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Severe anxiety, or alcohol withdrawals?

MiracleMan83

MiracleMan83

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I can't tell if I have severe anxiety caused by stress, or alcohol withdrawals!

It all started because I have been battling insomnia on and off for the last month and a half. Every once in a while, I would try to be moderate and have just a few sips of whiskey to see if it would help calm me down on a sleepless night. I didn't want to have too much as I am prescribed 0.5 mg of xanax for my anxiety. I bought a bottle of vodka and started having shots the night of May 9th, then it progressed to glasses because my dad's health started deteriorating and I was worried about him having cancer. I went overboard and got blacked out drunk on the fourth and final night of drinking which was May 12th. That was totally stupid of me since I am prescribed to take xanax every day. My dad did get hospitalized on May 14th for his health, but it turns out it was not cancer. Like I said, my last drink was last Tuesday night. Starting two nights ago, my insomnia got more severe, had night sweats one night, and it seems that my hands intermittently want to shake. I have been stressed about my dad being hospitalized, stressed about possibly having symptoms of alcoholism, and I am also stressed because I have been furloughed from work for about a month and a half due to COVID-19 and the thought of going back to work after a long absence is scaring me. I can't tell what I am experiencing!

P.S. I have had binge drinking problems in the past, and the last time I did binge drinking was a year ago.
 
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iWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH3

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I am so sorry you are struggling with this. I have addictions too. I know how horrible it is. I hope you and I over come them before they take our lives. Sorry for a late response. How are you and your dad now? Stay safe please. :hug::hug::hug:
 
MiracleMan83

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Unfortunately, my dad got diagnosed with leukemia. There was one final test that diagnosed it in his bone marrow. I saw my doctor through a virtual appointment, and he thinks I was suffering severe anxiety symptoms. All I know, is that I will never binge drink again. The smell of alcohol in my hand sanitizer makes sick to my stomach now. I need to be sober to help my dad get through this.
 
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iWILLOBTAINMENTALHEALTH3

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Unfortunately, my dad got diagnosed with leukemia. There was one final test that diagnosed it in his bone marrow. I saw my doctor through a virtual appointment, and he thinks I was suffering severe anxiety symptoms. All I know, is that I will never binge drink again. The smell of alcohol in my hand sanitizer makes sick to my stomach now. I need to be sober to help my dad get through this.
Aww. That is so kind of you. Sorry about your father. :sorry: :hug:
 
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