Patient Comments: Anxiety - Attack Experience

Question:Has your anxiety disrupted your quality of life?

Comment from: Tracey B., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I've had panic attacks for the last three months. I thought I was dying! I went to the doctor, and he gave me Xanax. It worked OK, but I was still getting bad attacks. I went to join a gym and have been exercising four days a week, two hours a day, and that has been the only thing that helps. My goal is to get off the meds.

Comment from: bigb8484, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 18

I'm a 27 year old male and I have had anxiety for almost all my life. When I was young it was at night I would wake up in a panic and as I got older it progressed into being claustrophobic and going into a panic when in small cars or elevators and other small places. Now I still suffer this anxiety along with claustrophobic problems, but I can't get through it without anyone knowing it. The number one problem people have is not breathing. I just take a deep breath and tell myself everything is OK and just keep telling yourself that until it goes away.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 23

I am 27 years old. I had one panic attack while driving. I am not sure if it was from lack of sleep or too much caffeine. Something triggered it. After that I felt like I was going to die. I had horrible anxiety. I went to the ER and still to this day deal with anxiety. I have been dealing with it for two months now. I am seeing a therapist and my doctor prescribed me Zoloft. Getting help is the best way to deal with anxiety. You can't do it alone. I am still a work in progress.

Comment from: plmcat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

Anxiety is so terrible. I have lost jobs because I have severe nighttime anxiety and can't sleep, stay awake all night and then go to work and be totally ineffective. I lose friends because I isolate due to my anxiety. I gain weight because I eat to soothe myself and then hate myself for how fat I get which causes even more anxiety, it's a horrible thing in my life and I go through periods where I can manage it but if something happens unexpected that is negative in any way, I fall apart. I've been in and out of therapy for 20 years, been on antidepressants that didn't help and thought about ending my life more times than I care to say. My anxiety is from ptsd and it has ruined my life.

Comment from: Adolfo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 11

I started suffering from anxiety in my 30s. My father suffered from it all his life and my younger brother also suffered from it when he turned mid 30. I found several things that help...YOGA has been a great help in calming the nervous system and giving me piece of mind. I have been taking Lexapro and Buspar but hope that with yoga I will eventually be able to go off the meds. Anxiety sucks big time... it robs you of the pleasures of life for no reason at all. If I do get external stress, then my anxiety amps ups. This is something that I believe I will need to manage for the rest of my life. My advise is to look into Yoga and meditation as a way of relaxing...and unfortunately no alcohol or caffeine!

Comment from: colemanst13, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 10

I am 34 and about a year ago, I began to feel dehydrated. At first, I felt I had shallow breathing, a weak voice, that I couldn't speak right, and an overall "heavy" feeling on my chest. I went to several doctors and the blood tests always came back negative. I was really discouraged because I had the symptoms on a daily basis. I then realized anxiety might be causing these feelings. After speaking to a few friends and reading sites like this, I realize that is exactly what I have. I heard exercising could help, so I went for a long run, and as I sit here, I feel better than I have in an entire year.

Comment from: xrcjdiiilhvm, 19-24 Female Published: April 19

I've had anxiety since the 4th grade. I've been struggling lately and I'm now 21. The only symptom that I have from anxiety is my stomach hurting like I'm going to get sick. Taking meds hasn't really done anything. I feel like I'm running out of options. I'm having more and more anxiety attacks. My anxiety attacks consist of my throwing up. It's driving me crazy. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: holly, 45-54 Female Published: April 06

My anxiety has paralyzed me emotionally.I am always anticipating what things are going to happen. I am basically house bound and I venture out at night when I don't have to talk to people. I startle easily and always have negative thinking going on every waking moment. Poor sleep is the norm. I think my anxiety has gotten worse and I did not realize how debilitating it was. I am scared to talk to people because I will not say the right thing. Or because I think people already don't like me. I cry alot when I am alone and I don't tell my husband the true extent of my anxiety because he won't understand and will certainly minimze it. I am just barely skimming the surface on how I am. I also feelin like I am a social hermit.

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