I've had bad anxiety for as long as I can remember and from time to time I have really bad bouts of it. It usually gets worse when I think about my health. If anything happens to me, even in the slightest, I start to freak out. This past week has been really bad in particular. My neighbors cat happened to bite me and now I can't stop thinking about all the illness's I could have. It's constantly "what if" in my mind, what if she gave me rabies?! what if she has an infection... It literally never ends. Even with constant reassurance from everyone that I'm okay, I still can't stop thinking about it. I also have sinusitis which flares up every once in awhile and this past week i've had a pounding headache that I can't get rid of. So that also adds to the anxeity of "is something wrong with me?" My stomachs in knots, i need to use the bathroom at least 2 or 3 times a day. My hearts pounding all the time. I'm literally a mess. I just don't know how to handle this stress anymore. It seems like one thing after another and it's a never ending cycle. If anyone has any tips or advice as to how I should go about handling this i'd really appreciate it. I know it's no quick fix to manage anxeity, but anything helps. Thanks.
Try this one on for size. See when you say: "I can't stop thinking about all the illness's I could have. It's constantly "what if" in my... " and so on? I have news for you! You CAN stop. Just so long as you continue to rehearse the "I can'ts" no, won't.
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
― Henry Ford
You do not have to be a slave to your thoughts. That's right! It's time to think about what you're thinking about. You CAN change your thinking, you do not have to simply follow your mind around like a lost puppy. YOU are in charge of it! Not the other way around.n See, the mind is the battlefield, what I am presenting here isn't easy only because no many people take control of their thoughts, they don't even know they can.
See, thoughts are not just something that happen so we can be led by them. Thoughts are something we can choose. We can choose to, or not to, worry, stress, obsess, be sad, be happy, etc. Now you know you have an option, no drugs needed, as most anti-anxiety drugs are anti-thought drugs. Ever try Prozac? It's like a chemical lobotomy. Now, yes, some folks are ill and need the extra help, but the vast majority just don't have the right information.
Your mind and your heart are two very different things, one runs on it's own, the other runs off on it's own. Bet you can now guess which one is which.
The Battlefield of the Mind.
Think about that for a while!
Keep in touch.
First things first. If you are able (have insurance, etc.) go to your (a) family doctor or clinic and have them run a complete blood panel to make sure you don't have some hormone, vitamin deficit, or anything else organic wrong with you. Explain your irrational, negative, gloom and doom thoughts to them. Explain your "racing thoughts" and all that goes with it (fears, anxiety, inability to relax). Ask them to put you on low dose anti-depessant and/or maybe low dose klonapin. I have had the best luck with prozac 20mg capsule. Then get a referral to some kind of therapy group. One on one if you have deep, old issues, or Group therapy where you can be in a safe environment with other people that will "get you" and provide support and understanding that day to day living can be very hard at times. Hey, first step by reaching out to us is a GREAT START. Now you have the ball so run with it. Don't give up!! You are worth the effort and sometimes it takes a while to see if this plan of action is right for you. Remember that some meds take up to 4 weeks to really start working. Keep us posted and best of luck. PS if you need help getting started try any and all govt programs, that's why we pay taxes...
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