Middle Child

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2008-05-04 22:52:58 (UTC)

Drinking & Anxiety

Drinking dehydrates you and thins out your blood which will
increase your heart rate. An increased heart rate generally
makes you feel anxious and can cause anxiety.

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The past few days since my assessment I've been thinking
about the questions that were asked. Some of the questions
were "Do you drink a lot or take any legal/illegal drugs
when your anxious?" "Has your activity level increased or
decreased?"

I noticed that I have had cravings for a drink or two, but I
always understood why I wanted it. I knew that it could
cause me to depend on it when moments of stress strikes me.
The same with smoking. Before my panic attack 2 years ago I
had major cravings for a smoke, but I never did it. I knew.
However, I did notice when I'm out with friends at a bar I
will have a drink or two.. maybe more? But then my anxiety
level begins to rise. I would feel sick, dizzy, irritated,
scared, worried about who's around me and wondering how I'll
get home. My mind is racing with thoughts and I begin to
unconsciously get scared.

When it comes to my activity level, it has decreased in a
sense that I will cancel plans when I know they will occur
late in the evening or with a crowd of strangers (clubs
mostly). I prefer to stay home, in my room, door locked and
just laying in my bed sleeping.

This helps me to stay calm by forgetting what's bothering
me. I also like to go for a jog around the block and
sometimes even go to the gym. Even though I do get scared
being in the gym, I try to fight but sometimes it overpowers
me and i give in and go home to sleep. Another way that
helps me relax is laughing. I watch youtube clips, annoy my
little brother and watch tv. I also play with my cats a lot
of the times. They erase my problems for a few minutes. I
love it.

I'll continue later on tonight...



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