Anxiety disorder question

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So just over a month ago I had, let's call it a panic attack when I felt ill (This feeling preceeded any of the actual panic though) at the store I work at, combined with a virus apparently as i had a fever later. Ever since then I would get an awful feeling of... let's just call it illness. Half pressure in chest,seemed difficulty breathing, trouble swallowing etc... along with strong periods of depression. It has been getting proggressivly better (from being unable to get through one lesson at the universitym to take longer and longer to feel ill everyday,to the swallowing issue is pretty much gone, even the feeling is less intense). Originally I thought this was related to my seriously low b12 levels, the psychiatrist identified this as an anxiety disorder (didn't specify, i guess we can call this GAD) and perscribed me with Xanax (been taking it for 2 weeks now, 0.5mg in the morning and another before bed). Now, the xanax does seem to help with supressing this feeling of illness to some degree, though when I return to work at the store within a few hours i feel the exact same feeling of illness i felt originally (can anxiety do this?). Now my main question is whether I should keep doing this (returning to the store and feeling that dreaded illness)? Will it make it better to keep confronting this ill feeling or should I avoid it? Also a secondary question would be if all this sounds like an anxiety disorder?   

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    Yes, keep going to the store, try and keep to your normal routine as much as possible. The reason it probably keeps happening in the store, is because that's where it first happened. So now you subconsciously relate the store to that feeling. I get this on the bus, because that's where I had a massive panic attack.

    If you have low b12, that could be a factor, are you taking anything for it?

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      Been taking b12 sublinguals for a month now (finished today, habing a blood test on sunday), the level was 130 a month ago. I do get the feeling to a lesser degree basically anywhere but it's strongest at the store when i have to talk and deal with customers (even with the xanax. I recall the doctor also suggested a different drug if the xanax didnt help enough) maybe I should try it too. The doctor did say this whole disorder stuff passes, but didn't specify how long (did give me a perscription of xanax for 3 months "just in case"). I assume this gets better faster with a bit of mind over matter? I still can't sleep through a whole night (wake up after 3 hours then for an hour. most i slept in a row was like 5 hours)  
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      The problem with xanax is it is very addictive and only works for so long then you have to take more. I have been on it for over a year and am down to .25 time released once a day sometimes every other day but at a certain point if I don't take it I get shacking, can't sleep, start feeling sick, and my anxiety kicks in. I also have headaches from it. Xanax really shouldn't be taken daily and no longer than 6 months. There are a lot of other medications out tgere. I have not had any luck with any of them. I have found lavender really helps me calm down. Maybe try some essential oils I have had good luck with them!
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      Exactly, it is all mind over matter. There is no definitive timeframe for when you'll be cured, it may come and go, I had six years of being pretty much anxiety free, then I went out and smoked weed and had a massive panic attack and it started. All you need to do is carry on, as hard as it is, the more you do things that worry you, the more your brain will accept that there is nothing to worry about!
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      Really all I want is to be able to sleep through the night again, most I've slept in a row in the last month was 4-5 hours, and not go into a very depressing existential crisis twice a day (which really comes down to mood, don't have it as I'm writing this). I assume the depression I get is due to me not feeling in control as I still don't function fully "as normal" but really there's something of an artificial feeling to it as it kind of comes and goes, normally following in the footsteps of that ill feeling, which is why I would prefer to avoid that feeling but if going to work and school and such despite feeling it (no matter how intense) would disensitize me then I guess I will try to endure it. I forgot to take the xanax on thursday and managed to go through two and a half classes before feeling too uncomfortable to continue, so that puts me at a whole class more than two weeks ago, before I started with the xanax, and at a general pace of one extra class every two weeks. The sleep issue is unnerving though as exams are coming up in about two weeks and I'm always moody when I sleep less than 7-8 hours a day. I've tried everything from reading before bed, to camomile to more nuts for magniseum and now the xanax to no result (went to sleep exhausted today and still woke up 4 hours later). I'm thinking possibly the other med (forgot the name) the doctor suggested if the xanax wouldn't help might help me sleep better. 
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      Have you tried meditation, especially guided meditations?  I would do them before bed and would relax enough to fall asleep.  Tried melatonin?  Also try aroma therapy, like smell of lavendar in room to help sleep?  These things have helped me!
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    Sounds like anxiety to me.  There is agoraphobia, where you fear crowded places.  Maybe you are having some form of anxiety do to having a bad experience there? And everytime you visit there, the feelings and sensations come back?  I believe the worst you could do is avoid the place.  There is a technique called flooding for those of with phobias.  You stay in the anxiety till it doesn't affect you any more.  I am not saying that you have to go there and sit through the whole anxiety period.  You could break it up, by going 5 minutes one time, increase to 10 min and so on.  Flooding is a good technique, but not if your anxiety levels are to high. Because it become so intense, you'll give up.  Counselors use this technique. Best of Luck
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      I wouldn't say it was because of people. I think I just caught a virus and as the store is seriously stuffy and has no air circulation (which was annoying before but it never caused me any panic), I had trouble breathing. I might have panicked a bit too much and might have wondered if I was dying all the way to a local clinic that said there was exactly 0 things wrong with me. I had a little bit of a fever afterwards and lost all my apetite and was basically bedridden for two days (really haven't had anything more than a cold for like 6 years). All the while I was really stressed so I suspect this combination caused the whole thing. 
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    Two things here..do not stop using the b12. Odds are you will be taking them forever now. 130 is really low and could ansolutely be a strong contributor to your anxiety issues.im surprised you havent recieved injections of b12.  Second did the dr. Note the xanax is addictive and you will become reliant and addicted to them so when it is time to stop you will need to wean off them very slowly? You should check your vit D levels as well. Do not stop going out even if you have an axiety attack.keep going and if it happens do not leave. You need your mind to understand its okay.
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      I had one injection of 1000mcg but as I understand it, sublinguals nowadays bring up the levels almost as fast so I chose the pills. Been taking 3000mcg a day for a month now and I can confirm it does indeed cause acne after a while so i suspect my level is much higher now, though I would only really know after the bloodtest tommorow.   
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      Look at your thumbnail. If you see ridges from the root to the tip.the whole nail would have ridge lines you know for a fact at that point you are b12 deficient. I never heard of the acne but im sure anything can happen. B12 is extremely important to the body and you should just keep it up. One month would not be enough. You want to keep the levels higher 400 and over for proper functioning. Most people i know stay on it. Ive been getting shots for six years and the levels tend to fall again without the suppliment. What i have been told is all the proton pump inhibitors like pepcids...they do something that stops the absorption naturally in your body (belly) i was told that in the hospital a ling time ago.
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    Sounds like you have severe anxiety, & you might have A LOT of social anxiety. In order to beat this, you need to keep taking your meds & KEEP confronting your social anxiety. Just tell yourself that you're strong & capable of handling this, over & over again throughout the day. smile
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      I agree. Those of us with anxiety have to learn to accept that we have anxiety, feel the fear and move through it.  It certainly has not killed us, it has certainly made us uncomfortable. But we keep accepting and as they say facing (I like accepting the negative, fearful thoughts) and keep going in life, we gain courage.  From that courage we can live out our lives. 
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      I certainly do.  See my anxiety has me constantly doing body scans for anxiety symptoms.  Then I become even more anxious at times, because I am one that fears my anxiety.  Which is PTSD for what I gather.  I am finding that if I keep reminding myself,  these are stress symptoms do to my anxiety, and refocus on what I am doing.  When I find time, I try to relax.  Important for those with anxiety, because peaceful moments allows up to gain some courage over our anxiety.  The more relaxation and peace we feel, the better of coping.
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