through the roof? I live in Southern Maryland and we had an earthquake yesterday - An Earthquake! Here of all places! Downtown DC was a mess, hubby stuck at work. Now a hurricane is possibly coming this way. We've had a couple of hurricanes affect us here on the Cheapeake Bay. This time of year I get really anxious. I have Klonopin to take if it really gets bad, but what do you all do with the overall increase in anxiety? I do pray a lot.
Don't forget PAIN!! What can you do? These are everyday things that you just have to "deal" with. I try to worry when I need to worry, and just 'go with the flow' when I can. My daughter lives in Philly. I am going through what you are as a mother to a 23yo. As my counselor tells me... don't ruminate. Good luck, EJ
Hang in there girlfriend. I have to admit with the impending hurricane which now appears more likely to hit you than me, I got my script for klonopin filled. I don't like to take it but my anxiety does increase. Some of that is natural I think. Mine just makes me a little to well... uptight. I don't like it when I get the increased heart rate and lump in my stomach. I too have to pray and remind myself that I have done all that I can to prepare the rest is upto God. I depend on my friends, talk to them alot during times of high anxiety and write down my fears seems to take some of their power away. Just writing on here helps.
Stay in touch especially over the next few days,
Goodmorning ElizaJane. Good question. I tend to really... well accept it. Wrong choice of words. I worry alot, prepare, hurricanes are a blessing, you've 4 or 5 days warning to get out of harms way. We used to live on the coast, but having gone through 2 hurricanes in one year, that took us almost a year, to clean up the tree damage, we sold and now live inland. I will take an extra pill, but with our dogs and so on, I like to stay alert. Control of my senses and yup the anxiety. Well, theres tornadoes that follow hurricanes and that like an earthquake, no control over. Twisters scare me more than a hurricane ever will. and, yup, say a pray, sometimes two. :-0)
All the things going on right now are crazy! Pledge-I used to live near St. Louis MO and those twisters are VERY scary. It is the unpredictability, I think. At least with hurricaines, you do have sometime to prepare because they can usually predict where they are going to make landfall and you may have a few days notice. Earthquakes, tornadoes and those kinds of natural disasters are ones that strike without notice and you are not prepared in any way. On the other hand, sometimes knowing it is coming gives you more time to stress on it! I try to tell myself that worry solves nothing!! The only thing it accomplishes is to make me feel sick. Especially worrying over something I have no control of! If it is something I have control over, then I do what I can to make it right. If I cant control it then I have to put it in the hands of God and trust that He will do what is best for me and mine.
I try to focus my worries on my ability to cope instead of worrying about that I cant change or control. I keep myself busy as I can to keep my mind elsewhere. I read a lot to "escape". An idle mind is fertile ground for worry. I try to reserve pharmacological help to specific terrors like flying or going to the dentist. I hate to fly so I might take something for anxiety then because I dont fly often. I'm terrified of the dentist but I only see her two maybe three or four times a year tops. If I started taking meds for everyday stressors then I would never be off them and I feel they often amplify my worries and impair my ability to cope. You get to where you cant go out the door without taking a pill and I dont want to live that way so I try to stay away from antianxiety drugs as much as possible. I try to do progressive relaxation and breathing exercises. Sometimes I might use an herbal supplement for anxiety like a chamomile tea, kava or Valerian, but even those not often. I'm glad that where I live we dont have earthquakes (although if CA had a large enough one we might feel it) or tornadoes, we do have some pretty nasty storms with deadly lightening and flooding though. I just have to take them as it comes. Worry wont change whether they come or not. I just trust that God will see me through and I pray to be strong for others! Hang in there EJ! He will take care of you too!
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