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29 Jun 2005

Hi Doc

Was wondering how do I cope with my stress in a way that doesn't damage myself?

I'm not doing that well with it at the moment. Before I met my boyfriend I had never experienced stress before.

Lately when someone annoys or upsets me my chest gets tight and I can't breathe. I also get shooting pains in my heart area and in my head. I feel dizzy and just want to sleep.

I never used to be like this. Alot of bad things are going on in my life but I'm trying to just survive them. I've booked an appointment with a physician, but I feel like I should book myself into the looney bin!

What's wrong with me and why do I feel so scared, depressed and trapped? I literally feel hopeless an I'm supposed to be an optimist!?

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01 Jan 0001

Dear eotl,
Sounds like you may have been developing an Anxiety Disorder, which produces just the sort of reactions to stress that you describe so well. The bin probably isn't needed just yet ! But a doc can do a general checkup, and maybe counselling with a psychologist would be the most efficient way to make sure that you learn better ways of handling stress withoput being so troubled by the inevitable occasional stresses of life. Maybe there's a rouch of depression there, as well.
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