I was diagnosed with generalized aniexity disorder in my early teens and I've been on and off medication over the years. When we started TTC I went off the medicine, but lately we've been having financial troubles and I have been really sweating the small stuff. I've also started to have panic attacks again. I'm basically making myself sick from all the worrying, if we could just make it through April without anything major happening I might be able to breathe a little.
Is there anyone else out their with an anieixty disorder? What techniques do you find helps? I really don't want to start my medication again.
I have mild anxiety which comes and goes but i have found that it has gotten worse as my ms has gotten worse for some weird reason. I will just be sitting there not thinking about anything stressful and then all of a sudden I have strong feelings of anxiety come over me.
I usually lay down, listen to calming music and concentrate on my breathing, thankfully that works pretty well for me. And thankfully it tends to occur in the evening rather than during the day.
Another thing I do is I will try and distract myself with comedy, I put on some funny videos and just try my hardest to laugh...I don't know if that is weird
I know it's hard though, and everyone is different. I have a friend who often ends up in hospital due to anxiety and these methods would never work for her! do you find playing WoW helps? ( you play WoW right?) even if you are just farming or playing the AH...distraction?
I have a panic disorder.. The only thing that helps me is an ice pack under my left arm (ya, I know wth? lol) and rest...
I'm so lucky and fortunate; I have not had an attack since I have become pregnant.
But I'm just waiting for one... :S
Renee and Al
Owen Romeo Gerard - 11/28/2012 - 7lbs 12 ozs.
I have been on anti anxieties after my last 2 pregnancies because of PPD. I have a family history of anxiety and depression, so its no surprise. I know that they dont like you taking the anti anxieties while you are prego, or nursing (I had to pump before bed so my hubby could give our baby a bottle at night so I could take the anxiety med and get some sleep). For me, what works, is making sure that I get enough sleep/rest. Also, a relaxing bath, making sure I get out of the house and into the sun light, and some sort of exercise... like a walk. Hang in there. Your hormones will even out soon
Lurking from October....
I have GAD as well. I am still on my med (Zoloft is considered "safest" and all drs want me on it, but I am monitored, I took it w/ my last dd too) though I totally understand not wanting to take a med while pg. I have chronic hypertension too and high anxiety would just raise that up higher which is dangerous for baby and me. They are also worried about depression if I'm off it. However no med is 100% and my psychologist told me GAD responds best to therapy and meds so I have been going to therapy for over a year. I love it! It was scary at first but she helps me work through my anxieties. Breathing, self talk, walking, getting out of the house, etc. all help too. I really enjoy being able to talk my anxieties out with my therapist!
Thanks ladies for all your advice, it's good to know I'm not alone. I have both Zoloft and Xanax that they would like me to take but I haven't been taking either. I took Zoloft for a portion of my pregnancy with DS but I stopped because it just makes me super nervous. I will have to try all the techniques you guys suggested. thanks alot! I thought about starting therapy, but I've got to see if my insurance will cover it.
- Mandy : I haven't been playing as much as I used to, I did lose myself in it for hours and it was rather therapeutic to have so many people to socialize with who cared about me. Unfortunately most of those people have stopped playing. So now it just makes me depressed. I started a SWTOR trial and I LOVED it, but my time ran out