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help for a young student?

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formermember

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I'm 18 and studying for a diploma at university.
since I was a child I have awoken in the middle of the night suffering from palpatations and anxiety attacks when I couldn't sleep. My parents put it down to periodic insomnia, but as the years went on they passed, until recently my father passed away and my anxiety attacks have returned along with the insomnia, alot of the time they are controllable, but ever since I can remember I have had an issue with control, If I feel like a situation is not in complete control then I will have a full blown anxiety attack complete with muscle spasms, goosebumps, shivers etc. when I was a very young teen I did have an issue with self harm as it regained control, however I am now completely past that, yet I still have an issue regarding the feeling of helplessness and vulnerability that I so often get. it's gotten to the point now where i will have an anxiety attack over a bus pass! I'm not sure what can be done to help me, do I need medication? I tried a session of counselling but it was more grief related and didn't help at all. I don't even know what the term for my problem is, I just put it down to insomnia and anxiety but I'm not sure. I read something about generalized anxiety disoder, but dont know about any treatments. help anybody?? :unsure:
 
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Hi, im a carer for someone with a diagnosis of GAD and i guess the best advice i can give you is to go and speak to your GP. Explain the situation as clearly as you can... if you feel it isnt grief related then make that clear. If possible go with someone so you feel supported and are able to put yourself across well. I hope that helps a bit..:)
 
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formermember

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that's exactly the thing, I don't think it is grief related as I've had symptoms for years, but they went away so I think grief may have brought it back.
I'm scared of going to the doctor and him/her thinking I'm a complete hypochondriac! lol
 
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Your GP should listen to you, if not see another... This problem is obviously dictating lots of things in your life so how are you a hyperchondriac?? It sounds like you need to learn about yourself and how to manage your anxiety and going to a GP could put you in touch with services that will help. If going to the GP is anxiety provoking for you try to take someone with you or make sure you write down everything you need to get across so you can explain well.:)
 
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Hiya xhandinminex :)
i think the best option is to go to your gp. they wont think your a hypochondriac at all because these symptoms are startin to affect your life and yes do say you dont think its grief related but that grief could have brought it on again. s/he might be able to suggest different types of ways too cope like medication (dont know if they use meds too control anxiety tbh) and/or counselling, if you would like it again that is... ask for that to be non-grief related too :)
youre not alone... when im really low i dont like goin too the docs cos theyl think im a hypochondriac so i either go anyway or someone will come with me too make sure i go!
:) :flowers:
 
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formermember

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thanks :)

i spoke to my mum and she said i should just bite the bullet and go, so that's what I will do.
I did some more research and found out that two main causes of it are environmental triggers (such as grief) and genetics, well, my mum suffers from a form of depression and is on seratonin blockers, so there is definately something running in my blood at least.
i'm not scared of going to the doctor, but the thought of having something wrong with me scares me. last week I had flu but denied it completely, tried to walk to the nearest train station and fainted on a traffic island, just because I was trying to convince myself i wasn't sick. i look back and laugh at how stupid it was! lol
 
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Good for you for going to the GP. Once you have a professional who takes you seriously, it's a lot easier to get the help you need.

Also, you might want to consider counselling again. I saw two counsellors who were not helpful in the least before finding my current one.

Good luck. :)
 
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formermember

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:)

went to a doc the other day. she said she thought I had GAD but no formal diagnosis, she gave me some cognitive behavioral therapy exercises and so far so good. they help to relax me but havent found them getting rid of any anxieties yet.
im finding now that i mainly get anxietyattacks when i go out to bars/clubs with friends. i have a low self esteem naturally and i think i may be a bit anxious of those sorts of situations. i think this is social anxiety or something? but im starting to think that im not sick, before i was afraid because i thought it meant i was crazy but now i realise thta it doesn't
 
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It certainly doesn't make you crazy. :)

I don't have social anxiety, my anxiety centres much more around school.
 
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