right now but it won’t kill me, the worse that will happen is that I will hyperventilate, perhaps pass out, but then I will resume breathing normally". "this is not life threatening, only feels that way’.

Something else I am trying to learn is refocus on my environment when I am feeling anxious i.e. what do you smell, see, hear, touch a chair and describe how it feels, things like that. Force yourself to focus on something other than your panic.

thats some good advice, I’m going to jot it down so when an attack hits i’m not fighting my own mind to remember it

It does help some dixie. Sometimes I just rub my jeans or my hand and try to describe the texture i.e. jeans, rough, nubby, lines, etc. Hearing, i.e. bird chirping, car, wind blowing, etc. Think and describe every little detail and keep doing it until you feel a bit calmer.
thinking about all these problems + going to the dr friday + some stress at work triggered a really bad one today, I ended up having to get up and walk out

my work doesnt help, I cant try and work through it because I deal with people on the phone who are pissed off because their entire four season’s hotels internet doesnt work and shit (i work in network operations) but that will change in August when I quit to go back to school

thinking about all these problems + going to the dr friday + some stress at work triggered a really bad one today, I ended up having to get up and walk out

my work doesnt help, I cant try and work through it because I deal with people on the phone who are pissed off because their entire four season’s hotels internet doesnt work and shit (i work in network operations) but that will change in August when I quit to go back to school

Dixie, when I use to get irrate customers on the phone, I would just hold the phone out and let them go off for awhile. Then I would say something like "I understand your frustration but yelling won’t help the situation" then I’d ask that they calm down so we can try and deal with this problem. Try not to take it as a personal attack (which even though you may not think you are, you probably are). If someone is yelling, we just tend to take it personal. It’s hard to talk to someone like that. If they want to continue yelling, keep telling them that the yelling won’t solve anything and that you will wait until they have calmed down. Detach from the situation as much as you can. This is THEIR problem not YOURS, THEIR anger, not YOURS. You are only there to help them solve it.

you wont pass out from an anxiety attack unless you forget to breath or have low blood sugar for some reason

just maintain a steady slow breathing pattern, concentrate on exhaling slow and longer then the inhale and get your mind off of your fears at the moment and you will disarm one from developing

A) Definitely tell him this. You can’t seek good treatment without being totally open. That is not the kind of stuff he’s going to judge you for or report you for.

B) There was a thread on this very recently but I’ll reply again. When I used to get my attacks (at least when they were at their worst and most frequent) it was extremely hard to prevent them. The best thing I could do was sit with my head between my legs and take very large breaths. Try as hard as you can to think of anything other than the attack itself or what might be causing them. Play out a baseball game in your head, anything. Also, if you are somewhere with a friend or family member try to have them talk to you. Have them ask you questions about anything just to keep your mind off the attack.

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I also take benzos, one of the only thing that helps. Instead of taking them all the time, I would take them at night as needed [when my anxiety gets really bad] or if I feel an attack coming on, this helps a lot. This is also because I’m on meds for other things, and it helps control it + a LOT of behavioral therapy to manage it. I barely need to take them at all anymore.

Also, are you seeing a GP or an actual Psychiatrist? You really, really need to see a psych or specialist and NOT just your regular doctor. Hopefully, they can work on some behavioral therapy as well which works wonders.

you wont pass out from an anxiety attack unless you forget to breath or have low blood sugar for some reason

just maintain a steady slow breathing pattern, concentrate on exhaling slow and longer then the inhale and get your mind off of your fears at the moment and you will disarm one from developing

I’ve passed out from anxiety attacks before when I was younger.

I’ve had them so severe that I couldn’t control my breathing to the point I was asphyxiated and passed out.

going to a GP for a few other things and this on friday, might see a specialist next week
Have you ever tried intense exercise when you were having an attack? The one time I had what I think was an anxiety attack I was freaking out so bad that I didn’t know what to do. So I just went outside and ran as fast as I could for a minute or 2 till I felt like I was going to collapse and then just walked for another 20 min or so and I felt a million times better. Obviously that wouldn’t work if you are at work but if you are at home then give it a try and see if it helps
I almost lost my job over walking out last night in the midst of my attack

I hope between therapy and medicine I can get this under control

I almost lost my job over walking out last night in the midst of my attack

I hope between therapy and medicine I can get this under control

What do you do? Serve?

I blacked out a few times having attacks at school and in class

Once I ran out while a kid was giving a presentation and I was so embarassed I couldn’t walk in until he was doen and then had to ignore all the freaked out looks from everyone.

What do you do? Serve?

I blacked out a few times having attacks at school and in class

Once I ran out while a kid was giving a presentation and I was so embarassed I couldn’t walk in until he was doen and then had to ignore all the freaked out looks from everyone.

I work in network operations, basically I take calls from hotels/hospitals/stores when their wifi goes down and they need someone to do remote troubleshooting

Ahhh ok, that’s understandable. Sorry though Did you explain to them what happened? I think it’s the kind of thing you can’t get fired over, especially if you give proof you are getting help.

yeah I explained everything and it was obvious I was having a panic attack considering the hyperventilating, not making sense, trembling, etc.

I asked two bosses to leave, both wouldnt give me a direct answer so I just up and took off….I can bring them stacks of paperwork saying I have GAD, I’m hoping they do fire me over this

riding unemployment through the start of fall semester would be
check out the linden method book/kit thingy, i think you can get it on amazon, its expensive but it pretty much saved my life
I’d suggest avoiding antidepressants if a doc tries to steer you that way. Myself & others I’ve spoken w/about them have found them to reduce the ability to enjoy the things in life that make it worth living.

Getting fired could provide a healthy change of lifestyle. A big component of GAD is lack of coping mechanisms. Each & every stressor through each & every day adds up until you just fucking freak out. Simplifying your lifestyle is one form of behavior modification that can lead you to a more relaxed mental state … as long as you’re not completely fucked w/out the job. Unemployment is win.

People use homo terms relating to alternative medicine. I’ll just tell you that from the time you wake up ’til you ready yourself for sleep you ought to adapt a regime that keeps you grounded. If you let pressures from the outside world get to you it’s going to add up with your own internal dialogue & drive you nuts.

Find something to focus on throughout the day that will remind you that you’re doing a damn good job living life. No person place or thing should ride your ass & convince you otherwise. Pursue a regime that will help reinforce a positive sense of self & you’ll be on your way to instating a routine that will benefit you.

Drugs don’t fix bad habits.
updates:

Got an RX to xanax .5s, they help out a shitload…I’ve had three attacks since, none were bad thanks to the meds…

I’m also quitting smoking marijuana for a few weeks to see if it has any positive change (doc’s idea)

have an appt with a psych scheduled for a week from friday

updates:

Got an RX to xanax .5s, they help out a shitload…I’ve had three attacks since, none were bad thanks to the meds…

I’m also quitting smoking marijuana for a few weeks to see if it has any positive change (doc’s idea)

have an appt with a psych scheduled for a week from friday

Yay! Good job man.

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