Turtle.Lover

489d

hi! I've been struggling with my anxiety for the past week, and it's gotten to the point where I get overwhelmed when it's loud. I also can't concentrate, even while using the circle breathing, grounding, music, and gum. I've also noticed that when my anxiety is up, my fingers and toes (mostly my fingers) will get a tingling sensation in them. Friday, I was so stressed and anxious that I almost barfed, and I never barf

any other techniques I should try? I'm thinking about starting anxiety medicine to help, as the last one helped a lot.

Anxiety (Including GAD)

Citalopram

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  • Turtle.Lover

    489d

    I've tried walking, but I also pace when I'm anxious. Right now, I have that feeling in my stomach where it tells me that my anxiety is coming up

  • MrsSteele1

    489d

    🙏 I wish I had some sound and guaranteed advice. Sadly I don't. But if you haven't tried it I would recommend an ESA. Any animal can do this job. Animals are a great way to help control attacks. You can train them to recognize the signs and help you though it

  • ThePhoenixSystem

    489d

    I second the ESA! If you find that you need more help in public, you can train the dog to do tasks for you, such as find exits, alert to increased heart rate, apply deep pressure therapy to help an episode pass quicker, ect. my service dog helps with all of those tasks for me.

  • MrsSteele1

    489d

    They can even retrieve meds as needed and alert emergency response!!!

  • MrsSteele1

    489d

    Deep pressure has been my life saver though

  • Tomato

    489d

    I’ve tried biofeedback and it really gave me many tools in managing my feelings and my anxiety, I think you should try it

  • Fallingstar

    489d

    I’ve had issues with anxiety, too, especially accompanied by that awful feeling in my stomach. It’s not easy, but accepting these feelings instead of fighting against them has helped me. I usually have to actually say to myself “I accept this anxiety, I accept this uncomfortable feeling in my stomach, I am safe, it will be okay…” It’s tough, but this method often helps me feel better.

  • Littlebit

    489d

    Mrssteeie1. How do you get a ESA ?? And turtie.lover anxiety is a very hard thing to manage hope you the best

  • Barnes

    489d

    Hi! Personally, journaling helps me a little bit, but nothing was enough until I got on Citalopram. I'm on an extremely low dose and it has helped so much. I find myself finally able to relax and enjoy being with my friends and family again.

  • MrsSteele1

    488d

    Littlebit you need to talk to your counselor or doctor and get a letter and you need to get your animal into training asap. But... Even without training animals can sense a "pack" members hormones (which we give off differently for the different things we are feeling/experiencing) so if you have an animal that isn't "trained" for you they can still help. My Pitt (rescue) has become my husband's esa with no training. At the same time he helps me. It's not as close or dedicated a bond but when it's bad he knows. Today was a VERY high pain day. He spent the whole day curled up into my back as hard as he could. No encouragement needed. The pressure and warmth of him there helped alleviate some of my pain :)

  • oof

    488d

    When I get into a situation like that I have to choose distance I have to remove myself from the uncomfortable situation(s)

  • Techno_veins

    488d

    If youre determined to go on meds for this i promise you want to avoid benzos. If you miss a dose your panic attacks will come back 100x worse, my withdrawal from it lasted for months where i could not sleep at all or drive or walk into a store. Ive been on 30+ meds, many for anxiety and honestly would not recommend going on anything for it if you can avoid it because anything that truly works comes with nasty side effects and physical dependence

  • Danimiii

    488d

    Meds!!! I’m a big proponent of them. They save and change lives. Of course they aren’t for everyone, but whenever I have been at my lowest in my anxiety and nothing else has helped, the only thing that will is medication. (Other times medication doesn’t help, and coping strategies don’t help, and I just do my best to keep my head above water). An alternative or supplement to medication is weed. It’s not for everyone. It can exacerbate anxiety in some people and calm it in others, so it may be a risk. But it helps me a lot and calms my nervous system down. Of course, if you’re taking any kind of drug - SSRIs, weed, or other - it’s always good to continue or add coping routines. I like journaling and stretching/yoga.

  • wildflower440

    488d

    Taking a bath and putting my face under the water helps to ground me. Get some Dr. Teal’s for aromatherapy. The hot water will soothe your muscles and hopefully help with the tingly feeling. Wishing you the best.

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