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annabay what physical feelings of anxiety do you get?
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hey there, what physical symptoms of anxiety do you experience? I often feel very alone in my experience of having physical chest (what I think are heart) spasms and was wanting to create a space for everyone to list their physical feelings that come... View more

hey there, what physical symptoms of anxiety do you experience? I often feel very alone in my experience of having physical chest (what I think are heart) spasms and was wanting to create a space for everyone to list their physical feelings that come hand in hand with anxiety so we can all feel less alone. hope everyone is well.

Chris_B Forums etiquette: give support to receive support
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Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newb... View more

Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newbies are welcomed when they first post, and we understand that it’s a big step to post for the first time on a forum like this, especially if you aren’t feeling great. It’s important to remember, though, that these forums are a community of real people, just like you, not a one-on-one support environment like going to see your psychologist. To get the best out of being here, one of the best tips we can offer is give support to receive support. Being a good community member means: participating in different threads (not just your own), replying to people who have taken the time to reply to you (even if it’s just to say thank you), and... posting words of emotional support and encouragement when you see others who are hurting and reaching out. You don’t have to feel obliged to solve the problems of others: that’s not what we’re here for. But you can offer empathy and what you’ve learned from your own life experiences, even if it’s just a line or two, eg. “I don't know what to say, but I want to give you my support and tell you I care about what is happening to you and hope life will get better soon.” Try to develop an interest in the journeys of others here on the forums. You may be surprised at how good being an active, caring member here can make you feel. For those of you who have had good experiences giving support here on the forums, please post in this thread here and let us know how it has helped you on your journey.

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Jayamalah Hi :)
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Hi I'm just wondering if anyone else has similar symptoms to me with anxiety. I don't have a certain trigger, most of the time I just wake up with it. Feeling nervous, hot flushes, diarrhoea and not been able to eat! Thanks

Hi I'm just wondering if anyone else has similar symptoms to me with anxiety. I don't have a certain trigger, most of the time I just wake up with it. Feeling nervous, hot flushes, diarrhoea and not been able to eat! Thanks

Oden new person seeking advice
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Hi, I am in my early thirties and have had anxiety for as long as I can remember. I also have a speech impediment (which is linked to my anxiety). While my speech is now under control thanks to twenty years of speech therapy and plenty of support, I ... View more

Hi, I am in my early thirties and have had anxiety for as long as I can remember. I also have a speech impediment (which is linked to my anxiety). While my speech is now under control thanks to twenty years of speech therapy and plenty of support, I now find my anxiety - which I'd previously ignored - is cropping up. I really started to feel it back in September. I had a few personal incidents which made my anxiety worse and made me realise I needed to do something about it. I have talked to my local GP and started taking stress and omega multi-vitamins, started taking sleeping tablets (always been a restless sleeper) as well as eating more tuna. I find my anxiety increases when I'm tired or stressed, so if I don't get a good night's sleep, I feel anxious the next day. The problem I have is I worry about things beyond my control and worry about relatively minor things. If it was something I could control, then I could understand, but when I can't control it I get frustrated and run myself around in circles. The sleeping tablets have been helping (I'm no longer such a restless sleeper) but I still have nights where I can't get to sleep and struggle the next day. At times I feel like I'm just going from day-to-day and on weekends I try to keep myself busy. I also have a bit of OCD (mainly counting things, checking things are closed/locked multiple times and having irrational thoughts), which also flares up when tired or stressed. I've also been doing this great CBT course for stutterers which is helping. However, I've been feeling this way for about two months. I have my calm, happy days but I also have days when I get anxious about silly things which I can't control and I tend to immerse myself in the problems of friends and family and I can feel guility if I'm in a good mood and they're not. Silly I know but there you go. I was wondering what the next step could be: I haven't really looked at anti-depressants or anxiety drugs, but I'm open to this in future. What I'd love to do is find an anxiety support group where I could talk about my anxiety in a safe environment, not only to get it off my chest but also to support others. A big part of my recovery as a stutterer has been the support of my fellow stuttering friends, both in formalised speech therapy/support groups and in a social setting. I feel if I can find a similar thing for my anxiety, it would be a massive help.

Casey4 Needing Advice.
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Hi, This is my first post on this site, but i am so glad i found it. Im 21 years old and have major anxiety when leaving my house or being alone sometimes even all the time! i have dizzy spells, chest pain, cant breathe and constantly feeling sick. I... View more

Hi, This is my first post on this site, but i am so glad i found it. Im 21 years old and have major anxiety when leaving my house or being alone sometimes even all the time! i have dizzy spells, chest pain, cant breathe and constantly feeling sick. I was wondering if anyone else around my age or anyone in that matter that would have some advice on dealing with the attacks? any advice is wanted, as it is getting so out of control and starting to control my life! Thanks in advance

Andy_panic_attack Feeling others are week that can not hide what I have
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Why is it that when some talk about things it all about drugs they are on or bad time of bogan type things . Can we just be unique and as we all meant to be? I suffer daily . I take pills . I am a good man a bad one and have panic Attacks .

Why is it that when some talk about things it all about drugs they are on or bad time of bogan type things . Can we just be unique and as we all meant to be? I suffer daily . I take pills . I am a good man a bad one and have panic Attacks .

Lenie_code New
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Hi feeling anxious, want to vomit or pass out. Hiding in my car at work while writing this. Any advice?

Hi feeling anxious, want to vomit or pass out. Hiding in my car at work while writing this. Any advice?

Chonty Should I tell my mum I have OCD?
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About six months ago I was diagnosed with OCD, and I've only told my partner and a close friend. I would like to tell my mum, but it started when I was 12 and I really don't want her to feel like she let me down by not noticing what was going on. I d... View more

About six months ago I was diagnosed with OCD, and I've only told my partner and a close friend. I would like to tell my mum, but it started when I was 12 and I really don't want her to feel like she let me down by not noticing what was going on. I don't blame her at all, because I don't have overt compulsions- they're mostly mental, so it's not like it's noticeable. And I did everything I could to make sure no one would notice. So I guess what I'm asking is if you're a parent, would you want to know? Or would you rather not? I really don't want to cause her any stress, but on the other hand I want to be open. Thanks

Lenie_code Performance anxiety
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Hi I'm freaking out. I'm normally tense ( I think it's the only thing holding together). But panicking, gonna vomit or pass out because I am standing in front of a large assembly (job requires it, normally work one on one with people but exceptions l... View more

Hi I'm freaking out. I'm normally tense ( I think it's the only thing holding together). But panicking, gonna vomit or pass out because I am standing in front of a large assembly (job requires it, normally work one on one with people but exceptions like this arise) any advice on how to get through this with some grace?

MeganRN Hello- I need someone to listen..
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Hi everyone- My name is Megan. I'm 35 years old and have struggled with anxiety/depression and bipolar disorder since I was about 20 years old. I thought I had concurred my demons - but apparently I was wrong. I went all through nursing school (even ... View more

Hi everyone- My name is Megan. I'm 35 years old and have struggled with anxiety/depression and bipolar disorder since I was about 20 years old. I thought I had concurred my demons - but apparently I was wrong. I went all through nursing school (even graduated with an invitation to join a prestigious nursing honor society) with minimal anxiety. Up until the end of school I was only taking my regular medications.... but everything changed and has not gone back. I am currently dealing with an 18 year old son who is having a difficult time with life. I just transitioned into a new job - which I love and I am so scared I will lose if they find any of this out. I have panic attacks DAILY.. sometimes HOURLY.... I get through the day with medication.. sometimes that doesn't even help. I have had my heart checked and although I do have benign PVC's and some mitral valve regurgitation - there is nothing wrong with my heart.... I feel like once I figure out that I am not going to die from my symptoms- my body attempts to fool me with new symptoms.... Now I feel like my head has pressure and sometimes I feel as if I'm going to pass out.... often I feel this way.... My palms get sweaty, I feel sick.. I know this is anxiety because it only happens when I leave my house and if I take medication I feel better.. .if it was really something with my brain or heart- this medication would not help it.... My husband tries to be supportive but he get sick of it , I'm sure... I would too... I'm just looking for a friend or someone to talk to.. I feel so alone and hopeless.. I signed up for an intensive outpatient program through Rogers Memorial which is a leading hospital when it comes to Anxiety.. but they have me on a waitlist.. so who knows how long it will take before I can get in.. Thanks for listening..

bfay02 Advice?
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Hello, I'll start off by telling whoever is reading a little about myself. I am a 19 year old female who suffers from anxiety and depression. Signs of this began in my early teens (13-14) when my half sister was born, i started self mutilating, would... View more

Hello, I'll start off by telling whoever is reading a little about myself. I am a 19 year old female who suffers from anxiety and depression. Signs of this began in my early teens (13-14) when my half sister was born, i started self mutilating, wouldnt move out of my room, etc. To cut an extremely long and painful story short - My biological father has denied me from day dot as he suffers from a herion addiction, my mother is also a drug addict but she abuses perscription pain killers, my step father is abusive and all sorts of messed up. My mums first husband (when I was around 5-7) used to physically abuse me and my mum she quickly moved on to her husband she is still with now (the crazy one). In my teens my mother relied on me a lot to look after my sister and then shortly after, brother. Because my step dad is too fat and lazy to do anything ever, he was always either blind drunk or at work. My mum used to mix so many manipulative toxic things into my mind about my step dad, telling me he is a bad person etc.. So many mixed messages, but when it comes down to it what she really taught me was, men are garbage "the dirt you walk on!" So now you have the jist - my childhood was pretty sh*t. I have seen so many different psycholigsts etc and they all just p*ss me off because they all say the same "when you're angry try and breath deeply!" i tell you right now, when i am mad i am not stopping to "breathe!" I'm not stopping for anything...I know what my problem is, i can easily identify when I am acting out etc, its just i still cant control it, the rage for no aparent reason, the lashing out at my boyfriend, the bossiness, and most of the time, the tears. I cry so much all the time over nothing at all. I find myself sitting in my bathroom with the worst pain in my chest just wailing and if I am found by my partner i simply cant explain why I am so distraught. I simply tell him its "everything!" .... My main problem is that my first boyfriend, I cheated on because I was so accustom to my mothers ways (i watched her cheat on my step dad multiple times) once i pulled myself out of those ways and taught myself that those actions are dead wrong is when i met my boyfriend now - and here is where i need help - He is a great guy, really nice, caring. He opened up his home to me. He has his demons too, and he has an anger issue, when he is mad there is no stopping him, he even gets violent (never with me! i promise) I find myself spending a lot of money on him and I do absolutely everything for him, like cook, clean, wash his clothes, etc... and he doesnt do anything, but proceeds to tell me that I am lazy! Anywho, thats not the point... I care for him, a lot. We laugh, play and i have a lot of fun with him but i am not sure he is the one. He makes me really mad, he is extremely stubborn & selfish and I cannot handle that at all. When we fight its always huge cause he always needs to be right. I never receive any token of appreciation for what I do for him either - ever! I know i dont love him, and its because of the 'stubborn/selfish' trait and when I try to leave him, I cant!? I am so petrified of being alone and everything else that comes after that. I know i am doing the wrong thing by wasting his time. I want to do the right thing, i really do. But i am so so scared. What do i do?

Jessie83 Terrified
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I work with parents with mental illness, and what would they think if they knew I had one too!? I teach mindfulness, how come I can't teach it to myself? Not that anyone would know. I have the smile and calm voice down pat. I'm white knuckled, wide e... View more

I work with parents with mental illness, and what would they think if they knew I had one too!? I teach mindfulness, how come I can't teach it to myself? Not that anyone would know. I have the smile and calm voice down pat. I'm white knuckled, wide eyed, hyperventilating sort of terrified of most things these days. I can barely swallow a panadol without thinking I am near to death from an allergic reaction or brain tumour. How do you tell someone you are a hypochondriac, when it all feels so real? Positive test results lead to a few moments of peace until the next fear comes up. Or else I disappear above myself and turn glassy eyed, dizzy brained and vacant. Small spaces make me want to die. I braved a 6 hour plane ride and was pacing/crying both ways despite the hefty dose of anti-anxiety medication. I keep waiting for things to get better. How do I stop giving this fear to my future offspring? Even when I have my mind together I am still afraid. How do I avoid driving my lovely partner away? Official diagnosis of PTSD/panic disorder with agoraphobic tendancies. Probably sitting more on general anxiety these days. Feeling lost and so alone in my crazy little world.