I've suffered from severe anxiety for about 4 years now (I'm 19). It has tried ruining my life! It was the reason why I left public high school. Anyways I'm on sertraline have been for almost 3 years. The past 3 nights everytime I close my eyes and feel myself drifting off a wave of I don't know if it's anxiety or what wakes me. It's like a dizzy passing out feeling. And then I'll open my eyes and sit up and I get this bursts of it as well as an unreal feeling like I'm not alive or I'm going to die. I know it sounds crazy. Also me being the hypochondriac I am I start thinking I'm going to pass out and die or I'm having a heart attack or I have a brain tumor or cancer or something. It sucks!!! Especially being so young and seeing all my friends living a normal life starting college. If anyone has felt like this or has any advice let me know. Thanks!!! :)
I don't want to sound negative but this really sounds like something you should be discussing with a psychiatrist (rather than a GP). Seriously, it sounds like anxiety out of control when it is manifested so vividly in your dreams. I have no idea how to deal with hypochondria except that with illness I apply Occam's Razor to the issue: all things being equal, the simplest explanation is the most likely to be true. If you dwell on or obsess about anxiety, it's likely that anxiety will result. :-(
I wish you all the very best, anxiety can be cruel.
What you are describing sounds like a panic attack. When I was a teenager I started having them before bed and had no idea what they were, I just thought I was having a heart attack or something as well. It took me years to get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Please talk to your doctor/psychiatrist about getting some xanax to take when you start to get this feeling, it's a real life saver. Also just the knowledge that what you are feeling is a panic attack (and that it's temporary) rather than a life threatening illness should help you calm down a little.
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