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Bb24

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Alright guys. I recently had a panic attack. Normally I come out of them within an hour. This one lasted. I tried to take a nap and when falling asleep I was kind of asleep and kind of awake. I kept hallucinating and my head kept zapping. I would get a "rush" feeling to my head. That eventually went away but ever since NOTHING has felt right. I feel intense impending doom that won't go away. I have a "sick" feeling in my head. I have a terrible taste in my mouth I've never had before. Life seems so strange. Existence feels so strange. My self confidence dropped dramatically. I can barely make it out of bed and it's like pulling teeth to get through work. What is going on? Thoughts? Opinions?
 
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Are you reducing medication or stopped one altogether which can give those feelings.
 
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When these feelings started I wasn't reducing meds at all. But now I'm reducing one anti depressant and starting another. Things are quite as painful today. It's weird. I feel like something is still wrong but I feel physically perfect. I don't feel like I'm dying like most days.
 
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anxietydoesntownme

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could you be experiencing derealization / depersonalization?
 
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anxietydoesntownme

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Maybe...it feels like a mild form of it that NEVER goes away.
The most important thing to realize is that IT WILL go away! I know how you feel. Ever since I had my first panic attack a few months ago, I've been having that same feeling on and off. Once I had it for almost 2 months straight. The best advice I can give you is to not be afraid of it. The more afraid you are, the longer it will last. As soon as you come to terms with it and realize that you aren't in any danger and that it's not as scary as you once thought, it will slowly get better. Exercise, eating better, and doing things i enjoyed to take my mind off it also helped tons! (Also don't google your symptoms!)
 
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I just can't tell if it's anxiety or something else. My mind feels like it's chronically fatigued when I try and do daily activities. Sometimes it feels like my brain is on fire. I feel like I'm new to life. It's weird because I think back to the last 23 years of my life and think, "how did I ever live?" Everyday now is an uphill battle. It was never like this before. Life seems so strange.
 
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I just can't tell if it's anxiety or something else. My mind feels like it's chronically fatigued when I try and do daily activities. Sometimes it feels like my brain is on fire. I feel like I'm new to life. It's weird because I think back to the last 23 years of my life and think, "how did I ever live?" Everyday now is an uphill battle. It was never like this before. Life seems so strange.
If it was the result of a panic attack, than its more likely than not to just be anxiety. If you are super worried, you can always go to the doctor for reassurance ! Are you familiar with the term "brain fog"? The way you describe your mind as being chronically fatigued is basically what brain fog is. Extremely common with anxiety disorders
 
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If it was the result of a panic attack, than its more likely than not to just be anxiety. If you are super worried, you can always go to the doctor for reassurance ! Are you familiar with the term "brain fog"? The way you describe your mind as being chronically fatigued is basically what brain fog is. Extremely common with anxiety disorders
It's hard to describe. This doesn't just occur when I have panic attacks. I actually go months without a full on panic attack. I feel very alert. I don't have tunnel vision or anything like that. I feel like I'm in my body (for the most part). I just feel like something is VERY wrong. Or that I'm going crazy. I'm constantly analyzing everything. I keep thinking that by thinking these thoughts, I will go crazy or have gone crazy. Or it's causing neurological damage. I feel like life and existence is so strange. I have moments here and there where I think "hey I actually feel ok right now". But it goes away. Then I feel like my brain is on fire again. I feel like I'm losing my mind. I can't stop thinking about it. It's on my mind every second of every day and nothing takes my mind off. I see my psychiatrist often and have tried the whole pharmacy it seems. Nothing is working. I feel like I'm getting worse and worse. 2 psychiatrists have said "it certainly seems like it's anxiety driven". So my diagnosis has stayed the same. But I just feel like something else is wrong. I don't feel like my old self at all. And I don't think I ever will.
 
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It's hard to describe. This doesn't just occur when I have panic attacks. I actually go months without a full on panic attack. I feel very alert. I don't have tunnel vision or anything like that. I feel like I'm in my body (for the most part). I just feel like something is VERY wrong. Or that I'm going crazy. I'm constantly analyzing everything. I keep thinking that by thinking these thoughts, I will go crazy or have gone crazy. Or it's causing neurological damage. I feel like life and existence is so strange. I have moments here and there where I think "hey I actually feel ok right now". But it goes away. Then I feel like my brain is on fire again. I feel like I'm losing my mind. I can't stop thinking about it. It's on my mind every second of every day and nothing takes my mind off. I see my psychiatrist often and have tried the whole pharmacy it seems. Nothing is working. I feel like I'm getting worse and worse. 2 psychiatrists have said "it certainly seems like it's anxiety driven". So my diagnosis has stayed the same. But I just feel like something else is wrong. I don't feel like my old self at all. And I don't think I ever will.
I get it. You don't need to have a panic attack to get brain fog, but it can trigger it. Pretty much anything can. I get it all the time at random times, even when I don't feel anxious. You can trust your psychiatrists when they say it sounds anxiety driven. I don't know if what you're experiencing is brain fog, but it definitely sounds a lot like it. I had a my first ever panic attack about 6 months ago, and afterwards I had terrible brain fog for almost 2 months straight. Sometimes it would come and go and I'd feel better for a short period of time, but most of the time I was a mess. It's different for everyone. For me, it feels like i'm high all the time or in a dream. It really sucks but it progressively gets better once you find ways to cope. It took me months. I used to think it was causing me neurological damage too and that I'd be stuck that way forever, but it's not harmful and you're brain is fine. It's kinda your brains way of protecting itself from more stress and anxiety. Online you can find lots of forums of people discussing their struggles with brain fog / derealization. I'm sure you'll find tons of people you can relate with
 
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