Hi, I've had Anxiety for the last 5 months or so and it's preventing me from getting on in life, I really need to kick it and I thought this site could help.
It came out of the blue when I was at a friends house. We were sitting watching a film and all of a sudden I started to feel pretty weak and panicky, with a hint of paranoia and a general feeling of dread. That was 5months ago and still this is pretty much how I feel in any social situation.
I have been wracking my brain for clues about why this is happening but I have no idea. It is completely the opposite of what I was like before, I was always known as a relaxed, layed back kind of guy. I was pretty quiet and shy around new people, but nothing major. I guess I overthink things a bit too much. When I am having an anxiety panic, in my head I know that it shouldn't happen, I have a firm grip on reality but that just doesn't stop it.
I have some bowel and bladder problems which is probably linked to my anxiety, but I can't tell which is causing the other. I hope by dealing with the anxiety, they will go away as a result.
I have seen my doctor quite a few times in the last 5 months and I hate to say it, he hasn't really been much help. He prescribed me beta blockers which seemed to do absolutely nothing, I am now on a waiting list to see a therapist, but I could be waiting months. My doctor is against giving me strong medication, as he doesn't feel it is sustainable. I have also been referred to a anxiety treatment website, but I find the whole thing impersonal and misses the mark.
This Anxiety has pretty much kept me housebound and I'm off work, I really need to get rid of this before I become a proper recluse. Thank you so much whoever taking the time to read this, it feels like a last resort.