Long time anxiety sufferer, first time poster... I have GAD.
As well as health anxiety. A lovely combination.
I had been managing it very well over the past couple of years after coming off the lowest dose of Cypralex, taking Ativan here and there when I felt the need.
But then this pandemic hit. And for weeks I thought I was ok. But it seems like suddenly now I’m not. I’m having daily panic, not at all over Covid, but over health “issues” that have been diagnosed as anxiety and nothing harmful.
But these anxiety symptoms are new to me. Falling asleep I “forget” how to breath and feel a swooshing or dipping in my heart rate and feel like I’m almost passing out or fainting. (Something I know happens to other people from reading posts here) Knowing that other people have this symptom IS comforting, but it doesn’t change the fact that they happen, feel real and feel like I’m going to either die or go insane.
I have been checked, my heart is fine, my bloodwork is good and a chest X-ray has been given the thumbs up and it has been declared as “just” anxiety. The ever changing beast. Just when you think you’ve had every symptom, another one comes up and slaps you in the face.
My problem now is that I’m terrified of trying to fall asleep, and since I’m terrified of falling asleep, I’m not getting any, (or enough of it.) Which in turn makes my anxiety worse.
Can anyone anyone relate? Can anyone tell how they’ve dealt with this? Has anyone overcame it? (Please be kind and consider the fact I have health anxiety and I’ll likely dwell on any response that tells me to go get checked by a doctor.. With respect, I’m not asking for medical help, I’m asking for help on how to cope with this particular symptom)
Stay safe everyone xx