USing alcohol everyday to help with my anxiety/panic attacks

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drinking alcohol (beer) every evening sometimes during the day it helps me relax im

constantly thinking im going to have a heart attack. its taking over my life. i dread waking up every morning because i feel so bad. i just want to be back to my normal self again. please someone give some reasurance. im going to try and not drink this evening and see how i feel. DRS gave me citalopram but i only took one the next morning i woke up and i felt even worse i get weird feelings in my throat like pains then i think im going to have a heart attack i cant even leave the house its getting so

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    hi there I'm the same really struggling with anxiety,depression, ed and drink far to much. try researching the Sinclair method lots of people have found huge success with this method, as you can cut down and not necessarily abstinence. I haven't tried it yet, don't think I'm ready as to much to cope with, here if yo want to chat, you can pm if needed.

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    I Can really relate to this, and i still don't know if im a true alcoholic or not, but my drinking became out of control and my life became unmanageable. i drank every day to calm my nerves, stress, anxiety, etc. Trust me when I say that the temporary relief you get with the alcohol is not worth the struggles you'll go through. I Am only 5 months clean and sober and the SSRI im on is doing a great job with helping my anxiety now that i am not drinking daily on it. The decision that i made to get help in rehab was the best one I've ever made and my whole life flip flopped in a positive way! my job, relationships, everything is worth it. Remember that anxiety is temporary and many people go through it you're not alone!

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      5 months clean is amazing! You should be very proud! You can do it if i can. Massive amounts of drinking for 30 years at least. Now 5 years 11 months sober😃 Look and feel great

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    Hello Kezzi and welcome. The Sinclair Method is great. Try The C3 Foundation and watch their videos. You will be amazed by their success rate. Best of luck. Robin

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    It seems you are needing reassurance right now and are quite scared about your health. It also sounds like you have at least started addressing some of your concerns with your doc. If I were you I would do two things right now:

    1. Reassure yourself that your health is okay. Make another dr appointment and if you can't get one immediately, go to a walk in clinic. When you see a dr. and this is the BIGGEST key, be absolutely stone cold honest about how much alcohol you use and why. Then get a battery of tests to rule out your concerns to make sure you are healthy and reassure your anxious mindset

    2. Do some internet exploring on anxiety websites. Anxiety is a tricky thing as it's fed by, and only by, our thoughts. When we have a symptom, it's our thoughts about that symptom that informs us that we could be in danger. If you have a pesky itch on your foot your thoughts immediately tell you, "scratch and it will go away." An itch doesn't make us anxious because we have had years of experience that informs our ideas that itches are nothing to be concerned about. When new, weird symptoms come up, such as odd pains and sensations, our alarms bells go off as we don't know what it means but we may have read somewhere that it's something to be concerned about. For those of us with panic and anxiety, it may trigger full blow irrational thinking and panic. And if you are already in an escalated mental state through misuse of alcohol, stress, poor health, etc. then  calming your thoughts and settling your body can feel impossible in the moment.

    There is loads of research on addictions and depression/anxiety going hand in hand. I found it helpful to just keep frequenting alcoholism blogs and forums. If I were you (and I have been you on numerous occasions as I talked myself either into or out of a panic attack with a long list of weird symptoms that I would scour the internet for reassurance that I wasn't indeed about to or soon to die) I would go back to my doctor and have a very honest conversation about your relationship with alcohol, ask about the Sinclair method, and ask to see a mental health professional to address your anxiety.

    *and may your journey take a turn toward peace and well-being!

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    I really feel for you anxiety is the worst! Did you drink because you felt anxious or the other way round? anti depressants dont work straight away and not if you're drinking as well. How much do you drink? I think you need to tackle your drinking first. see your GP and ask to be referred to specialist help. Thinking of you and sending cyber hugs

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