Anxiety symptoms

Marie - posted on 10/09/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I thought that if everyone could see that there is a common pattern to our symptoms it might be helpful. Please post the symptoms that you get before, during and after an anxiety attack. Talking about our anxiety freely is the first step in kicking it out of our lives for good. I hope to hear from you..don't be shy!





My symptoms:

Before attack - usually I am feeling stressed and worried about something. Sometimes I am worrying about having a panic attack.



During - I get dizzy, feel like I am not here (like things are not real), my heart beats fast, if I am out somewhere I want to go right away and I generally feel scared.



After - I am usually very tired and have that lingering worry about having another anxiety attack. Sometimes I think that I am crazy or am about to lose my mind.

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Kendra - posted on 09/18/2012

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omg i thought i was the only one who felt the "unreal symptoms" it is the creepiest and scariest feeling. I am a first time mom. My daughter is 6 months old. I didnt start feeling the "unreal symptoms" and the crazy anxiety until she was about 2 1/2 to 3 months old. I have felt like I have been crazy since then. Everything that you have described is what I feel. My panic symptoms happen sometimes where I get that disconnected, not in touch with reality feeling which brings on a panic attack because it scares me and then I have to talk myself through it in my head and remind myself that I am extremely sleep deprived. I normally have to go on a really really long walk and listen to calming music or go on a really intense hike to get my dopamine levels up. The really active hiking has been the best thing. My husband and I love to hike so we do it almost every day and then some type of yoga almost every day. I am so happy you posted this it makes me not alone. I havent wanted to talk about it with anyone because I can barely explain the feeling myself except that it is absolutely horrible.

What have you found to help you?

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Having an anxiety disorder and being a mom is tough. I work full time and have a 4 year old. I find that my anxiety makes me snippy and impatient with him. I really need to work on that. As for my anxiety and panc attacks, I have had them for about 10 years. They came on suddenly around 25 years old. I went on Zoloft and did well for many years..no anxiety but little sex drive. I even tend to lose weight on Zoloft. I went off Zoloft and onto Wellbutrin, which was HUGE mistake. I don't think Wellbutrin is for people with anxiety disorders, maybe for people with depression, but it's an upper so it made me jittery all the time. I had 3 panic attacks while I was taking Wellbutrin all similar to those discribed here. I blacked out, got dizzy, things seemed unreal. The attacks were preceeded by months of high levels of stress. During the worst one, I couldn't care for myself. I eventually took Lorazepam when one started and that has helped. Even carrying it with me helps. I have definitely thought I was going crazy many times, but as it turns out, that is totally anxiety. For me, I was worrying that I might go crazy so I thought I was going crazy. Sick cycle to get stuck in! My advice is find the right meds and keep taking them..and start running. I have had very little success with therapy.

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I am new to this site and I am going through very similar symptoms that you had and was put on celexa 10 mg about 2 1/2 weeks ago. I have a five year old and 1 year old twins. My issue started after having my twins and and a thyroid condition that started during that pregnancy. After my doctor gave my tons of tests and ruled out many conditions we realized I have severe anxiety and was prescribed medicine. I am hopeful that with the meds, counseling, deep breathing techniques, and positive thinking I can get through this and come out feeling normal again. But, this has been a really scary experience and i have felt like I was going crazy most of the time. I have alot of the feeling unreal symptoms which scare me but I know now what it is so that helps keep me calm. I am lucky though because i have alot of support from my husband and family and I know this will pass with time. If you have any advice for me I would appreciate it

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