severe panic disorder and severe anxiety has taken over.what is left when you can barely leave your own home?I have this impending doom always hanging over my head and i am so tired of living this way.My family is suffering almost as bad do to the fact i cant go with them to the park or take the dogs for walks i feel like im going insane.Did i mention loud noises scare the hell out of me and i have no excuse why like never been to Iraq or in the war?What the hell is wrong with me?this is not life its a living hell.please send me an angel or some sort of help.yours truly,lost my way
Hello kerker. What you describe is a condition that many have and it doesn't make sense to the one suffering. When normal anxiety builds to life altering changes it is time to get help. I want to assure you that there is help. The people who love you so much want your pain to be healed. You say you do as well. You are at an excellent point to get help.
Are you taking any medications, herbs, and such at all? Sometimes they get this started in a person. Are you willing to take anti anxiety medication to calm the fear and help you get back into life? Have you seen a therapist to help you learn ways to deal with the day to day stuff?
You have a real responsibility to the ones you love to get well. You say they are suffering. Imagine how much they would suffer if you continued to withdraw. Imagine how you would feel if a parent, sibling, friend were in your shoes. Would you help them? Would you be frightened if they started talking like they were a burden?
So many fight anxiety as a daily battle. They continue with their lives because they work on Skills and medications to help. This , I believe, you can do too. Tell me more about you and others will give their stories as they find your post. We are here for support and there are some very creative and wonderful people here. I am listening. Karen
Your angel is present, as you have the presence of mind to be able to reach out here, to us, so there is a significant survival instinct at work. There is nothing wrong with you, except the self-impression you have from the isolation is certainly making things worse. I would hope you can and will reach out in your community for groups, support groups wherein you will not feel as though this is just you. We're all like this to one point or another, how we handle it is what makes a lot of the difference.
I must run right now, but I wanted to pause in my day to let you know you are not alone, not going insane and not without hope. You're simply not, and hope is upon you, just a matter of guiding you and helping you identify it. Keep me posted, PQ me any time so I can speak a bit more freely. Hang in there, it really truly does get better.
You are definately Not alone with your anxiety & panic disorder. And yes you have an angel with you now & I believe it is your family.. And for your families sake you need to reach out for help & your family will be proud & support you because they love you. But you need to Start so that means you have to get into see a Physciatrist & Therapy. There is medication that will help with your anxiety & your panic disorder.
I know it will be hard because I have been in your shoes & it does feel like your life is Not Yours anymore... But it IS but you need to reminds yourself that you HAVE to do this for YOU & your Family.
So please reach out & get some help & don't be discouraged if they have to try several different medications before they find the right combination out is totally normal. As different drugs work differently on each person.
But please Do Not give the fight up because you have family & friends that want you to be happy & apart of your life.. And make sure that you speak to a therapist. As with anxiety & panic attacks there is usually a reason why these symptoms have occurred. And sometimes you may not even know what the reasons are until you speak with a therapist. And there are Alot of different techniques that you can learn and then use these techniques to calm your anxiety & panic attacks.
I personally had severe panic attacks so bad that I would hyperventelate so bad I would pass out. Once I ended up against a guard rail.. And I found out thru therapy one reason why my anxiety was so bad was because when I would leave the house I was fearful I would have another panic attack either in the car or around other people. I had several panic attacks at work that they called ambulances twice for me.
So it is important to reach for a doctors help. And you will also find that there is a Great group of people on this site that can relate & can help you.
But push yourself to get that help for YOUR FAMILY... Take care & any time you want to talk shoot me a "Private Question".
Hi kerker, I've also been in your shoes. I promise, you are NOT losing your marbles, it just feels that way at this time.
Get yourself to a psychiatrist asap, and you will, as the others have stated, find the help you need to live the life you used to have.
You sound like you are having horrible panic attacks (that is obvious) and it also sounds as if you are depressed. You may go the route of the medical guinea pig until a doctor finds out what works for you, but they WILL find what works through trial and error.
There are a class of medications called Benzodiazapines, like Ativan, or Xanax or Valium. They, quite nicely, quell panic and anxiety. These meds are not supposed to be taken for long periods though. But, many people do take them for very long periods.
You also sound depressed, but first tackle the horrid panic attacks, then go after that nasty monster called Major Depression, or major depressive disorder. I am not diagnosing you, just giving you my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt, and use your own judgement.
You are meant to enjoy the NOW of this life... we all are. But it's impossible if one is scared witless as to when the next panic attack will come. That's half the battle, anticipatory anxiety!
So, get yourself to your own doc, even if it's an Ob/Gyn to get your nerves calmed a bit, then tackle your depression, and also do not forget therapy.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a very useful tool, you will learn new coping skills (as Karen said) and also therapy will force you out of your house once a week. Isolation is our enemy, even when we feel like we are "losing it", possibly especially when we feel that way!
You will be back to enjoying your family soon if you take some of the great advice given by others right here.
Do you feel terribly guilty? Like everything bad is somehow your fault? If so, that is a symptom of depression, so try to brush it off for now, if you are able.
And get yourself to a doc asap!
I wish you a happy and healthy life. We all do here on drugs.com.
I hope you can stay here with us until your doctor appointments, for support.
Also, I hope you stay after you see a doc and start therapy. So you too can help others that are in the shoes you once were in.
The first step out of that house will be difficult, I'm quite sure, but it's the first step toward happiness.
No sweetie - you aren't alone. At one time I was much like you, as I had PTSD -Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Medications helped, but what made the incredible difference was the blessing of our church family that surrounded us for those years, and my faith in God. There were many long, lonely nights and times I never thought I would be well again, but here I am. I saw a trauma therapist for some 13 years, as I had a lot of indicators that something had happened in my past. What happened was as a child, and again at 18 years old, but I had no problems until the birth of my daughter when I had a severe post-partum depression. It took me a long, long time to be able to tell my therapist what happened, and for me, even tough it happened at age 18, I got all the memories at age 45. Our minds will only let us remember traumas when we are ready to - so trust in that. And that God won't give you more than you can bear. Sounds like you have a loving family - enlist their support.
For now, you may need to stay home. Create a warm, comfortable, safe place in your home and share it, with you being comfortable, with those you love and trust. Definitely it's time to see a psychiatrist to try some meds, and please do see a therapist. This may be completely organic (a body problem not related to any specific incident) so be sure to get a thorough physical to see if anything might be wrong with your thyroid, etc. And know that you are not alone! I bet if you look for some support groups online (I recommend the Wounded Healer Journal) you can have a support group online so you can be with them when you can't go out. I know it's hard, but hold on to knowing you will get better. You will! And if things get really dicey, go inpatient if you need to. Some of the best help I got was while I was inpatient at a psychiatric hospital. When those doors locked, I felt so safe. Free from whatever my thoughts wanted me to do - I couldn't get out the door to harm myself. And free from whatever my fears were - because I knew they wouldn't let anyone in to harm me. I got a vacation from all the anxiety and crazy thoughts and could think clearly. Great place! So, consider that if you need to. Take care, and hang in there. It will be worth it! ElizaJane
Good morning ,
You are not alone and you are not crazy. It took me along time to realize I needed medication and along time to find the right dr who prescribe me the right meds
Klonopin and Zoloft works wonders for me however I also go to therapy as well and I keep fighting the fight
You need to reprogram your brain and this can be done with the help of cognitive therapy.
Also meditation and no caffeine helped me a great deal.
It a long walk but you can do it. Also understanding more about anixeity and panic disorder will help you.
Please feel free to inbox privately anytime for support. I am here for and can relate to your situation. With the help of your family, new friends on here you cando this
OMG. I thought i was alone in this fight, my heart goes to you, I am suffering from severe anxiety and i have tried everything, it had ruined my life completely, i can't even get a job, i have to probably drop out of school and the worst thing is they probably won't even give me social security disability benefits.
I have taken about 5 different medications and they all have sent me to the hospital. I am only taking lorazepam right now but I am scared to take more then 4 mg per day.
I am terrified of putting drugs into my system, i am paronoid that they will give me an allergic reaction and that will turn anaphilactic reaction where I would have to administer and epi pen, to save my life.
This disease had ruined my life I wish i could just wake up from this bad dream, I have had three therapist and none of them worked,I have gotten better advice from the school counselor but that is only once a week what do you do for the rest of the week? The people who dont suffer like me and you have no clue. How do you fix person who is 100 healthy, but yet feel's like he is sick all the time.
You go to the people that say that they love and you and they hey just "snap out it" IF God if only God himself would take this horrible affliction away!
Kerker 40, we need to continue praying to the most high God!
I am a 36 year old man, and a big guy and I suffer with PTSD, extreme anxiety, and bipolar disorder. I studied psychology and neuroscience to help me understand my disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works very well, it takes time, patience and will. I had a complete nervous breakdown a year ago. I couldn't go out to get food wasn't eating or sleeping much. I suppressed PTSD and became a workaholic. Then went off all meds while manic. What I am trying to say is I thought I would never recover, it's been a year. Only a dr. no therapy and I'm still at risk of another relapse back to square one. I started working again. I pushed myself to the brink, and I went to urgent care, explained my stress factors and anxiety. They got the ball rolling w/ a script for .5 mg xanax 5 day supply. I then had to go to the ER for more and I was treated like a pill seeker but I refuse to suffer this disorder.
I get angry an am very upset with how some drs treat individuals w/ disorders. Holistic medicine has no place in crisis. Benzodiazepines worked for me I suffered horribly for a year forcing myself outside limiting what I could or couldn't do. Shutting out the world outside isolation. At some point after fighting, and trying I found help. It's 2 part system. meds and psychotherapy to find the root or " triggers" they're there but so hard to see by ourselves. It all begins with trust, small steps and with help you can conquer it. I swear by alprazolam for panic. It was night and day. The true key is therapy. Find your strength and push through. Psych dr, meds, therapist. It works. I studied it now I'm living it. Hang in there.
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