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For the past couple of days, I have been suffering from moderate, self-diagnosed anxiety. I haven't gone to the doctor, I can't really afford it, but I am considering going to the Wellness Center at my university if this continues.

About Me:
I am a 19 year old student. I have a part-time job that I love where I work anywhere from 5-40 hours a week. I am currently training as a supervisor, which is somewhat stressful, but I have become more confident in the past couple of months, which is reducing the stress a lot. I am in a relationship that has lasted 4 1/2 years so far. We have overcome a lot of problems, but there are always some new, small ones. Recently we have had a series of arguments because he thinks that I work too much, and don't have any time to spend with him. I have cut back on my hours recently to cope with this.

I exercise very regularly. I go to the gym nearly every day. I only take a day off every couple of weeks, usually because I don't have time because of work. I have recently started running, something I have never done. I go about a mile every day.

I have also begun to eat healthier. I haven't made any drastic changes in my diet, mostly just replacing empty calories with food with actual nutritional value (fruit instead of ice cream, etc.). I don't drink or smoke. The only medicine I am currently taking is Cyclessa birth control, and I have been on it for nearly three years now, so I don't think that this is a cause.

I am sometimes moody and reclusive, but I definitely don't think that I have clinical depression. I just like to spend a lot of time by myself.

This is the third day now that I have had anxiety symptoms. I have never experienced anything like this before. My chest feels tight and it gets hard to breath, and my heart rate increases. I feel extremely on edge. I don't think that I've had a full-fledged panic attack, but last night, my boyfriend had to calm me down and help me breath. I don't feel any sense of "impending doom" or any sense of danger, which really confuses me, because I don't know what is causing it.

I really would like to stay off medication, because I have had some close friends begin medication for this and their personalities have changed drastically. What I really would like is to know the cause, so I can cope with it.

One theory of mine is that since I have tried spending more time with my boyfriend, he has become very clingy. He wants to be near me constantly. We live in the same apartment, but we have separate rooms. He wants me to be in his room constantly, even if we are just doing our own, separate things (homework, studying, etc.). This constant need to be near me stresses me out sometimes, and this may be a factor.

Does anyone have any tips or advice?





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