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    Hi!

    So I've been struggling with anxiety/Panic attacks since the age of about 13. Along with it came quite severe emetaphobia.

    I struggled a lot in high school and could barely go in.

    I thought that college would be a lot different, as it'd be a totally different environment. How wrong I was...

    After suffering for two weeks, my anxiety has gotten to a point where I'm randomly dry heaving, feeling constantly nauseated, shaking non-stop, constant palpitations, stomach cramps, I can't eat,etc.

    My mum decided it had gone on long enough and we came to the decision yesterday that I would not be going back to college at all, unless I felt ready next year to maybe restart (if not then OU or something) - we also decided to make a GP appointment this morning to see if there was anything they could give me to help, as this obviously can't go on.

    GP put me on an antidepressant (50mg Sertraline) for six-twelve months. It's a long term medication that takes a while to work.

    I'm more stressed about the fact that I only have 5 GCSE's, all of which are B or C grade and one D. I was an A* student, predicted nothing lower than an A.. Will this affect me much looking for jobs for the next year, even though I have 5 different experiences in jobs? Has anyone else experienced something similar with their anxiety? Anyone on the same meds as me?

    Thanks!

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    So you did go back to college and suddenly started panicking?
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    (Original post by shawn_o1)
    So you did go back to college and suddenly started panicking?
    Somewhat. I used to get anxious and upset every morning and forced myself through the day. On Tuesday last week I got sinusitis which made me a little anxious, and one thing triggers all the anxiety I've been holding back. It just got worse and worse. Couldn't breathe properly or anything

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    (Original post by binkierose)
    Somewhat. I used to get anxious and upset every morning and forced myself through the day. On Tuesday last week I got sinusitis which made me a little anxious, and one thing triggers all the anxiety I've been holding back. It just got worse and worse. Couldn't breathe properly or anything

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    You need to find out why you're panicking and having anxiety. In particular the specific thoughts you have when you go to college. Dropping out just because of this is like surrendering a war and expecting to be killed.

    It takes a lot of courage to not only admit that you need help, but also to show that you want to lead a normal life and not be hindered by panic attacks.
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    I'm not on medication though your story sounds similar to how my panic disorder and agoraphobia started a few years ago. My panic attacks started at college and ultimately ended up with me leaving college, becoming housebound for 6 months and then decided to do a degree with OU. I really know what you are going through and its a long road getting a hold of your anxiety and panics but it can be done. I recommend Dr Claire Weekes books. I was a bit hesitant at first but they really opened my eyes to anxiety and gave me the courage to face the anxiety and now, panic attacks are just a small part of my life instead of the biggest part.
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    If you still have the same problem, try to see a hypnotherapies, i do have the same problem and it really helped me.
    best wishes and good luck.
 
 
 
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