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is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by racheal [5171.2761] on March 26, 2007 at 10:26:18:

I have a problem that seems to be getting worse. When I am speaking to people, get nervous, or something happens that may embarrass me I have an embarrassing reaction. I turn bright red, so red that I can feel heat coming off of my face, I shake like a crack-head needing a fix, my words get all jumbled, my heart is racing, my chest is hurting, and I can't catch my breath. My husband says that I have an exagerated fight or flight mechanism. It is getting so bad that I avoid people and wish I could just stay home. Could this be anything other than a psychological problem? I was debating on going to the doctor but I am a little embarrassed about it. Is there a pill that I can take to make this go away.

Also on a second note, is there anything to improve short term memory because I seem to not have one?

Thanks, Racheal



Re: is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by Penny [1429.2450] on March 26, 2007 at 12:02:03:

In Reply to: is it an anxiety disorder posted by racheal [5171.2761] on March 26, 2007 at 10:26:18:

Short term memory> take into account what your "stressors" are at the time you are exposed to information that you seem to be having problems retaining or retrieving. your "anxiety" responses can affect both retention and accessing those memories you refere to as short term.
Self esteem.... your "exagerated fight or flight mechanism" is an internal response to a self expectation or perception. what abot yourself are you so seldf counscious that it is causing you such discomfort? STOP being concerned with what YOU think others MIGHT be thinking about you, what you say or do....... Remind yourself, that the only opinion of yourself that REALLY matters, is YOURS!... then make an action plan to LOVE yourself.. if there is something about yourself that you feel is unlovable.. change it or change your definition of what "loveable" is...
If you Know what day it is, your own name.. and your body is able to get you from point a to point b(with or without mechanical assistance) then you are a VERY lucky and blessed person and cherish yourself warts wrinkles flab and all. Make reasonable efforts to change those "little" things that bug you about yourself and to HECK with what anyone else thinks....
(((((hugs))))



Re: is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by bree [1147.1351] on March 26, 2007 at 14:27:17:

In Reply to: Re: is it an anxiety disorder posted by Penny [1429.2450] on March 26, 2007 at 12:02:03:

YES! this is anxiety! Do yourself a BIG favor and check out a therapist or books, online info, etc, on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and also do the 3LS that is recommended on this site!! And the Brain Chemistry archives! If you do this there's a very good chance you won't have to take drugs for it.



Re: is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by Charles [772.2996] on March 26, 2007 at 15:02:10:

In Reply to: is it an anxiety disorder posted by racheal [5171.2761] on March 26, 2007 at 10:26:18:

Hyperventilating?

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003071.htm

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Check out social anxiety disorder/social phobia

Posted by Anita [1304.2856] on March 26, 2007 at 17:23:25:

In Reply to: is it an anxiety disorder posted by racheal [5171.2761] on March 26, 2007 at 10:26:18:

See if this fits what you are feeling.

Anita

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Re: is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by
paul [1168.2553] on March 26, 2007 at 17:33:35:

In Reply to: is it an anxiety disorder posted by racheal [5171.2761] on March 26, 2007 at 10:26:18:

I have been through this and know exactly what you are experiencing, it is anxiety the good news is you can get over this as I did and many others without pills. The book that I read that helped me to understand what was happening to me and ultimately asssited in me getting over it was "Power over Panic" 2nd edition the author is Bronwyn Fox..

Paul





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Re: is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by Heidi [8375.1351] on March 26, 2007 at 21:15:23:

In Reply to: Re: is it an anxiety disorder posted by bree [1147.1351] on March 26, 2007 at 14:27:17:

I used Lucinda Bassett's "Attacking Anxiety" program, it helped a lot!

www.stresscenter.com

They are great cognitive therapy CD's to change they way you react to situations/people. Try to keep prescription medicine as a last resort - VERY hard to get off of!


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Re: is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by Ron [2014.3359] on March 27, 2007 at 05:40:27:

In Reply to: is it an anxiety disorder posted by racheal [5171.2761] on March 26, 2007 at 10:26:18:

Hi Racheal,

Back in the old days that was called "blushing"
Often "accompanied by "fainting"
Back in those days, it may have had something to do with a corsett that was too tight or not having a lace fan handy on a hot day.
Sometimes, fainting was a devious way of getting a
potential suitor to "save you" from falling when you passed out.. Some women merely dropped a handkerchief
to see if anyone was watching them from afar.

Practice dealing with what you fear. Consider joining a public speaking group such as, "Toastmasters"
In the meantime, relax or you will get the "Vapours"

Ron (or Rhett)

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Re: is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on March 27, 2007 at 07:58:26:

In Reply to: is it an anxiety disorder posted by racheal [5171.2761] on March 26, 2007 at 10:26:18:

Racheal,

Classical dysautonomia at base! See the archives and the glossary.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt



Re: is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by bree [1147.1351] on March 27, 2007 at 09:03:27:

In Reply to: Re: is it an anxiety disorder posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on March 27, 2007 at 07:58:26:

Dr. Stoll,

Chicken or Egg question- If this is classic dysautonomia then does it come first or does anxiety? From my understanding I thought one would have to have at least generalized anxiety first for a while and that develops or precipitates dysautonomia.

For some reason I can't really seem to get my head around what dysautonaomia is because it seems like a vague, Disorder X type of illness that can be so many different things.

Sometimes my symptoms make me think I have it and other times I'm not sure. I know the answer is the 3LS but I can't find a pure definition on here to clarify this for me.
Please help.

Thanks!!

bree




Re: is it an anxiety disorder

Posted by Raman [1658.3364] on March 27, 2007 at 22:21:33:

In Reply to: Re: is it an anxiety disorder posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on March 27, 2007 at 07:58:26:

Appears you caught it early. You can go to school here and came to the right place. Forget pills to solve this problem

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Re: is it an anxiety disorder DEFINITION OF DYSAUTONOMIA. Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on March 28, 2007 at 08:21:44:

In Reply to: Re: is it an anxiety disorder posted by bree [1147.1351] on March 27, 2007 at 09:03:27:

Thanks, Bree.

Overwhelming stress-effect storage in the hypothalamus results in different syndrome, depending upon the genetics of the individual. The exact same stress-storage in one person might result in colon cancer while in another person it might result in hypertension, etc.!

If the person's genetics is so that the "weak link" is in the autonomic system, they might well first show cracks there: THIS is the definition of dysautonomia!

Sure hope this helps.

Walt



Re: is it an anxiety disorder DEFINITION OF DYSAUTONOMIA. Archive.

Posted by Jan DeCourtney, CMT (Happygal) [2062.3360] on March 28, 2007 at 09:31:10:

In Reply to: Re: is it an anxiety disorder DEFINITION OF DYSAUTONOMIA. Archive. posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on March 28, 2007 at 08:21:44:

Walt,

Is the poor short-term memory part of dysautonomia too?

Best wishes,
Jan



Re: is it an anxiety disorder DEFINITION OF DYSAUTONOMIA. Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on March 29, 2007 at 06:37:43:

In Reply to: Re: is it an anxiety disorder DEFINITION OF DYSAUTONOMIA. Archive. posted by Jan DeCourtney, CMT (Happygal) [2062.3360] on March 28, 2007 at 09:31:10:

Hi, Jan.

Can be but there are many brain chemistry causes for that as well.

Walt

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