Anyone here suffer from Anxiety?

@aimee750 (1117)
United States
January 4, 2007 8:22pm CST
I have always been a person who worried alot. But within the last year the worrying has taken over my life. I am constantly worrying about my kids and my finances and everything else. When I am at work I find it so incredibly hard to focus on my work and I am only getting done a portion of what I used to be able to do. When I drive places my mind is constantly in a state of worry and I miss my turns frequently and when I get to my destination many times I can't remember anything about the drive. At night I lay in bed worrying about things for hours, and no matter how much I try to clear my mind I can't. This is taking over my life and I can't seem to make it get any better? Can anybody help me, I am at my wits end. What can I do?
11 people like this
62 responses
5 Jan 07
i think you shoul dgo see a doctor as said above before it gets worse i started with anxiety when i started bodybuilding its a common thing with bodybuilders so ive spokent alot of people with it mine started the same as yours just general worry then moved on to feeling like i was haveing a heart attack every time i was worrying (not a nice feeling) in the end they had to put me on beta blockers to slow down my heart and stop me feeling it the doctor said if i went intime when it was just general worrying they could have sorted it with anti depresants
• United States
5 Jan 07
I agree with you.... noone here can provide you with the real help you will need, though it's nice to reach out and try to find people with similar problems and quick advice. I think humans, in general, suffer from stress and worrying at some point in their lives so I think that's normal, but if it is to the point where it is taking over your life, you probably need to seek professional help in order to learn to understand how to deal with it better :) Good luck!
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I agree 100% with everything that Manifest said above me. I can't stress enough that if it is really taking over your life, perhaps you need to seek professional help and get on some medication. I know what is like to feel anxious and nervous and worried - I think that we all do, as humans, and I am an extra sensitive soul who can lay in bed at 3am in the morning worrying about something that I wrote a week ago wondering if I said something wrong and thinking about how someone else might have taken what I said... but even I would not say that anxiety is taking over my life, and if it did I would hope to try to seek help somehow. I wish you all the best and I hope that you will update us on what happens and if you talk to a medical professional. I really feel for you and I know that sometimes the feelings of anxiety can become horrible. At one point last summer I really thought that I might be giving myself an ulcer I was so upset over something for a few days, but thankfully I was able to get past that and have been trying to push away my anxious feelings as often as I can lately. Sometimes it is so hard, though. I really am thinking of you and you have my best wishes and all my sympathy! ^_^ Take care of yourself and relax as much as you can. ^_^
@icequeen (2842)
• Canada
5 Jan 07
This is me to a tee...I have always been a worrier..but over the years it just got worse...and now I actually suffer anxiety/panic. I have been on medication for a while now..but I am slowly getting off..because I don't like having to be on something. I am hoping that I can maintain myself without it. I would suggest that you try not to worry so much...try yoga...meditation...and exercise is very good. I know it sounds easy...but worrying can take over your life. You need to try and get other involved too...and help you out with things..don't try and take on everything yourself. Take some time just for you...a bath..a walk..etc. I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me..if you would like to talk more....I understand.
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@aimee750 (1117)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Thank you, I hope I don't have to go on medication, but if I need to I will. I just want to get my life back. I do feel good that I finally made an appointment to see the doctor, now I just have to wait two weeks.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
My husband didn't to go on medication. But he has and it helps him to be a better spouse and a better father. If it makes you a better person to those you're around, you may be doing them and yourself a disservice if you don't try medications (if prescribed) and of course, talk therapy.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I used to be on medication for anxiety and stress but am no longer on it but at times I still feel very anxious. I had a panic attack at work once because I was so anxious. We have to be careful about our anxiety levels as it can lead to more serious health issues. Exercising is definitely a good thing and eating healthy may help as well or just talking to someone close to you about pleasant things or things you enjoy.
• Philippines
5 Jan 07
yeah I had been to frequent anxiety attacks but I always get over it when I fervently pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to guide me. At night I write down my worries and concerns, put it in a box and says to God, please take care of my concerns as I will sleep first and the next day I ask God what shall I do to solve all my problems. And things become easier...
@_hope_ (3906)
• Australia
5 Jan 07
yes i have for a few years and am at the stage now i won`t go out i worry for hours if i have an appointment to even attend
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I do suffer from anxiety and stress as I worry a lot about major things and minor things. I just can not help worrying about various things or people. I worry about how much sleep I get at night or being late to work or to a friends house. I try and find something to keep me busy and take my mind off of everyday things. A bubble bath, watching a funny movie, listening to nice music, going for a walk, exercising, playing games and other things. Find something that you enjoy that will take your mind off of the things that you worry about.
@aimee750 (1117)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks everyone for you replies. I have been to the doctor and she decided that before we try any medication she wants me to see a psychiatrist once a week for the next two weeks. She thinks having someone to talk to about my anxiety will help. If it does not help she said then we will try some medication. So, I am trying to stay optimistic.
• United States
6 Jan 07
I also have suffered from anxiety...everything from worrying about my kids to believing I was dying. I would worry about something, get side tracked and then worry about not being able to remember what I should be worrying about. What has helped me the most is prayer. Whenever I'm really worried or anxious about something I try to take a few quiet moments to pray to God and tell him what my fears are, and then I visualize myself placing a box (filled with my worries)at God's feet and then step away from it, taking my hands off of the situation and trusting that God will handle it. Then, whenever those worries start to invade my mind, I just remind myself that I have already given them to God and they are in His hands now, not mine, so they are no longer mine to worry about. It takes some time but eventually you will learn to leave the troubles that are out of your control where they belong, at the feet of God and out of your mind. I wish you well. And try to remember that all the time you spend worrying about things that you can not change is precious time you are being robbed of, and a moment of happiness you could have been experiencing.
@aimee750 (1117)
• United States
8 Jan 07
Thanks for the well wishes.
@magnet (2087)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I hope and pray that you will overcome your anxiey. I can't help you overcome this anxiey but God can. If you believe in God just pray and ask Him for help. Everytime you have a negative thought of worry pray and cast down that thought. Do it everytime you worry. I find that when I wake up sometimes and worry that the only way I can go back to sleep is to say a prayer. He is in control not me. Do not worry about anything just take it one day at a time. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;but of power,and of love,and of sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
@aimee750 (1117)
• United States
6 Jan 07
That sounds great and I do have faith but I still have overwhelming anxiety. Thanks for the words of encouragement.
@swasti (1157)
• India
5 Jan 07
well i think u must go in for practising yoga. u will be taught breath regulating exercises which controls this mind evry well.try meditation ..iam sure it will help u.all the best. even i worry for soo manyt higns in life.but i sometimes think that there is going to be no solution by worrying.we r onyl wasting time worrying about things which are beyond our control.so think that this is life where u were born to face difficulties and hardships. think that by crossing all this in this life successfully u will reach a better place ..God!!! iam sure once ur sttitude changes so...u will start enjoying whatever comes in ur life..all the best!!!
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
5 Jan 07
Maybe you should see a doctor its not good that your mind is not in focus when you are driving for it will cause you to accident. Maybe you should undergo any theraphy.
• Pakistan
5 Jan 07
Hi Its right that u should consult a doctor to see what the matter really is. But having said that i would also suggest u that take things positively. Because all of us have worries more or less, but we do have.So, the idea should be to enjoy life as more as possible. Worries are part and parcel of life as happiness.
• United States
5 Jan 07
There have been times in my life that anxiety unfortunately took over. I had to see a therapist and they put me on anti-depressants for a while. The second time anxiety took a hold I had to realize that I was wasting a lot of precious and valuable time worrying over things that I had no control over so I figured for my health I had better find some ways to let the stress go. I started exercising, read inspirational books,started hobbies, and found things to take my mind off the constant anxiety. After a while I found the anxiety not to be so difficult to manage.
@aimee750 (1117)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Thank you, I hope to be able to manage my anxiety someday.
• United States
2 Feb 07
I am on medication for my anxiety. I actually have an anxiety disorder coupled with bipolar. Instead of being manic-depressive, I am anxious-depressive. My highs in energy level find me being consumed with all that might go wrong and my lows find me not caring at all. I have been on a couple of different medications, Lexapro and Ativan being the two most effective. Ativan is a lifesaver, being able to take it when I am at my breaking point to calm down. Have you seen a doctor about it? I know a very good psychiatrist in the San Diego area, but I don't know exactly where you are.
@weemam (13377)
31 Jan 07
I know exactly what you mean , my hubby says if I get up in the morning without a worry I worry about that , take care xx
@lovedude (4454)
• India
8 Jan 07
agreed
• United States
5 Jan 07
I am the same way. tried counseling. altho it was helpful to a point. some meds helped. however i prefer not to personally medicate. altho for me it had the best outcome. but i have a recovering addict in the house, so i choose not to have medications at all in the residence.
@arun057 (281)
• India
5 Jan 07
Hey this is not a problem you have.. its kind of human nature... we worry about anything and everything!!! all you can do is loosen up and start enjoying life as it comes!!!
• United States
5 Jan 07
I use to worry all the time like you do.I suffer from an anxiety disorder.you need to seek professinal help to get better.it just wont go away but it can be under control you need to see a phyciatrist and she will be able to help you get your anxiety under control.that is what i did now my anxiety is under control and i actually can deal with things alot better now and lead a normal life.
• Nigeria
5 Jan 07
the bible says be careful for nothing,but pray about every thing that way you can overcome the power of worrying
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Yes you sound like youve got it bad. Maybe you need to talk to a professional. It cant hurt. I too worry alot and sometimes find myself thinking of things when Im driving and that is not good. When I do that I snap myself out of it quickly and Im pretty good for awhile. I know Im not giving you much advise but I dont really know how to help. But I here. Iam a good listener. Please take care of yourself.
@lilmissy (481)
• United States
5 Jan 07
i worry all the time too not uch you can do about it i fear something bad will happen to my family when they leave the house i myself do not like to leave the house much either
• Pakistan
5 Jan 07
try to make people around you happy, it will relieve you from many of your worries...