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How to help anxiety

I was recently diagnosed with panic disorder along with depression, but everyday i have heart palpitations and it’s so horrible. I get a week where i feel okay, and anxious free. But then i have a week where its constant anxiety, feeling like im going to die and rapid heart rate and just feeling like im not myself.

I didn’t know if anyone had anything that helps their anxiety and fast heart rate? Im currently doing a cbt course for my panic disorder but it hasn’t helped me much yet. :(

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I've just started meditation and it seems to help how I feel during the day, but tonight I feel anxious not got a fast heart rate just feel hot but cold. On edge, tense, scared, but I'm trying to tell myself it's just anxiety. I have diazepam 2mg but I'm scared to take them although I am tempted to take one tonight as I've hurt my shoulder doing yoga first time.

I've taken myself to hospital a few times with fast heart rate of between 134 and 170 it was so scary and I thought my heart was about to give in. Ended up getting a bad stomach too.

Try write down exactly what's going through your head what you think is going to happen then when it happens again you can look back at it. I'm going to give it a try.

There are videos of ppl on YouTube actually videoing there anxiety attacks it might help watching them.

Try get a good night's sleep, meditation has a saying something like if your hungry eat, if your tired sleep it's your body telling you what it wants.

What have you tried so far and has anything worked?

jjb1983

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Meditation does seem like a good idea. I do breathing exercises that were suggested from my cbt course, it helps a little. I generally try to distract myself but that isn’t a good way to stop as it avoid my anxiety

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Jjb, you're scared to take diazepam? You should get down on your knees and give thanks to whoever that you live in an age when such a wonderful drug as this is available. Something that will take you from high anxiety to calm in 3 minutes flat. Wow, that takes some beating. I took it 2 times a day for 2 years and never had any problems with it. Until I decided to come off it and realised cold turkey was no good, you need to come of it slowly reducing over a couple of months. That was 40 years ago and I still take it as an occasional one-off.

Diazepam was first isolated from the rawalwulfa root foubd in India and used there as a natural remedy for hysteria for thousands of years. Mahatma Ghandi started every day with a bowl of porridge made from the rawawulfa root and they don't come any more peaceful than Mahatma Ghandi.

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Thank you, it's nice to know where it comes from. The only thing I know about diazepam is that mams in the olden days used to take it too.

Jjb1983

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Mother's little helpers, they called them. But make no mistake, they have helped just as many men.

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Take the diazepam!!! It’s seen me through some very rough times and I hate taking medication I have a fear of side effects but have never had any problems with diazepam. It just helps to calm you down and relax. I take it occasionally for a back problem and also when my anxiety is really bad. Take it you’ll be fine.

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Thank you I have taken it before on many occasions to get me through some tough times.

jjb1983

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Also when you say palpitations do you mean fast heart rate or flutter?

jjb1983

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I can feel my heart beat, and sometimes it feels normal but other times it goes really quick so i try and calm myself as i figured if I concentrate on it, it beats faster. It went to 160 once, it was so scary.

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Yeah breathing helps loads as it relaxes the body.

There are some great meditation apps for android and Apple.

jjb1983

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Thank you, i will take a look!

Would magnesium supplements help? As I’ve read that it helps slow a heart rate and helps anxiety?

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I just started to experience that feeling start December like my heart was beating really loud n fast from my feet to my head it's like a beating aura. My doctor said my anxiety is causing high blood pressure n my hands go numb. But to help get on with whatever I have to do I start counting backwards from 480 it keeps my mind occupied n stops my panic attacks r stops it getting worse. It's the only thing that stops me sweating buckets

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I tend to get numb hands aswell, especially during the night

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I have just started taking magnesium but i have heard the same, from Holland and Barrett but was told not to buy there own make. So I will probably need to go buy some more I only started last week and I've only took 2 tablets I have a fear of tablets for side effects. As when I was trying to find an antidepressant I got nearly every side effect on it and it's scared me since.

jjb1983

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I have a fear of side effects too, ever since i got an allergic reaction to one of them.

Please let me know if they work though and which ones you take!

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Yeah I will do.

jjb1983

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Aozora, anxiety takes many forms but it is always anxiety. It happens when our nervous system becomes sensitised after a period of stress, over work or worry. Once over sensitised our nerves begin to play tricks on us such as imitating real physical illnesses and exaggerating tenfold small normal fears. There are three ways to overcome it:

1. Medication can bring respite from nervous suffering and has an important part to play. But it cannot bring recovery, it can only offer relief.

2. Talking cures which is to say face to face therapy sessions with mental healthcare professionals.

3. Self help recovery through reading books by eminent therapists and practicing what they recommend with persistance. One such book is "Self help for your nerves" by Claire Weekes available from Amazon.

And the greatest of these is Claire Weekes' "Self help for your nerves".

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Thank you! I will take a look at that book

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Cbt didnt help me much either. I always believed my heart palps were caused by either my diet or a nutritional inbalance. What is true is the more you think about it the more you fuel it. In my case i gave up coffee and feel loads better.

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I have stopped drinking tea and lowered my sugar intake

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