At the end of my rope.

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ciderhouse

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I'm a 56 year old male with no history of mental health problems. I haven't missed a day of work in the last 20 years. In the past few months I've been experiencing some strange sensations in the back of my head. Some numbness, tingling and some head pressure. It's never painfull, just very, very odd. I finally sucked it up and went to a doctor. He had never heard of someone with these symptoms, ordered some blood tests and assured me nothing serious was wrong. In the days after the visit I suffered through 3 days of intense anxiety without any source. I came close to calling an ambulance. My doctor gave me some Lorazepam that I only take at night. My anxiety has decreased but I've gone from a happy, mentally stable person to a complete wreck. I'm filled with a deep despair that I will never return to my normal self, although I have no source in my life that should cause increased anxiety or despair. Anyone else have experience with a sudden mental illness late in life with no source or warning?
 
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Hi ciderhouse, I feel for you! I started hearing voices out of the blue when I was 39, so I have a little experience of something similar, although I wasn't quite as old when it first manifested. It's very unusual to present with a first incidence so late in life. But it doesn't sound like you are that affected beyond the anxiety, so it's probably just a case of medicating through it. If you don't develop any other symptoms you will likely be fine.
 
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Hi ciderhouse

Welcome to the forum.

Have you thought of asking to see a neurologist? Your anxiety seems to have come on after the other symptoms, and I don't see how blood tests could rule out a problem. It may be nothing, but I think you should consider asking for other tests. GPs are not specialists.

Hope you find the forum helpful.

Best wishes, Sarah
 
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Hello and :welcome:

That must've been quite a frightening experience for you, considering you had never experienced those symptoms before. As Kerome said, though, it sounds like something you will be able to treat and get over. Sometimes, people have breakdowns; they come out of the blue and no-one's quite sure why. I know a number of people who've been through a breakdown once in their life and have been absolutely fine throughout the rest of their life.

I think, as SarahD said, the best thing you can do to lessen your anxiety would be to determine what exactly this is, and make sure you have the right treatment for it.

You'll be fine. Despair is a horrible feeling, and by its very nature it convinces you that it'll be that way forever - but it won't.

Wish you all the best.
 
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Thanks so much for taking the time to write a reply. Every little bit helps. Hope those voices have disappeared.
 
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