I have had this problem for years... I have a bit of anxiety and it's really beginning to get on my nerves as I've developed some really bad habits.
Firstly, I go through phases when I really struggle to breathe - this can be ongoing for months and I was really bad at the beginning of this academic year, particularly on the tube, but it has passed now...hopefully to never return.
However, there are now other things which are getting worse. I am really sensitive to noise and I get angry at the faintest sound - this is mostly in the library, but just the flick of a few pages drives me up the wall and I feel myself getting angry and focusing on the person in question and getting progressively angrier each time they turn a page (this is just an example, but did in fact happen the other day)... a lot of the time it can be whispering, or people eating food etc.
The thing that is bothering me the most though is that I have developed trichotillomania, and it seems to be getting worse, very quickly. When I have a lot of assignment deadlines and am under immense pressure my coping strategy is basically to pull out my hair. This started a few years ago, and I would only take hair from near my crown. But now I have started pulling it from all over but mostly from the very front so I have a bit of a receding hairline (not attractive for a girl). Even when I'm not under stress I still do it as it has become a habit, but not so much as I would when I'm stressed.
I'm currently on 10mg of citalopram which is helping somewhat. Anyone with any similar experiences with any of the above, I would really appreciate if you could give me some advice on how best to deal with my problems. Thanks!
What should I do?