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[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.


From: julleri
2005-12-04 02:27 am (UTC)

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

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[User Picture]From: sliceofpisces
2005-12-04 09:11 am (UTC)
Wow man. I think you just helped diagnose me. I remember coming across this before years ago and wondering if it was what I had. Now having read it again and having tried meds for other things, Im pretty sure this is it. Ive always been like the description says.


(above link for those unfamiliar with the syndrome)
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[User Picture]From: james_bean
2007-03-01 02:23 am (UTC)

Hey there

My friend's, roommate, Mary, has Asperger's syndrome. Isn't that were you have a hard time putting the features of the face together? She seems alright with it--she's a total prodigy when it comes to cooking exotic dishes, or remembering a historical name or event (her walls are lined with books)..just wish she'd take better care of herself.

In terms of the sleeping pills, my roomie in college used them..and there were times I had trouble sleeping but it was usually because I was working something out in my head for awhile.
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[User Picture]From: subtle_rift
2007-03-01 03:08 am (UTC)

Re: Hey there

AS is different things to different people. The medical definition varies between countries, but for me AS is characterised by irrational obsessions with things. There's also difficulty with social interaction, facial recognition, non-verbal clues, and so on.
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