Never have had anxiety before

Hi. I've always been healthy and don't have an addictive personality. Since October I've has health issues nothing serious but they created anxiety. I'm an avid tennis player and I've had episodes of feeling faing and that I'm gonna pass out while playing tennis. Then it started when I was shopping. When I'm out in a store or restaurant I'll need to sit down because if I'm in the middle of the store I get worries I'll pass out. When I'm playing tennis I get those same feelings. I have been given Xanax and it was better for a while but now it's happening more. I sometimes only feel safe at home. I've never passed out. But I have major anxiety. It's so embarrassing. My heart races. I feel faint. Breathing labored. I don't know how to get through it. I just want to feel normal again.

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  • Hello, I know how you feel. I've been dealing with anxiety for 2 months now. It began out of no where and I've been managing without meds but it's been challenging because I too just want to feel 'normal'.

    I have learned a lot over the last 2 months and so far some of the things that help me live in the now are yoga, meditation, and talking to people. Therapy, both individual and group, have also been good for me.

    Anxiety for me stems from thinking too much of the future and things I cannot control. So practicing mindfulness and living in the 'here and now' is a great way to minimize the anxious feelings.

  • Hi,it's awful isn't it when it comes out of nowhere like this.

    Mine started last September ,totally out of the blue.Im slowly learning to cope,not easy I know.

    You will get plenty of help and support on here,as we all know how hard it is.

    I use deep breathing,especially when I'm out,awaiting therapy and I've just started to use headspace.

    Just a few suggestions for you.

    Good luck xxx

  • Hi there

    I cant really add to what has been said, but just so you know that you are not alone.........

    Take care Ker x

  • Good morning and welcome Woodcourt.

    I am not a doctor but you sound like you have all the classic symptoms of anxiety, I know its really horrible I think you need to go and see your GP and tell them exactly what you have told us. I know its hard but if you have a routine try and keep to it, try breathing in while counting to four, hold your breath for another count of four and then breathe out slowly as if you are blowing out a candle it may help you to calm down. Keep posting on here you will find a lot of very caring and helpful people.

    Take care Kenny

  • Thank you everyone. I feel very welcomed.

  • Hi and welcome:)

    I don't use meds but use mindfulness, checkout Headspace website. I've been using this for a couple of years now and swear by it:)

    There is also another called calm.com

    If things get to much I use a herbal tablet such as Kalms or quiet life to take the edge off.

    Hope this helps:) xx

  • I called my doctor as recommended this am and he said it sounded like anxiety and is putting me on lexapro. Anyone have success? He said it could take 2 weeks to feel effects

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