Advice please!!

Posted , 4 users are following.

I’ve been on 10mg since January and I was contemplating weaning off them last month, up until I became poorly with a virus. The virus lasted a week and seemed to of pushed my positive attitude backwards. I’m still coughing up phlegm in a morning and have lost over a stone in weight. The advice I’m after is has anyone experienced anxiety due to lack of food? I’m currently not eating right due to still getting over this virus and for the past week I seem to of gone backwards at night. I cannot sleep,when I do I’m jolting myself awake thinking I cannot breath, feeling panicky and needing space. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated. X

0 likes, 5 replies


5 Replies

  • Posted

    Hi Nicky,

    I too bad a chest infection in January that lasted several weeks so I know what you mean about panicking over not taking in enough air. I had no appetite and I too lost a stone in weight. I was in bed for two weeks, on antibiotics. I felt so ill that my anxiety took a back seat so to speak.

    I started by drinking plenty of fluids, tea, water and eating things like toast, cream crackers, bananas, tangerines, ham sandwiches, soup and I gradually built a bit of an appetite back. I still haven't put my weight back on.

    I would say that lack of nourishment would probably not be a good thing for anxiety.

    I continued with citalopram throughout.

    Try listening to some delta wave music on the net, it may help you to relax.

    You will pick up and you will start feeling better once you start eating.

    Hope you get better soon.


    Report Reply
  • Posted

    Hi Nicky

    I had this exact problem last winter (im in Aus) It went on for 7 weeks and I was a tired anxious mess! I ended up sleeping with the window open because I felt like I couldn't breathe. I was tired all day from not wanting to sleep at night and too tired to eat.

    My aunty told me to eat soup at night as it pushed the phlem down and take 2 panadol before bed. After a couple of nights this routine worked for me.

    I also went from using 1 pillow to 2 as it kinda sat me up a little and kept my airway open.

    Good luck - I'm sure it will pass and things will be back to normal in no time!

    Report Reply
  • Posted

    Thank you Jayne and waterview for taking the time out to tell me about when the same thing happened to you. I have the App called calm and listen to that at the moment before bed time which seems to be helping slightly. It’s nice to know I’m not alone and what I’m feeling Others have experienced it too. X
    Report Reply

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion Reply

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up