I am new here and wonder if anyone has ideas for dealing with early morning anxiety. I have always been a worrier but in the last four years it has turned into anxiety which starts up every morning when I wake and can be quite debilitating. It sometimes clears off quite quickly but can also persist all day. I also have IBS which is stress related so it is a sort of vicious circle. I have sought advice and tried hynotherapy which helped for a bit. I then saw a psychiatrist who was very supportive - he prescribed Pregabalin which did not help and caused me difficulties coming off it. He also suggested CBT and I had six sessions with a very good practitioner but, whilst she could pinpoint the causes, she could not really suggest what to do about the daily early morning anxiety. I too know what causes it. Amongst other things I have concerns about my husband's health - he knows and we can discuss it quite openly so I am lucky in that. I don't wake up thinking of those things and quite often there is no obvious reason for my anxiety.
I also get very anxious if, for example, my husband is delayed on his way home and I am inclined to think the worst and my imagination runs riot!
This is not a good time of year for me and this year I am feeling quite dispirited because, despite the efforts I felt I had made to help myself, I have to admit that CBT was a disappointment.