Anxity question

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Registered: 11-04-2001
Anxity question
Sat, 07-21-2012 - 5:21pm

I'm new here. I have a question. I will start with I have Bipolar Disorder that is under control except for this current bout of anxiety. I can't leave the house, I have 3 safe places that I consider safe. Everyone I know is aware of this anxiety and some know the really nitty gritty details because I need that support.

My question is I have severe shakes from it posting here is making it worse, but has anyone had this with their anxiety. I have been given valium that I can take 2 times a day. I also take Serquel at night. But thats it and I shake and shake and shake.

I'm just curious if I'm alone in this.




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Registered: 09-23-2010
In reply to: thau
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 9:59am

Hi Debbie -

Shaking can be a result of anxiety (I've not experienced it). It seems to be the result of overstimulating your anxiety. Do you have coping mechanisms for your other issues? If so, try using them for and see if it lessens the shaking. If not, then I'd definitely get in contact with your doctor/therapist for help with it since it's preventing you from day to day life.



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Registered: 10-12-1998
In reply to: thau
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 2:48pm
Oh YES! When my agoraphobia was at it's peak, it was almost impossible for me to leave the house. I would sit on one edge of the sofa and shake and shake. It was like being electrified, and I could feel my nerves "shooting off" all down my arms and legs.

I've also had episodes of anxiety where my whole body tremored uncontrollably. This was accompanies by dry heaving. I've only had a couple of those bouts over the years, they are usually at night, lasting 10-12 hours with dry heaving every 30 minutes or so-- those have only occurred during actual stressful life events, while the electrified shaking can occur just from general anxiety (with no specific cause except a raging case of the what-ifs).

The doctor whose theories and methods I subscribe to explains the symptoms I experience as a system that has been over sensitized. In her belief, exhaustion (not just physical, but mental and emotional as well) lead to a nervous system that gets sensitized and over reacts, causing very distressing feelings.

I hope you have been doing better since your post (seeing as it was a while back). You are not alone if your shakes are anxiety related.