I've been only "sympotmatically anxious" for around 2 months, I could overcome most of the symptoms by diverting my attention to something else as soon as I see a panic/anxiety attack coming.
at first it will be hard but then you'll master it & within no time you'll probably train your mind to almost immediatly divert your mental energy to another topic as soon as you feel it coming & you'll feel it coming.
As far as I can remember myself, before i get all these symptoms of twitching, nausea, pins & needles & vision issues, I used to also worry but ALWAYS had something in my mind that prevented me from spending too much time & energy on worrying...even a hobby...an event to look forward to...a business or work related issue or as simple as a TV show that I liked to watch.
it all started to go bad when my focus was only myself & my sickness & all other factors of my life became minor....only then I started to get all these symptoms & they get worse the more energy I dedicated to them.
I know its really hard to master but really try to have something to occupy your mind when you start feeling anxious & of course it's better if its something that enjoy or if you no longer enjoy then may be something you did enjoy before.
cheers & YOU WILL GET BETTER :), I was in hospital for 2 weeks & all came down to anxiety & now I'm back at work with only my vision symptoms left because I'm still working around how to ignore it & not worry about as much...this one for me is hard because I became very sensitive to any movement in the field of my vision & somehow I have to get myself out of this one. I take no meds for anxiety & probably if I couldn't get rid of that last symptom then I'll have to see a psych for something....but honestly I realised that if I used only quarter of energy I spend on worrying on finding something else to think about then I'll be fine in no time.
First of all, thinking about your fears all day will make your anxiety much, much worse...I can't say that enough....You need to create a diversion for yourself. Think of "something" you like to do...playing the guitar? Find something that you can put all your energy into and that requires all your concentration.. to keep your mind off of your fears...I know it is very hard to do...but it is the only way to conquer this thing...even if you can do it for 10 minutes a day to start...
Also, talk to your doctor about the side effects of the medication that you are on. Celexa may not be the right medication for you and you may need to change it. If the side effects are worse than the benefits (which it seems) it is time for a change.
Hope you feel better soon....and you WILL feel better...I was where you are and it will get better...I promise.
Please refer to my post re: Thoughts on GAD. This is why this disease really, really sux. Probaby 90% of the illnesses we incur are due to anxiety, but we must go through the testing to make sure it's not physical. In addition, anxiety meds take up to six weeks for their full effect. But, if after three weeks on your meds, you feel bad again, as Suzi-Q said, it's not working for you and you need to discuss w/your doc.
I was on zoloft for 9 years and my doc recently changed it to effexor b/c of the sexual side effects from zoloft (or lack thereof). I stayed on it for 7 weeks. OMG, I wanted to end my life on effexor - it was that bad. Talk about lack of desire - I didn't even know I was a woman anymore - I was numb. So, back to my little zoloft and life is grand again (yeah, right). But seriously once you find a med that works, stick with it. I'll figure out something else with the minor side effect I have from zoloft, which I thought was major until effexor killed me mentally.
You also mentioned your jaw hurting. Could be you're grinding/clenching when you sleep or even when you're awake - another major anxiety related habit.
Also, I have black spots - another anxiety side effect, I believe.
Hope this info helped. Please be aggressive with your treatment options. You must research the drugs on your own - most docs don't know how to treat as we are all different and what works for one will not work for another. But I believe psychologists know more about the meds so hopefully you're seeing one.
Best mental health to you..............
The side effects you are speaking of are quite common with ssri's and ssnri's. I would Google "Cylexa side effects" and see what comes up. I had similar results with Cymbalta and decided to quit taking the drug. My best advice is to research this drug as best you can. Use the library, internet, any resorce you can to see if this is the drug for you. If the bad side effects continue.... speak with your doc about coming off. This procedure will take time and effort and won't be easy but you can do it.
I also agree with the above post. Find something to occupy your time, something you like to do if you can. I realize this is easier said than done but it will help. Also...if you are religious I highly recommend reading the good book. I have found this to be quite calming during some of my anxiety attacks.
the bl;ack dots in your eyes that you are seeing are called floaters nothing to worry about i have them as well