I apparently have 'text anxiety' which is a very acute response to exam stress. This isn't normal exam nerves or panicking because of not enough revision, this is a really sudden reaction despite months of preparation. I've been having panic attacks, not been able to sleep/ eat, have constant bad thoughts and keep having mind blanks and start crying randomly and keep shaking. What can I do about it? I've been to the doctor, I'm not really sure about medication in case it causes really bad side effects but I need to do something and I need some help
Anyone had experience with this sort of acute anxiety before and what did you do about it?
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- Thread Starter
- 16-05-2015 22:41
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- 16-05-2015 22:44
Have you had any counselling or any other talking therapy, if you don't want to go down the route of medication?
- 16-05-2015 23:27
Propranolol - helps with physical effects of anxiety but won't affect your abilities, unlike sedatives/anti-anxiety drugs.
- 17-05-2015 12:49
i also have similar symptoms and sometimes my chest goes really tight and it hurts to breath and i fell the ground beneath me shake i havnt been to the doctors or found anything that works really effectiviely but i try to not revise a few hours before an exam and take a walk, but it defo is draning so you should try taking sedatives or some sort of sleeping remedy
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- 17-05-2015 15:23
Thanks everyone, I'm booked on to a counselling course which should hopefully help, I've done CBT for more general anxiety before which didn't really help so I'm hoping something more focused will be better. I've tried all the usual breathing techniques etc. but I was wondering if anyone had some good tips for avoiding panic attacks (apart from not panicking haha).
I'm looking into medication but propanolol didn't work for me and gave me some fairly awful side effects (increase in migraines) so I'm hoping they can recommend a different beta blocker!