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    Right, I’ve already publically announced that I suffer from anxiety on a school post. I left school, went back finished my GCSEs got good grades, now onto A Levels but studying at home due to my anxiety. A few days back i suffered a choking incident that last 2 hours and that was the second time in a few weeks so I went to the doctors and she said it’s my anxiety which I would agree on. But for the past 3 or 4 days I’ve been constantly dizzy, constantly light headed and have constant pains in my head. When I say constant I’ll try to sleep but get dizzy every time I’m about to go so wake up (Kept myself up till 3 last night because of this). I’m also always tired. I’ve been telling my parents and they believe it’s an iron deficiency, so today I tried to eat as much iron as possible and it’s gotten better but I don’t think it was that because I hopped on here right now and I think this is distracting me from any worry’s so I’m assuming it’s something to do with anxiety, Does anyone suffer with this? Is it common? How do you handle it?

    I also want to add that I don’t / rarely leave the house and I know what would help my anxiety, which would be to move out of this village because I’m also a very paranoid person.
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    Are you getting any treatment or support for your anxiety such as medication or therapy? Because right now it sounds like you're engaging in avoidance and just putting up with the physical effects which is probably just gonna make things worse.
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Are you getting any treatment or support for your anxiety such as medication or therapy? Because right now it sounds like you're engaging in avoidance and just putting up with the physical effects which is probably just gonna make things worse.
    Not currently but I went to therapy with 2 different organisations and they were both group therapy and basically ran through everything I’ve learned to do myself before the therapy so that was pointless. But from my last doctors visit she’s referring me to a psychiatrist to put me on medication, not sure when though.
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    (Original post by AidenHa)
    Not currently but I went to therapy with 2 different organisations and they were both group therapy and basically ran through everything I’ve learned to do myself before the therapy so that was pointless. But from my last doctors visit she’s referring me to a psychiatrist to put me on medication, not sure when though.
    OK the referral sounds positive. You could try enquiring to see if you can get a time frame on how long until you see the psychiatrist. In the meantime, you could ask your doc for propranolol perhaps - it can help with the physical symptoms of anxiety which might help you feel calmer. Maybe try googling it to see if you think it would be useful to you.
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    This sort of thing can be self perpetuating - if you are worrying about being dizzy etc, sufficient lack of sleep can make you feel lightheaded and headachey. The anxiety is preventing you leaving your house - however I think you are aware that leaving the house will help.

    Somewhere you need to break the cycle. I went through a period of panic attacks in my early 20s that lasted a couple of years. For me it was fear of passing out/having a heart attack (even though neither happened.) Bizarrely (and paradoxically), what helped me was basically accepting that there is a very very small chance that I, or anyone else could just pass out or have the heart attack and that panic is a bodily sensation that passes.

    I think you should start by getting out in the garden, then out into the village on a walk. The sooner you can get back to college the better you will be. It won't be totally easy, you might have the odd 'relapse' but with the right approach and support (could friends take you out?) youll be fine.
 
 
 
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