||[Dec. 3rd, 2005|10:30 pm]
The Anxiety Campfire for Men
Hey everyone, I just joined.|
My name's Jon, I'm a 19yo Maths & AI student in the UK. I have Asperger's Syndrome, and all the usual social anxiety that that entails. 3 months ago I split up with my long term girlfriend, and although the pain has passed and I'm starting to put my life back together, I've been left feeling massivly anxous. I guess around 3 days out of 4 I'll have a generalised background anxiety, it's mostly manageble except I can't concentrate for more than 10 mins, meaning bye bye grades. Also, maybe one day in 2 or 3, I'll have, not an attack, but pretty intense anxiety for an hour or two. I generaly just stay in bed.
The above is all non-specific anxiety, I have no idea what's causing it. I'm at uni, so stress & anxiety is part of life, and generaly not a problem. If a big deadline approaches I'll get anxous about it, but it just pushes me to work harder, and it's not at all a problem. But what's been happening in the last few months is a problem, because it's stopping me going to/ paying attention in lectures. There's no deadline where I know all the stress will disapear.
i used to find exercise very helpful, but less so now. Judo still help's, but I ache too much to do it more than once a week. I'm on Temazepam right now, because I have insomnia, not caused but made worse by this. Although I've never taken them in the day, the day after I take one I always feel much better. Temazepam has a half-life of about 8 hours, so there's probably still quite a lot in my blood then next day. Either that, or just a good night's sleep (since the anxiety started, my insomnia has shifter from inability to get to sleep, to inability to sleep deeply/stay asleep) helps.
Anyway, I'm only just starting to deal with this, so any advice/anecdotes'd be great.