Have you ever learned cognitive behavioral therapy from a psychologist? There is controlled breathing that will help you get rid of the panic attack. You can actually be hyperventilating without even knowing it. Try the following
Lay down on the couch or bed. Put your hands on your stomach. Take a deep breath in through your nose and hold it for 5 seconds, you can count this out in your head and then let it all back out through your mouth. Make sure you can feel the rise and fall of your stomach with your hands. Continue to breath this way until you feel the panic subside.
Also you can try some meditation videos on YouTube as well.
Ideally though, you should be seeing a psychologist for CBT. Who is prescribing your medication? GP or Psychiatrist?
Okay...good luck. Try the breathing though! :)
Hi jaygo- I have experienced similar symptoms as well. Had a lot of paranoia like that for a long time until I got sober for a sustained period of time. I'd say the most important things is to see a psychiatrist, if you haven't already. Most of the time you will need a referral, but they are not hard to procure. I was prescribed the WRONG types of medications by my GP (such as Xanax) and was never properly diagnosed (bipolar 2) for many years. I take buspar and it works pretty well for me.
I second the idea of JGF25- cognitive behavior therapy really helped me work out some of those anxieties. I used to think I would be shot or jumped or run over - constantly. Just felt like someone behind me was about to whack me over the head with something, no matter where I was. I have also used REBT, which is like a cousin to CBT. It stands for reactive emotive behavior therapy, based on the idea that we CAN control our thoughts. Having bipolar, I thought that sounded outright insane- then I read a book called "3-Minute Therapy", which was written with the pioneer of REBT. The guy actually had it free online until his publisher forced him to take it down. They still have part of it up: http://www.threeminutetherapy.com/ and you can order it on ebay, shipped, for around $8. At least check out the link. Both CBT and REBT use the basis of structured reasoning to combat the frustrating emotions and physical symptoms of cognitive issues.
As for sleep - I think a lot of my fears around sleep stem from the anxiety around insomnia. I had it all my life and ironically worrying about it just makes it a self-fulfilling prophecy. I know that those physical symptoms in the body, like feeling like you are floating (albeit ungracefully) through rooms.
I have had a lot of problems with food in the past and still deal with them, to a much lesser extent. I can recommend that you should splurge on whatever you will eat. If it is from one of your favorite food joints that is a little pricey, so be it. You've saved money while not eating, so start eating- no matter what it costs! Then, obviously, try to transition back to a healthy, normal diet as much a possible.
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