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|04-03-2012, 07:02 AM||#1 (permalink)|
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Strange Anxiety Disorder
Hi! My name is Emma. I am fairly new to this cite. I stumbled upon it when looking up how to help my recovering alcoholic boyfriend and I had no idea that all of these other forums existed. I thought this cite was only for helping drug users and alcoholics, but I'm happy to see I was wrong because I might be able to get some help as well.
I wanted to start off by saying I have not officially been diagnosed with any type of anxiety disorder. I have never gone to my doctor and talked with her about it because she knows me fairly well and I would feel awkward and embarrassed to tell her my symptoms, and I think she would tell me it's all in my head.
For some reason, ever since I was a kid, I have had trouble going to restaraunts. I have trouble because of my horibble stomach aches that any restaraunt brings. It doesn't matter who I'm with or what restaraunt I'm at, my stomach will start to bother me so badly that I almost always have to relieve myself in the bathroom instantly. It's really hard to go out to eat with my boyfriend because I always get up to go to the bathroom and I never want my boyfriend to know why. I know it's not the food because I can go through a drive through and take my food home and be fine, because I know that if my stomach does hurt, I'll have the comfort of my own bathroom. My stomach also hurts almost every morning while I'm in class and it's embarrassing to ask to use the restroom every single morning.
When it starts to hurt, I've noticed that my heart rate increases and it hurts so bad sometimes that I don't want to breathe. It litterally feels like my intestines are on fire and broken glass is passing through. I also have trouble sitting still. I shake my legs all day everyday. It doesn't mater if I'm sitting or standing, my legs will be moving.
Does this sound like anxiety? Can I do anything to help? I'm miserable! Thank you!!
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|04-03-2012, 02:53 PM||#2 (permalink)|
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Well we can't give you medical advice, it really is best left up to your doctor. Perhaps find a different one if you don't want to share with the one you currently have? I promise you, they will not tell you it's all in your head. If you are concerned, your doctor should also be concerned. If it interferes with your daily life...that is a cause for concern.
What you're describing reminds me of social anxiety disorder really. I am not one to love being in a huge group of people or public places even, it stresses me out. I stay quiet in the classroom unless I am asked a question by a teacher, I am quiet in my social group of friends, I am quiet unless talked to directly...it causes me anxiety, it causes my stomach to toss and turn, it is just a constant nervous feeling that I am going to do something wrong. I have read up on anxiety...I have read that anxiety can give you a urge to frequently urinate, it's just part of your physical response to stress. I don't particularly deal with that problem, but I'm sure it's not uncommon.
I hear you on the bouncing legs thing, haha. I always do that, I see a ton of other people everyday that do it too. I think it's just a way to expend any extra energy or nervous tension you have...not sure it has to do with anxiety really.
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|04-05-2012, 11:53 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2009
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to a painful level as I notice I get heartburn more when I'm anxious. I personally am trying to deal with my anxiety with fewer medications because I believe it is best handled through therapy. It sounds like you might have social anxiety disorder, meaning you get nervous around large groups of people. In class is understandable as school is stressful. I would find out, perhaps with a therapist, what your root fear is at restaurants? Is it being around all those people and their energies? Is it fear you'll get sick from the food? Do the serving staff make you nervous? Be mindful of when you get in a restaurant what exactly first triggers your anxious thoughts and feelings.
My first intuition was that you once, early on in your life, had a traumatic or fear-causing situation at a restaurant. But definitely it is nothing to be embarrassed about and, unless your doctor is just out of med school, has heard far more bizarre phobias and those are nothing to be embarrassed about either. We live in societies that are a lot less anxiety-causing than they were thousands of years ago when our fear switch really did serve us to warn us of legitimate dangers like lions and other cavemen coming for our food and loved ones. Now essentially most of our fear switches are broke, but they can be fixed. If you're not up for seeing a therapist, a good book I'd recommend is When Panic Attacks by David Burns. But I would still see your doctor to make sure your stomach is alright and if she can give you something for that.
“Impossible is a term humans use far too often." -- Seven of Nine
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