The answer is yes, you can cause yourself this by attending to it, and it starts as anxiety and continues to become somatic and real. I suggest you start therapy again at this time of your life because you are so motivated and at such a turning point in your life.
I'm not a doctor, but I experience the same side effects and all my doctors, including psychiatrist, all say the samething... anxiety. The twitching could be a few things: You might be scared about something, or worry, or maybe you overstress yourself on your school tasks. Since I have the same side effects what helped me is relax meditation tapes (like where they have the cds of people counting down into complete relax states.) www.panic-anxiety.com is a good resource for all your questions about anxiety.
The stress anxiety viedeo idea is a good one . The symptoms themselves are not the real problem. Its the vicious cycle that they trigger. Speaking from personal expeience. The symptoms escalate the more you concentrate on them. Try body large nuscle relaxation thechniques and you will see a lessening of the problem The trigger itself will not go aqay but it will not casue the severe symptoms that it used to. Good luck and God bless
I can relate to what you are saying. I have had periods where for two weeks straight I had muscles twitching all over my body, pins and needles sensations, feels like bugs crawling all over my body and I get really itchy.
I discovered it was all anxiety related. There are days when I am really stressed and don't feel the symptoms and other times when I do. I think I figured out why I I don't have the symptoms all the time. It seems that the stress builds up to a point and then I have those symptoms.
I have gone to a psychologist and I am feeling a lot better, not totally better, but getting there.
I also get palpitations from stress and when I get the muscle twitches I say, well, better than palpitations. Kind of makes it not feel so bad then.
Something that helps me is, to be conscious all the time of my muscles. Notice when my shoulders, neck or stomach are tight and then take a deep breath, hold it and as I exhale, let my muscles relax. With practice, it really works.
Here is a wonderful breathing exercise I learned from a psychologist:
To breath correctly do it this way: Breath from the stomach like a baby. It feels like you are filling your stomach first and continue and until you lungs are full.
Now for the breathing exercise:
1. Take a deep breath in through your nose (takes 4 seconds)
2. Hold for 4 seconds.
3. Breath out through the mouth (takes 4 seconds)as you exhale let yourself go limp and relax muscles. You can also say, to yourself or out loud, "I am relaxed and calm" or something similar that will make you feel better.
4. Wait 4 seconds; and repeat.
This will really help you in stressful situations. I hate waiting in lines up and get really anxious. When this happens, I do my deep breathing exercise. It really, really helps.
Another thing that helps, smile when you are scared. It tricks the brain into thinking you are happy and it releases good endorphines and eventually you do feel better.
Don't let anxiety rule your life. I did for so many years and I'll tell you, I missed so much.
Take care. Maybe come back to this post and let me know if it helped.
An excellent resource for anxiety self-help is the book "Don't Panic" by Reid Wilson. Very easy to read and understand. Also, the audio tape series and workbook from the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety is EXCELLENT (Lucinda Bassett). It has been very helpful for me to be able to listen to the tapes in the car, on a plane, etc. whenever I need a little encouragement or self-esteem boost. There is lots of self-help out there. Good Luck!
Another thing that really works is to try to practice in turning Stress into U-Stress. U-Stress is the opposite of Stress. What you do is make a concious effort to lace your daily schedule wiht a series of little events that you find joy in and put these into your concious daily schedule. You will find that you will eventually look forward to a stressful day that is full of little perks(things that make you happy and make you smile.Pictures of you favorite loved ones, meditation of a happy event from the past or present or your favorite candy bar or snack treet-something that will make you smile. I call it the "pay yourself first system-ciddle yourself and make yourself happy for even a minute or two during the day and be concous that this is what you are doing.Making yourself happy and giving yourself a feel good event. Eventurally you will be so happy that you will not have time to think about your bad stress causing concerns.Good luck and God bless
Thank you guys all so much for your comments, they are really helpful! looneygirl- funny that you say that Reid Wilson is actually the psyc. that I did my therapy with in NC...i will def. check out his book. He is wonderful. Anyway, thanks to all!
I am a 25 year old female and I suffer from the same problem. I am always diagnosing myself with something new over the internet. My mother told me I have always worried ever since I was young. I too have thought I had MS, Brain Tumors, Heart Attack, Other Cancers, ALS, etc...My family and boyfriend are all fed up with me and ignore me everytime I think something is wrong. I know I suffer from anxiety and I have been seeing a therapist for the past two months. The mind is a very powerful and you can make yourself feel these things. I had muscle twiches for a little while and I swore I had MS. You need to find a way to relax yourself. I started excersising for the past year and have found it to help a lot. If I go more than a few days without working out then I see myself going back into these thoughts. My therapist doesn't think I am a hypochondriac, she thinks I am upset/anxious over other things in my life and put it into diseases. I guess we will wait and see how things go but it is nice to talk to someone who is un-biased. What we go through is upsetting and alarming because we actually get the symptoms or at least think we do. Another thing that helps me is doing things I like such as knitting, painting, making jewelry. Find somthing you like to do and make time to do them. Hope this helps. Your not the only one.
PurpleRose..Know exactly how you feel..
I have been diagnosed with GAD...and have looked up stuff on the internet..I end up going to the doctor a week after i have looked up something..
I've thought i've had heart disease, brain tumors, Cancer and currently its ALS..(i get twitching whenever i'm nervous..).
I take anxiety medication (Celexa 40 mg) and its helped me, though not completely...
Working out helps some too...