I sent this reply to another member. As I could relate what they are going through. I thought it may be helpful to someone else x
Here Is What I Replied To Them:-
I can give you advice. I have been through exactly what you are describing. During height of my anxiety I hadn't slept for 8 days or nights. My emotions were all over the place. I felt like I was going to die and what I knew about myself was just in the past. I had been taken over and consumed by this terrible affliction. I could not even do simple tasks such as make a cup of tea etc.
My rational thinking was non existent and I use to sweat buckets. In a nut shell, just say I was lying in bed it would be like I had just come from the shower and got straight in to bed without drying myself.
My heart was pounding non stop. I would lay in bed for 8 solid hours hoping I would just fall a sleep. I never. I went to the doctors and the help was not very welcomed. It was a waste of time. Basically, I got through that period alone. I don't know how, I really don't but I did.
Anyway, when it returned again around twelve months later. I knew what was coming went to the GP. I was referred right away to this team called 'Riverside' I was diagnosed with GAD. Prescribed a few different drugs including Zopiclone.
I have never been an advocate for taking tablets. I took the anxiety meds for a while and stopped one of them. OMG. I got a serious bout of anxiety. This is the one I an pulling through from now.
I used the Zopiclone this time. The way I found it works best is. Take the does about an hour and a half before you actually go to bed and do something relaxing in the hour and a half before bed in the last twenty minutes before you go up to bed do breathing exercises.
Breath in and count to 8 and breath out slowly and count to 10. Concentrate on this and control it and it really helps.
I have taken the time to explain this in detail as when I was where you are. I had nothing and no one to help me through. It does get better.
Much love and my thoughts are with you xxx