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For how long are you feeling this way?
Do you have any other medical problems?
Are you on any medications for anything currently?
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hello its been about a week now. what do you think it could be? im on sertraline at the moment. was on 100mg but doctor reduced to 50mg about 1 month ago
I think that the reduction in the dose has brought about these symptoms.
The feeling that you are going to die and being scared so much means that you are having severe anxiety.
can it make me feel so spaced out 24 hours a day. i feel like im not in my body
Yes it can
The most important thing to do is to go back to your psychiatrist or doctor who lowered the dose and let him/her know of your current symptoms.
so do you not think its a physical problem? do you not think im dying?
I do not think at all that this is a physical problem.
I think it is severe anxiety/panic state or panic attack that is causing you to feel this way.
if i was dying would there be other symptoms? i just need to try and get this right in my head
Yes of course.
I mean the 'feeling' that you are going to die is due to an adrenaline rush that you are having due to anxiety.
If you would have been dying you would have already been in the emergency or in the ICU on some ventilator.
It is very obvious that the dose of sertraline was reduced and now you are having these symptoms.
Are you following me?
really. yes i have to say it crossed my mind that it might be the cause. ive felt fine for nearly a year until now
Yes I understand but the reduction in the dose is whats causing your symptoms.
I am very sure this is severe anxiety kicking in again and nothing else.
Are you with me?
yes i understand what you are saying. i just wish i could believe it myself. is it a normal symptom to feel so spaced out and that you are leaving your body? its so awful
Must be awful. I would have felt the same way.
But it is nothing serious.
That is for sure.
Anymore questions that you would like to ask me?
i had a sickness and diarrhea bug last week just before thesr symptoms started. do you think this could also have brought this on?
Yes if the diarrhea was severe it could cause dehydration.
Dehydration can cause one to be fatigued and weak.
But again it would not cause you to be spaced out and in a panic state.
so just to summarise im definitely not dying? it is definitely anxiety
Definitely severe anxiety
You are definitely not dying
thankyou, i just feel so alone in this. just what can i do in thr meantime to reduce these symptoms?
Try to call your friend or someone you trust and try and engage your mind in things that you enjoy doing.
Try and keep your mind busy.
The more you think about it the more anxious you will be.
yeh im in the house on my own at the moment, thinking about visiting my nanna and grandad so im not on my own, my grandad is really understanding with this. i havnt told anyone about it yet though
Yes you should visit someone and try and get your mind off yourself.
im also pregnant, im scared that this will hurt my baby
It won't hurt your baby
Just try and relax
not at the moment from what i can think. im just scared thats all
I understand, just relaxd
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ok thanks i will do