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I don't know if this can be ruled out as anxiety or not... maybe this is something more, but I am sorry if I put this in the wrong category.


I had difficulty sleeping last night. Every chance I got to sleep, I would feel like I was sinking into my bed. ( I sleep on my stomach or my right side ) when I drifted off into sleep and felt this sinking, my body automatically popped up in fear and I woke up gasping for are. I felt like I awoke a bad nightmare almost. Has anyone else ever had this happen? I am a little bit stressed out too currently, so maybe that's what's causing it. I have no idea. But it's the weirdest feeling. I would wake up and have the effects of a panic attack after. Hyperventilating, panicking and shaky. So maybe it was just a bad dream? It doesn't happen often. Only every now and again.

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Sounds like you suffer from classic anxiety and depression. Good news is that there is help out there which can treat it and turn your life around and make you feel more "normal" and able to cope.


That said, after reading all your previous threads (...and here, please excuse me for being a little harsh now..), you seem to flatly refuse to look into counselling/therapy for no good reason other than "I don't like talking to people about this". OP, to put it bluntly, no-one can help you if you don't help yourself.

You have two choices here:

1) Don't get professional help and continue living this sad, miserable, anxiety riddled, depressing life.. for the rest of your life, which will continue getting even worse, OR


2) Seek professional counselling and therapy, medication, to help you get your life back on track, to a mentally healthier place and a much much happier, healthier life.


I know what I would do.


Choice is yours.

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I think there is nothing wrong with you. As far as I know, that is not anxiety. I remember I read once about it and it is said it is something related to your brain getting confused because your heartbeat decreases (maybe due to falling asleep) and so, it believes you are dying and sends you an alert which is why you wake up scared. It is not related to heart problems in any way, maybe it is your stress the one causing it. But don't worry about it, it has happened to all of us and it is nothing to be afraid of.

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It's called a 'myoclonic jerk'. It's a startle response we all sometimes have that can feel like you're falling off a cliff. It can happen during a change in your sleep cycle as you fall into a deeper sleep. You may have incorporated it into a bad dream.


I read Capricorn's response, and if it's true that you're suffering anxiety or depression, that's treatable. So refusing to see a therapist is like saying you refuse to go to a doctor to treat a broken limb. People have no trouble hiring a plumber or a tax preparer for practical matters, but what could be more practical than your quality of life?

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