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  1. #1
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    Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

    Hello everyone,

    I was wondering if anybody is currently (or has) battled with stress and anxiety leading them to feel self-conscious and incapable of being social and being depressed. Unfortunately I believe I have a very mild condition on the above feelings and it is a very rough struggle to combat. I remember not being so uptight, but now I contemplate and over-think everything. I know this is unhealthy because of my young age, however I have watched so many movies, shows, etc. that it has lead my mind to stray from reality. I pick up on a few quotes out of a book or website and take them to heart so much that I am overcautious about everything.

    I walk inside my house and check everything around me, plan a tactical retreat in case someone breaks in, and am scared of the dark because of not being able to see well. I drive my car and I am overly protective and believe everyone is out to get me. Things like this and much worse.

    Thank you for upcoming posts, I greatly appreciate the time and effort taken.

  2. #2
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    You may suffer from OCD. Google search this and reflect on your symptoms. While I personally have not dealt with your situation, my stress relief tends to be exercise, hobbies, and purposely turning the blackberry off on weekends (boss has my "call my personal cell if need me" info). This plus a supportive family or GF, etc.

    OCD symptoms include checking every thing, driving past a jogger three times to "make sure" you didn't run them over, and washing hands numerous times.

    A doctor is the best avenue, but various books report that sleeping 8 hours, physical exercise, a multi-vitamin, and zero caffeine diet, plus fish oil, will reduce some symptons.

    Good Luck

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    Go see a doctor. Now.

  4. #4
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    Well yes I do have OCD, didn't think that it was actually that bad to announce. However, I do believe it could be childhood related and am seeking a neurologist for further guidance. Unfortunately the appointment date is late December so I'll deal with it for now. Also other issues is I have body-temperature problems, my hands and feet (espcially) feet get super cold all year around, I'm talking about unbearable cold. Also I use to pass out after waking up quite frequently, happens rarely now but it was "fixed" after I started stretching, so hopefully that was just a blood circulation issue... as the feet/hand thing could very well be as well.

    My biggest concerns are my headache/migraines, my negativity... (it's really bad, really really), and how hard I try to pay attention to detail that I over do things.

    My headaches/migraines they usually come in like a 6-month period annually and last anywhere from a few hours to +12 hours daily. Could be because of such long periods on the computer but I believe it could be linked to something else as well because I have not used it in a while, but it could of just progressed to another issue. I get these about 4-5 days a week typically.

    My negativity.. I don't know because of what shows/movies/things I've read or what, but my view on society is so down. I cannot bare the decline that human kind has gone through and what it's become. Don't want to go too much in-depth because it'll be several paragraphs.

    My over-eagerness to details: I try and look for the solutions to things, then the unrealistic solutions to unrealistic things that can come with it. Figure out every outcome, and then the outcome of the outcomes, and so forth.

    Is this still OCD, maybe a severe case? I might have to see a non-specialist sooner if so.

  5. #5
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    I would strongly advise you to seek medical care immediately and get a proper diagnosis. You'll then be able to get the treatment you need and make some future plans. At the moment, you're only speculating. Good luck!
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!
    Hunter S. Thompson

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    Thumbs up

    Let me start by saying that you are doing the right thing by beginning to reach out. Isolation is an easy path, and hard to step off of when dealing with the types of issues you describe. I am far from a professional and have not experienced what you are dealing with. I have witnessed and coped with it in others.

    What the other members have said is correct. You need to have a sound diagnosis from the medical professionals. The symptoms you describe MAY be related or they may not. In any case, they will not go away or get better on their own. Sooner is better.

    In the meantime, I suggest you keep reaching out to friends, family, co-workers for support. It can be crucial. Feel free to PM me if that will help.
    "There is no second place winner"-- Bill Jordan

  7. #7
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    Thank you everyone for your feedback. I apologize for hastily creating a thread but I just wanted to know at least some things even if off of speculation of what to expect.

    I have decided to pursue my appointment late December because I'm sure I can get some great advice from any doctor but they will just refer me back to a specialist, so I'll wait on that.

    Thanks again.

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    Prior to your Dr. visit, I encourage you to read The Stress of Life by Hans Selye. It's available in paperback and is a classic book on adaptation syndrome and stress management. Selye's view is that you are in total control of your own stressors and it's your perception of those events that affects your stress level.

    This is a great book to have in your library and refer back to many times. Considered a prime read for those attending the FBI National Academy. It's not 'new' (1978) but lays out a strong foundation for you to better understand and manage your stress levels.
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!
    Hunter S. Thompson

  9. #9
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    Spoke to a therapist yesterday. I am on track towards the steps we have discussed. It does not seem like I have Post Traumatic Stress, but I have high levels of anxiety and detachments. Also many other issues that I am working on resolving.

    Thank you everyone for your replies; if anyone in the future reads this thread and experiences slightly what I have discussed, let me know so I may be able to discuss my solution steps I am pursuing.

  10. #10
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    Good luck brother


 

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