Which makes me wide awake, the fear usually last about a minute or two then I try to calm myself down. It happens ALOT through the night. But once I'm sound asleep, I stay asleep. I have horrible anxiety and don't take medication for it. Could these be panic attacks?
Chronic anxiety is characterized by fear. If this is affecting your sleep to the point that you are not getting enough sleep, I would discuss with a doctor. If you can get in touch with the thoughts you are having when these "attacks" occur, you can work through what is bothering you and get relief. Sounds like you are able to do this to some extent. You might want to talk to a therapist before going the medication route. Find one that specializes in anxiety disorders. I have used both medication and talk therapy for many years and have found it to be very helpful.
Anxiety, when it's repressed, presents itself when you finally relax. It may feel like fear, but it's just your brain "catching up" with your anxiety.
I agree with Laurie, you need to see a doctor regarding your anxiety. There is plenty of medication that can help you.
I have Anxiety Disorder, and since my doctor prescribed good meds, I haven't had a panic attack in years.
Doctors don't like it when you "self prescribe", but I am taking Clonopin 3 times a day, and Seroquel at night for sleep, and I don't ever become anxious anymore... It's a blessing.
Go to a Doctor ASAP. Anxiety can really interfere with your life.
Good Luck! Dr David
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