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Alcohol anxiety (alcohol induced anxiety)

I cant drink anymore.  I barely start getting drunk and I just hate it because of anxiety.  I never used to drink that much but I loved it soo much.  Everywhere else I've read people say alcohol helps anxiety temporarily (and worsens it long-term or for the hangover), but I just cant get drunk anymore.

I think I have general drug anxiety.  Like I cant smoke weed either (yes I know what marijuana does).  Anytime my state of mind starts changing (which happens during the day, sober) I start freaking out.  It's the derealization kind -- I associate head changes w/ derealization which a couple weeks ago I had really really bad.

It sucks I wish I could get drunk again.  Maybe I should try getting completely hammered  -- the past two times I tried to drink I didn't have very much cause I started freaking out.  I actually felt really good though afterwards I don't know why (like right now lol I'm actually pretty happy, slightly hungover, but feel "in reality" kind of like the opposite of derealization).  I wish I could just stop worrying about things and instead enjoy stuff.
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hi, was reading ur post n i feel exactly the same, i feel i cant have a drink nemore and i really enjoyed it also i used 2 smoke weed alot 2(everyday) an feel i cnt do that nemore! Im jus pissed of wiv how this anxiety rules us, how long u had anxiety? Have u smoked weed during ur anxiety? I have a couple of times an felt really weird an my heart was pounding wheras before my anxiety i could smoke all day everday!
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I've figured out I've had anxiety probably my whole life, just not that bad.  I went to a heart specialist and everything because of heart problems a couple years ago, which I think was just anxiety.

Recently like the past couple months I've had really bad anxiety though.  For a week I was having derealization and delerium -- completely detached from everything emotionally, very poor memory not knowing where I was etc (it was really really bad, like my brain couldn't have emotions).  It's resolved sense then though.

Maybe if after a couple months I'm not back to normal I might try a beta-blocker or something.  The side-effects of these meds doesn't sound too appealing to me and I could deal with my old level of anxiety just fine, so if I could just get back to the lesser level of anixety I'd be fine.  I just feel so bad though, I used to be very in control of my head.  I don't even have anxiety towards a thing most of the time (I do periodically but I can control it), I have anxiety of like anxiety itself, and possibly having a heart problem.  I've had very real physical chest symptoms that aren't because of anxiety before, but the doctors seem to think I'm fine...

I'm probably a kind of noob to all you anxiety people who know all about this stuff it's just extremely distressing to me.
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Hi - don't know much about you, but ANXIETY is anxiety.  We all just deal with it differently?  Don't feel bad about drinking anymore, or even cause you can't smoke weed.  Trust me I use to use both, but now that I'm alcohol/weed free it puts me into realization of what our world is really like.  I think I use alcohol every weekend since I was like really young (19 or so), and now I'm 41 years old & feel proud that I can learn to just have a good time with family & friends without this stuff.  All natural high!
Are you doing anything about try to reduce your anxiety?  Like deep abdominal breathing?  Have you even heard of it before?  I swear it works!  My psycologist is the one who taught me.  If your interested leave me a message & I will send you the instructions on how to do this.  Remember this is breathing exercise so you will need to put time & effort into it, but it's a natural way to help with anxiety or panic attacks.
If you don't mind me asking, what type of heart problem might you have, that you would use a beta-blocker for?  And was this prescribed by your cardiologist or your regular doctor (family/Internal medicine)?  Be careful in which you say about "If I not back to normal in a couple of months, I'll use a beta-blocker."  Why?  Because listen to what your telling yourself.  Your already claiming that you probably won't be well.  Don't give up on yourself.  We are our hardest critics, and remember not to be so hard on yourself.  Your still human to error, even when your battle over this mountain.  Kinda catch my drift.  Our minds are so powerful.  We can create more havoc in our minds if we're not careful.  Trust me!  I'm a pro at creating **** in her mind, but I am learning that I can control my thoughts, and can control how far out of control I'm getting with them.
Do you read?  Do like positive self-help books?  Cause heres one I think everyone should read (besides the Bible) - it's called the "Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz.  You can find his book in the self help section.  He discuss about the Toltec/Aztecs believed.  It's very interesting, and can possibly be very life changing of the way you think.  My psychologist referred me to it.  Oh & it's not a time consuming book, it's very easy reading.  I bet your local librairy has it.
Well good luck, and send you much positive thoughts.
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Beta-blockers not for heart problems, but for anxiety.  I found this other thread, http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/347927 where he recommends beta-blockers.  Honestly if it wasn't for the physical symptoms I could be fine.  Like I don't worry about my heart for no reason I have palatalizations / my heart beats hard and beta-blockers stop those symptoms.

My GP diagnosed me with tachycardia after wearing a heart monitor for a while, and said something about one chamber pumping harder.  But recently I've had like, not pain, but discomfort in my chest.  Kind of like a chocking feeling or something.  Sometimes my heart bothers me w/o any anxiety at all.  I've been making an effort to just not worry about it though sense the doctors say there's nothing really wrong.  Maybe there is something wrong with my heart and I'm just having anxiety from that.

Oh link the breathing thing.


Btw I'm 18, in college (freshman).  And yes I do like to read, I lift weights so I'm physically fairly well (like for real I actually know what I'm doing unlike 90% of people who lift, though I haven't lifted in like 2 weeks cause my heart bothers me).  I was actually doing great the first 2 months or so of college; I didn't have any anxiety nor heart problems.  That's why it bothers me so much now -- I'm like opposite of how I was 2 months ago.  Of course like I said earlier for the most part I've had anxiety the rest of my life.
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I agree with Cleo, I was a big drinker and smoked weed here and there too. But now that I am so all about feeling good, (sure, Lexapro helps) I am happier and don't want to drink and smoke (as much). Plus I have figured out that the drinking makes all the badness come back over the few days after, so I don't want that.  There are better things to do. Well I have a six year old, so I have a built-in activity, but we all can find better and more fun things to do besides drinking!
Riding a bike, rollerblading, going to the movies, out to eat, taking a walk through the neighborhood, visiting with Grandma, baking cookies, taking a class, painting, yoga, reading a good book, anything!  There is so much life out there to be lived, it's ridiculous!!!
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Haven't spoken in a while  - Well the reason I asked if you had a heart problem is because I too am on a Event Monitor for 30days.  Beta Blockers are generally used to control hypertension, and yes even palpitations!  They had me on Atenolol once, but I couldn't tolerate them (decreased my blood pressure to much - I already have lower blood pressure).  Anywise, yes I guess they could use them for anxiety, but not the anxiety itself, but for increase heart rate.  Beta-blockers decrease heart rate, and decrease blood pressure by decreasing the work load on the heart, so yes this is why it is considered a heart medication.  May not be a heavy medication for hearts, but you'd be amazed at what they use Beta-blockers for.  Listen, I'm no doctor, but I am an Registered Nurse, and know a little about certain drugs.  Take for instance, I'm taking an anti-seizure medication called Neurontin (Gabapentin).  No not because I have seizures, but because I suffer from mood disorders, such as panic attacks/severe anxiety, and they say I am Bipolar type II (there are different types of Bipolar);  I don't suffer from serious mania, or real serious depression, I kinda suffer from mild mania (anxiety/panic attacks), and mild depression (last sometimes a couple days, then goes away).  I don't know it's weird.  I've still yet to claim that I am even bipolar, but my Psychiatrist says I am.  I can say this much this is a tough medication to use at first, but if you can tolerate it, well for us types (not you) it works.  GAbapentin (Nuerontin) is also use for chronic pain, especially neuropathy pain.  So many medications that are not catagorized as anti-anxiety, or mood stabalizers are used amazinly for our symptoms.  Are they a cure, probably not, but they sure can help cut the edge to get through the rough spots, ya know?  
Now I'm wearing an Event monitor for 30 days - I press the record button every time I feel increase in heart rate, chest pain or whatever, then I fax the rhythm over via phone & goes to a tech monitor who then reads it.  If its serious the doc is called, if not, well doc is not called.  Is this the type of monitor you wore?
Well Im glad you can control some of your symptoms with a beta blocker - good luck to you....
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Hey, I'm new to this forum, but I was just searching the web and found it. I can't drink or smoke pot anymore and I used to be a total drug-head. I developed anxiety (i think from alcohol abuse) and ever since then I haven't been the same person. I get nervous about all sorts of unimportant stuff.
      I get edgy whenever my girlfriend wants to go to the bar. I try to compensate by taking Xanax or something, but i can't even take that **** anymore becuase it doesn't do anything for me and I'm afraid that it will cause a dependency or perhaps even more anxiety problems. My unfortunate relationship with alchol (i have not had a drink in about 10 months) has caused me to shun all areas of mind altering substances, even to the point where I don't drink coffee or ANY form of caffeine for fear of altering my state of consciousness.
     Does alcohol physically cause anxiety, or can i beat my anxiety and still be able to enjoy a few drinks on the weekend. I used to LOVE alcohol sooo much... it was almost life-consuming for a while. Like I said earlier as well, I used to take every drug imaginable (Hallucinogins, pain-killers, marijuana, ecstacy, and even hard drugs.) Luckily, i began to shy away from these even before my first brushes with alcohol induced anxiety.
     I wish I could see a therapist, but they're just too expensive. I haven't ever really tried to get help for this. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do? I can really appreciate many of the other posts on this site and hope that you folks can lend me a few pieces of advice.
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