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I used to have occasional anxiety attacks brought on by a specific situation, but most of the rest of the time, I felt more lethargic and depressed. Now though, in the last 3 or 4 years, it's completely different. A zillion stressful situations happened, and I started having more severe anxiety attacks and then my whole body would start tingling and I'd feel like I was going to pass out. I was so scared I was going to have a heart attack or stroke, I went into ER, and of course there was nothing wrong, and they told me it's a symptom of stress. The stressful situations got worse and then I started getting really sick. I couldn't eat, felt like I couldn't breathe right, severe stomach pain, chest pain, feeling bizarre, shakey, skin rashes. I'd jump at the drop of a pin. I remember when it started though, I had begun to worry all the time about working and paying bills. The fear that something would happen that I couldn't pay my bills and buy food started it, and then it just went on from there. I'm still eating and paying my bills, lol, but now I seem to just be jumpy and afraid of everything. Every scary thing you could think of runs through my mind. It's like it just took on a life of its own. I never looked up illnesses on the Internet until the last couple of years, and I can't believe I even do it. My mother had a medical book and she'd always look stuff up in it, and I'd tell her to throw it away because it's just something to get your mind going.......and now I do it! It may be somewhat learned, but something happens in your mind that's different from the past to get it going. I wasn't born this way, nor did I feel this way until after I turned 40 (I am 43 now) and there was a specific point where it crossed over into constant anxiety. Maybe so much stress changes the chemistry makeup in your body or something?? I don't know, but it's so weird and even though I do feel better than I did, I still feel like I can't get enough air often and my throat and chest get really tight. I'm also on edge and have a very short fuse. I more easily yell and have outbursts, which I never did before. I get really angry easy now and jump down people's throats and I've never been that way my whole life. It's like someone else talking, not me. I do believe it starts from fear and worrying, but then something else happens.

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