Posted by: cg00n | August 11, 2008

General Anxiety

I really hate this.  For the last few days I have been fighting low-level general anxiety.  It is unfocussed, having apparently no particular object and no particular trigger.  I can keep myself calm by psychological means (such as saying “no worries” to myself whenever I feel a wave of anxiety pass through) but I still feel very tired, shaky and weak.  Even the Clonazepam does little apart from relieve the mental symptoms.  Blogging is about the only thing I feel up to.  I did manage to eat a little earlier on, and P and I took a trip to the local building supply strore to return a blind that doesn’t fit (their fault as far as we can tell).  I am nearly falling asleep as I type.

What to do?  I am trying to take very little steps, to do whatever little thing I think I can manage in the hope that when I’ve done a bunch of stuff I will feel better and thus be able to start a positive feedback loop going to get myself out of here.

I don’t feel depressed or anxious right now; just very, very fatigued.  I think I really must go and have a little lie down.

Solutions welcome.  Any of you got a recipe for a cure?

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Responses

  1. Well, it makes perfect sense to me that your visit to the surgeon aroused all the fears of a couple of months ago. What could be more normal than being afraid of death? Our hearts go out to you, because I don’t think any of us would be any less scared and confused.

    After all those waves of anxiety, no wonder you are exhausted. Adrenaline can use up a lot of energy in no time flat, leaving a person depleted. It sounds like you are doing the right thing, just taking little steps and gradually building up your energy again.

    I hope that you have a hammock from which you can watch the beautiful view at the top of this blog.

  2. Have you tried EMDR? (http://www.emdr.com/briefdes.htm) It helped me a lot when I was no longer able to cope with what was happening to me at the U.

    —-

    I know this is cliché but I like this one:

    We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, worrying will do no good.

    (I first heard it in the movie Seven Years in Tibet.)


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