Panic Disorders/Attacks/Weird feeling

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Hello there. I'm a 21 years old female, and I didn't know which professionals I should ask to, so I've chosen Mental Health, since I've been in antidepresant medication for 5 years, which I quit 7 months ago.

I don't know how to explain my problem, and actually I'm not sure if it's a problem, I'm just really curious since I've been researching it online for months now, and not getting any results. Let me try to explain.

You know the pressure-like thing in the middle of your chest, when you get shocked by something really sad, or when you get really angry. I was able to make it happen artificially since my childhood, when I had to fight the others when they attacked me, in order to be able to fight back effectively. I've never been a phsychally strong person and waited passively for the beating to end when it first started, but then I discovered I could imitate that pressure-like feeling, and realized I'd would be strong for a few minutes or so when I do it, enough to defend myself and give enough harm to keep them away.

To be honest, it had never bothered me back then, nor had I thought about it much. I've quit my medication 7 months ago now, and after the first month or so, I've realized I could do it again, like it was on automatic, or an instinct, when I saw my father. It freaked me out since I had a hard time to calm my heartbeats and fast breathing. A few days later, I wanted to experiment, to see if it happened because I didn't want to see my father, or did I do it on purpose again. I sat alone, laid back, and tried to make it happen, and it did, surprising me, since I didn't put too much effort and it happened in less than a second. I was quite calm and relaxed when I tried, and didn't even really expect it to happen, I was just kind of curious and too bored. I've tried several times, and the same result. When it happens, I feel like there's a weird, non-stop voice in my ear, not loud or something, just there. My heart starts beating really fast that after a few minutes I feed tired, like I've just run or something. And I can feel my pulse on my temples.

My question is, what is this, and if it'd affect my health negatively.

Sorry for the long post, I didn't intend to make it this long when I started writing, I promise. And sorry about my English as well, I'm still learning. I hope I was able to express myself clear enough.

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Hi Mthvarisa Kozbe,

It is difficult pinpoint your feelings, but since you have been on antidepressant drugs and you mentioned anxiety I have a guess that it may have something to do with hypoglycemia (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/what-is-hypoglycemia/).

You can test yourself at home for hypoglycemia by:

Testing for Hypoglycemia by Questionnaires
  Nutrition-Behavior Inventory (NBI)
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/the-nutrition-behaviour-inventory-nbi/

  Hypoglycemic Questionnaire (short test)
  http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2012/hypoglycemia-questionnaire/
  
If you score high it may be an indication that you could be  hypoglycemic (http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/what-is-hypoglycemia/)  This is a silent disease that is responsible for excess production of stress hormones - like adrenaline and cortisol - and which may trigger depression, anxiety or a low self-esteem.

I suggest you read:

Beating Anxiety and Phobias
         http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au/2011/beating-anxiety-and-phobias/  

Please if you have any further problems I recommend that you see  Nutritional doctor.

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Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych) Post Grad Dip Clin Nutrition
Editor of the Hypoglycemic Association of Australia
http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au
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I have a degree in Psychology from the Sydney University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. I am also the author of “GETTING OFF THE HOOK” which deals with the nutritional and psychological treatment of personality disorders. It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. I am interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour, and as a Probation ans Parole Officer facilitated groups for offenders, many of whom were alcoholics and drug addicts, sex offenders or compulsive gamblers, as well as the whole gamut of “personality disorders”. I am also the ex-editor of the Hypoglycemic Health Association of Australia Newsletter, a quarterly publication dealing with hypoglycemia and related health problems. Its web site, together with a shortened course of PSYCHOTHERAPY can be visited at: http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Nutritional Psychotherapy of various mood disoders

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Editor of the Hypoglycemic health Association of Australia

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http://www.hypoglycemia.asn.au

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Author of the book:
"Getting off the Hook", It is freely available on the internet at Google Book Search. Various articles in the Hypoglycemic Health Association's Newsletters

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BA (Psych) Sydney University; Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr (International Academy of Nutrition)

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