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Old 09-12-13, 09:17 AM   #11
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I get this a lot, and it usually coincides with being at uni too. Last year I was getting headaches which turned out to be just a reaction to some medication I was on, but I spent weeks worrying about whether I had some terrible illness. I always freak out over any physical pain I get. I also worry a lot about losing the people I love. With my family, I worry about someone dying, and with my friends I worry about doing something to upset them without even realising it, or giving them some reason to turn their backs on me.

Talking about this with my counsellor has helped relieve it a little bit, but it still creeps up on me. Last week I had to register for my second year of uni, and I was really excited, but then I couldn't sleep because I was worrying about whether I had done it correctly. I had to ask them to email me confirming that I had paid my fees.
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Old 09-12-13, 10:14 AM   #12
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all that concern fills what could just be a lovely day. Whats the payoff for being so stressed that you pay that for a shit day? Maybe an illusion of control, power direction. Ask yourself if that works for you or not really. Be of the quest ion. Why are you not of your true power? Who do you give it to instead? They don't deserve it. Keep your heart true. xox
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Old 09-17-13, 08:40 PM   #13
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This describes my behavior for roughly the past seven weeks.
First I thought I had chemical contamination in my throat, and might asphyxiate in my sleep any night. Then I worried I had arthritis in my right hip. Then I thought I had VOC poisoning in my central nervous system. Then I had a very real injury to my right arm. First I worried it was bursitis. Then I worried it was a partial rotator cuff tear. A doctor told me I had none of those things, but might have a minor case of tendinitis. Every other day since then, I've worried I've re-injured that tendon and will wake up with it swollen in pain the next morning like it was at first day. When I don't worry about that, I worry my other arm will get a repetitive stress injury from doing all the heavy work. When I'm not worried about that, I'm worried about whether this injury will give me an arthritic shoulder in the next decade and cripple my painting hobby. When my arm has fully healed, I don't know what I'll worry about next – maybe my dental hygiene, or I'll get mysophobia.

It sounds like you and I each have some degree of hypochondria. It really does feel like some kind of torture.
Tell me about it! Always thinking you have some sort of disease that you will die from really sucks. I've been on Prozac for the past few months and it has helped me handle this in more productive and better ways than I used to handle the anxiety (generally, excessive drinking of alcohol, excessive masturbation, excessive playing of video games, some combination of the aforementioned, or anything that could help me let go of the spiraling thoughts). Still, the thoughts aren't gone completely--just yesterday I was convinced I had a slipped disk in my back. -_-

Nonetheless, I really suggest some sort of antidepressant for anyone else going through this stuff. I started school again, and I'm not nearly as nervous as I used to be (even though, as I said, I am nervous about some stuff). I attribute my decrease in anxiety solely to the Prozac.

Anyway, good luck guys!
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Hmmm...tried to edit my above post but it wouldn't let me. Anyway, I've noticed that some people are hesitant to start on an antidepressant, but I think that those people should, so here are my thoughts on that:

Being on Prozac means that I no longer feel the need to excessively drink or do any of the destructive stuff mentioned in my previous post to control my anxiety. This is a good thing, since the "anxious-me" who engaged in those behaviors is definitely not the "real-me"; rather, it is the "me" that envisions every bad possibility imaginable whilst engaging in destructive behaviors to lessen the resulting anxiety. I'm glad to say that because of the Prozac and counseling, that self is firmly banished to the past :). Freedom from your anxiety really is FREEDOM! And by that I mean, it is freedom to be a person who you can be proud of.

Good luck and stay strong everyone!
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As someone who has reservations about taking antidepressants I value the input.

In the past I've occasionally needed prescription drugs to navigate rough patches, but I've always bounced back and considered the drugs like a surgical cast that one discards after recovering from the malady.

However, when the latest episode started a few months ago, my psychiatrist put me on minute amounts of clonazepam and resperidone, and although the intrusive thoughts have gotten less and less frequent, he insists I should stay on the medication in the long run to keep my anxiety in check. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that.

I can talk to him about possibly using prozac next meeting.
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Old 11-11-13, 02:43 PM   #16
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As someone who has reservations about taking antidepressants I value the input.

In the past I've occasionally needed prescription drugs to navigate rough patches, but I've always bounced back and considered the drugs like a surgical cast that one discards after recovering from the malady.

However, when the latest episode started a few months ago, my psychiatrist put me on minute amounts of clonazepam and resperidone, and although the intrusive thoughts have gotten less and less frequent, he insists I should stay on the medication in the long run to keep my anxiety in check. I'm not quite sure how I feel about that.

I can talk to him about possibly using prozac next meeting.
Yeah, I've taken clonazepam but my understanding is that it should only be taken in small doses for when you REALLY need it and are having a panic attack. The prozac is a long-term thing that, if you look at all the research, does not usually have many bad effects at all. There was actually a recent study showing that prozac and other SSRIs prevent the shrinking of the hippocampus that often occurs in depression patients.

I recently tried to taper down to 10mg but went back up to 20. No matter how much I hate the idea of taking a drug, I can't deny that taking the Prozac has really changed my entire worldview and has made life more bearable. Even better, it means that I don't use alcohol instead (This is a secret, from my family and friends, but for the past year I drank a TON of alcohol and I did other various stupid things to blot out the anxiety...taking Prozac certainly seems like a better alternative to the former, don't you think? ;) ).

So yeah, don't have the same sort of automatic reaction to Prozac that I had. Good luck buddy!
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To answer the OP - YES! I have worked myself into a severe, frightening, and disabling depression because I am worrying over some things. Frantic, terrifying, non-stop (except when I'm asleep) worrying. It's to the point at which I feel I have almost no life left. My (many) meds don't seem to be helping much at all. I feel like I am being tortured. I am physically sick from worrying. If it's not one thing, it's another. To worry about, I mean. I don't understand why we have to suffer and battle like this. But know that you are certainly not alone.
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Old 11-24-13, 09:12 PM   #18
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Just recently I often haven't been feeling anything, just been numb after a recent loss. No real emotions apart from some anger and resentment. Sometimes though my mind races along at 100 mph from one thing to the next, and feel mentally exhausted.

I worry about the future, I worry about other loved ones, I worry about lost loved ones, I worry about responsibilities, I worry about self-control, I worry about my own sanity etc, but these feelings come and go. Sometimes feel fucking lost or desperate, sometimes I feel nothing at all. I don't know where it will all end sometimes.
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