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Updated: 2018-04-26T04:17:05.967-06:00

 



I started having morning anxiety about 3 weeks ago...

2014-04-21T15:26:33.853-06:00

I started having morning anxiety about 3 weeks ago. Without fail, I begin to wake at 5a.m. with a tingling sensation in my chest & the most overwhelming feeling of doom. It's there before I'm even awake. I'm still sleepy but I can't turn off the bizarre thought loop going through my brain so I can return to sleep.
My mind races, it's terrible. If I don't get up immediately & start doing something the day will be ruined. I take 5 HTP as soon as my feet hit the floor & it does help. I like it much better than any SSRI. I tapered off Prozac over a 5 month period after having taken it for 6 years. I really don't want to go down that road again.
I did take a progesterone cream topically for a month before the morning anxiety started & wonder if that may be what prompted it.
Sometimes i am able to not let it get to me & get on with my day.



For morning anxiety try these actions/supplements ...

2014-02-17T16:44:27.335-07:00

For morning anxiety try these actions/supplements (after extensive research for myself):

1) INCREASE SEROTONIN LEVELS
a) 5-HTP time release
or
L-Tryptophan (sustained release if available). These supplements are precursors to serotonin that cross the blood brain barrier. Do not take in combination with SSRI or other serotonin enhancers because too much serotonin can be seriously toxic and cause Serotonin Syndrome. If you do want to combine them, try with the very lowest possible dosage first and work your way up slowly if needed under the supervision of your doctor. Pharmaceutical companies are not interested in marketing these supplements because they cannot be patented or sold exclusively (= no profit). They achieve similar effects of SSRIs with lower side effects.
b) Rhodiola rosea (with at least 3% rosavins). It helps with mental clarity, energy and has serotonergic effect.
c) Lion's Mane (Hericium erinaceus) mushroom extract (choose a product obtained by ethanol extraction of both the fruit body and roots because it is the strongest form available); it is one of the few substances that improve neurogenesis (new neurons in the brain) especially in the hippocampus region. Adult hippocampal neurogenesis is one of the new theories behind depression and anxiety and that explains why SSRI take up to 4 weeks to work (the time needed for neurogenesis to take effect).
d) a good Vitamin B complex, possibly in the biologically active form.

2) DAILY EXCERCISE FIRST IN THE MORNING
20/30 minutes of running/cross trainer that releases endorphins in the brain and increase serotonin levels in the long term. First in the morning is important because it helps stopping the anxiety feeding cycle.

3) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Meditation

4) HORMONE LEVELS
Check your sex hormone levels, if you are in the low range it can cause anxiety.

5) SCIENTIFIC FORUM POST
Read this great scientific based (not marketing based) forum post at http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/54028-treating-anxiety-safely-effectively/

6) CHOOSE THE RIGHT SSRI
If you really want to take SSRI choose one with escitalopram which, in my personal experience and according to drugs.com http://www.drugs.com/condition/anxiety.html, is one of the most effective SSRI for anxiety. SSRIs have more side effects compare to 5-htp or L-Tryptophan

7) DO NOT TAKE benzodiazepines in the long term
They are habit forming and create dependence.

Hope it helps

World33



Hi! I am new to blogging or group discussions. I k...

2013-12-31T10:53:18.109-07:00

Hi! I am new to blogging or group discussions. I know its been months since any new postings but here goes anyway.
I am suffering with severe morning anxiety, every day, that only responds to riding my exercise bike in the garage. I ride for an hour and it helps some. I have seen psychiatrists and therapist and am on several medication--none of which are really helping. But I have also been diagnosed with clinical depression so some of the meds are for that. I would be grateful for any answers as to how to get my life back. I have lost interest in many things I used to enjoy. I sleep ok but wake up with severe generalized anxiety that usually focuses on one topic but it is the "topic of the day" and usually not the same each day. I've enjoyed the posts so far. Thanks.



Throughout my life (I'm 29) I've experienc...

2013-08-24T14:28:19.587-06:00

Throughout my life (I'm 29) I've experienced normal anxiety for certain situations I'd be nervous about. Within the past 5 months I've noticed the anxiety increase major. I've been trying to conceive (with no luck) for the past 7-8 months, from researching online I think not being able to conceive has made my anxiety worse. And to top it off I've been dealing with more intense pms symptoms which I believe also worsen the anxiety. This anxiety has debilitated me to the point that I can't go out and enjoy the things I used to because I'm scared of getting physically ill. I'm glad I came across this blog and hoping these tips will help me get through this.



A have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, which ...

2013-05-11T09:10:13.794-06:00

A have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, which seems to be closely related to my morning anxiety, which is the thing that wakes me up like clockwork at around 3 AM every day. I have found that It is completely relieved by going to the medicine cabinet as soon as I wake up and taking 1/2 of a 5 mg tablet of hydrocortisone with a large glass of water. After I lay back down and before I know it, the anxiety has dissolved and I am back to good quality dreaming sleep for the rest of the night. Upon awaking for the day, I take the other half of the HC tablet with another big glass of water. No one gave me this dosing protocol, I just happened upon it myself through experimentation with the HC that had been prescribed by my doctor for the adrenal fatigue. Hope this might help someone. I had tried changing my attitude for years but to no avail, as in my case there is something more physiologically complex going on.



Need to focus more on the possitive then the negat...

2013-03-01T09:44:14.580-07:00

Need to focus more on the possitive then the negative!



For the past three years I have struggled with anx...

2013-02-26T22:18:08.466-07:00

For the past three years I have struggled with anxiety and depression. The anxiety is extremely bad in the mornings. I wake up and the racing thoughts of impending failure has consumed my thoughts. It is strange because I never knew what anxiety was until my father passed away three years back. I am 37 now and the anxiety started at 34. Before then I woke up every morning with a smile and could not wait to get each day started. I woke up with urgency and to conquer the world each day. Now I lay in bed and go through the motions. My thoughts are so rapid I can not remember simple things like eating for example. I also loose my keys and I have become unable to complete task and my confidence has compleatly diminished. I wass once the person who had positive thoughts which ran through my mind 24/7 and I thought I could accomplish anything in the world. Now I am unsure and scared to seek out a new career in fear that I will just let others down as I e have myself. I put so much pressure on myself and I have become unable to think clearly and find myself chasing my own tale and running in circles all day.. Please if anyOne has any suggestions please repost. I am on Effexor which has helped a little and I take trazadone for sleep. I would like to lower my cortisol levels as I know my depression and stress is producing extremely high levels.



I have always been an anxious person. It could be ...

2013-01-15T06:05:11.707-07:00

I have always been an anxious person. It could be a genetic thing or something learned over time. But, either way, today's demands on us to perform in so many areas of life can be a drain on some people. Some were not born to cope as well as others. Everyone handles stress differently.
Mine became more pronounced after I dedided to quit my job and return to college. The stress is different. At least when the work day was over, I could head home and not worry until the next day. My college work is always there--in class and at home. Being somewhat of a perfectionist makes any less than acceptable grades a hit on my self esteem.
I noticed that after one semester was over, I developed more anxiety. I couldn't sleep that well. Maybe it was because I didn't have any place to focus my energy. I started worrying about my lack of sleep, which gave me sleep anxiety.
What I did notice on the mornings I got up after a sleepless night was that I was less anxious. Could the restless night put a damper on the production of Cortisol? Could my exhaustion overcome the effects of that hormone? It could be, but as result of not being anxious, I was also less mentally focused. Sleeplessness is not really the best way to overcome anxiety, because it will rob me of the brain power I will need in my studies. Until the new semester begins, I will need to find a way to focus my thoughts and energy. Perhaps more exercise will work to help me sleep more and to burn off the anxiety I get from a good night of rest. Meditation never really worked for me because it just made me dwell on the reason I was meditating in the first place. Being focused on busy work seems to do the trick. When the new semester begins, I should have plenty of that to keep my mind occupied.



Have your vitamin D levels tested. I had gotten t...

2013-01-02T07:56:20.408-07:00

Have your vitamin D levels tested. I had gotten to the point I couldn't physically relax and no meds were helping. Several doctors later discovered a vitamin D deficiency. It takes about six months to a year to get them back to normal. At the point of a deficiency just going outside isn't going to get you caught up. Once the vit. d started to build up in my system I was finally able to relax! You have to get the correct vit. D test. There is one that tells you what the levels are at that moment and one that tests the stored levels. You want the one that shows your stored levels. Living a God-centered life has helped tremendously with mental stress.



I left my position of 13 years when the company sa...

2012-12-30T07:12:52.477-07:00

I left my position of 13 years when the company said it way going to downsize. Since then I have I have not been and happy and have racing anxiety in the morning when waking out of sleep. It is the fear of unknown of the future and the the regert for my decisions made in the past (I'm in my early 40's). It's not easy, but I know I have to get these thoughts outs of my head. The only way to have some kind of peace is to get into a mode of living day by day.



Just wondering how you are doing now? This sounds ...

2012-12-29T07:04:57.292-07:00

Just wondering how you are doing now? This sounds familiar as I to have had a similar experience and I have found it is so helpful knowing I'm not alone. It is great that you aren't drinking anymore. In my case I alway feel worse after drinking even if its only a half if glass of wine. I think there's a lot to be said about blood sugar. Please take care of yourself



My morning anxiety has been on and off for almost ...

2012-12-12T17:11:45.719-07:00

My morning anxiety has been on and off for almost 2 years. I often felt depressed when I'm alone in my room with no one to talk to. Even as I want to talk to someone, I shy away in group.. As much as thoughts are racing in my mind, I felt difficult to speak out. And I was not like this before I got depressed. I am always filled with negative thoughts as much as I tried to be positive. I could see my stomach moving each time my heart pounds. There are so many things racing in my head. But if u ask me I have no idea what I was thinking. It's very exhausting



The Lord Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye th...

2012-12-06T13:33:12.934-07:00

The Lord Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."



hi there, just started reading your blog. its very...

2012-11-24T04:39:17.739-07:00

hi there, just started reading your blog. its very well written and informative. Ive just started writing my own anxiety blog and it would be great it you could have a look and give some feedback. Thanks D

http://anxietythesecretfight.wordpress.com/



I have always been a stressed out person even when...

2012-11-21T07:19:41.154-07:00

I have always been a stressed out person even when I was in school. But since becoming a mother I have so much anxiety it makes me have suisidle thoughts which then make me feel guilty and then its a vicious circle! It happens all day everyday I feel like the only rest I get is when I'm asleep! I can concentrate on anything I feel sick all the time nervous shaky get chest pain and heart palpatations. I drank a lot of alcohol for 2 years to deal with it but it only made it worse I know that it got to the point I was drinking half a bottle of wine a night sometimes most of the bottle. I haven't had a drink in 5 weeks now and I've also quit smoking for 4 weeks and altho my I feel abit better psyically I feel worse mentally. My brain goes over n over n over stuff all day and I feel bad because I should be enjoying my little girl and I'm not and that makes me feel even worse. I don't know how to get through this all I know is I don't want to take meds because I feel they will make me worse when my doctor gave me citalapram ( bad speller) it made me worse I couldn't sleep. And now I've stopped drinking and smoking I haven't got an apetite at all untill late evening. I haven't a clue what I'm panicking about half the time. I hate being alone. Yet I am alone 90percent of the time apart from my daughter. I do get more help off my mum recently after having a blood transfusion for aneamia. I just need to get my life back on track .... But how?



Hi, I have been experiencing early morning anxiet...

2012-10-02T16:03:36.855-06:00

Hi, I have been experiencing early morning anxiety for some years now. Reading about you all is reassuring. Sharing it with my spouse was did not help much. Your suggestions seem to be useful. Finally, I understand this vicious cycle and the physiological reasons behind my suffering.



Aimee, is your morning anxiety getting better? Ho...

2012-09-30T09:45:59.288-06:00

Aimee, is your morning anxiety getting better? How are you doing in general? I said a prayer for you last night. You WILL overcome this Aimee.



Hi Folks! Fellow panicker here. LOL! Sorry, I have...

2012-09-26T02:19:18.064-06:00

Hi Folks! Fellow panicker here. LOL! Sorry, I have to make light of such a stupid situation. I have been treated for anxiety with Paxil since it hit the market in 1994. Lucky for me, it is my miracle drug (despite helping me to gain 50 lbs., but that's for another blog).
Lately, my morning anxiety is back. What's weird is that I can basically set my clock to it. By about 3 p.m. in the afternoon I feel find again. In the morning I feel blah and weepy. I started working out recently, and as I recall, about 5 years ago I joined a gym and went religiously 6 days a week. I even hired a personal trainer (I was trying to lose some excess baggage). I only lost 4 lbs in 4 months, and I noticed that my morning anxiety was back. It seems that if I just sit around and feel fat, then I have no anxiety. But if I work out and get some exercise, I tend to feel more anxious. I eat pretty healthy and never skip breakfast, so I doubt it's blood sugar (lab blood tests come back fine). I'm reading a lot about cortisol levels spiking in the morning. Perhaps that has some implications from working out. I'm gonna go do some research.
Hang in there people! We are not as alone as we think we are.



I have had the anxiety since March of 2011, woke u...

2012-07-23T13:18:42.645-06:00

I have had the anxiety since March of 2011, woke up out of a sound sleep with very rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, and became fearful of even leaving my bed for six weeks. Have been on anxiety meds and meds for depression. This has been to the point of agoraphobia with fear of even being around my own family or getting in the shower while alone in the house. I still wake up with anxious feelings but have gotten some better by eating a banana every night about 8:00 PM and peanuts. I also found that my hormones are very imbalanced and working on that. So for you women, have your hormones checked. I am better and praying this is going to be my answer. I think the meds for anxiety may make me feel worse than helping. Don't let them put you on them if you can keep from it. They are really hard to get off of once you have taken them for a while. Good Luck to you all. This has been one heck of a ride for the past year and a half but I believe God is going to get me on through it. He has been with me this far through the midst of the storm and I know He won't leave me now.

Anonymous



yes I need Any recommendations for food to be eate...

2012-07-22T18:23:21.914-06:00

yes I need Any recommendations for food to be eaten before going to sleep that can maintain the sugar level.

And 3 days a week at least 30 minute group exercise help a lot every time I am disciplined to do 3 times a week my anxiety is going away I just started 2 months a go to go to gym and i have seen the magic of reduction in anxiety by going to gym.



i am suffering from Anxiety and 30 minute exercise...

2012-07-22T18:16:30.438-06:00

i am suffering from Anxiety and 30 minute exercise help me to get ride of anxiety,most of the time
and I will try to eat for blood sugar
any recommendation for snack?



Guys, i am glad to know that i am not the only one...

2012-07-11T04:28:26.272-06:00

Guys, i am glad to know that i am not the only one suffering from Anxiety, i always felt that i am the only one who feels this.

Any recommendations for food to be eaten before going to sleep that can maintain the sugar level.

Mohamed



Finally, someone that also is light headed. I wak...

2012-07-10T21:04:42.560-06:00

Finally, someone that also is light headed. I wake up with anxiety, almost scared to start the day, and at nite when I want to rest it comes on strong again. After 10 years, its getting old!



I have suffered from anxiety and depression all my...

2012-06-20T07:58:05.716-06:00

I have suffered from anxiety and depression all my life. I will go years without feeling anxiety with the help of Zoloft. But then WHAM something triggers it and i am back feeling anxious again. It is so much worse in the morning. I am trying a natural supplement called Resoral to help. Will let you know how it works. It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one because when you are going through this you feel alone.



This was helpful! My anxiety is triggered the minu...

2012-04-25T07:30:48.802-06:00

This was helpful! My anxiety is triggered the minute I wake in the morning. i experience VERY rapid heartbeat, the shakes extreme nervousness which makes me feel naucious i get in my head and my thoughts race. its not fun! but i come to find like most everything, it is mind over matter, if i pick up a book and start reading and getting into it, it takes my mind off of it after about 5-10 minutes and it goes away. or actually facebook or internet searching things of interest to you, like im doing right now i actually just woke up and pulled this site up on the computer and am typing as we speak and my anxiety has disipated. weirdly though i have to sit down at my desktop it doesnt seem to work if i do these things on my phone i still feel anxious and im more likely to be disinterested and just put my phone down. yeah, im weird. but it works! so yeah id reccomend trying waking up a little earlier and reading a chapter of a book before you start your day to calm your nerves.