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Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
Common symptoms include impaired cognition, irritability, depressed mood, and anxiety; all of which may reach severe levels which can lead to relapse
I stole this from a website...I have all of these things with or without alcohol. I even had a therapist prepare a document for me and she wrote in it that I showed little or no improvement with even 8 YEARS of sobriety.
All of these things...especially in the last 3 weeks are VERY apparent.
I don't remember sh*t!
I am irritable
I am moody
I am not sleeping well (although its not in this list it is a PAWS symptom)
I can't think straight
My blood pressure is whacky (another one not on this particular list but a symptom)
I have frequent panic attacks
I make lists to remember to do things and then I either forget the list...or I have the list and STILL forget to get the things on the list.
The only solace i have is that some of these things will get better...but feeling like this is the reason that on many occassions I have relapsed..and the name for these feelings is "PAWS".
So when I get them...I try to "pause" and realize it is a condition which I must endure....I must learn new ways to handle things other than picking up that 1st drink that usually ends me in the hospital.
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