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Living with anxiety

Hi,

I have recently dropped out of university and have been struggling with anxiety for about a year now. For the last week or so I have been experiencing this extreme disorientation, dream-like feeling with is really frightening, I just wondered whether anyone could relate to what I'm feeling?

I would really appreciate it 😊

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Did you drop out of uni because of your anxiety ? I'm 24 years old and when I was at uni , I used to suffer with the same thing , I still do. Try breathing exercises , you'll find loads of guided meditations on YouTube. I've started exercising everyday too. I've read that if you embrace the feeling and just carry on with your life it will pass on its own. I really hope you feel better. Stay in touch to let us know how you feel x

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Yes I dropped out because my anxiety was making me depressed and it all just got too much. It's so good to hear that I'm not the only person who's felt this way. I used to love life and I just want to get back to the way I was! Okay I will try breathing exercises and I've heard that exercising regularly can help as well. Yeah I'm trying to embrace it but it's just such a scary feeling, like I'm not really here. Thanks so much for your reply, I'm new to this site but I'm so glad I found it xx

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You are defiantly not all alone. I used to think I was going crazy but when I googled my symptoms I couldn't believe it was an actual thing people suffer with. Try to be aware and conscious of your surroundings. Even if that means stopping to take in what's around you , do it! You've got this and you can get through it x

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Thank you so much I will try and plough on xx

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Hope you are doing ok, it is the worst feeling sometimes. I can relate to how your feeling

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Thank you for your support it is not a nice feeling is it!

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I'm sorry you're feeling this way! It's hard for me to go to school with my anxiety, so I know how you're feeling, it's overwhelming. But I'm pushing myself because I'm almost at my degree! And I know I can finish and I know if I embrace the anxiety and not let it consume me it will pass. Do you take any medication?

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Yes that's what I'm really trying to do! I'm on Citalopram but I'm not sure how much it's helping me, do you?

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Lifegoeson96, the feeling you describe is like 'not being there' as if you're watching everything on tv. I had it years ago, it's a common symptom of anxiety disorder. Ad with all the other symptoms of anxiety sent to frighten us half to death the answer is to stop fighting the symptoms (fighting causes more stress and tension which stops your netvous system from recovering) and to ACCEPT them without fear for the time being, or as Squeak1993 says embrace the feeling, and just continue as normal withyour life despite the bad feelings. By not adding further fear to the impact of anxiety symptoms you give your nerves a chance to recover and take full control of your life once again.

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Yes that's exactly how I'm feeling, my memory is also terrible at the moment and yesterday feels like ages ago, and I have this constant fear that what's happening to me is worse than just anxiety, that it's a brain tumour or something. It is all very scary but I'm just hoping that it will pass eventually. I'm working on trying to accept the feelings!

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Lifegoeson96, no you don't have a brain tumour or any other life threatening condition, thisvis just a trick over sensitised nerves play on us. Instead of just waiting and hoping it will pass may I suggest you take control yourself of your recovery by minimising the fear with which you react to the bad symptoms by simply Accepting them.

Probably the ladt thing you feel like doing right now is reading some self-help book but the Acceptance method I refer to is simply set out by the late great Claire Weekes in her book 'Self help with your nerves'. It will bring reassurance and direction to yourvroad plan for recovery and you will soon recognise yourself in itsvpages, indeed you will think it was written specially about you. It's available from Amazon and I do recommend it, the method has allowed tens of thousands to fully recover over the years.

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Why leave uni when they have support there? You could of got help from counsellors as my sister does as she and I both suffer with GAD you have let the anxiety beat you which will in turn make it worse.. i take medication and have weekly meetings about my anxiety...The help is there..You should of found it!!

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There were lots of other reasons to me leaving, I hated the place and the people as well, I'm going to finish my degree somewhere else just trying to sort out my mental health a bit first 😊

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