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What advice do you have for coping with being stuck in a really bad "anxiety pit"? I have a lot of sources of anxiety and have been suffering from physical symptoms of anxiety too. I currently don't have a doctor. Most doctors taking new patients in my area have wait lists of 4-6 months. I have leftover panic meds, but during really severe panic attacks one symptom I get is nausea and vomiting, so I can't always keep my meds down. And along with the vomiting, I have appetite loss and don't have any more of my prescription appetite stimulant. I've also been dealing with a respiratory infection, it's not too bad but it's just another thing adding onto my stress and making me feel worse. I'm nervous about every aspect of my life (my health, family's health, keeping up with work, intrusive thoughts and phobias, a trip I have next month... just everything). And I'm just at a point where I've been feeling panicked up until 5 AM (that's usually when my body gets tired of vomiting and lets me fall asleep).

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    • Chesbro99

      351d

      I take meds everyday to try and keep it down. I go for walks and run my hands under different temps water. I'm here if you wanna talk

    • Chesbro99

      351d

      I take meds everyday to try and keep it down. I go for walks and run my hands under different temps water. I'm here if you wanna talk

    • qveenofthecastles

      393d

      My suggestions: Eliminate as many of your sources of anxiety as possible. Box breathing techniques: inhale for 4, hold for 4, exhale for 4, normal for 4 - repeat Eat whole foods and exercise often

    • Buggy126

      393d

      I’m on a beta blocker that helps with the physical symptoms of anxiety and I love it. Also zofran and Xanax but the beta blocker has helped more than any other med before that isn’t just sedating the the shit out of myself

    • Angelheart

      398d

      I get anxiety but no way is it as severe as what you've described. I don't believe in taking antidepressants or medication so I use other tools like breathing and counting, naming 5 things you can see, hear and touch. I get really bad driving anxiety especially when I'm going somewhere I've never been before or driving on the freeway or busy roads so I tend to avoid them. I also get anxiety as a passenger sitting in the front seat. I get this panicked feeling that we are going to hit the car in front, not stop in time. It so relates back to safety. I have a lack of safety in my life in general and within myself. I've been seeing a psychologist but as yet nothing seems to help. It holds me back though from being more independent in my life.

    • lonee68

      398d

      May I have the discord info please

    • Tortie8

      398d

      Box breathing can work I find, 4 seconds each inhale, hold, exhale, hold. The breathing pattern can help steady you. Hope you find a way through it, all the best 👍

    • Aimless

      398d

      Any advice I have to give just feels dumb. Listen to your body, meditate, hydrate, vitamins, exercise, etc... I'm on meds and I still struggle. But look at all these comments before me. You are in good company. You are not alone. This will get better. Til then, do what you can to comfort yourself. Whatever works. Hugs and good vibes my friend.

    • petey55

      398d

      Agree with all the relaxation and meditation advice. The Happiness Trap - a fantastic book in my opinion - has good advice on not fighting the feelings, accepting them and then gently putting them to one side. Don't add the worry of dealing with anxiety to being anxious 😁. Please accept some virtual hugs 🤗🤗🤗 and remember this WILL pass

    • Dia

      398d

      This is going to sound simplistic but are you drinking enough water? Dehydration can exacerbate mental health issues. Blood sugar issues and food sensitivities can also be a contributing factor.

    • Djflipnphil

      398d

      I have suicidal thoughts

    • Angst2

      398d

      Go outside, walk 20 minutes, don’t try to “relax” - just feel your anxiety, explore the worst thing that can actually happen, and then let it go. Listen to your anxiety, it is there to protect you.

    • My5grands

      398d

      Calm powder every night before bed helps me with my racing thoughts and sleep problems.

    • Haleyc210

      398d

      I hope you feel better. It doesn’t help that this world pretends as if there’s nothing to be anxious about.

    • billl

      400d

      I like lovely cold showers . Long bike rides by myself or a companion is lovely keeps the anxiety being functional being aware of my surroundings but really . I like to get to the root cause rather than constantly and consistently medicate the symptoms. It's about learning things that are new and contradict you current understanding.. I have found

    • UnnecessaryXL

      400d

      Write, write, write. Let the thoughts - all the thoughts - be your guide. Being in a place where there is no immediate relief is horrible, I know. Writing gave me a relief valve to hear, twist, bury, etc. Anxiety loops (imma trademark that term) are super sucky, but free-form journaling helped immensely!

    • LCSWmark

      401d

      Definately GAD going on. Some people find it helpful to 'schedule' their anxiety in the evening. Write down stressors and how you can cope. Write down solutions even if theyre months or years away. Youre talking about wait time for a shrink? Do you get anx and depression meds from primary care doc? I say depression as it sounds like your anxiety & physical SXs suggest it.

    • LadiB

      401d

      🤗try to find wat relaxes u...try breathing exercises

    • 1bananahere

      402d

      Agree with another user on breathing techniques (personally I use 5-5-5 breath hold and release), although there are definitely times where I get so emotional/anxious I can't focus on it at all. I use the self-help app Finch for breathing techniques so you have to follow the breathing circle, and not only that I really recommend mindfulness techniques such as the 5 senses (5 things you see, 4 things you touch etc.) where the app also has under First Aid. Definitely agree that meds had to most help with my anxiety, but you will also need a toolkit of self-help strategies like above long-term wise. Hope it helped a bit and be kind to yourself, you're doing great!

    • Alyss

      402d

      Tapping helps some people. I know it's helped my stress. I'm sorry you're in this position. https://www.webmd.com/balance/what-is-eft-tapping

    • thestinkmaster

      402d

      this advice feels overplayed but breathing exercises do help. inhaling for 5 seconds, exhaling for 5 seconds. a game i like to do is closing my eyes and imagining a feather. the harder and faster i breathe, the more likely the feather is to burst, and the slower i breathe, the feather begins to fall. the goal is to keep the feather in the center without bursting, which takes slow inhales and slow exhales to perfectly balance the feather. something else i like to do when i feel the onset is just close my eyes, constrict myself with a blanket or hold onto a plush or pillow, and try to think of nothing, or try to think only of things that make me happy, that i'm excited for, or that i've accomplished. journaling your anxious thoughts down may also help, as well as having a physical outlet for the anxiety like painting, walking or jogging, or even making sounds. there's not a lot to do about chronic anxiety that needs to be treated and i'm sorry you have to wait, but these should at least help calm you down in the moment.

    • Chesbro99

      402d

      I take meds everyday to try and keep it down. I go for walks and run my hands under different temps water. I'm here if you wanna talk and I have a discord group you can join too

      • Haleyc210

        398d

        @Chesbro99 may I ask what meds u take? Having trouble finding the right fit

    • RedandBlackFan

      402d

      I have to take meds at the onset before it gets to bad bc then not a lot is effective

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One suggestion for coping with anxiety is to practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness meditation. Engaging in physical activity, maintaining a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep can also help manage anxiety. Additionally, consider seeking support from friends, family, or online communities where people share their experiences and coping strategies. Remember that it's important to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment options.

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