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My anxiety has became really, really bad this month and last. I've always suffered with the issue but the past few years I've been doing really well with it and have been a lot more confident but now all of a sudden all of that is gone and I don't know why.

Certain days I won't want to leave my house at all and even when I'm sat at home even thinking about what I have to do in the outside world makes me breath heavily. When I have had to go outside my house I find myself drinking alcohol before I do it and even if I am at home and am feeling anxiety I will drink the worry away. I will drink just to feel somewhat normal.

I am really unsure on what to do as I can't spend the rest of my life drinking but when I feel I can hardly breath that isn't nice neither. I'll have days where I don't want to pick up my phone or anything and will sit there bored out of my mind.

I am wanting to go to the doctors but I am unsure on what to say, I was on medication as a teenager but it didn't work and I just went back to using alcohol to solve my problems. I really want to give it more of a go this time, try different medications and find one that works but getting to the doctors is the main issue.

They will more than likely suggest counselling but I am not up for that, telling my problems to someone who's only there because they're paid to be won't help me.

I want to know what the process is to be put on medication? Obviously they won't just hand it over but if it's a whole thing of me having to go to counselling first then it looks like I will have to live life with anxiety. I feel that it's going to get worse and I am unsure on what to do.
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My anxiety has became really, really bad this month and last. I've always suffered with the issue but the past few years I've been doing really well with it and have been a lot more confident but now all of a sudden all of that is gone and I don't know why.

Certain days I won't want to leave my house at all and even when I'm sat at home even thinking about what I have to do in the outside world makes me breath heavily. When I have had to go outside my house I find myself drinking alcohol before I do it and even if I am at home and am feeling anxiety I will drink the worry away. I will drink just to feel somewhat normal.

I am really unsure on what to do as I can't spend the rest of my life drinking but when I feel I can hardly breath that isn't nice neither. I'll have days where I don't want to pick up my phone or anything and will sit there bored out of my mind.

I am wanting to go to the doctors but I am unsure on what to say, I was on medication as a teenager but it didn't work and I just went back to using alcohol to solve my problems. I really want to give it more of a go this time, try different medications and find one that works but getting to the doctors is the main issue.

They will more than likely suggest counselling but I am not up for that, telling my problems to someone who's only there because they're paid to be won't help me.

I want to know what the process is to be put on medication? Obviously they won't just hand it over but if it's a whole thing of me having to go to counselling first then it looks like I will have to live life with anxiety. I feel that it's going to get worse and I am unsure on what to do.
If you cannot get proper help from a doctor then a psychiatrist would be able to prescribe you beta blockers which reduce anxiety. I struggled for years and I went from doctor to counsellor. nothing helped. when I went to the doctor the last time I insisted that I knew what was wrong and that I needed specialist help and medication.

in the mean time I use a few tricks to reduce anxiety. One thing I do is I close my eyes and imagine my anxiety as a colour and picture it in the part of my body where I can feel it the most. I allow the colour to be there and accept it and slowly I become less tense.

Another thing which helped for me was listing things that I can feel around me things I can see, smell, hear and taste. I try to name three of each sense and I find it helps to ground me.

I hope you are able to manage your anxiety because I know how horrid it can be! another thing is because alcohol is a depressant, it may be making things worse in the long run. I used to drink a bottle of glens with a straw every day to numb the fear but it definitely led me to spiral. it probably doesn't help but you are not alone! finding a creative stress release may also be useful. like writing or drawing or singing. I also take events that also made me feel anxious and I write what happened and counteract it with positives. for example I fell out with a friend today it made me feel like I have no friends and then I would force myself to prove it wrong.
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My anxiety has became really, really bad this month and last. I've always suffered with the issue but the past few years I've been doing really well with it and have been a lot more confident but now all of a sudden all of that is gone and I don't know why.

Certain days I won't want to leave my house at all and even when I'm sat at home even thinking about what I have to do in the outside world makes me breath heavily. When I have had to go outside my house I find myself drinking alcohol before I do it and even if I am at home and am feeling anxiety I will drink the worry away. I will drink just to feel somewhat normal.

I am really unsure on what to do as I can't spend the rest of my life drinking but when I feel I can hardly breath that isn't nice neither. I'll have days where I don't want to pick up my phone or anything and will sit there bored out of my mind.

I am wanting to go to the doctors but I am unsure on what to say, I was on medication as a teenager but it didn't work and I just went back to using alcohol to solve my problems. I really want to give it more of a go this time, try different medications and find one that works but getting to the doctors is the main issue.

They will more than likely suggest counselling but I am not up for that, telling my problems to someone who's only there because they're paid to be won't help me.

I want to know what the process is to be put on medication? Obviously they won't just hand it over but if it's a whole thing of me having to go to counselling first then it looks like I will have to live life with anxiety. I feel that it's going to get worse and I am unsure on what to do.
Sorry to hear you have been struggling with your anxiety. I suffer pretty bad with it too and have loads of friends that do too. It's so hard! And I know how difficult it is when you are going through a rough patch to shake out of it.

I completely understand that you're not up for counselling. I have tried so many times in the past but even getting the words out to say 'I need help' sends me into a breakdown.

What helps me is talking to friends - do you have anyone you can talk to? I often just talk to them online but it really helps me to not bottle things up. Plus the more you talk the more you realise there are a lot of people also struggling which is reassuring not to feel alone.

I also find exercising helps but isn't always easy to fit in so recently I've started reading more fiction for a bit of escapism. I'm also thinking of buying some puzzles. I just think it's such a simple and satisfying activity Do you have any hobbies or anything you used to do that you've stopped doing that you could start up again?

Hopefully you start feeling better soon x
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