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Hi all.. i have been diagnosed with GAD and severe health anxiety. As any of you know that suffer from this awful life dibalitating mental illness, you will be aware that everyday is a struggle just to make it out of bed daily. Over a year and a half ago, after a run in with my boss, i started having panic attacks. As my company wernt very helpful with mental illness they tried all ways to push me out and eventaully suceeded as the pressure they were putting me under lead to GAD (eventually i quit losing my 20k salary).. i started experiencing daily health issues such as; headaches, chestpain,faceflushes, nausia,dizziness, brainfog, pins and needles, loss of feeling in limbs, strange sensations in my arms, ibs, neck and back pain, and the list goes on.. i went to the doctors and they gave me a full bill of health.. prescribed medication on numerous times that made my.blood pressure drop or make me feel really sick for weeks..so i decided to do CBT therapy and go cold turkey on no meds for my anxiety! CBT was good and telling someone how you feel is paramount as you do feel like your going or are crazy most days... so heres what i did when that didnt work.. i started eating(sounds simple), i found mostly i was feeling sick and weak as i wasnt eating enough.. everything that put the fear of god in me like dealing with bills etc i did when i got up each morning, out the way straight away! I started walking my dog more often( tough at first but three weeks and you can break the cycle of feeling fear when your out, i kept note each day of all my.physical symptoms and moods so when i got a month in, i would wake up with the symptoms and be able to reference that i had had them before.. i explained to all my freinds and family exactly where i was at, so if there was a meal or family venue not to exclude me, but i more than likely not be there and i started to laugh more! Yep, laugh... its the best medicine for anything!!!! I will also tell you the things i had to STOP doing... GOOGLE...do not ever google your symptoms(go to the doctors)... have a heart rate monitor on my phone..stayed off facebook and other political, highly motivated subjects... AVOIDANCE(anything that seemed tough) im still no where near over anxiety, but i am much better..i can now tell when im genuinly feeling ill or anxious.. i can leave the house and not feel like im gonna colapse.. reading this you might think easier said than done, but stay calm have faith in yourself no matter how bad it gets and you will also feel this way.. if you have at least one better day than the one before, pat yourself on the back as one good day will lead to another... hope all you guys out there who read this can take something frome it ❤ peace x
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