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Progressed Anxiety

I’ve struggled with anxiety my whole life.. 3 weeks ago I pursued getting medication. Long story short, the side effects were too strong for my handle the meds properly. Ever since I’ve had chest pains, and shortness of breath. Last night it resulted in a full body melt down, arms and legs twitching, numbness, something I’ve never experienced. I went to the ER today thinking I was having a stroke or a heart attack. This is so scary, I am a mom of a 1 year old and I’m terrified to be alone in my own home because my attacks aren’t stopping. Please, if anyone has experienced this, all the advice would be helpful

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I have suffered from anxiety. Panic attack full blown, fear of another panic attack and the vicious cycle goes on. What medication are you on? If it’s an SSRI bare in mind the side effects will be worse in the beginning until your body adjusts. I had that the first time I tried an SSRI; I literally was telling my doctor am getting worse than better, ironically that’s common with SSRIs. Takes a while for your brain and body to adjust. Do you have support at home? Or family members who could be with you at this time?

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I was on Latuda. But I got off of it because it made my heart race and I felt faint. I’ve been off of it for a week and a half and still have the chest pains and feeling like I can’t breathe. Anxiety has always been just me being slightly anxious but now it’s turned into a huge crippling melt down.. ironically, it didn’t get this bad until AFTER I came off meds. Just confused.

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Last year I started having panic attacks along w general anxiety. It scared me to the core and almost became a cycle. Wanting to avoid meds at all costs so I made some changes that gave me the best chance to recover naturally. I avoided sugar and caffeine as much as possible. I made better food choices too. I excercicised regularly. FYI it doesn't need to be extreme. Bikeing or brisk walking will do. Get the blood and oxygen to the brain and detox. I also began to practice mindfullness meditation and acceptance. I journaled and inventoried my inward issues of fear, anger, shame, secrets etc and faced my fears. Finally I made gratitude lists, helped others and focused on the positive. It worked for me and I avoided meds and doctor billis. As a bonus, I lost weight and got healthier. . Just a suggestion. Good luck ✌️

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Thank you! I’ve always been so against medicating myself. I know it’s not “bad” but it was always a big fear of me. I think maybe sometimes me knowing I was on medication has made my anxiety more known. This feeling just sucks! I’m constantly waiting for another attack to happen. I will look into switching my diet! I’m a big caffeine person so maybe cutting that out will help!

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Caffeine and sugar are fuel for anxiety. I slipped a little over the holidays and I noticed the anxiety creeping back. It's not easy but it's the better option. Excercise is huge too. Even if it's a little

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I got a gym membership a few weeks ago! Been wanting to go a few times a week to relax and let go, but haven’t felt myself :/

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I have been taking Ativan to help with my anxiety. It does help me stay calm but I still get anxiety from time to time. Have you tried speaking with a therapist?? Or even someone close to you that you can let your feelings out to... sometimes that makes me feel less anxious.

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I’ve been talking to a friend..having someone listen instead of assume I’m being dramatic has helped me a lot. I see a therapist next week, which makes me anxious because I’m

Not one to express anything that makes me feel like I’ve dropped a guard down. Just wanting to find a way to feel myself again.

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