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A few weeks ago I asked about anyone who suffers from anxiety.  One responder asked me if I wake up in panic in the morning.  I never got a chance to answer her because my post veered off in a new direction by other responders.  But I wanted to tell Broken Diva that I do have my most horrible times just waking up in the mornings.  Every single morning.  The anxiety combined with depression lasts for quite awhile.  It's coming out of the dream world and the escape of sleep into the real world.  I hate going to sleep at night because I know what morning will bring.  I try my best to do anything I can to change my thoughts, but the anxiety won't let me. Eventually it gets better, but leaves me exhausted.  Does anyone else experience this? I am not new at this .  I'm at 3 years 9 months.  Sorry I've taken up the forums today.  Just a very bad day and need friends to vent to.  Thank you.

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Hello - I definitely sympathize...I too want to be lost in dreams.  I don't feel the anxiety and loss there.  Waking up is literally hard.  At least when I sleep and/or dream...I'm not...HERE.

So for whatever it may be worth - you're not alone in this!

I often sit up all night for that exact reason.

Does it help to sit up all night?  Do you sleep during the day after?

Dear Lostandloney,

Thanks for responding to me!  I think this happens to a lot of people.....

Did you ever try breathing?  Inhale for 4 counts and exhale for 5.  I also try to live in the MOMENT.  Don't think ahead!  That drives me crazy.

Also, I try to do something....and think of doing it.  I often speak out loud, saying OK, now I'm stepping over to make coffee....minute by minute.

But I agree with you - hate to go to sleep cause I know what morning will bring.  I have no trouble falling asleep but often wake up too early because of my thoughts!  Does that happen to you?

I will be thinking of you....please think and pray for me too!  We WILL get through this.

I wish it the anxiety I wake with could be helped with breathing.  It is so strong it makes me nauseous.  It last several hours.  Thank you for trying to help.  I know living in the moment is also a good thing, but the anxiety just won't let me do that.  My therapist is working on that, but we haven't gotten very far.

To live in the moment you have to force yourself to THINK because your brain can't think of two things at once.  Try talking out loud (I know that sounds funny) but try to focus on just one thing.....I've even heard to yell "STOP" outloud....and try to focus on one thing.

I really sympathize with you....It is so HARD!  But it can only get better!

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