Jump to content
CrazyBoards.org

A couple of my anxiety symptoms


Recommended Posts

I am wondering if anyone else experiences these symptoms as part of their anxiety disorder(s). They are related obviously and have to do with stimuli.

1. I get flustered and fearful when someone touches me when I am unaware. I occasionally even lash out, because it scares me.

2. When I am otherwise occupied, hearing something like a telephone or someone sneezing can freak me out. Not too long ago, I actually spilled a glass of strawberry milk on myself. I was in the kitchen, and my niece was in the hallway behind me. She sneezed, and I freaked, spilling the milk everywhere. It can be rather inconvenient. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes, I've also experienced these things, particularly the second one. I can startle quite easily and have often physically jumped at any sudden or unexpected noise. It's almost like a reflex reaction I cannot stop. I imagine I would easily spill something too if a sudden sound or touch caught me unawares while I was pouring or holding some drink.

Another occasion in which this happens to me (and I try hard to control it and hope people don't notice or think it's something else) is when I suddenly notice someone I didn't realise was there before. For example if I turn a corner and there's someone there walking in the opposite direction to me.

I'd guess it's simply a result of our being hyperaware of our environments and the stimuli that reach us, especially those that are sudden, unexpected or intense.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've experienced the second thing you talk about. When I hear an unexpected loud noise it makes my mind go crazy and all I want to do is scream.  It really bothers me, in a way that I am having a hard time thinking of the words to explain it.  It makes my mind just feel out of control.  I don't act on it usually, but if I am alone I will scream something LOUD, to kind of get it out of my system, if that makes sense.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am wondering if anyone else experiences these symptoms as part of their anxiety disorder(s). They are related obviously and have to do with stimuli.

1. I get flustered and fearful when someone touches me when I am unaware. I occasionally even lash out, because it scares me.

2. When I am otherwise occupied, hearing something like a telephone or someone sneezing can freak me out. Not too long ago, I actually spilled a glass of strawberry milk on myself. I was in the kitchen, and my niece was in the hallway behind me. She sneezed, and I freaked, spilling the milk everywhere. It can be rather inconvenient. 

i've experienced all of this. i think it's probably best described as hypervigilance, but i could be wrong. most of the time, it's not so bad, but definitely inconvenient. you're right about that. the only way i've found to make it a bit better is just to keep working on reducing overall anxiety.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You would hate it here (Salt Lake City). Besides the 4th of July, there is a state holiday July 24th (read "No, really, it's not a Mormon religious holiday!"), and fireworks are big on both days. Plus, fireworks are legal, so people start buying them in late June, and set them off from then until the end of July. Fortunately, our dogs *don't* have a strong startle reflex.

Me either, to bring the conversation back on point. I'm more obsessively anxious.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You would hate it here (Salt Lake City). Besides the 4th of July, there is a state holiday July 24th (read "No, really, it's not a Mormon religious holiday!"), and fireworks are big on both days. Plus, fireworks are legal, so people start buying them in late June, and set them off from then until the end of July. Fortunately, our dogs *don't* have a strong startle reflex.

Me either, to bring the conversation back on point. I'm more obsessively anxious.

there's a fireworks competition in my city every summer so there's a new show each weekend and it gives our dogs so much anxiety if they are exposed to it. when people set off firecrackers and stuff, i want to kill them because it's already bad enough with regularly scheduled booms and bangs and then having to deal with morons setting them off randomly on a weekday evening on top of that is very irritating.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

there's a fireworks competition in my city every summer so there's a new show each weekend and it gives our dogs so much anxiety if they are exposed to it. when people set off firecrackers and stuff, i want to kill them because it's already bad enough with regularly scheduled booms and bangs and then having to deal with morons setting them off randomly on a weekday evening on top of that is very irritating.

So there is a fireworks show every weekend in the summer?  I can't stand fireworks and I would not want to hear them all summer long.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

With fireworks, it's actually my vision that seems most affected by them unless a bunch of firecrackers go off close to me. By the way, thanks for the input, everyone. I asked my therapist about hypervigilance, and she says if a person is triggered several times a day, it is a problem. I am triggered several times a day, especially on days when I am particularly anxious. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...