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Suffering from Anxiety? You're not alone!

Updated on October 20, 2011

From a fellow anxiety sufferer

Racing heart, sweating, chest pains, arm numbness, dizziness.. Sound familiar? If you are an anxiety sufferer, you know these symptoms all too well. When you are in the middle of a full blown anxiety attack, you feel like you're going to die. You have the same symptoms as a heart attack sufferer, so right away your mind starts thinking the worst. You feel, "this is it, i'm going to die". You may even throw yourself into the emergency room, only to be surprised to hear that you have absolutely nothing wrong with your heart. The doctor then tells you, you are suffering from anxiety.

Anxiety can ruin your life. Trust me, I know all about it. I have been an anxiety sufferer for almost 10 years now, doing so without medication. When I was 16 my doctor threw all kinds of medications at me; Zoloft, Valium, Xanax. The Zoloft made me feel like a zombie, and the Xanax knocked me out completely. Having bad anxiety can control your life; you start to wonder if you're going to catch an attack at work, or at school, and you attempt to keep yourself calm. It's not easy to deal with, and you begin to feel hopeless.

I have even developed some type of OCD the past few months, where i'm petrified of choking to death. A few months ago, I had a bad experience with a piece of steak. I felt as it was stuck in my throat, but it wasn't. A little bit of water washed it right down. Even though I didn't need serious medical attention, the experience freaked me out to the point where I am now petrified everytime I have to eat something. I still do eat, don't get me wrong, but it's not a pleasant experience anymore. I basically eat to live now. Certain foods I can no longer eat (such as my favorite, pizza), and other foods just take me over an hour to eat now, as opposed to the 10 minutes it used to take me in the past (like a sandwich).

And how about that dreaded fog feeling? You are able to function just fine, but you feel like you're doing so sleep walking. You feel detached from everything, and everyone around you appears to be hazy. No matter how hard you try, you can't snap yourself out of it. It's like you aren't living in reality. This usually goes away after a good nights sleep, but why should it even happen in the first place?

I don't have any natural cures for those of you who don't want to take prescription medications (like myself). However, I have recently tried some natural medications and self help books that i'm hoping will work. I listed the products I have personally purchased down below, for anyone who wants to check them out.

If anyone has any tips in overcoming anxiety or getting yourself out of a bad attack when it strikes, feel free to leave it in a comment below.

Anxiety Control

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Anxiety Control 24® Hour

Anxiety Control is a natural Anxiety Medication, containing the herb Passion Flower. Passion Flower has shown to decrease anxiety and increase your mood.

 
NOW True Calm,90 Veg Capsules
NOW True Calm,90 Veg Capsules

True CalmTM is an effective combination supplement that incorporates the latest amino acid and neurotransmitter research into one easy-to-use formula. True CalmTM includes cerebral nutrients like GABA, an amino acid that supports the down regulation of overstimulated nerve cells. It is synergistically blended with vitamins, herbs and other amino acids to support relaxation and a balanced mood

 

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    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

      Excellent hub. Your description of an anxiety attack was exactly like the ones l´ve had.

      There doesn´t always seem to be a reason for the onset of an attack.

      The only natural thing that has worked for me is the simple , slow, deep breathe. In through the nose and out through the mouth, slow as you can.

      You have my sympathy. l know how awful these attacks can be. It´s good that you wrote a hub about it, for there are so many sufferers, who you may help if they read this.

      Voted up.

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      VeronicaNY87 5 years ago

      Thank you! They say writing can help prevent anxiety, so I figured what better topic to write about? I try the breathing thing, sometimes I can't get myself to concentrate on it long enough.

      Thank you for the encouraging words and the thumbs up!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I have recently started having anxiety and panic attacks. One day as I was having a panic attack, I wrote about it as it was happening. Seemed to help me! Good luck!

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