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I have had severe sleep problems for over a year. I have been on zolpidem and mirtazapine for 10 months. I sleep for about 3 1/2 hours a night..never go back to sleep after wakening. Since January my life has become more and more hellish by the day. In January i suffered my first panic attack. I didn't know what it was at first, i couldn't breath, went dizzy and then couldn't get out of my car fot 45 minutes, my partner said i went white as a sheet. I had another in the street 2 days later..frozen to the spot ..very very embarrassing. In the 2 months since i have been very anxious. I have anxiety attacks daily that can last for hours...severe agitation..i cannot get any peace in my mind..i feel like i am going totally insane..feeling like sedation could only calm me..truely aweful. I now get a high pitched noise in my head & i have a dodgy tummy everyday. I also have to deal with panic attacks when i go out...these happen practically everyday...to varying degrees, i have had full blown panic attacks to depersonalization (not the classic but feeling i am not fully there or floating when i walk instead of feeling normal) or an unbearable tension in my body, numbness in my face and jelly legs and burning thighs.
I try to expose myself to going out to desensitize myself but it doesn't seem to get any better..it's getting worse.
I walk to follow the "get exercise" idea..but i just end up thinking and getting more anxious.
Also somebody asking me a simple question, even someone i know, causes a stess reaction..like i received dreadful news.
I don't know how to break this daily hell. I have turned to this community for support. I am a 49 year old male
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