I am terrified I am schizophrenic. I have suffered with an anxiety disorder for 8 years now and have just started having bad intrusive thoughts. I am convincing myself I am crazy. Believe me I am working hard to be relaxed and tell myself I am normal, it is just anxiety, etc. I have gotten better, but derealization has come along now. I feel like I am unreal even though I am aware I am in reality. I just need people to tell me I am not crazy.
There are points in life when you feel this way. I myself have the same problem wondering why all this is happening to me? I have anxiety, panic attacks and feel like a hypochondriac. Every little pain I feel I ask myself is this it? I also am aware of my surroundings but to me the world is scary. I can't hardly function or go anywhere. I had a wonderful job for 20 years I got hurt at work 2 years ago and my life has went from being a people person to I can't hardly function. Your not crazy, it happens to more people than you think. I've went from being married to living in the basement of a friends house because my spouse couldn't deal with my complaining. I feel like I lost my whole world, I cry a lot and wonder if I will ever be normal again.
How about discussing these feelings with a therapist? A therapist can help you learn coping skills and help you decide whether further evaluation is needed by a psychiatrist. Not trying to scare you, but if there is a problem there are solutions. As far as being "crazy", I look at my mental health as just that, and consider it no different than my physical health.
I went through this myself it was brought on by stress and anxiety. you are not crazy. you might need to be on a different medication. I was taking valium at the time and come to find out that also contributed to the derealization I was experiencing. maybe you need to go to the er and tell them you are having a panic attack and severe anxiety they will give you something to help balance you back out and you will be able to get some rest and also lack of sleep can cause that feeling too. I understand what you are going through its going to be ok. I went through that for about 6 months so if you can go to the er and get some meds to help you. calm music is good therapy as well writing is good too I am praying for you that God will give you a peace of mind in Jesus name I ask HIM to wrap his arms around you and calm those fears as well in Jesus name I pray amen
It sounds as if you are just experiencing some serious anxiety and panic.
Xanax has worked wonders for my panic attacks. Since you have a benzo to take when you feel quite bad, does it work for you? Do you find that it relaxes your mind at all? If not, ask your pdoc to up the milligrams, you may be on too little.
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