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How Do I Know When To Stop Pushing Myself With Anxiety?


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 02:10 PM

The many books I have read are all saying the same thing. Do not let your anxiety control your decisions for the day. Just ignore your symptoms and do what you have to.

 

OK - so that is good from a perspective of learning that there may well be nothing to fear. But today I really hit a point where I could not decide. I wanted to take the day off, but I felt I was giving in to my anxiety. Surely going to work will distract? What if it doesn't and my thoughts take over? Will I be better off taking the day off? But then I will be with my thoughts all day?

 

I went to work - first client and I started having an anxiety attack. Trying to think of an excuse to go back home. But then I will have failed? I would be doing the same at home as I am here? How will I cope with tomorrow knowing that I failed today? Why didn't I just stay at home....

 

I have finished work - fortunately only 3 hours away from home - but I feel awful and wish I could turn the clock back and not gone out.

 

How do we know what is right for us at these times?

 

If there a right thing to do?

 

I am trying to tell myself that I have done well in earning money and seeing the attack through, but I can only think I have made things worse...


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 05:56 PM

Anxiety equals isolation from stress when ever possible.

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 07:26 PM

Quite - but stress can be measured by so many different means. 

 

The problem with health anxiety, you cannot hide away from it like you can with agoraphobia, or social anxiety (not down-playing them at all). Therefore, the stress of the though processes remain with you wherever you fog, and logically, to my mind, it didn't matter whether I stayed at home or went to work...

 

A real conundrum. I suppose one answer would be to pop a valium and carry on, but as we all know, this is only masking the problem.


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 06:30 AM

Dear Scrat,

We had a member by the name of thismoment. Might I add a famous member for his writings and advice. We all looked up to him.

He wrote a post in 2014-5, the title was GET THE ANXIETY DOWN. I wish that I could find it. Maybe you can.

He was pro benzo for those times in need. Like you yesterday. It would have prevented a ll the anxiety, the thoughts,the guilt and so on. I wouldn't have scrapped your day. Lexapro will fully kick in and you will need less and less.

Nothing wrong in wanting to have a certain quality of life, and if you need it, you take it.
Withdrawing from benzos is an easy thing if you are not in a hurry.

With lots of love, and being a computer wiz, I hope you find his article. Gailage

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 08:53 AM

Stress is any negative stimuli and when anxiety is severe that means nearly all stimuli are stressful. To help break my severe anxiety I was put in total isolation at home. No TV, no phone calls, no visitors, etc. After months of trying different meds it did the trick. Complete quite and calm. I was lucky, I was retired but I know that you can not always escape life. This is just an illustration.

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 10:11 AM

Thank you both. I woke an immediately went into a state of anxiety and into a ball in my bed. We are out of valium, but the wife managed to find one 5mg pill deep in her drawer. I took this after 2 hours on a very empty stomach and I spaced out for about an hour. I have since eaten and one client has visited me for half hour but I am exhausted. I wish I was retired and I didn't have to concern myself with so many things. 

 

Gail, Lexapro has been going for a long time now, and the citalopram for 6 weeks. What has happened over the last 4 weeks could not have been much worse. All my fears at once - dizziness, vomiting, hospital and blood tests. I need to know what to do to get past this. Going to collect prescription for the valium later I hope...





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