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Anxiety, fatigue, poor concentration

Dear Doctors,
I've been suffering from anxiety problems for the last 6 years or so. Prior to this I have been to my doctors with migraine issues (which have subsided dramatically the past 2 years) and general tiredness which has been dismissed on each occasion!
I have been treated for anxiety and depression by way of anti-depressants which had very little effect. I'm 26 years old and male. The key problems I face are:

• Fatigue, even after the correct amount of sleep I'm tired and groggy when I wake. Generally takes around 2 hours to come around fully then tired again just a few hours later.

* Mental tiredness, sharpness and awareness isn't there anymore.

* Very low confidence and self-esteem.

• Terrible dark circles around my eyes! That pretty much cover the whole of my eye sockets. This problem contributes a great deal to my anxiety, confidence and self-esteem problems.

* Unable to concentrate and mind feels slow in everything, in work, in conversation....

* Feeling of being 'spaced out' at times. Cloest description I can come up with in regards to this is a feeling of being mildly drunk and extremely tired at the same time. During these episodes I find it difficult to think, speak and pronounce things.

* When concentrating on something or doing physical activity I begin to feel out of it, things become hazy and I can't think straight. It's almost as though my vision goes a little funny too. It becomes difficult to speak at times.

* Difficulty in speaking at times and pronouncing words in general.

Occasionally I do feel ok, have energy, no problems speaking, anxiety mostly isn't there and feel confident during these times.

I have been to the doctors again just a couple of months ago. Had some tests done, specifically on blood but everything came back normal apart from cholesterol was slightly high. I would be very grateful if you could help me out as I have been suffering from this for far too long and it is having a dramatic effect on the whole spectrum of my life. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
  c3rased on 2008-08-19
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And what other health problems if any do you have ?

Tell me about your food cravings and aversions, and your temperature preferences .

When did these mental issues start , and can you correlate any life event to the start of these ?

What are your strongest fears ?

Also, tell me about your behaviour with your family. Are you dominating at home ? How attached are you to your family ? Tell me this in detail.

How well do you take responsibilities at home ?
sameervermani last decade
Thank you for your swift reply

Q. And what other health problems if any do you have ?

A. Fuzzy night vision, see germ type things moving around when looking at the sky (I've looked into this previously and seems it's linked to anxiety in some way) and a few floaters in each eye, I've been checked out for this and all seems fine, just something I have to live with.

Q. Tell me about your food cravings and aversions, and your temperature preferences .

A. I don't have any cravings as such however I'm quite partial to snacking between meals but have tried to introduce more fresh fruit and vegetables into my diet as in the past I haven't eaten properly. No real aversions either apart from onions! I can't stand those slimey things and they make me gag as soon as I put one in my mouth since I was a small boy. My temperature preferences are around room temperature is where I'm most comfortable at. The cold doesn't bother me too much nor when it's hot either.

Q. When did these mental issues start , and can you correlate any life event to the start of these ?

A. I've always been quite shy and quiet since being very young. The issues started to appear shortly after my daughter was born who is now almost 8. Prior to her being born my girlfriend and I moved into a place together. I would be working 14hours a day 6 days a week most months around that time. A couple of deaths in the family occured during this time. Over the next 12 months this had a terrible impact on our relationship but I had to work those hours to keep on top of everything. My general health started to deteriorate as I was constantly tired. After 12 months of living together had past she came home one day and said she would like to split up without warning. This destroyed me but I carried on with my life in a usual manner. The issues started to appear whilst we were still together and our daughter was just a few months old. I think it was a lot of responsability to take on as I was very young at that time, it felt like a lot of weight on my shoulders and it all happened so quickly. Since that time the issues I have described seem to have gotten worse.

Q. What are your strongest fears ?

A. Being alone, in a relationship sense

Q. Also, tell me about your behaviour with your family. Are you dominating at home ? How attached are you to your family ? Tell me this in detail.

A. With my daughter there is a lot of love there and we're always cuddling and chatting. For the first few years I didn't see her so much due to the split with her mother but lately I have with me a lot! I feel ashamed at times as some things I feel I can't do such things as taking her places. I feel I won't be in full control of the situation because of how tired I get and these 'spacing out' episodes.
I'm far from dominating at home, quite passive about most things, generally pleasent and polite to everyone unless I'm busy or haven't had much sleep then I may be a little funny with everyone and moody. The whole of my family is very supportive but don't go out of their way to help out. I know they're there if needed though and willing to help if I need it. The whole of my family is great and we've always been close, it's always been this way. We all live within close proximity and we're more like one huge family I've always seen this as a fantastic thing to have as you have a home on every corner. With my parents I can't be open so much with them, I don't know why that is. They're always there and I never seem to get much in the way of privacy but they're supportive in many aspects which I'm grateful for.

Q. How well do you take responsibilities at home ?

A. I moved back in with my parents after the split with my girlfriend and I don't have much in the way of responsabilities, however I do my fair share of things around the home and dealing with things. I work from home in the IT sector and don't handle stress very well. I'm due to move in shortly with a friend of mine of 15 years or so and this will obviously lead to an increase in responsabilities.

I'd like to point out again that on the odd occasion I feel physically fine it's as thought 90% of my problems disappear. Early on with my problems I felt fine most of the time and the symptoms I described would appear occasionally but now it's the other way around....I only feel fine occasionally.
c3rased last decade
Okay then, please take 3 doses of Lycopodium 30c for 1 single day ONLY equally spaced by 2 hours.

Dissolve 2 pellets in a 250 ml spring water bottle. You can shake it gently after they have dissolved. A capful from this bottle is 1 dose.

Let me know in 3 days after these 3 doses.


1/. Nothing should enter the mouth for 40 minutes prior to, or after taking the remedy.
2/. Do not touch the tablets with your hands, tip them into the cap of the container they came in and then into the water .
3/. Avoid coffee, tea (including green), and other sources of caffeine such as some fizzy drinks and large amounts of chocolate, except where this would cause a drastic change in consumption
4/. Avoid wearing perfume/aftershave, or exposure to anything with a strong smell while under treatment. This includes any and all essential oils, and incense.
5/. Avoid the consumption of excessively spicey foods
6/. The use of medicinal herbs, either as 'teas' or supplements should be avoided during Homoeopathic treatment, as should the use of over the counter medication, unless this has been recommended by an MD.
7/. Nothing of a medicinal nature should be applied to the skin

sameervermani last decade
Thanks for the reply. I'll get back to you as instructed...
c3rased last decade
Hi again,
The Lycopodium 30c I purchased doesn't seem to dissolve but merely breaks up into small bits in water which takes a while for it to do. Should this be the case?
c3rased last decade
Hmm.. do one thing, dissolve 2 pellets directly on the tongue as 1 dose.

Take 3 such doses for 1 single day ONLY equally spaced by 2 hours.

All restrictions above still hold.
sameervermani last decade
I look at a lot of forums relating to anxiety and benzodiazipine withdrawal and never planned on actually joining a forum untill I saw your post. Everything you described in this post describes to a tea what i have been experiencing for the past three months now. In your question you described how I have been feeling even better than I could have, and I am amazed at the similarity between your condition and mine because I also have the same problem with 'germy looking vision' as well as dramatically increased floaters in my feild of vision which is very hard to find information about and you don't hear about very often. I have very poor concentration and decreased cognitive functioning compared to what I used to; hich to me is the scariest part. The blurred vision and spaciness is actually caused by depersonalization/derealization which is a common symptom of extreme anxiety and is also a very common symptom of benzo withdrawal. I'm not sure if you experience these symptoms as well but since I started feeling this way I have also become preoccupied with how I act now socially around others compared to how I used to and am always comparing myself to how I used to be before this happened. I also have developed the fear that I will weaken or lose elationships with my friends and family because of it. The most troubling synptom that I experince out of all of this is that my thoughts don't seem to flow as freely as they used to when I am talking to people and I obsessively now worry about not knowing what to say in social situations as well as get almost obsessive thoughts in the middle of conversations where I will think 'you don't know what to say next' even if I actually do. All of these symptoms started for me a couple of weeks after discontinuing as needed use of xanax and klonopin which I stopped cold turkey. I am fairly certain that these symptoms at least for me were caused by withdrawal from benzos especially since I did stop them cold turkey which is something you should never do. I am back on benzos for right now which is helping a little bit to curve these symptoms and plan to taper off of them this time like I should have done in the first place making me fairly certain that the symptoms will dissapear over the next couple of months. I would be intrested in knowing if you have taken any drug like this because from what it sounds like you may be experiencing withdrawal symptoms without even being aware of it.

What if any medications have you been on, or are you currently on?

Also,have you ever used any recreational drugs specifically hallucinagens?

I wish I could help you out on this a little more but I am very rusjed writing this as I am at work right now.

I wanted to point out to you that the 'germy like vision' which for me I would describe as bright spots which look like they are swimming in your feild of vision is commonly referre to as visual snow, and the vision problems you experience at night are probablly not a seperateproblem you are just seeing this 'germy/snowy vision in the dark which is what i experience as well and if you look closely at anything during the daytime such as the floor you should be able to notice thast it would almost look like it is moving or has a slight shimmer to it which is the exact same thing

i think that these visual disturbences are caused by damage to your nervous system which would be brought about by benzo withdrawal in my case, or in other people it can be caused by the use of hallucanigens most commonly acid but this happens because your nervous system is trying to heal itself and not because you have doamaged your brain or anything like that
blinkfan last decade
these problems i'm guessing are part of some type of drug withdrawal and should go away on their own once your body and mind heal, if this didn't develop due to any type of drug use I would recommend getting some nuerological and general testing done because all of these symptoms can also be caused by physical conditions as well such as thyroid problems or lyme disease
blinkfan last decade
The symptoms you describe fit my condition exactly. I've felt it a year ago and at that point I did all kinds of blood and neurological tests that came back fine. At some point it was less noticeable and didn't bother me on a daily basis so I didn't preoccupy myself with it. Now it seems to have returned and even worsened to the point were it extremely hard for me to focus on anything.
I would like to know if the remedy or anything else has worked for you.

Thank you.
needsminfo last decade

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