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Anxiety

These are descriptions of how individuals experienced various symptoms during withdrawal. While everyone's withdrawal is unique and symptoms will be different for everyone, it may be useful to know what others went through.

All withdrawal symptoms can be caused by things in addition to withdrawal. If a symptom is persistent or you are worried by it, it is always a good idea to get it checked out by your doctor to ensure nothing else is going on.

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Definition: (n) A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning

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What I've Felt:

"You feel a constant sense of terror and pressure. If this were mere garden-variety anxiety, the kind for which you started taking benzos, it would be a relief. You could often reason with that anxiety, talk through it a bit, return to a baseline of feeling calm with some deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation, or perhaps a phone call to a friend. This anxiety, this chemical thrumming of your heart, mind, and soul, cannot be reasoned with. " - Matt

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What I've Felt:

“I had some mental anxiety. I don’t think that I had any more than any other normal person would experience whose health was in the state mine was in and whose life was in such disarray. I did get many of the physical symptoms that are often associated with anxiety, Tremors, Numbness,  Dizziness, Electric Current, Head Pressure,  Headache, Heart Palpitations and Sweats, but these are also withdrawal symptoms. The anxiety side of thing for me was a very physical experience. The symptoms were trigger by the most ordinary of things. I can remember lying in bed doing my tax returns – a job I actually quite enjoy and then becoming aware that I was tense and shaking all over. Phone calls to friends would have the same effect as would anything that required the least bit of effort – it didn’t need to be anything unpleasant, good things would have the same effect.

I know that finding a list of physical anxiety symptoms that explained them and indicated that although they were uncomfortable they weren’t danger dangerous helped me to come to terms with these bizarre sensations.” - Anthea

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My Coping Strategies

bulletAcceptance
bulletAnxiety Resources
bulletDeep breathing
bulletMeditation
bulletProgressive Muscle Relaxation
bulletStructure
bulletUnderstanding the physical symptoms of anxiety
bulletWalking the Dog
bulletYoga

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 22 July 2015