So I think I've been experiencing anxiety since I had my daughter 4 years ago. But now it has gotten so bad. I was in nursing school and had to stop because I couldn't focus and I didn't work for two months because I just felt like I couldn't do it. I'm working 3 days a week now but its still a struggle for me. I'm scared of everything..I'm scared to eat, I'm scared to drink, go on vacation, and most of all I'm terrified to take medication I tried celexa and had terrible side effects so my DR prescribed Zoloft and I took half of a 25mg tablet and felt nauseous so now I'm scared to take it again. I feel like I'm living in a dream maybe depersonalization? like just going through the motions... I get really angry/irritatable fast, I'm always tired, nauseous, blurred vision (seeing spots), I have to force myself to eat, I cry a lot, can't take deep breaths, confusion, plugged ears, and just want to crawl out of my skin! I keep trying tell myself it's not anything and I'll get over it but I'm on the edge I just want to give up..I'm so tired of feeling this bad every single day. Can someone please give me advice and do you think it's anxiety, depression or possibly both? And I know this is a random question but would anyone recommend THC? My brother strongly believes in marijuana but I have always been against it..but at this point I'll try anything!!! Thank you for reading and thank you for any advice!
It comes down to your quality of life. It sounds like you are having a lot of fear. Anxiety can cause fear in some people. Maybe talk to your doctor about something that will help temporarily with the anxiety and fear while you get past the 2 weeks it takes for side effects to lessen and or go away. Zoloft is know for stomach issues. If anxiety is left untreated it can cause depression.
OK the THC question. Be cautious with the levels of THC it has. High THC can cause anxiety and paranoia. If you try it, it may be best to have it high in CBD or a 1:1 ratio. There is a lot of information on the internet about this.
I also agree with the other person that posted to you. Best to rule out any organic issues, like thyroid or hormonal.
I empathize with your situation.
It certainly sounds like depression and anxiety are likely potential causes. It may also be something more - where your body is stuck in a state of parasympathetic shock. Meaning the 'fight or flight' instinct may always be in control, and over time it can manifest in weird and deviating ways. Frequently by the time someone seeks treatment a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. No matter what your issue is you should seek help and you deserve to feel better. You may call snider a diagnostic clinic as the doctors are top-notch, respectful and you get tons done in a shorter amount of time. There are also Mood Disorder clinics, all different, but maybe worth looking into. A non-medical but still becoming medically accepted approach is mindfulness practice in any form.
Breathing with control, focus and fully; yoga; tai chi; meditation (but that's a tough start); many books are helpful too - the original is by Jon Kabat-Zinn's Full Catastrophe Living or the many well-written books since. You can also potentially go to the clinic mentioned in the book! Another mindful practice approach would be a wellness retreat - Costa Ricain particular has many great options for varying yoga-levels as well as how much yoga vs spa vs surfinging etc is in your package (I've loved in Costa Rica multiple times and in different places, but I'm American - if interested feel free to friend me and send a private msg). After my second trip to Mayo Clinic I went directly to 2.5 weeks of yoga retreat and did exceptionally well there. I was also in a blue zone a rare find but really does feel great (they're one of only a few countries to have one, but people are happier, healthier and live longer even though the places are very different when compared).
If you're in a state with legal marijuana options it can be a great help; however if you consider your risk if you're not, it may counteract the benefits-plus marijuana does have the potential side effect of being paranoid, which. Is certainly a form of anxiety- you must decide what's best for you weighing the full consequences.
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