Anxiety Question

  1. So I have anxiety but it doesn't stop me from functioning. In fact, since developing anxiety, my grades have improved drastically and I've done better in my social life and in facing my fears. Anxiety made me dig deeper to explore my fears and intolerances.

    Thing is, I'm not really afraid of anything or worried about anything anymore as I've faced my fears and realized they're not necessary. The unknown need not be feared and that in some instances, it's perfectly fine to feel afraid. But I still have the symptoms and they are uncomfortable. I mostly get headaches, feeling slow at times, a feeling of increased pressure on my head that increases when I place my head on my hands or lay on a pillow. At moments I feel like I'm having difficulty breathing, but because I know it's all in my head and that I'm not really struggling to breathe, I don't worry about it and keep on moving.

    Here's my question: What can I do to relieve the symptoms? I've signed up to speak with a counselor at school and I'm willing to talk about anything if it'll help. But like I said, I'm not really afraid of anything to the point of anxiety though I'm willing to dig deep and explore me.

    Any solutions?
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  3. by   FLmed
    You don't have enough GABA. It's a neurotransmitter in the brain. Many people develop anxiety in nursing school or as a nurse. There's just so much stress that it can throw your brain chemistry out of whack. Talking about things with a good friend or counselor helps you to vent! Writing in a journal can be useful. Exercising (especially a good cardio session a few times a week) can do wonders. Getting enough sleep is crucial! Eating a balanced diet helps. Take a multivitamin everyday as well. Try to get 15 minutes of direct sunlight a day. If all else fails you might need to get on some Xanax to get you through this. If the anxiety has gone into a panic attack (example: it's affecting your breathing), then you might just need some Xanax. Talk to your doctor. Good luck!!
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    The person best qualified to answer your questions would be your own doctor, therapist, or other mental health professional. Please consult with them, as they know you much better than strangers on a nursing message board. Best of luck to you in getting your anxiety under control.
  5. by   sirI
    Viva is correct. You need to seek professional advice from a healthcare provider/counselor.

    Also, members cannot give you medical advice per TOS on what drug to take, etc.

    We wish you well.