Panic Disorders/Attacks/Weird feeling
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.
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)
Hypoglycemic Questionnaire (short test)
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
Please if you have any further problems I recommend that you see Nutritional doctor.
Jurriaan Plesman BA (Psych) Post Grad Dip Clin Nutrition
Editor of the Hypoglycemic Association of Australia
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