I think I may need some help with my anxiety, but I am afraid that I might seem like I am overreacting; and I am afraid of actually asking for help.
I seem to be worrying about stuff more than usual. My mind seems to be racing whenver it has a free moment. I have been trying to keep it occupied with reading the massive amounts of books I have and catching up on episodes of a television show I just got in to, but you can't do that all day every day. There is a lot going on in my life that I could write out here, but you would be reading for hours.
My stomach has been acting really funky lately. It feels like its churning and I get the feeling in my throat like I want to throw up. At times I get cramp like pain. I thought it was my diet, but even after changing it I am still have the stomach problems.
As long as I am not thinking about stuff during the night I can sleep. If I even think about a small thing for a second I find myself up for hours dwelling on it. I also think I might be waking up numerous times during the night, but going right back to sleep. I don't feel as rested when I wake up in the morning.
Sometimes when my mind is racing I get unable to sit still. Its like I need to get up and run a mile or something.
I am probably overreacting and that is making it worse. Does this sound like an issue to anyone else, but me? If so, I am really nervous about talking to someone. How would I ask for help?
Hi, KD! I think you know what you need to do based on the title of this thread. Believe me, I know what you are going through. I've had issues with anxiety for years but never talked to anyone about it. In December, I had gallbladder surgery and that caused my anxiety to go crazy. I couldn't sleep well, was having terrible dreams, inability to concentrate, stomach issues, and problems with acid reflux.
What I did was go to my primary care doctor and told him about the anxiety I was experiencing. I was so nervous, scared, and thought he would just tell me I was being ridiculous. I was totally wrong, he was really supportive and understanding. Now, I'm taking Lexapro and speaking with a counselor on an almost weekly basis. Things still aren't where I want them to be but I am feeling a lot better. You may just need to deal with whatever issues are causing your anxiety and speaking with a therapist may help that. There's also medication or a combination of both like I'm doing.
I know for me, just having people to talk to on message boards such as this one, really helped a lot. Basically everyone here has been through or are going through the same things that you are dealing with. Don't be nervous or scared to go to your doctor, he/she is there to help. If I could find the courage to go, I know you can as well. If you need anyone to talk to, I'm here to listen. Best of luck to you!
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Thanks for your reply. I actually went to the doctor today and was given Lexapro samples. I am a little nervous about taking it though. My doctor also suggested talking to a counselor, but I have to see if my insurance will cover it.
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