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    Old 03-09-2006, 02:08 PM   #1
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    How old when anxiety started for you? Please share your story

    I guess I always had some mild anxiety here & there, but nothing really major. Took Paxil briefly but generally was doing okay.

    But then last Spring, at the age of 39, I began having daily heart palps, which then resulted in total health anxiety & panic attacks. I've never been the same since then..... and just find it so strange that this has happened to me.

    I guess it all started as a result of these heart palpitations, which I am told are harmless. (I don't care what anyone says, they are scary!!!)

    I'm just curious to hear when things started for other folks.

    Thanks, Julie

     
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    Old 03-09-2006, 02:48 PM   #2
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    Re: How old when anxiety started for you? Please share your story

    17yrs old when it started for me(1994) major panic attacks everyday for a about 6 months.. then GAD, nothing for 7yrs.... now GAD and some panic now and then.. panic not as bad as the first time around though.. that was just like a living hell..

     
    Old 03-09-2006, 03:04 PM   #3
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    Re: How old when anxiety started for you? Please share your story

    heart palps from anxiety are common and of course worry and monitoring the heart make them worse, a beta blocker med helps calm the heart

    I was always a very shy and anxious child with periods of derealisation, the panic attacks and social phobias started at age 16 and continued until finally 20 years later I was able to figure out what was wrong and eventually recover, thru meds and CBT
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    Old 03-09-2006, 03:32 PM   #4
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    Re: How old when anxiety started for you? Please share your story

    I was 22 and I'll never forget it. I was on my way home with my friend from eating at the china buffet and I started getting all these weird sensations like heart racing, hot and cold flashes, dizzyness, and others. I freaked out. I ended up in the ER that night and they sent me home with benadryl to calm me down. The doctor said oh its a panic attack you will be fine.. Yeah after that day they kept coming and coming and coming for about 3 months I was completly housebound did nothing but lay in bed and panic. I started zoloft which made things much worse before they got better. Stoped my zoloft about six months after and was fine for 2 and a half years until The end of January this year. Im doing ok now but I feel that if the ER doctor would of actually sat and made me understand what was going on with me, I wouldn't of ended up with a panic disorder. Doctors just ignore patients and send them out the door with meds. They should of explained a little more what was going on! Anyways im 25 now and getting married next may!! I hope that I will be able to live a normal life again! I pray not only for me but everyone on these boards to find peace within themselves!

     
    Old 03-09-2006, 03:38 PM   #5
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    I started having them at the age of 27. Being the oldest son of 5 boys I was to set the example so I got regular beatings. I couldn't talk until the age of 8 and was in catholic school and the nun's told me that the devil had my tongue and that's why I couldn't talk I was only 6 years old and the nuns would take me up to the convent and pull my pants down and spank me. I would try to tell my parents and they thought I did something wrong to have the nun's spank me so I was spanked again. I learned early not to speak. I am also a perfectionist at what I do <cabinet maker/finish carpenter> At 27 I wound up in the hospital for a week I was married and had 2 kids a girl and a boy. They put me on xanax 1mg 3 x a day. They also had me on norprimine and some other drugs I didn't like so I stopped taking them. I'm 51 now, I'm down to .25 of xanax maybe 3 x a week. Meditation has helped me alot and I taught myself how to breath and relax. I was also afraid to talk to people when young but my wife now <wife #2> say's I talk too much, I tell her I'm making up for lose time. I had symptoms of thiking my throat was closing up, heart attack, things around me moving in slow motion and at times like a freight train running through my body I would shake and sweat. It was only when I worked with a guy I later found out he was a buddhist and taught me how to meditate and I felt this calming affect come over me, started lowing the dose of xanax and here I am now. There was a time I'd forget to bring my xanax and would have a panic attack just thinking I'd have a panic attack. So I'd have to go home and get the xanax and take one to calm down.

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    Old 03-09-2006, 04:47 PM   #6
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    I was 27 when I had my first panic attack, although I didn't know what it was. I thought I was having a heart attack. I went to the ER and they sent me home with a couple of Valium.

    I had derealization from time to time and just thought I had an ear infection or something...never connected it with anxiety. I didn't really have another panic attack until after my son was around 3 years old...I was around 33. It happened on the freeway while I was driving us home from a visit to my sister's house. I was so scared and I ended up having to drive so slowly, that a police car started following me. That made it even worse! I got off the freeway, called my husband in hysterics and he told me how I could drive all the way home on side streets (over an hour and a half), so I didn't have to drive over 35 mph.

    Ever since then, I've had a phobia of driving on the freeway and I've only done it twice in the past year (I'm now 46)...once successfully and the last time I had a full-blown panic attack. Most of my panic happens while driving. Last year, I had a rough time for about a month, just driving around town. That was very hard for me so I went to the doctor and tried antidepressants again (Paxil). That was horrible and ever since then, I've been fine with just taking Xanax if I feel a panic attack might happen. Usually, when I feel that derealization, it is followed by a panic attack, so I know when I need to take a Xanax if my deep breathing doesn't calm me down.

    I don't think I'll ever be free of this problem, but I hope someday they find a cure that doesn't include horrible side effects. I used to love to drive so much, I would love to have that feeling back.

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    Old 03-09-2006, 05:21 PM   #7
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    Re: How old when anxiety started for you? Please share your story

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    heart palps from anxiety are common and of course worry and monitoring the heart make them worse, a beta blocker med helps calm the heart

    I was always a very shy and anxious child with periods of derealisation, the panic attacks and social phobias started at age 16 and continued until finally 20 years later I was able to figure out what was wrong and eventually recover, thru meds and CBT
    You and I have alot of the same history. Would you mind sharing what meds you take and how cbt therapy works? thanks, pinkee

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    Old 03-09-2006, 06:21 PM   #8
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    Re: How old when anxiety started for you? Please share your story

    I've had some form of anxiety all my life. First it was seperation anxiety up until about 16 years old (gradually decreased up until 16), then I had GAD for a while (or so they thought). And now I completely unsure of whats wrong.

    Sigh, life is frustrating.

     
    Old 03-09-2006, 08:02 PM   #9
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    I remember being a young girl (under 12) and constantly worrying that I had cancer and that I was going to die. I also always had periods where I would feel like something bad was going to happen. I never really had panic attacks just scared feelings all the time of getting sick or dying. This week I am freaking out afriad of some disaster happening and my family or I dies. My anxiety is a fear of dying. Now that I have a child I have a huge fear that he will die. I really wish it would go away, I feel miserable being scared all the time. Basically having my fight or flight system in a constant active state.

    I also feel like no one understands. Most people with anxiety have lots of panic attacks. I am just scared.

     
    Old 03-09-2006, 08:20 PM   #10
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    Re: How old when anxiety started for you? Please share your story

    My first panic attack hit from out of the blue. I woke up durning the night hyperventilating. I was 19 and already had two kids. (I have never regretted having them.) I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest. I wanted to run but I didn't know where to. I wanted someone to talk to me but to be quiet. I was a mess and miserable to be around that night. By the time I was 20 I was on valium. That helped but didn't stop all the anxiety or panic attacks. Then I went into a deep depression and the anxiety and panic attacks never went away. I was put on elavil (a AD used a lot back then.) I'm still on it because the Drs. could never find a new one that worked. About a month ago my Dr. asked me to try lexapro and I think it's going to work, but only for the depression. I take xanax 1 mg four times a day now and I have since it came out on the market. I used to try to explain to friends and family what was wrong with me, but most dindn't understand. My parents were great though. Now i'm getting older every day and the anxiety and panic attacks are aging with me. I don't see them going away ever. I hope everyone has a better time controlling it than I did. Take Care...Connie

     
    Old 03-10-2006, 01:09 AM   #11
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    I remember having my first panic attack, or something like it, at three, but I definitely know I had them by age five. I showed signs of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder at four, which increased at seven, and was full-blown OCD when I was eleven-and-a-half. I was just diagnosed with mild Asperger's last month, and since this disorder starts from birth, I've always shown my Asperger's eccentricities since two or three, and still have outbursts from sensory overload. Needless to say, all of my relatives thought I was "out-of-control"... I also have GAD, which is pretty much intertwined into my OCD. My mom and I always knew that I was a worrywart, but we didn't know how bad it was. I just always assumed that everyone had panic attacks when they were nervous. My mother made me go to the doctor and get on Zoloft when I was 15 because I was so irritable and stressed-out. (I didn't know it at the time, but I was acting that way because I was paralyzed with panic attacks and my OCD. The same symptoms re-occurred last year, when I was 17.) My old PCP who prescribed the Zoloft to me thought that I had "generalized anxiety", which I do, but since I didn't know about the other disorders' symptoms and couldn't properly express them, I didn't get a real diagnosis. Then, shortly after I started Zoloft, which did help me for awhile and got rid of my irritability, I started researching mental illness because it intensely interested me. That's how I stumbled across OCD, and I never thought I'd find an explanation for the period I went through at 12-13 that I called the "bad thoughts". Imagine my surprise when I read, "Do you have blasphemous, violent, and/or sexual thoughts that you find distressing, and that cause you anxiety? Do you repeat a phrase, confess, or pray to make the thought go away?" Since I'm a pure obsessional, OCD was never suspected because I'm not the stereotypical "hand-washer" or "checker". Now, I'm on Prozac and Lamictal, which I started due to possible cyclothymia, but I don't think I have cyclothymia anymore now that I know I have Asperger's- this explains the outbursts and constant mood shifts much better, especially since I've had them since a young child. I also take Klonopin for really bad panic attacks, but not every day, since I have panic attacks practically daily, and in some situations (like today, for example- have a test), I wouldn't know how to react if I DIDN'T have a panic attack. I'm currently in CBT, and going to possibly see a college-age Asperger's specialist in the fall.
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