Let Me Answer Your Biggest Questions


Sometimes the biggest stumbling block in getting help for anxiety is having questions you just don’t know the answer to. I’ve received some email questions, and I imagine there are plenty more that haven’t been asked.

A lot of anxiety sufferers keep everything inside and suffer in silence. Believe me, I get that. I did it for years.

I really want to see you find the relief you need to succeed with your anxiety treatment, so I want to answer your questions.

Here’s a blog post where you can ask any questions you may have, and I’ll do my best to answer them! Post your questions in the comments section  so everyone can benefit.

Remember, your anonymity is protected. You certainly don’t have toquestions about anxiety leave your real name.

I do have one small favor though: please remember I’m not a doctor. I don’t give medical advice, so please don’t ask me for that. I am just a recovering anxious person trying to help others. :)

Even if you don’t have a question, you can still reach out and say hi. Please don’t isolate, especially if you are suffering.

Remember, together we can heal.

I wish you peace,

Jill G.

ps. A lot of questions about specific anxiety symptoms and situations are addressed on the anxiety help and tips page.


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22 Responses to Let Me Answer Your Biggest Questions

  1. korizzono says:

    I believe a lot anxiousness I feel is related to blood sugar. Ive had blood sugar problems for years and didnt know until about three years ago. When my sugar right, which is usually after I come from the gym. I just feel like a champ.

  2. Angelluv says:

    I really want to come off of Klonipin slowly. I have been on 3 to 4 mgs a day for 8 years now. I also take other meds, one is seroquel (I am starting that taper very soon) I’m so scared to get off of it. I’m scared I’ll always be anxoius and that I will get delusional/paranoid if I come off of it. The taper program that I’ll be doing is Really really slow. Have you been able to get off of benzodiazipines, with success?

    • JillG says:

      Hi Angelluv,

      I was able to taper my Klonopin, which I was on for 20 years, down to 0.5mg a day. I did the taper over the course of 8 months and I made the decision to stop at 0.5mg. I am very happy with this and have no desire at this time to wean down any further. So I can say that my efforts were very successful. My max dose was 4 – 6 mg.

      In order to wean off benzos you MUST work very closely with your doctor. I’m glad to hear you want to come off slowly- you have to be willing to do it over several months, or even years. The withdrawal is no picnic. You will have rebound anxiety and your mind will trick you into thinking you’re getting worse, not better. I had a lot of physical symptoms too such as sleep disturbances, excessive sweating, and more. Tapering slowly makes the withdrawal much more tolerable. So go slow. Slower than you think you need to.

      Per the withdrawal schedule my doctor and I came up with, I would decrease in 0.5mg or 0.25 mg increments and not go down any further until all the withdrawal symptoms had completely stopped and I felt back to myself again– meaning sleep was good, no more weird feelings or excessive anxiety. This usually took between 2 weeks and a month or so- but that is just my experience. Yours will be your own.

      I’m telling you all this to make it clear why you must work closely with your doctor. I don’t think you can become delusional or paranoid- Klonopin is not an antipsychotic.

      If you decide to go forward with the taper, please take excellent care of yourself. I wish you all the best on your journey!

      ((Hugs)),
      Jill

  3. frAnk says:

    I have GAD & depression, and 90% of what I’ve found on the web is about specific situations causing panic attacks. I’d love to learn more about how to eliminate the general, sporadic feelings of impending doom that us GAD people carry around with us.

    • JillG says:

      Hi Frank,

      With panic attacks to specific situations, the person is sensitized to a trigger situation- such as public speaking, going to stores, etc. With GAD, there is more a sensitization to a wide variety of situations- and the sufferer subsequently feels on guard at all times. The sense of impending doom is the fear you carry around just waiting for anxiety and panic to strike. Since you are so sensitized, you feel vulnerable in most situations.

      Personally, I’ve had a lot of success reading Dr. Claire Week’s books, both Hope and Help for your Nerves, as well as Peace From Nervous Suffering. If you are looking to eliminate GAD with a program, I recommend Panic Away for this. Read my Panic Away review to see you think it might be right for you too.

      The key overcoming GAD is to re train yourself not to be too concerned with the feelings and bodily sensations that accompany the anxious thoughts. All of this is scary, and we naturally want to turn away. In fact, any good program will teach you that in order to recover, you need to learn how to gently turn towards the fear. You need to stop resisting and trying to suppress the anxious feelings.

      It does take practice. Here are 2 posts that address this: http://panicfreeme.com/1771/diffusing-a-panic-attack-with-the-voice-of-reason/
      and:

      http://panicfreeme.com/1714/exposure-therapy-how-i-do-it-in-baby-steps/

      Hope this helps!
      Jill :)

  4. marion says:

    hi jill.yes i suffer from constant anxiety,i take xanax every day,i cant tolerate antidepressants,the dizziness i get when i go into a store,is a real problem for me,i dont go out of the house alone i am very down abut this,by dizziness, i mean a feeling that i am going to fall,this usually makes me panic,have you any suggestions how i can overcome this,thank you marion…

    • JillG says:

      Hi Marion,

      I have had dizziness like you describe and it is not easy. I have even had it while sitting. I would get to the point where I didn’t trust my body that I wouldn’t fall out of a chair. To get better, as with other disturbing anxiety symptoms, I had to just go on about my day in spite of the dizziness and not give it too much thought. Once I learned to treat the dizziness like it was no big deal, it eventually got better. Which is not to say it doesn’t come back- it does sometimes– but then I just learn not to pay attention to it again.

      And I learned to go out there and just “be dizzy” little by little. Turn a little bit towards the feeling instead of doing everything in my power to squash it. Maybe just for one trip to a store and then home- feeling dizzy. With practice, it does get better, but you have to persist. If you just give in and continue being scared of getting the dizzy feeling, you won’t get better.

      Please see this page, it has a lot of free information that can help you: http://panicfreeme.com/tips-help/

      Take care and ((hugs)),
      Jill

  5. Darren says:

    Hello.
    Thank you for your support during this anxious time for our family and myself. I really would like some advise on seperation anxiety for children. Do you know anywhere I can find such information on line? My 8 year old is really having a hard time and I just dont know how to help him. This in turn effects my anxiety, which started after I was attacked in my work place.

    Any help very much appriciated as I am gettting pulled right down every morning on the school run. This then triggers a very bad day for me.

    Love and light. D

  6. Dawn Raines says:

    Hi, I found this website in looking for ways to help my 14year old son. He started having anxiety/panic attacks 3 weeks ago. We are having blood work done just to ease his mind that something else isn’t wrong with him. However, his pediatrician and I are convinced it is panic. I have had panic attacks in the past as well as I am on meds for depression and have been for over 20 years. THanks for the information on your website!

    • JillG says:

      Hi Dawn,

      Thank you for the comment. I’m sorry your son is suffering and it sounds like you are a wonderful, loving mom. Here is a post you should read that may give you some insight into your predicament:
      Panic Attacks in Children. The same principles that apply to a younger child usually apply to an older child – but the older child, who has the words to describe what is happening, may be reluctant to share with their parents. Hope this helps. -Jill

  7. Darius says:

    Hi Jill,

    Since June of 2011 i have been having bad headaches, blurry visions, shoulder and back (upper and lower) pain.

    I have seen a number of doctors and they all are so quick to jump to the conclusion that its either depression, anxiety, stress or bipolar. (I don’t know if they are right or its a medical condition that i have)

    I have been taking medications and pills like Xanax, Lexapro,Lexotan, Epilim, Fluoxetine, Atarax, Tripta and Amitriptyline. And the worse part is that i have been popping these pills like candy on a daily basis for months till i got fired from my last job because i was always in a zombie like state and i was always sleepy and i can’t concentrate on my work and always felt down because of the medications.

    I have stopped all forms of medications for about two months now and i am only taking multi-vitimans. I have gone for my heart examinations, blood test, x-rays and MRI and they all were normal except for mild fatty liver. I have seen a hypnotherapist and he said that i have a mild case of anxiety and that is common.

    My daily symptoms are headaches, faint feelings and dizziness (like a roller coaster dipping down), blurry visions (which starts a few hours after i am awake from sleep and lasts the whole day), tightness on the neck (especially on the back of the neck) and the ongoing shoulder and back pain. The only good thing is that my blood pressure is normal.

    I really would love to know if my sickness is due to anxiety or is it a medical condition… Please help me.

    Thank you and God Bless

    • JillG says:

      Hi Darius,

      I am not a doctor, but it seems to me after having taken so many pills and only being off them for 2 months, you might be having rebound anxiety. That can make you feel awful. Since you basically have a clean bill of health, but are still have distressing symptoms (which all sound like they can be anxiety/stress related), maybe ask a qualified physician about the effects of taking so many different pills and then stopping them all. Ask how long the symptoms will last, when should you expect to feel better, etc.

      Take care and good luck!

  8. anonymous says:

    I live with anxiety day and night. I am afraid of everything. I can not drive by myself. I don’t shop by myself. It all started when I found out I had colon cancer 3 years ago, I had just lost my job of 15 years. They removed the cancer, no chemo..Then I had skin cancer on my scalp…removed and ok. Then I lost 2 childhood friends. Then I found out I have diabetes…type 2. I am seeing a therapist once every 2 to 3 weeks. I go to the clinic that is based on what you make. I do not see him enough to get any real help. The therapist says I have GAD, OCD and Depression. My question is what is the best way to help myself without meds…scared to take those…..I can not at this time afford the program. Just some insight to help me come out of this.
    Thank you for your time.

    • JillG says:

      Hi there,

      I’m sorry you are suffering, everything you have gone through sounds very overwhelming.

      If I were you I would learn and practice every anxiety self help technique that you can that gives you some relief- you could learn to do diaphragmatic breathing, journal about your triumphs and setbacks, learn about positive affirmations for anxiety, learn to meditate. All this is stuff I taught myself and you can do it too. You can ask your therapist for help as well.

      Find things that help you to feel better. Pick up a copy of Hope and help for Your Nerves- free in the library. Or any anxiety resource book that resonates with you. Take notes and work on your recovery like the quality of your life depends on it. Because in some respects it surely does.

      Hoping you get some relief.

      Take care
      Jill x

  9. mrmr says:

    hi
    couple of months ago i had a big trip to adelaide australia after nightshift. Long weekend
    i have 2 kids 2.5 and 4.5 years. since that big weekend my sleeping has been disrupted i’ve been on sleeping tablets (caused a great deal of anxiety) have got of them but sleep has not turned to normal, i do get a good sleep when i’m stuffed. Really scared about my job as i now have a anxiety about sleeping nothing else just sleeping fear that i can’t sleep. i have started on medication today feel nauseas and scared. i’m hoping the side effects will settle with in a week as my job relies on it. Anyway i have changed eating habits warm drink before bed. it just seems sleeping in my house right now is the problem. Very strange feeling i used to be on a different med (2.5 years ago) and can’t remember being this way but my wife did have a different husband. especially as i DID binged drink. but my promise to her is no drink till i sort myself out going to be hard but need to do it for a better me.

    • JillG says:

      Hi there,

      Travel plus using sleeping medications can seriously mess with your sleep pattern as you know. Now it sounds like you are frightened of sleep and are in a vicious pattern. I feel your pain. I’ve had insomnia for years and it isn’t fun.

      Glad you’re not binge drinking anymore. This is something that is hard to stop. Have you thought of trying AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)?

      It sounds like you are really trying to help yourself- good for you! Here are some tips on sleeping that may also help you: http://panicfreeme.com/2494/anxiety-and-sleep-tips-that-really-help/

      Thank you for reaching out. I hope it gets better for you soon.

      Take care,
      Jill

  10. Enda says:

    Hallo JillG, i am Enda. i have suffered from panic attack for 1 year. Now i can do some activity but there’s always things that make me unhappy because i’m still have some symptoms. the majors symptom that i’ve are lightheaded, feeling dizzy,unsteady,like want to faint and short of breath and i feel those symptoms almost every day. i’m realy-realy want to release from this pain. may be you have the tips for me?
    Thank you for your attention. GBU

  11. hello says:

    i dont have panic attacks anymore..i do sleep better now..however i have startling response to sounds and my mind has become obsessed with certain sounds that cause me anxiety..my doctor told me to take an SSRI as an anti- anxiety..aid..now would you look at taking meds as an easy way out or as an aid..also concerned about side effects etc..i know this isnt for medical advice but im just curious…thank you! :)

  12. Tom says:

    Hi Jill,

    I have read about your progress with coming off klonopin. I also take a low dose of klonopin (.25 about 3 or 4 times a week). My question is about the ssris. My therapist is adamant that low serotonin levels are causing or at least contributing to my gad. Have you ever tried or have experience with ssris? I am considering trying it as an aid for allowing me to still work my tools and practice (I also use panic away like you). Just curious about your input. Thanks.

    • JillG says:

      I think what your doctor says has merit. I have been taking a low dose of citalopram (generic form of Celexa) which is an ssri for a few years now. I do think it helps. :)

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