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  • "Jolts" "Jump starts" when trying to sleep?

    Hi, I'm extremely new to the site as well as new to trying to get help for my anxiety and depression at all. I know I have anxiety and occasional depressive episodes, but not sure if they fall under mild, moderate, or severe yet because I have yet to get a diagnosed or even see a therapist yet (my first session is next week). Recently I've developed some trouble sleeping after a depressive/anxious episode that lasted for a few weeks, and I'm writing to see if what I'm experiencing may be anxiety and to see if anyone else has dealt with it. Like the title states, when I start to drift to sleep, I get these weird impulses that feel like a sort of jumpstart to my system, basically pulling me from the brink of falling asleep and sending this kind of "wake up" signal. I usually feel these jolts either in my brain or my chest. When I do go to sleep, I get night sweats. I noticed them toward the end of last month. The jolts kinda went away for a week or so, but I think they may be coming back. Of course, I am going to see a doctor to rule out sleep apnea as well, but wanted to know if anyone with anxiety has experienced this sensation and if you all have any tips to help me out. Thanks!
  • "Positive" Anxiety?

    Does anyone else experience "positive" anxiety? Meaning instead of thinking negatively and leading to a panic attack, you feel maybe overly excited about something?
    One reason I don't like meds is because I love this on-top-of-the-world, heart racing, excited, high. This high makes me a lot more sociable than normal and for lack of a better word, hyper. It's almost like how my friend with A.D.D is when she isn't on her medication.
    Is it normal to have this? Is it okay to like it and want to have it?
  • 17 year old guy with crazy anxiety.

    Hello, All my life I have had problems with worrying about things. I tend to worry about everything. Not like geniune fear, but every little thing irks me. Anytime I have the slightest tingling or pain I think that I have cancer, I am always bothered by friends' sarcasm because I feel that they really mean it etc... All in all, it was never too big a problem. To change the subject, I am a huge singer. I love it more than anything in the world, however around 6 months ago I encountered vocal problems. I had difficulty singing and even speaking normally for all 6 months, which brought on depression and spiked my anxiety. I even had my first panic attack during this time period, which was a terrifying and awful experience (I haven't had any more to date). All in all, deep in the back of my mind I always tried to remember that as soon as I got my voice back all of this will go away. Well, as of now I am getting my voice back and am near a full recovery, however the problem is that my depression and anxiety seem to have stayed. I am happy with my friends and love to be with them, but it feels like any time that I'm alone I feel just awful. Depressed about life and depressed about everything. Sometimes I'll just find myself crying alone at night wondering why life has been so awful. My anxiety has remained at the same level; constantly worrying about every little thing. I am extremely hard on myself, and incredibly self critical. As I near the end of my junior year at the private school that I attend, I don't even know if I'm going to make it to the end (not suicide). I am so stressed, so anxious, so depressed and so tired that I sometimes can't even think straight (like right now, where I can't focus on my history paper and instead am writing about my problems). If anyone, at all, has any advice for a struggling adolescent with anxiety please lend a hand. I am scared to take medication because I feel like it would be wrong. I don't like the idea of using medication to boost my mood because then I am not true to myself. Again, thank you for listening, any sort of advice would be much appreciated...
  • A Beginning Artist's Anxiety

    I’ve been struggling with my anxiety for the past 7-8 months or so, and the reason for it is rather ridiculous and stupid (at least, to me it is): I started learning how to draw around the beginning of the year. I had bought a ‘how-to’ manga drawing book and supplies, and began posting my work on an art website I frequent. I also started watching other artists I admired, in the hopes of being inspired to continue to work hard and improve myself. However, it has instead seemed to only bring my anxiety back; some of the artists I watch have a pretty large following and produce some pretty high-quality content. Rather than looking forward to seeing them post new stuff, I’m instead riddled with angst every time I open up my notifications tab, almost praying to see that they haven’t posted anything recently. When they do post new things, my anxiety triggers, and I cannot for the life of me figure out exactly why. I have a few theories, but I’m not able to pinpoint the exact reason, as every time I sit down and think about it, my mind races and I can’t keep up. This experience is coupled with feelings of hopelessness, like I’m never going to reach the level of skill that I want to be at. As a result, I find myself losing the drive to continue doing my own thing. More recently, the thought of just quitting and never drawing again has come to mind on a few occasions. I don’t want it to come to that. I want to be able to continue to practice and to learn the techniques I need to advance. But I feel like I’m at a disadvantage, like I’m running a race and I’m two-steps too slow. I’ve talked with my therapist about this, and she’s confirmed what I’ve already known for quite some time; that I just need to go at my own pace and not worry about being as good as everyone else. I try to remember this whenever I have these feelings, but a part of me just can’t help it. I’ve fallen into this bad habit of comparing myself to others, and I can’t find a way to break free from it. Has anyone else had these sort of feelings before, and if so, how do you deal with them?
  • Abuse and aftermath ?

    I have escaped an abusive childhood and now I am afraid of doing things on my own. I really want to go the cinema on my own, I have no friends or family but the primary reason is to allow myself to do things which I wasn't allowed to do and stop being afraid of what other think but I can't seem to stop thinking of how other would perceive it or if they will judge me like my parents - I have read on-line that it is weird and not normal but some say it is good because you pay for it and you can watch without interruptions. I keep thinking people are like my parents - analysing my every move and judging me. I want to discover new things and go places by myself but I can't because I don't want people to see me. How do I manage this feeling ? I am fine once I leave the house but it is having the courage and mental strength to convince myself to leave the house that is the problem and also I scratch myself if I am nervous and shy and I keep my head low but that makes me look weird and pathetic.
  • afraid of diagnosis?

    I am scared to death I will be told I"m bipolar, or (again) that I have "frequent and intense psychotic episodes" when I one time hallucinated. I feel my life was ruined by that and I am terrified to tell the truth when I go to therapy because I have some dark thoughts. I'm afraid I will be locked away. They are not constant, and are not acted upon. I have an appointment with a new therapist coming up in 2 months. I'm so afraid of crying in front of her, telling the entire truth, and being labeled.
  • After a Panic Attack

    For those of you who, like me, experience panic attacks at least once a month, please help! I PROMISE this is not spam. I'm looking into helping those of us who suffer with panic attacks. I'm conducting research study as part of a course requirement for my clinical psychology PhD program at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. My study has been designed to assess anxiety, and the relationship between panic attacks and any residual/lingering symptoms or impairment immediately after the panic attack itself has abated (referred to as “post-attack symptoms”). It's like the fatigue, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, etc. that continues after the panic attack has ended. Nobody seems to have the answers for it, and I decided to look for the answers. I truly hope to bring about awareness of the fact that there is more to panic attacks than the attack itself...there are the lingering symptoms! Your participation is completely anonymous and confidential, and you could enter for a chance to win a $50 debit gift card! Please click on the link below to be directed to my survey.
  • Am i being ridiculous about being worried about death and predictions of world endings?

    I panic over the thought of death, and these predictions of the world end this year is making it worse, my panics are more regular and im feeling more uncomfortable each week. I dont know how to control this :(
  • Am I Dealing With This Weirdly?

    So, to cope with my anxiety of having been "kicked out" by my husband, I've begun to console myself with the things I'll be able to do when I do have my own place. Things like, I can have blue bedding again. I can decorate my bathroom in purple. I can put girly things on the wall. I can sleep without my bra on, and cook whatever I want...when I want. Is that weird??
  • Am i overeacting..?

    My boyfriend and I usually play online games together. Yesterday, he met a girl while playing that game. She added him on skype and they started talking. I saw the conversation and it was no big deal, just like "hi" "what's up" and some talk about the game. Even tho it was nothing, everytime i think they talk, i feel very anxious and sometimes i even panic. when he says he is going to sleep i call him several times and wake him up cause i'm afraid he is going to talk to her insted of sleeping. I feel like a crazy person...
  • Am I the only one that feels like this

    Ok, so I have had anxiety and depression for about 10 years or more now. I have now developed OCD as well. I can manage the OCD and Depression ok with meds. But my anxiety is absolutely through the roof! One thing I do is worry A LOTTTTT. I have a 19 year old daughter who just recently got out of a 5 year relationship 2 months ago. She is now dating someone else who is an absolute sweetheart and treats her extremely well. My anxiety every single day has been so high that I cannot think straight. And the reason for this I dont know, but I am literally CONSTANTLY asking my daughter is everything is ok with them and I worry all the time that theyre going to break up. I dont understand why I do this at all. I always have an anxious feeling in my chest and my heart pounds because I worry about it like I said CONSTANTLY, like from the moment I wake up, while Im at work, while Im watching tv, while Im driving, ALLLLLL THE TIME. Its been getting so bad that my daughter and I get in arguments and she says shes sick of me asking questions every single day about 10 times a day. I am fidgety just writing this. I get nauseous also. I am a chronic worrier about anything and everything but when it comes to my daughter its extra bad. I wish I knew why I cant just relax and let it go. Anyone else feel this way? I feel like Im the only one who deals with this on a daily basis. Its consuming my life. Sometimes I feel as if I am going to lose it and go crazy. Right now I am prescribed 60 mg Prozac, 30 mg Buspar: both once a day and for when my anxiety peaks I also have 25 mg Vistaril that I can take up to 3 times a day. The Vistaril helped a bit at first but now I feel as if it is doing nothing to help me. I also get headaches a lot. This is getting so bad for me. Any advice? Or can anyone maybe explain to me why this is happening to me please? Please no negative comments. Thanks so much!!!
  • An open question to Christians (and other religious people)

    So. Taking what I understood from when I was younger, I basically felt like I wasn't supposed to feel any emotion at all unless it was good and any problems I had would be fixed if I prayed. (Yes, I'm an Atheist now) So my question is three-fold. Why do you continue to put your faith in a deity which has shown no sign of existing aside from what you are told to believe? Why do you follow a doctrine which teaches you that no matter how bad a person was in life, if they were religious they can still go to heaven (Example, lets say a woman doesn't like kids and murders 20 children, all she has to do is go and say 'I regret this' in a church and BANG, she can go to heaven regardless of anything she did in life) But a person who isn't religious at all will get cast down into 'hell' even if they did nothing but spend their life helping others? Last but not least, if you have been religious your entire life and you suffer from depression, have you ever considered the possibility that it could BE the religion contributing to your depression? Like I said, this is an open question, I'm open to hearing what you have to say, but if you get insulting, I'll just ignore whatever argument you have.
  • Anbody else suffer from hypochondria aka health anxiety?

  • Anxiety about sleepovers?

    Has anybody else experienced it and does anyone have tips on how to make it easier?
  • Anxiety and Food--Are you phobic about it?

    Hey all! Just asking if anyone else out there with anxiety (panic disorder, GAD, any really) finds themselves increasingly phobic about food? I know that eating disorders and anxiety/depression often go hand in hand, but I'm wondering if anyone else out there goes phobically overboard about potential food reactions to their meds? My meds supposedly only interact with a certain enzyme in grapefruits, but now in Year 2 of using it, I find myself more phobic of eating out, religiously checking ingredients, and all-around worrying about what I'm eating. Does anyone out there have advice or very credible sources for specific drug/food interactions? How have you begun to curb food phobias? I'm slowly (VERY slowly) weaning off my meds, so this won't be an issue for much longer. Still, it'd be nice to hear some stories or advice for a food worry-wort. Thanks for listening :)
  • Anxiety and relationships?

    Does anxiety get in the way of you entering relationships? I feel depressed a lot of the times thinking that my anxiety gets in the way of me meeting people. When meeting new people I immediately feel scared that I am no good for them; that they are getting more than they bargained for, because they'd find out about my anxiety and not care to know me anymore.
    So many women worry about being attractive enough to other people, but I can't even worry about that because my anxiety is so much more of a pressing matter to me.
    I'd really like to make some friends in real life who have similar problems with anxiety, who will share an unspoken understanding of things with me, who will understand that if I'm not excited to do something with them it's not because I don't want to, but it's because I am afraid of loosing control. I currently do not have any friends with anxiety, and it makes me feel pretty alienated. If anyone has had similar experiences or advice, I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
  • Anxiety and sleep?

    Hey everyone. Im currently suffering from insomnia.
    This happens like every 1-2 months. Mostly then, when im trying to bring my sleep cycle in balance.
    Im now awake for 3 days, i had so far i know only 6 hours (?) of sleep in these 3 days. Ive tried to sleep again today, but no success.

    Basically, its like this. If i didnt slept well, or didnt slept at all, i tend to fear the next night afterwards. My mind gets flooded by questions over questions: "Will i sleep tonight? What if not? Am i going to die if not? What if i can not manage the next day? Will this now go on forever?" Its just stacking up to an extreme level. And then, when it comes to the point where i go to bed, i get very unconfortable and get nearly panic attacks. Im TIRED, but my mind wont let me sleep at all. Even if i lay for like 2-3 hours there, it wont stop. My brain keeps alarming everything. Now im heading for the next night, and i feel not good at all. Its just torture if you roll to the left, to the right, feeling anxious the whole night, and then you get up without any sleep.

    I have honestly no idea what to do tonight, nothing seems to help. Im not thinking about of taking pills or something.

    Would be nice if someone would help, or had made this experience and would share it.
  • Anxiety attack/ Depression

    Hi, recently had an anxiety attack 2 weeks ago and now I'm depressed. I feel detached from this world, anxious, irritable, tired, no interest, and lack of appetite. My focus isn't clear and concentration is not good; I see my counselor next Monday and psychiatrist next Thursday. What can I do to hang in there? I feel terrible.
  • Anxiety disorder or not?

    What I don't get is I dont actually have like anxiety on the outside but, when im in a public setting where we have to eat, my throat feels like its closing up and I generally cannot eat. If i do eat, any quantity, i feel nauseous afterwards. I'm not sure why this happens. i was prescribed medicine(pantoprazole) because i also used to burp a lot so they were like its acid reflux. The pill made it feel better but some days I still feel my throat closing up and still feel anxiety. Im also 18, and i have never had this reaction to food. so 2 questions, can this even be considered anxiety based or is it a medical problem, and I have never actually felt anxious until i can't eat but its like my body on the inside feels anxious but I do not.
  • Anxiety Fears With Agoraphobia?

    Okay, so my mom suggested I start having a support group while I am healing from my agoraphobia and I think it's a good idea. With my agoraphobia, I also have anxiety. I have all of these fears that always lead to the same things which are going crazy, passing out, or dying. I have given myself proof that my fears are just fears and nothing more but no matter how many times I tell myself that, or that my family says it, I can't seem to convince myself that it's a fear. This is where my mom thought it would be a good idea for me to have someone impartial to talk to, as in a group where other people maybe understand what I'm going through. She's a forensic psychologist so I know she's right lol. My main questions (which I know are just fears and nothing more) are: Will I go crazy from my anxiety? What's a good way to work on certain fears I have? Is it normal to feel scared sometimes when I feel calm on a day where my anxiety isn't as bad?


we are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!



We are a community of people struggling with mental health issues, you are not alone!