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Hello everyone. This is my first time in any forum. I'm 41 now and have been suffering anxiety and panic attacks since 34 when I ran myself down with a stressful job, new born baby, partying and many other things. I recently was diagnosed with depression too and the mix of the 2 is torturous. I can handle most of the symptoms but in the last 8 months I have been experiencing a frightening one - I lose control of my mind. It's so hard to explain to anyone as I don't experience it in a coherent way so it's very hard to rationalise. It started when I woke in the night and didn't know who I was. I laid there curled in a ball shaking with fear. This feeling now permeates my waking life and it's terrifying. Aside from the anxiety symptoms and the feelings of suicide from the depression i also have jaw spasms which I hate. This feeling of losing control is very tormenting and was wondering if it was normal?

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    Sorry to hear you are having a rough time of it at the moment, most of us on here are going through struggles and trying to cope with life at the moment.

    Focus on one day at a time, are you on any medications at all?

    I find Kalms help me might be worth a try?

    take care

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    I've so far refused medication aside from Propranolol which I took for a week or so. I'm seeing a psychiatrist after walking into my docs in a state after my first night time episode, but am only getting to see him once every 6 months and so far he's just said it's the anxiety and depression and I need better quality sleep. Not impressed with him so far. Was just hoping this was a 'normal' symptom of the anxiety that people could identify with as it feels like it's developing into something more severe and I can't stop it As I get used to one symptom it seems to evolve into something worse everytime.

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      I use kalms to help me at night rather than sleeping pills i find these relax me and i get a better nights sleep and i am not worrying or thinking so much either.

      As for the psychiatrist maybe he isnt for you, could you try seeing someone else, after all that is your right as the patient.

      It sounds like Anxiety but also with Depression which are both linked together.

      Take Care

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      Has your doctor mentioned any therapy available to you other than a Psychologist, eg Cognitive behavioural therapy? ( I'm presuming you are in UK). I see a therapist once weekly and the coping strategies I have learned are really helping. X

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      Hi Michelle. The psychiatrist has mentioned going down the cbt route but tbh as the appointments are only every 6 months I imagine I will have myself better or will be committed to an institute by the time the appointment comes round again.
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