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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 29, 2007
  • 03:09 AM

Hey, my name is Jimmy. I have had a nervousness problem since I was in elementary school. I am now 20 years old and in junior college. I have a hard time taking classes where I have to be social and talk. I am not shy or anything, but for example, my math teacher calls out for our scores on our math assignments everyday in class and goes down the list. Instantly my heart races unbelievably fast, and there is nothing I can do about it. I guess you can call it self conciousness. But I try hard to not let it take over me. My voice cracks everytime. This pretty much effects my whole life. I have no idea how to fix this problem. medications...? I dont know. Some input would be cool. Thanks.

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  • Get a book on social phobia. It sounds like you may have that. It can give you some skills to deal with it. No need to suffer. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 03:43 AM
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  • Do books on the subject help cure it? I don't want to know about what I have, I already know that, I want to know stuff to cure it?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 11:03 PM
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  • ?Did you read the previous post.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2007
    • 11:36 PM
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  • I agree with unregistered, but would also suggest finding a good counselor you can relate to and talk to. Please try these approaches instead of meds...medications mask the symptoms and don't treat the root of the problem, plus they all have lots of side effects. I used to have similar problems when I was much younger...it will help you now and in the future if you can deal with it head on. Go to a good book store and look in the self help section (wear a disguise if you need to;) ). Seriously, I am sure you will find a book that resonates and will offer you solutions. Sorry I don't know any off hand.Best of luck!DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 03:28 AM
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  • i am sorry you feel like this.i will try to get back to you.in the meantime do some things which are brave(for you)stay legal and kind!no use swopping one problem for another! fear is only a feeling.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 11:04 AM
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  • Hi Jimmy, I have the same problem which I have been fighting for over 5 yrs now - i have tried relaxation techniques, meditation, counselling and coping techniques etc but none of that has been helpfull - my internal fears are still there. I was on an antidepressant called citalopram for about 3 years and this helped a lot but over time it caused negetive side affects for me such as difficulty concentrating, low energy, trouble eating, weight loss, muscle depletion and lack of interest in anything and these side affects seemed to get worse over time. I have had recently new hope though as my condition is probaly herederity but to combat this i can take certain vitamins to overcome this - i am experimenting at the moment but try taking 1000mg tryptophan, 500mg magnesium and 100mg b-complex twice daily. Tryptophan is the amino acid responsible for the production of seratonin which is the chemical the body needs to stay relaxed and happy and magnesium and b-complex help the tryptophan to convert into seratonin. Which is necessary because tryptophan is competing against 8 other amino acids in the brain and tryptophan is the hardest one to do so. This combination should also be taken on an empty stomach (I take it first thing in the morning and before i go to bed) and preferably should be taken with a fruit juice.So far the results for me have been mixed so i think im going to see the doc about it and ask to get this combination as a prescription and increase the dosages a little but i have only just started taking it and have had some good results so far.Hope this helps Jimmy, and if you want to talk about it more please feel free to email me on danog@bigpond.net.au (it would be good to talk to someone who is going through the same crap as me)cheersDrog
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 02:29 AM
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  • "medications mask the symptoms and don't treat the root of the problem, plus they all have lots of side effects."I have been told this a lot - that medications mask the problems but i beleive it is the other way around - let me explain, studies show that depression and anxiety is caused from low levels of seratonin and dopamine in the body therefore THIS is why we cant think straight IF we had normal levels in the first place then we could think straight and ANY stressfull, life altering situation would be able to be dealt with. Now people say that a stressfull situation is what depletes levels of seratonin and therefore causes depression and anxiety this is true and councelling helps people to understand the situation and get over the depression BUT what about the people whos bodies find it extremely hard to produce seratonin? No amount of councelling will ever get them better, therefore i think it is a mistake to say that meds mask the symptoms and it is better to get councelling - it depends on the individual. I myself would NEVER benefit from counselling because i know that have a strong mental approach to everything , im not masking anything im working towards being like everyone else - i see my anxiety like an uncontrollable disease like diabeties, therefore i have to take meds and vitamins to get better - simple as that.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 02:50 AM
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  • You raised a good point, and I apologize for my generalization. I will say, that there are other ways to raise seratonin levels without always resorting to meds. Acupuncture has been shown to raise seratonin levels in the brain. It works brilliantly for depression and anxiety in my experience. Not all anti anxiety/depression meds work for everyone. I am glad they are working for you and you should certainly continue! I am just saying that in my practice I have seen some of these medications cause horrible side effects and further problems. Everyone is unique, as you said. Didn't mean to diss the pharmaceutical path. I am just very cautious due to the experiences i have come across in my practice. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 03:20 AM
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  • "acupuncture has been shown to increase seratonin levels in the brain"research details,please,including methodology.how was presence "in the brain "established?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
    • 09:08 AM
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  • i thought the whole point of maths teaching was to terrify.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 04:49 PM
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  • if you research claims can not be substantiated,it raises the suspicion that no substantiating research exists.are there different rules for acupuncturists?if you dont like proof,why do you claim it?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2007
    • 04:54 PM
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  • i think we are experiencing the same...when i was in highschool i dont like reading in front of our classroom or debate in front....i dont socialize maybe bcoz im not good at it but but can do if its if really needed...then when i went to college it got worst..i just cant help feeling nervous when im oblige to perform infront of many students...its really embarassing coz i tremble and my voice sounds nervous...i think i got social phobia (not sure)...and now that im working i think i got even worst bcoz i was diagnoze to have thyroid problem ... the symptoms wch the doctors tells me is nervousness..tremor...and so on... huh so bad im under medication up to now,,,...
    joan2007 2 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 06:56 PM
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  • if you research claims can not be substantiated,it raises the suspicion that no substantiating research exists.are there different rules for acupuncturists?if you dont like proof,why do you claim it? Okay, haven't been checking this post for a bit. If you are interested in studies of acupuncture on brain function I suggest you also research this as there are studies being done by Mayo Clinic, NIH, and others. Here are a few studies done recently: Fibromyalgia patients (25 women, 4 men), as defined by the American College of Rheumatology criteria, with a mean age of 48.2 years and a mean disease duration of 6.1 years participated in the acupuncture study. During the therapy no analgesic medication was allowed. Pain levels and positive tender points were assessed using the visual analogue scale (VAS, range 0-100). Following therapy, the VAS scores decreased from 64.0 mm to 34.5 mm (p 0.05). The value of pain after acupuncture was significantly lower than that before acupuncture (P Acupuncture at Sanyinjiao (SP 6) can relieve significantly the pain of the patient. Primary dysmenorrhea is cured mainly by activating the area involved in pain. It is indicated that acupuncture can relieve pain and balancing the pain-related central networks. Also neuroendocrine may play a role in the therapy.NIH studies have been very in depth and more studies are being done on this form of medicine. My Chinese professor did her research in Norway, on bipolar disorder and electroacupuncture. They used MRI imaging to determine changes while having acupuncture. This is where I originally got my info on seratonin levels, but this research hasn't been published in any medical journals I could site. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 08:11 PM
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  • I've been told seratonin can not be measured in the brain. Meds, especially benzodiazapines can forever do damage. Do not let a doc write these scripts for you. These drugs should not be legal! Quiet space, listen to your breathing, soft music. Do not argue or put yourself in a pressure enviroment. Each person you meet will either help you, or help to do damage, avoid the later. melatonin pm and Gaba am from health food store will also help. No fast food, no nuke food. veggies steamed & fresh fruit (local grown & organic) diet is key, one tablespoon of organic vinager every day. BReath.......
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  • i am suffering nervousness for over 10 years now im 36 yrs old female wiht 2 kids . sometimes i feel scared and worried for no reason but when i think of something good my nervous and worried or depressions would gone away. i tried to think positive most of the times just to get rid of my nervousness but sometimes it would come suddenly...what should i do to get rid of my nervousenss away and not come back anymore im just too worried about how i feel...is there any medicines of this? ive heard theres no meds of this but only ourself if we help ourself and nothing else. tanx ...please help!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • i am suffering nervousness for over 10 years now im 36 yrs old female wiht 2 kids . sometimes i feel scared and worried for no reason but when i think of something good my nervous and worried or depressions would gone away. i tried to think positive most of the times just to get rid of my nervousness but sometimes it would come suddenly...what should i do to get rid of my nervousenss away forever and wont come back anymore? im just too worried about how i feel...is there any medicines of this? ive heard theres no meds of this but only ourself if we help it and nothing else. tanx ...please help!!!
    bloodymary 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi there~ I am 34 w/ no kids but suffer from severe anxiety. As long as you are not Bipolar, most psychiatrists give the SSRI/anti-depressant Paxil. That is what they USUALLY give. Your family doctor might prescribe this for you. They usually give you something called a Benzodiazapene--- those are drugs like valium, ativan, klonopin and such. I take 4mg of Klonopin a day, but it didn't help me. Right now they have me on an antipsychotic called - Seroquel. I doubt you need that though--it is pretty strong stuff. I get SOOOOOOOO nervous when I have a doctor's appt--- I have to load up on meds... I hate to tell you, but the self help books have never helped me. Oh, just curious, do you like horror movies? lol. Was wondering b/c of your user name. Good luck! Vampyre_Girl:(
    vampyre_girl 19 Replies Flag this Response
  • As for benzodiazapenes being "bad"-- I am NOT a doctor -- but many people take them. I am afraid that herbal remedies and a fresh veggie diet never helped me or the people in my support group. If you opt to take the herbal route-- talk to your doctor first. People all think that b/c they are "herbs" that they are natural and safe... not so. My pharmacist says that they are quite strong and not to take them w/o getting your doctor's advice. My suggestion- GO SEE YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR. Tell him/her you have social anxiety and inquire about Paxil w/ a benzo. I've dealt w/ psych stuff for YEARS AND YEARS. Whatever you do- GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS!:D vampyre_girl:(
    vampyre_girl 19 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm 60 and still have that. I think you should join Toastmaster's, otherwise, you will be at a disadvantage the rest of your life. There is not a group in my area.
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  • I was "diagnosed" with social phobia when I was in high school, I have dealt with panic attacks, depression, anxiety and so much since I was very young and was diagnosed with an ulcer at 12. Medications never helped they only made things worse. I don't believe I was correctly diagnosed. I would like the original poster to elaborate as they said they are not "shy". I too am not shy I can strike up a conversation with just about anyone, but when it comes to doing it at work or church I have a panic attack to the point where I currently not working.
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