This afternoon I was scheduled to have an MRI on a knee that I injured a couple weeks ago. Although mentally I felt a little nervous, I was not freaking out. Unfortunately, my body disagreed. My heart was pounding and my leg would not stop twitching and shaking, so much so that they couldn't get a good image. Looking for stories if any others have had this problem and advice as to next steps. [more inside]
I was in a PhD program for 4 years, but never actually finished the degree. I'm getting job interview requests and even formal offers that clearly assume I actually have a PhD. Am I doing it wrong? [more inside]
My (hopefully) soon-to-be wife and I both have really severe social anxiety issues. Unfortunately, we need a witness for our City Hall wedding tomorrow in NYC. What are our options? [more inside]
I've been on 20mg of citalopram (Celexa) for about 10 days and I actually feel worse. At what point should I start CBT OR at what point should I complain to my GP? [more inside]
I have a history of anxiety, but two years ago began feeling well enough that I stopped all medication and treatment, and did fine until the past couple of weeks, when I experienced a trigger (dental pain). The teeth and the pain are getting taken care of--but the anxiety just continues to balloon out of control. I can't eat, I can't sleep, I am just a thrumming, chain-smoking ball of nerves. I missed work for the first time over this today, and know I need help. So I am seeking it: I have scheduled an appointment with a psychiatrist--my previous one moved away--but his first available is in 3 weeks. (His office advised me to go to the ER if I needed help before the appointment.) So now I just have to hold it together between now and then so I don't completely lose my mind or miss enough work to threaten my job. Oh, HiveMind, please help me. [more inside]
For the first time in a while, my anxiety is more than I can manage on my own without medication. On top of that, I've had chronic insomnia for over 15 years, not sleeping is a probably my biggest anxiety trigger, and I'm tired of begging my primary care doctor for ambien prescriptions. Twice before I've waited until everything fell apart and I was in a major crisis and dropping out of my life to seek help; I don't want to do that again. I've had quite successful therapy (talk and CBT) before and been prescribed various meds by primary care doctors in the past, but I want to start managing my brain chemistry in a more proactive way. I've never seen a psychiatrist and don't know where to start. Yelp reviews? Standing on the sidewalk with a sign? I'm in San Francisco, I have Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO insurance, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and real desire not to have another nervous breakdown. What's my next step?
My girlfriend has given me an ultimatum regarding anxiety and travel. Is this a problem or an opportunity? [more inside]
I'm not sure what's wrong with me. If I don't have an entire bar of dark chocolate each day, I have what I guess is called a panic attack. Details within. [more inside]
I need therapy. I have no idea how to start. How does one pick a therapist if all seem the same? [more inside]
Looking for experiences with SSRIs prescribed for occasional intense panic attacks and anxiety (some social anxiety too) WITHOUT any pre-existing depression, suicidal, or bipolar symptoms. Xanax hasn't worked well (lowers anxiety but seems to increase irritability). My friend has seen a therapist, who recommended this after several months of sessions, and is going to talk with a doctor about options. He's concerned with doctors' tendency to overprescribe SSRIs and monkeying around with something that's probably not intended for this.
How much do yoga and meditation help for anxiety? Is it time for more serious help or is this worth a shot? [more inside]
My friend constantly has panic attacks. Is there any coping mechanisms that I can suggest or anything I can do or say as a friend to help him calm down? [more inside]
Am I having panic attacks while I am sleeping? Is that possible? Is this something else to get all anxious about? Or is it merely the onset of normal, adulthood worries? [more inside]
YANMD: Please help me with immediate methods of managing a panic attack. [more inside]
I have panic attacks when I start presentations. This isn't general nervousness - I feel fine leading up to the presentation, and usually chat with the group (between 2 - 20) people beforehand. But the second I turn to start the presentation, the adrenaline kicks in and I struggle like crazy to get through the first section. This is becoming concerning - aside from the trauma of the actual attack - because recently giving presentations has become part of my job. Any help? [more inside]
Prozac made my depression much worse; now I'm scared to try another SSRI. [more inside]
How do you find a dentist who is good with very anxious patients? Is it appropriate to ask, when making the appointment, if he’s willing to prescribe a sedative and/or use gas? I hear (often on askme) that people have marvelous, caring dentists who are willing to do whatever is necessary to make them comfortable, but where do you find one? I’ve got this list of dentists covered by my insurance, I need one that can fill my cavities without leaving me in hysterics, and I don’t know how to go about discovering who that will be. [more inside]
Several months ago I had a bad anxiety attack. Since then, I have had an extremely heightened sense of self-awareness and have even become a bit agoraphobic (I understand this to be common after an attack). Common situations/activities that once felt natural, effortless even enjoyable (driving, shopping, taking kids to the park) can now induce panic because I over analyze everything. How can I return to my "normal" level of self-awareness and learn to go with the flow? Meds? Mind hacks? Cognitive therapy?
Will I be able to tell the difference between the physical symptoms of a panic attack and a heart attack?
ParanoidFilter: For the longest time I've been getting chest pain with my anxiety. Will I be able to tell the difference between the physical symptoms of a panic attack and a heart attack? [more inside]
TherapyFilter: Asking for a friend of a friend—can anyone recommend a competent therapist accessible to someone living in Richmond, Virginia... especially someone especially good at handling issues of anxiety and panic? [more inside]
What else can I do to help prevent a panic attack on an airplane? [more inside]
I left Easter dinner early due to anxiety. My family is angry. How can I make everyone happy? [more inside]
Panic attacks while driving on the freeway- Life is pretty good, never had an accident, I even *like* driving for the most part. What's the deal? I wanna fight back but is medicine my only recourse? I live in So Cal and I'm not going to be a damn hermit. I have to get over this. [more inside]