I am a 20 year old male, and I believe that I may suffer from a type of panic disorder. There are times where I have these irrational thoughts about my future. I recently got my first "D" EVER (including high school and middle school) in one of the hardest econ classes at my university (which is a well known and prestigious schools) and when I received it I just had these unrelenting thoughts that I will never be successful in life and I will not be able to obtain a job and I have constant fears that I will be some homeless scrub. I know how crazy it sounds but these thoughts have kept me up at night as well as affecting my eating habits as I have lost 10 lbs in a month because I could not eat because of these thoughts. This is just one of my most recent episodes as there have been many other situations which have brought on the same type of overwhelming emotional instability. My family is fairly well off, but I cannot keep these thoughts out of my head. They seem to overwhelm me at times and keep me from socializing with my best friends. These thoughts and self loathing have been a part of my past but I keep it bottled up because I do not like bothering other people with my problems and I do not exactly know how to approach them about this, but sometimes it gets too overwhelming and I breakdown during encounters with other peoples emotional scenarios (I tear up and get emotional during almost any type of sentimental gesture). I am just wondering if this is something that could be treated with prescription drugs or if there is another way that I could go about solving my problems. I do not want to come across as a drug seeker to my GP but I do not know what else to do and these thoughts and unrelenting anxiety are just something that I am having a lot of trouble dealing with especially during this time in my life because I have gone through a really rough patch and it feels like the whole world is crumbling beneath me. So would my best course of action be to talk to my GP about some type of medication that may help? (I am extremely self conscious and have not even told my family about this) PLEASE!! any advice would be helpful!! Thanks! I have not been diagnosed with any type of disorder or anything but after copious amounts of research it seems that I may suffer from a panic disorder
You may not have told your family or friends about your problems, but be sure that they have noticed your behavior and moods. Don't worry about it being a secret; instead be concerned about getting yourself treated professionally. You sound like you have an anxiety disorder of some kind (panic disorder is only one of them) along with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). You could possibly have only the OCD. You need a good psychiatrist to diagnose this. A GP just isn't well trained in these areas. You might get lucky for awhile if your GP treats you, but I don't think that will last very long.
Your emotions aren't acting normally so a psychiatrist is helpful again. You may have a mood disorder of some kind. Start asking around for a good psychiatrist. Ask your pharmacist, even if you aren't presently using a pharmacy. Ask your GP or any other source and search the internet for local psychiatrists with many good reviews. A good psychiatrist can help you get the right combination of drugs and keep you on a steady course when your needs escalate or downgrade. Once you're steady on treatment, no one will be able to spot your problems.
A good counselor will help tremendously. Search for one in the same way recommended for a psychiatrist. A good counselor probably won't be found on the internet, but ask around. There are support groups where you can talk about your problems and get encouragement and advice. This site has them and inspire.com also has a very good community for support.
I can guarantee you that you do not have any kind of panic disorder and pray that you never get one. You do however have a debilitating mood disorder. You seem to have some appreciable depression that seems to fuel the anxiety that aggravates the depression. Your brain is on a merry go round and you can't get off. Do what Sue says. Take some tissues to the doctor as it will probably reduce you to tears just talking about it.
You will have to confide to one of your parents (Mom) as someone will have to pay. I'd prefer it if a psychiatrist prescribed your medication; leave nothing out when you talk to the psych.
You are definitely suffering from anxiety which seems to be debilitating at times. If it is affecting your ability to function then it is time to talk to your doctor. Tell your GP exactly how the anxiety is affecting you and let him do the assessment. He/she may be comfortable handling the treatment or your other choice is seeing a psychiatrist. Just depends on what type insurance you have, whether you would need a referral, and how you feel about it. There are many medications which help with anxiety disorders. They have their side effects in the beginning, but can be very helpful in controlling chronic anxiety if you can stick out the first month. Talk to your doc, then if you have any other questions feel welcome to repost.
To me it sounds like you have a need to be excellent and when you aren't you become anxious. Some of us are driven to do better then others, not just good for themselves. When we aren't we get anxious. I think talking to a therapist could help you a long with an antidepressant. See your dr.
I think you sound like an intelligent young man but need some guidance.
My first advice is find a good gp, shop around until you feel comfortable to be able to talk with them
and be open about how u are feeling and what you feel you need !be honest, up front!
I have been diagnosed with generalised anxiety ( with panic disorder) and know how you feel
I'm not a doctor, nor a therapist, but I do have dealings with them and any of them will tell you that if you think that you have a problem, then in all likelihood you do. Now you should by all means talk to your GP but I would also talk with either a physiologist or a therapist. From your description it sounds close to what I deal with which is a mood disorder and a little depression and general anxiety disorder. I was lucky in that my GP reconized the signs early on and directed me in the right direction and I am now doing a lot better than where I was. I do know that the longer you let it go and suffer with it the harder it will be to treat and the longer you will suffer. So please talk to someone about it.
How are you doing now? Did you take anyone's advice and see a Dr.? If you look at what you've written, you'll see you are telling us you have thoughts and fears that circle around and around in your mind disturbing your normal life tremendously. This is uncontrolled anxiety and you need help and support. Please get that help and let us know how you're doing. Getting help is the beginning of a process that can take time and bring up lots of additional questions. Don't be afraid to ask them here, as you can see there are plenty of people who can advise you or answer questions for you. You can send one of us a private message on this site if you prefer. That conversation will always be private. I believe you can function excellently and normally with the right medicine and support. I've been there, done that as have others. I hope you are doing much better! ;o)
Thanks for all your support and insight, I went to see my GP about a cold that I was suffering from but I didn't have enough courage to talk to him about my anxiety problems yet because he is a new GP (this was only the second time I have actually gone to see him, and the first time was just a physical) and I just didn't feel comfortable yet to talk to him about my underlying problems. However, I think it is time that I go see him again and just lay everything out on the table, and see what he recommends because I got an internship that has added a little more stress but nothing like my previous problems (but I am also having a really good time at the place it just gets stressful at times because it is with a brokerage). Again, I cannot explain how much this site and your responses have helped me, and it seems like something that I should talk to my GP about and stop trying to deal with it by myself. Thanks to everyone again!
Sorry but just one more question... If I go to see a therapist or a psychologist/psychiatrist would these be covered under my parents insurance? My dad just had surgery for prostate cancer and I'm sure the bills are going to be very expensive, we are a fairly well off family but I do not want them to have to spend like an additional 200-300 for each visit with the therapy. But I am sure that if I need any type of medication that will definitely be covered under their insurance.
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