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Might as well write some stuff down while I'm here...

When I was 18 I was at my computer reading old TFF. Felt a huge head rush and woke up on the floor having passed out. Kept that to myself for a while but dropped out of college and stopped going to work as ever since that day I've felt different. Feels like brain fog all day every day. I feel less intelligent and can't hold a conversation because I genuinely can't think of anything to say. Wake up tired no matter how much sleep.

Went to the doctor and had a blood test. They couldn't find anything wrong so I just sort of cracked on day to day while feeling crap but I could at least operate.

Last couple of years have worsened however, find myself getting very anxious. My brain feels like it's irreparably damaged and I struggle with some sense of realism. For example if I think about space and the fact the earth is billions of years old I genuinely have to hold onto whatever is around me because I feel like I'm going to pass out or fall over. Very often have to go and lie down. Also bad when driving or a passenger in a car on the motorway. Go into a zone where I think about how quick everyone's actually going and my brain seems to fill with panic and dread.

Want to go to the doctor but worried I'll be declared insane or something and be locked up away from my kids. Also convinced myself they'll decide it's been so long since this episode that they'll put it down to me conjuring something up in my head. I however know its something physical and have been struggling every day since.

My dad's epileptic - considered this could be attributed to what I experienced but surely I'd have had a similar episode in the past 12 years.

Feel like it's reached crunch time. Need to bring more money in but worried my brain in its current state won't let me retain any new information or allow me to blend with new people. Pretty sure everyone at work things I'm the quiet weirdo because I just get my head down and crack on each day.
What you had at 18 sounds very much like an epileptic fit. It may not be but passing out for a non-epileptic is not very common. I had my first at about 21 so it may come in that age range I don't know.
Same goes with getting panicked in certain situations. Despite the epilepsy, I still got my driver's license but couldn't touch a car if you paid me. Some situations just feel extremely stressful. I think a general doctor won't be able to help you but if you go and see a qualified neurologist, he could tell you if you have some kind of brain disorder (and that doesn't make you stupid!) and prescribe you medication.
 

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What you had at 18 sounds very much like an epileptic fit. It may not be but passing out for a non-epileptic is not very common. I had my first at about 21 so it may come in that age range I don't know.
Same goes with getting panicked in certain situations. Despite the epilepsy, I still got my driver's license but couldn't touch a car if you paid me. Some situations just feel extremely stressful. I think a general doctor won't be able to help you but if you go and see a qualified neurologist, he could tell you if you have some kind of brain disorder (and that doesn't make you stupid!) and prescribe you medication.
Thanks for the reply.

Had a look into anxiety symptoms as well and a lot of what I experience daily all falls under different types of anxiety so it could potentially be that. Maybe I've just been anxious ever since the incident and it's gotten steadily worse.

Anyway, going to get myself to a doctor and expect to be referred to a neurologist, although I'm somewhat apprehensive about finding out what the issue is at the same time as wanting to get sorted.
 

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Might as well write some stuff down while I'm here...

When I was 18 I was at my computer reading old TFF. Felt a huge head rush and woke up on the floor having passed out. Kept that to myself for a while but dropped out of college and stopped going to work as ever since that day I've felt different. Feels like brain fog all day every day. I feel less intelligent and can't hold a conversation because I genuinely can't think of anything to say. Wake up tired no matter how much sleep.

Went to the doctor and had a blood test. They couldn't find anything wrong so I just sort of cracked on day to day while feeling crap but I could at least operate.

Last couple of years have worsened however, find myself getting very anxious. My brain feels like it's irreparably damaged and I struggle with some sense of realism. For example if I think about space and the fact the earth is billions of years old I genuinely have to hold onto whatever is around me because I feel like I'm going to pass out or fall over. Very often have to go and lie down. Also bad when driving or a passenger in a car on the motorway. Go into a zone where I think about how quick everyone's actually going and my brain seems to fill with panic and dread.

Want to go to the doctor but worried I'll be declared insane or something and be locked up away from my kids. Also convinced myself they'll decide it's been so long since this episode that they'll put it down to me conjuring something up in my head. I however know its something physical and have been struggling every day since.

My dad's epileptic - considered this could be attributed to what I experienced but surely I'd have had a similar episode in the past 12 years.

Feel like it's reached crunch time. Need to bring more money in but worried my brain in its current state won't let me retain any new information or allow me to blend with new people. Pretty sure everyone at work things I'm the quiet weirdo because I just get my head down and crack on each day.
4 years ago something similar to what you described happened to me, sitting in a meeting at work.

It’s was terrifying and awful and embarrassing and left me feeling like someone had poured a can of soup in my head, everything was there, where it should be, but it was so hard to get to, so hard to get out, to even put the words together to explain it was impossible because I was blending words together into weird and wonderful new words ‘happy firfday’ to my brother on his 40th - the last time I saw him a month before he died suddenly is a bittersweet memory.

You need to see a neurologist about the blacking out and the brain fog. For me it was multiple sclerosis causing these thing and this can’t be diagnosed with a blood test, it’s an MRI and a possibly a lumbar puncture to measure the presence of oliccloginal bands in the CSF. That’s something you can get mad a thing and fight back against.

Please don’t give up on yourself, because you feel this way, it might be something you can fight with a little more investigation.

If you want to talk drop me a PM - happy to share a contact method

Tracy
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Finally plucked up the courage to go back to my doctor this morning. For the last few nights my anxiety has been really bad. I only got 3 hours sleep Monday night and i didnt get any sleep last night so i'v had to phone in sick at work.

Wish i knew why my anxiety is suddenly so bad. Doctor has prescribed me Sertraline. Anybody ever taken them. If so what are they like.

Wish i knew why i cant sleep. I lay in bed for hours on end trying to sleep and the harder i try the more i overthink about not sleeping and start clock watching and it makes my anxiety worse. I dont think the hot weather at night is helping. My doctor didnt want to give me any sleeping tablets today but if i cant sleep tonight she said she would. The lack of sleep is the worst thing about it. Iv tried Kalms and nytol and they didnt do anything.
 

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I've not used it but I know many people that have found sertraline helpful. It takes a while to settle on and needs to be taken regularly. I hope that it can help you.

In regards to sleeping I've always found the more pressure I put myself under the harder it is. I have to tell myself that I know can't sleep, but I also know I can survive in a couple of hours sleep and it helped me to relax about it. I've managed to get a slight control on it now that I have a better routine, work fixed(ish) hours and I've also found Audio Books/history podcasts worked well for me.
 

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Thankfully the last few nights I have slept better. Worst part of my anxiety is overthinking. Even something like my girlfriend taking a while to text me back makes me overthink. It drives me crazy cause I know how silly that is.
 

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People bully abuse me slag me off screen shot my comments and post it elsewhere so they can slag me off so I have deleted my account so I can't see what they have put but some of my comments were over the top but I'm bound be like that when not well. I'm scared ring the Samaritans don't really know what to say to them.

Those people are sick Andy. I'm a retired psychiatric nurse and wish you well. I'm coming up 10 years retired now. I retired at 59. I spent the next 2 years getting over anxiety which had been brought on by the way I was treated by Human Resources (HR) after a false rape allegation was made against me by a schizophrenic 85-year old patient. I was eventually told the investigation was over as there was nothing against me, but I couldn't return to my post until after this patient was moved to a nursing home. She was very difficult to place as she had a long history of making false allegations against members of her family and staff at various establishments. Six months later I returned to my ward but I'd lost faith in the NHS's ability to deal with situations like mine. During my time off work I got no support whatsoever despite my innocence. I was fully paid while I was off, but was never offered a move up the scale after that, which I believed was due to me. Supporting Chester FC for 61 years hasn't helped either. Stick in there Andy there is light at the end of the tunnel.
 
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I’m okay after the roughest episode I’ve ever had with my mental health.

Just checking in to see how others here are doing amidst the chaos.
Okay mate, wasn't sure if you were looking for an ear to get things off your chest yourself. Feel free if you need to of course.

Good to hear you're okay though and good man for reawakening this thread for others.
 

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