Ever since I woke up this morning I've had this terrible feeling in my stomach. It won't go away. Nothing really happened, I'm not sure what's causing it. It's like the feeling on the morning of a very important exam or what I felt as a kid coming home with a bad grade. I believe it's anxiety but it could also be a mild form of a panic attack.
I'm seeing my doctor next Friday about an unrelated issue so I'll ask her about this but what do I do til then? It's a terrible feeling, like I could throw up any second
It also happened in November and lasted about 3 days, it went away on its own.
Any OTC pills that I could take? Any other suggestions?
You were having a mild panic attack.
Panic attacks are a self-reinforcing behavior so you do need help with it, a doctor will subscribe stuff and talking to a skill councillor will help. They *will NOT* go away on their own, and will get worse. Fortunately with a bit of training and attention early on, it's much easier to stop that happening.
Night-time is _always_ the worst. Social anxiety can be more acute and obvious, but it is nighttime when our distraction level is the lowest and nothing else is around to help.
Talk to a doctor or assistant about non-medicial remedies and how to deal with accute symptoms.
Generally music is helpful, as are other creative activities. The night/morning attacks can be annoying because there is little resources that can help _you_ specifically.
The actual anxiety/panic attack, resembles more than anything else, a mental bad habit.
Rather than dwelling on the good things, and the creative things we can achieve. The anxious mind grabs at fears and stressors that it can't control, and then like some idiot in a padded cell, it beats the walls of our mind with those worries ... so you can see it is little wonder that we get "exam tummy" from the stress.
The real cure is creating new habits and new experiences that give positive values rather than fear, and teaching our mind to let go of it's death grip on it's concerns. Annoyingly enough for those of us who experience the anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, we have let our mind grab onto things we can't control - and often it is that lack of control that gets us so obsessed about that one concern. Is it a wonder that such thoughts enter a constant spiral that result in our bodies reacting poorly