Anybody else suffers anxiety that comes and goes? I had crazy anxiety post partum with my second - went on zoloft for a few months and was able to get off quite well. I also have thyroid issues which make everything worse.
Health issues trigger it for me. Recently I got some lab work - everything excellent except my cholesterol was low - I have convinced myself I am dying of cancer somehow. I know this is not rational or true but all I can think about is how if I die I will leave my babies without a mother.
Mind you that I have lost 40 lbs due to diet and exercise and I have probably cut too many fats out of my diet. Anyway doctor was not concerned but I went spinning downhill with the fear.
I am mostly back to normal but after I deal with obsessive thoughts and anxiety I almost stay like that for days/weeks even after I calm down. it feels like I cannot fully breathe. I have to push myself to keep on going with life and just push it aside. At least now after the PPD I can identify that no I am not dying of xyorz it is just the anxiety that feels that way.
Am I the only one? I am thinking maybe I need to see the doctor and get xanax or something of the sort to cut this cycle of anxiety before it escalates. Is this helpful?
I also was suffering from bad anxiety. Mine would be managable or non-existant for a week or two a month, and then unbearable for a week or two sometime around my period. I tried every supplement under the sun and dropped a couple thousand dollars on those. I ended up on cipralex with a perscription for ativan if needed. I've been taking the cipralex for 4ish weeks now and I feel 97% back to normal. I haven't taken the ativan because at first I was too afraid to use it, but now I just don't need it. I always carry it around in my purse though, and I think that's a comfort in case I have any breakthrough anxiety (which has only been very very very mild and always within a few days of my period).
I hope you can figure out something that works. Anxiety SUCKS!
thanks so much - I am trying not to go back to meds just yet because I have done so well for a couple years without them but if it continues I will not hesitate. Anxiety is just pure hell and so debilitating. I don't think people that dont have it even understand what it feels like.
I might just go see my doctor and try the ativan to see if it helps me to get back to normal in a dose or two.
Thank you so much! It feels good to know we are not alone in this!
I have benefited greatly from seeing a psychotherapist.
I almost feel like I am back to when I had postpartum. Today I went to my regular doctor to check on these lab results and he assured me that I was totally fine. However all I felt like was crying and that there is something really wrong with me. Ever since I got that low cholesterol test thing I have been obsessing, sad, not tending to my family, fearful, crying... I think it is time to go see someone for sure. I dont want to spiral down like I did in postpartum hell. I dont want to take meds but if I have to I will.
Yes, I have anxiety that comes and goes. I'm on meds though and I still get break through anxiety. Most if it is likely situational though...as I am in the last few weeks of my masters degree, my anxiety has gone through the roof. Also, I got my period full force today so I am likely having some hormonal fluctuations. I think I'll finally check out the mood cure when I'm done with my degree....
I wish I was strong enough to ask for help
You are strong! I refused help for sooooooooooo long before finally getting help. The change has been amazing for me. My house is clean for the first time in YEARS, I have build a whole bunch of strawberry beds which I've wanted to do for years. I'm no longer yelling at my kids all the time. My marriage is the best it's been. I am the happiest I think i've actually ever been.
I just made an appt with a counselor for tomorrow and with my obgyn to get some rx for zoloft. If I can't beat this I need to go back to drugs - otherwise I am going to be a mess and not able to be functional. I hate hate to go back to zoloft (was on it for postpartum) but I know how much it helped me and I refuse to live like this when I can be helped by that.
Don't feel bad about asking for help! Anxiety is miserable!
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