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I haven't been clinically diagnosed with it but all the time I get dizzy, short of breath, disoriented, I stutter, and a bunch of other things including freaking out thinking I am going to die constantly because of the next new thing I have (I have a lot of body problems as of lately)
I'm going to assume this is anxiety. I got blood work done and everything came back good, my vital signs have looked good every doctor visit and I've been going a lot lately.
Assuming its anxiety, anyone have any awesome ways to clear this up? Maybe some vitamins or suppliments to try or something. I have no clue why this is happening, in general my life is good and while I do deal with a lot of stress my motto is "PMA" Positive Mental Attitude. I've been trying to keep it but lately I just can't shake this bad feeling. Who's feeling me?

I'm feeling you.  ^-^

I don't know if I told you but when I mail you things when I get paid I'm sending some of my high energy vitamins that make me stoked for the day. (idontknowiftheywillactuallyhelpbutwhatever. This just made me remember to do that.

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I have anxiety too.. I've tried every anxiety pill under the sun and honestly, they didn't help. What helped most was just being able to recognize the warning signs so I can try to deescalate it before it gets out of control. I remove myself from the situation, take deep breaths, try to slow my thoughts down, and (I wouldn't recommend this) have a smoke.

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Yeah. I have no idea what to do ever. Its lame. I don't want this to be my thread. I want other people to talk about how they cope with this shit.

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my anxiety is awful... xanax helps... but now i'm hooked so i wouldn't recommend it... if i don't take it i freak out in about a 1.5 days... it's the only thing that has helped me though as far as meds go

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Yeah xanax helped with the anxiety for me, but then it just left me with the depression.. and I'd rather be anxious than depressed. It's also a benzodiazepine so super addicting. My roommate just got prescribed Klonopin which is pretty much the same as xanax.. She already loves it which totally worries me because I know what they do and how easily people get hooked.  :-\

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B-complex and NAC are good for anxiety, I believe. Also, learning and practicing breathing techniques and going to a therapist or counselor to help learn coping skills and how to change your thinking/behavior pattern. Getting enough sleep also helps because you're better able to think and reason when you've had an adequate amount of sleep. If you absolutely must, there's always medication. I take Valium and unlike some other people on the board I've never become addicted or dependent on anti-anxiety medication and have had no negative side-effects. I would not recommend it alone or long-term though. It should be used as an aid in conjunction with therapy or counseling.

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I have anxiety too.. I've tried every anxiety pill under the sun and honestly, they didn't help. What helped most was just being able to recognize the warning signs so I can try to deescalate it before it gets out of control. I remove myself from the situation, take deep breaths, try to slow my thoughts down, and (I wouldn't recommend this) have a smoke.

This.
Back in college, I used to get the same symptoms You're describing... sometimes they'd get so bad that I'd have these terrible panic attacks that were pretty scary. Once I became more familiar with the warning signs of an oncoming attack, I was able to stop it from getting out of control by doing some of the same things TL mentioned. That screaming-into-a-pillow trick really works, and it's even better if You're able to do it out loud.
I was on anti-anxiety meds for a while, and they also made things worse by sending me into a lethargic, zombie-like depression. I've also known quite a few people who opted to take pills (instead of trying counseling and other non-chemical remedies) and became completely different people--sad, always "out of it" shells of their former selves. So really, I consider pharmaceuticals a last resort for stuff like this.

I still get super-tense and anxious sometimes, the old symptoms start coming back...but they're usually controlled by simple things like deep, slow breathing, talking it out with people, etc.
If I really need some extra help, I drink chamomile or Kava root tea... Kava is the bomb, yo.

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I drink kava tea as well but for me I feel that lemon balm tea works better.

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Ooo, and if your lucky enough to have your anxiety when it's raining, long walks in the rain are suuupppperrr relaxing. I also like to just turn up my favorite music (Paul McCartney), light some incense, and just do something that demands more of my focus like making hemp necklaces, doing crosswords or sudokus, or cleaning my room.

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I don't have any tendency toward anxiety, but I went through a period of anxiety last year.  After trying a bunch of things, even including a useless doctor's appointment, loading up on B-vitamins helped.  Since I started taking Bs more regularly, the anxiety stuff disappeared.

uS - What is this magic potion of which you speak?

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Oooo, lemon balm, eh? We've got some growing just down the street.... I'll have to try that.

B-vitamins, yes yes yes. They're pretty easy to get, just avoid the sources that also come with super-stimulants, like energy drinks.

And aromatherapy! I forgot about incense.... that stuff is like magic sometimes.

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  Since I started taking Bs more regularly...

I read that as "BS" at first, haha.

Oooo, lemon balm, eh? We've got some growing just down the street.... I'll have to try that.

I LOVE lemon balm! I definitely feel a change when I drink (or smell) lemon balm. It puts me in a much happier and optimistic mood and calms me down a lot.

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I dislike drugs of any kind, unless they're absolutely necessary. After I had my daughter (6 years ago) I noticed that I didn't want to go anywhere, because I thought bad things were going to happen to me/us, and I didn't drive for 15 months. (I ended up driving again, because the hubbs had a seizure, and wasn't allowed to drive for a long ass time) it started getting worse and worse, and by the time my daughter was 3 I was in the er weekly. I went to counseling, but every counselor/psychologist I've ever been to has always made me feel stupid, and I stop going. The last time we moved (2 years ago) I got talked into taking Cymbalta. It sucked, then got better, but I had to keep upping my dosage, and that started the suck-get better cycle again. After everything evened out, I felt great. But we decided to try to conceive again, and I wanted off of it. That was the worst experience. It messed me up really bad. Now that I've been off of it for over a year, the anxiety is coming back, and it sucks. I'm going to a cardiologist just to make sure nothing else is wrong, but I'm pretty sure it's anxiety/panic attacks.  I keep feeling anxious to do something, and like a couple heartbeats are harder then others- like they beat harder- or that one gets skipped, and i find that i have to convince myself that im not going to die in my sleep just so i can nap or go to bed  I'm not sure really how to deal with them, except for tell myself I'm ok, and try to busy myself with something else (I have a 6 week old, so you'd think it wouldn't be that hard).  My old neighbor had the same thing, and she swears up and down that hers is IUD related, but I'm not sure that was the case for me. 
I'm interested to see what others have to say, and to read what's helped them.

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jomamma I hear ya.  I took antidepressants and a few anti anxiety meds for years and finally got off all of it in 2008.  All that stuff did was cause horrible side effects and I felt flat all the time.  I had to get off Effexor very very slowly (over nine months) and still went through horrid withdrawal symptoms (seeing double, shaking chills, nausea and diarrhea).  In fact there is a petition out there on the internet signed by thousands reporting the withdraw effects of that stuff.  Cymbalta is the same thing with a few chemicals added.

My only meds are bioidentical hormone replacement (not made with animal materials) and synthroid for thyroid issues that are too severe to resolve with herbs.  The hrt is because I had my ovaries and uterus removed at a young age and can not function without hrt.  It has been a living hell since I had my ovaries removed.

But even before that I have had anxiety for years.  Much of it for me I attribute to my personality and genetics.  I am extremely introverted and shy and have an avoidant personality disorder and it has been a lifelong struggle for me to work and be social and function in a society that is loud and outgoing.  I am also someone who feels like she has to be on top of things and I worry way too much.  I am a perfectionist and it drives me mad.  It is hard for me to let the little things go.  But the chemical changes from surgical menopause, and also having thyroid issues for many years has contributed to my anxiety.  I always feel like I am going to jump out of my skin, cant stand to be in my own skin sometimes.  I sleep very little no matter how tired I am.  I feel like I have to keep moving all the time.  My therapist gave me some meditative cds to listen to and work with but I havent touched them yet due to trying to keep up with college coursework and my job.  5am to 6am is my one hour a day I can take a break.  i should be meditating right now.  I do take a B complex supplement as well as calcium/magnesium/ergocalciferol and a vegan dha/epa supplement.  Other than that my diet is very healthy and I exercise every day (when I am not sick to my stomach which has been a lot since starting college again).  Exercise helps my anxiety for sure.  It seems that I can run much longer distances at a time when I am really at a stressful place in life lol.  But stress is taking a toll on my body.  Still I refuse meds.  I think people are way overmedicated these days. I work in medical records and it boggles me how much medication people are on.  Even small children.  I am not talking about the chronically ill, I am talking about people coming off the street to the emergency room for minor problems.  Current medications is a required piece of information in a patients health record.  On the other hand, I have no good advice other than exercise or meditation as to how to deal with anxiety.  If it is of a chemical nature (thyroid, hormones off, etc) correcting those imbalances might help.  When my estradiol (main form of estrogen in humans) is low my anxiety is much higher.  Most doctors will not test hormone levels though.  I saw a naturopathic doc to test my sex hormone levels and because I had severe bone loss and symptoms of surgical menopause she agreed.  My levels were very very low, testosterone, progesterone and estrogen (estradiol, estriol especially).  Finding a hrt I could tolerate was another story...

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I've had anxiety for many years. I was taking medication for it which helped a lot.. then this june my doctor told me i had to get off it because of its addictive qualities... well duh doctor you cold have told me this before... i was devastated to have to go off it. But within 4 weeks i did. And honestly it has been pretty bad since. I have never had anxiety as bad as i do now, which is weird. I wish i had never taken that med because it really screwed with me in many ways after taking it for many years. I've learned so much about it and my anxiety this summer... but it's been very hard. I know one thing that is helpful is bach rescue remedy ... all natural flowers...some people find it helpful anyway.

My advice would be to learn as much as you can about anxiety, get in tune with yourself and know that no matter what you'll be ok, anxiety sucks but it CAN'T kill you and you shouldn't be scared of it, or even let it consume you much because then it will act up.

:)

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starlaxxx where you addicted to xanax?

i take it right now and am def addicted, thankfully i am only at 1/4 a bar per day right now (.5 mgs)

if i don't take it my head feels detached from my body it's insane

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starlaxxx where you addicted to xanax?

i take it right now and am def addicted, thankfully i am only at 1/4 a bar per day right now (.5 mgs)

if i don't take it my head feels detached from my body it's insane

I was taking Klonopin. A really helpful yet terrible drug...... :/ i took 2mg a day which isn't THAT much.

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Fear, which commonly manifests as anxiety, is tricky. Like mercury...very hard to put our fingers on it. One thing is for sure: anything we do to remove fear strengthens it. Any pill we take, any escape at all that we use simply makes fear return in a different way, stronger. That is why those who treat it with drugs are worse after a year than when they first started. There is a dependent on anything we use to alleviate fear and that very dependence is a stronger form of fear, right?

What is the cure then? What is the solution to any complex problem? Observation. It was not until I realized that there was simply no escape, not through doctors, or drugs (whether illegal, OTC, or prescription), or through relationships, that I sat still and observed, and thus no longer had to be hospitalized out of fear.

It is like Amy's symptom of her head being detached from her body. I have had lots of these, too many to mention and bore you with, but now I see it as interesting. I literally went mad many times over it all. But when we see a problem is interesting, and are clear that no other human or drug could fix it for us, we sat and observe it. Unintentionally, through direct observation without escape, the problem changed.

Commonly I see recommendations of addictive medications, smoking, drinking, taking walks, religion, talking with a professional, putting on music, all sorts of things. I have tried all of these. These are all very common today. But none of these cure fear. All of these strengthen fear. On that we must be clear or our problem progresses, deepens, strengthens. Once we are clear about this, and confident and interested in the problem, interested in exploring and learning about who we are, not running away from it, then the problem becomes beautiful, mysterious, even fun. Until then it is a constant miserable struggle, deepening sorrow within us and thus in our relationship with the world.

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Coffee is another recent "drug" they were touting on the news last week for its anti depressant qualities.  Good grief.  I got off cigarettes five years ago, quit drinking (went through three treatments, detoxes, police encounters all kinds of crap from that), quit pain meds and antidepressants and anti anxiety meds.  I dont even consume much sugar.  But that darn coffee I am still addicted to and all it does is dehydrate me and keep me from sleeping. 

My anxiety and fear and depression is worse than ever right now.  I am physically sick from anxiety.  I have struggled with this my entire life.  I am in my third attempt to complete college (started 20 years ago), struggling with my job (started this position four months ago and still training and its hard), trying to fight an eating disorder.  I have been isolating partly due to hours of studying every day.  I can not make the voices that tell me I am stupid and inferior and fat stop.  Every day I hide in my room and cry.  I dont know how to be social anymore.  How does one overcome that?  How do you just accept your feelings and fears?  What makes a person "worthy"?  Loved?  Lovable?

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My anxiety and fear and depression is worse than ever right now.  I am physically sick from anxiety.  I have struggled with this my entire life.  I am in my third attempt to complete college (started 20 years ago), struggling with my job (started this position four months ago and still training and its hard), trying to fight an eating disorder.  I have been isolating partly due to hours of studying every day.  I can not make the voices that tell me I am stupid and inferior and fat stop.  Every day I hide in my room and cry.  I dont know how to be social anymore.  How does one overcome that?  How do you just accept your feelings and fears?  What makes a person "worthy"?  Loved?  Lovable?

maybe you should take something to help NB... that is not a normal way to have to exist for the rest of your life! did the anti depressants help at all? i wish i could take those but i can't they make me feel worse... xanax is all that helps me with my anxiety as far as meds go

<3 you

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