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Wednesday, April 08, 2009 Miserablecollege10, Community Member, asks

Q: I worry all the time, cry easily, and am anxious and ocd what can help?

I am currently trying to transfer to a different college, to my mind everything hinges on my acceptance.I worry constantly about this. I hate where I currently attend school and hate leaving my room because it makes me depressed. I am afraid that increased stress has caused me to gain weight from increased calories and from being too depressed to run. I worry obcessivly worry about whether or not everything i do will effect whether or not i get into this school, to an unrealistic degree. Recently I have also had chest pain and pressure when I have become upset. I cry over everything and am generally miserable, please help.

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Jerry Kennard, Health Pro
4/11/09 5:33am

I'm very sorry to read about your situation. I can fully understand why you have taken the decision to try and move, but what concerns me is the underlying reason why this is happening. You don't actually say why you hate your current situation. I'm assuming it may be something to do with relationships, or possibly loneliness, or issues with staff (maybe all or none of these).

 

Coping with a negative situation can be achieved in many different ways. Your choice to try and move away is certainly an option, but it does raise questions about whether moving will ultimately resolve the issue(s) or whether it merely puts a little time between them developing again? The other concern is, what happens if your transfer doesn't come off?

 

Another way of coping is a little harder but it's more procative and ultimately will help to build your confidence and self-esteem. I think you need to share how you are feeling with someone. Perhaps start by listing the people you might be able to turn to in confidence (a friend, a counselor, college nurse/doctor, chaplain, etc) and select one. Then go and see them! People generally like to help other people. If they suggest you see someone else, don't regard it as a brush off, it may simply be that they are advising you to see a person who is more skilled.

 

You sound anxious and depressed. This can result in feeling demotivated, flat and simply awful. You do however recognize this by the fact you've posted here. So, take my advice and take some action. Do let us know how you get on.

 

Jerry

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psychoward1, Community Member
4/ 8/09 7:59pm

No one should have to feel the way you do. Have you sought out treatment. I suffer from tinnitus anxiety which is very hard to explain so I wont try. I just spend a lot of time looking into what will help relieve my symptoms. I have seen hundreds of postings like yours and the only answer is to get help. Some of the options that you have are:

 

1: Therapy. I found a counselor near me thru:HTTP://www.psychologytoday.com

2:Medication. Speak to your doctor about treatment options.

3: Natural/Herbal. Find a nutritionist in your area or check into online sites that have info.

 

Hope this helps you out.

 

Pat

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SteveSDixon, Community Member
4/ 8/09 8:01pm

It sounds like you have Anxiety. Sometimes if you have a anxiety attack your chest does feel heavy. You should consult your doctor asap. Suggest to him .50mg Xanax you should only take 1 per day when you feel real anxious. You may need to up the dose. Talk with a Doctor. Also start walking, working out or something you enjoy.I would not try newer medications because of side effects. I would look into medications that may help on the internet.

 

 

Good luck and I hope you feel better.

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Trish, Community Member
4/21/09 10:14pm

Hi, I am not an expert but have the same symptoms as you. I take Klonopin (a sedative) and see a cognative therapist once a week. I dont know about your insurance situation but if you do have it, cognative therapy has been the best proven therapy for your situation, along with mine. I have been in therapy for 4 months and along with taking medication it has saved my life. If you can, please see a psychiatrist who can properly diagnose you. This will help you get your life back, i promise. Good luck to you.

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By Miserablecollege10, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/02/14, First Published: 04/08/09