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at my wits end....advice needed pls

Posted In: Mental conditions 6 Replies
  • Posted By: deezzee
  • September 5, 2008
  • 10:14 PM

Hi everyone
I could really do with some advice on this matter as I feel at my wits end today. I was told I had anxiety by my gp a couple of months ago, my heart misses or adds beats (2 per min) hypervent, pounding heart sheer agitation and thoughts of dying or incurable illmess, can't breathe muscle stiffness etc etc I'm sure you have heard it all before. My problem is I can't get any definative answer from anywhere as to how best to deal with this as I'm so unhappy. I have probably had this for 15 years and yes although I know I am having irrational thoughts and feelings when the panic starts I don't have much control over my reaction and I really can't take much more of it. I had an attack around midday and I've still got it at 11pm. I'm jittery and feel on the edge of another attack which I feel will happen at any time. Admittedly they are not always of this severity as I usually just spend my day's worrying about having attack but without one being full on like this.....I've cut out sugar, cafine, drinking and have started exercise, but still smoke cigarettes (sorry!) around 10 pd .....My gp thinks I'm overreacting I think and told me to call samaritans and to stop smoking but I didn't feel like she took my problem too seriously. Please someone give me some helpfull advice, has anyone actually recovered? Oh and I'm 41. Sorry this is soooo long winded

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  • Hi Your not mad had the same bout 7 years ago ended up being sectioned by my Mum (love her) best thing she ever did for me though. Went to to doc to get somthing to take the edge off just like you but i no now that the chemicals in the meds they gave me didn't agree with the chemicals in by body have got a link on my thread else where but can't remember off hand what it is its a relaxing theropy which is free to download & read been assured by other members that it works (not tried it myself though ain't got time to read it at the mo. Anyway back to the issue in hand. Spent 28 days locked up on a mental ward and it has taken me along time to accept that i am not mad the Phsyc tried to tell me i was border line manic Depress and i could have picked him up and thrown him into the wall but i held my temper 4 the first time in my life (always putting me size 9 in it). You need to find a GP u can talk to and trust openley cos they will try and palm u off with pills (as always pills 1st tests later syndrom) have found a good medicine website medicinenet.com it gives u links to find alternative medicine very interesting reading. Hope this is a help Bx P.S chin up you are not alone
    bigbird1975 10 Replies
    • September 6, 2008
    • 02:10 AM
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  • Found link 4 u hope it helps emofree.com B x :)
    bigbird1975 10 Replies
    • September 6, 2008
    • 03:34 AM
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  • Thanks so much Bigbird, yesterday was a particulaly bad day for me. Seems that people either think your making mountains out of mole hills and you should pull yourself together or your some sort of attention seeker or something lol but the doc really isn't being helpfull. Kept saying 'so what would you like me to do?' Well if I had the answers I wouldn't have been at the doctors in the first place lol bugger them all. The only one I can get to take me serious was the won I paid for who recomended that my problem was so bad I should see this psychiatrist/Dr who was really expensive but maybe I should find the money and go as things just getting worse. Not sure your dear Mother was right or not (as I don't know you) but I do expect she was worried for you and thought it was the right thing to do but maybe not the right place? Not sure if the surroundings would be suitable for most people just distressing but possibly the attention of doctors may have been helpfull to you...Did it help any? I just feel cross at myself. I can't understand how I can't just deal with it and get back to normal, (what ever that is!) One of my main fears is that if this spreads to other areas of my life things will be very limited for me which will effect my family, do you know what I mean? Already it's spread to driving car, tunnels, trains and planes, being alone in the evening, der der der der der!!! If I thought the meds would work I would take them but the side effects have me worried! seems they mostly make you anxious lol thought that was what they were going to cure! and I am lothe to take anything that will make it worse. What did you try and did they help ? Thanks for listening to me rantings. Look forward to hearing your thoughts too.Take careDx
    deezzee 1 Replies
    • September 6, 2008
    • 07:49 AM
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  • Hi D I have just sat for half an hour waffling on to you bout my experience in the mental ward and lost it wot a daft cow LOL !!!!! Try going to a CHINESE herbalist as i think you are very simalar to me i cannot take perscribed drugs as they react to the CHEMICALS in my own body (natures way i guess :D) they will give you a consultation and will listen to all your symptoms but don't cost the earth found them brilliant :D. QUACKS are crap unless you can find a quack with some real life experience (not many of those around :mad:). Always here if you need a chat. Bx
    bigbird1975 10 Replies
    • September 7, 2008
    • 05:33 AM
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  • You have all the symptoms of Anxiety, and so I'd say you definitely have anxiety disorder. In layman's terms, it is kind of like a "fear of fear itself" - as you say, you spend a lot of time fearing/worrying about the next attack of fear. I wouldn't even bother with a psychiatrist - very expensive, goes on your record, and might prescribe you something dangerous with bad side effects. I wouldn't bother with "meds," since a drink or two, or half a valium, would probably ease the anxiety just as well and without side effects (just don't develop addiction or operate a vehicle under the influence). I wouldn't quit smoking either - studies show it does actually reduce stress in certain people. Just try to minimize it, but 1 or 2 cigs a day might help more than hurt. Exercise and chocolate will also definitely elevate your mood naturally. As for the doctors not taking you seriously, I would ignore the doctors altogether. They don't sound very emotionally supportive of you, so just ignore them and find friends who will be. There is nothing wrong with you medically - people just naturally vary on the spectrum of how much stress/anxiety they can take, and this can be made worse or better by their own thinking. You just have a low tolerance, in the same way people can have a low tolerance for a given allergen. Also, I would say you are most likely very sensitive to your environment. If the sights, smells, sounds, and emotional tone of the peopele around, are not "just right" it will put general unease into you. So, try to remake your surroundings as a sanctuary, and avoid cold sterile places like schools, hospitals, gov't buildings, etc.
    Non Servium 85 Replies
    • September 18, 2008
    • 10:15 PM
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  • deezzee, check out this website it may be helpful for you. http://www.adaa.org/
    ejones7408 7 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 01:17 AM
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