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MrsDeuce

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Hello everybody. I'm trying to work up the ability to talk to a mental health professional about what I'm going through. I'd also love to confide in my husband but I can't seem to figure out what to say. Or stop crying long enough to say anything to begin with. So I guess I'm hoping maybe this place can get me over that hurdle and that I can find the words and the ability I need to be able to talk to someone.

In hindsight, I've dealt with anxiety since childhood but for the most part I've always been able to control it. But over the past year(?) controlling it hasn't been going my way.

Has anybody else found stress to exacerbate their anxiety? Even what it's good stress? I specifically deal with hypochondria with a side helping of social anxiety. I've mostly conquered the social anxiety thanks to my career but the hypochondria can be downright debilitating. And expensive. Very, very expensive.

Also, has anybody been able to successfully go off medication? I'm on a 10mg dose of citalopram and I can definitely tell when it's starting to wear off. How would I know if/when I'm ready to start weaning off of it? and when will the drowsiness go away? I am so over it already.
 
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My opinion (but I am no Doctor), is that stress could be for some that one thing that takes people over the edge of their coping abilities. If we look beyond the medication, are you able to share with us broadly what is troubling you (leaving out any specifics which may identify you, or cause you further stress/anxiety) :hug:
 
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My opinion (but I am no Doctor), is that stress could be for some that one thing that takes people over the edge of their coping abilities. If we look beyond the medication, are you able to share with us broadly what is troubling you (leaving out any specifics which may identify you, or cause you further stress/anxiety) :hug:
So my health anxiety is very specific. I freak out over ovarian cancer, colon cancer, and heart stuff. Colon and heart have specific reasons behind them. I suppose ovarian does too but nothing personally related to me.

Anyways, I ended up in the hospital a little over a year ago with chest pains that wouldn't go away (this following a couple weeks of heart palpitations). Lots of tests, nothing wrong with me. My primary asked if I was under a lot of stress or anxious about anything. I said nothing more than what I'm used to. She put me on a low dose beta blocker. Fast forward a few weeks and I quit my job (had another lined up). And almost instantly felt better. Light bulb went on and connected the job stress and the heart stuff. Went off the beta blocker and life was good again.

Fast forward almost a year (Memorial Weekend) heading out of town with the kids for the long weekend and I can't get my brain to stop. Hardcore freaking out that something is wrong with me. Ended up with racing heart, trouble breathing. Super scary at 75 mph. My 10 year old was a rockstar and called 911 and I managed to get pulled over. Paramedic guys checked me out, said I appeared fine. Asked if I had anxiety issues. I said that I was starting to wonder if maybe I do. Super nice guy said I was probably good to continue on to my destination but if it happens again to go to the hospital just to be safe. So a couple hours later I was in the hospital. Doctor ran tests. Again asked about anxiety. At this point it finally clicked that they were panic/anxiety attacks. Doc said that based on the tests that he didn't see anything immediately life threatening and said I was safe to continue on my way.

Since then I've been a mess. There's been so much going on in my life... Super short version all happening since mid-June: Went on vacation, husband got transferred, moved from Detroit to Atlanta, bought a house, sold a house, started new job, got kids in new school. Got sick during the first part of all that and was so out of it that I didn't realize I was sick. Was convinced there was something horribly wrong with me.

And basically I'm now here because I just can't seem to shake it off.
 
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Thing is I have experienced things on a yearly basis. In my case it could have been some subconsious thing related to the time of the year that triggered some thoughts. The things you have mentioned here (e.g. buying/selling a house etc.) are all very stressful in themself. Perhaps time to get a second opinion?
 
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