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Originally posted by bizone
I can relate to this.
I went to the doctors for YEARS and YEARS before I finally found help. My overwhelming feeling of being disconnected with the world was really affecting my life. All initial testing said I was healthy... But there was obviously something wrong. Family kept telling me I was fine and that it was all in my head, but whether or not it was psychological didn't stop the fact that it affected the physical part of my life. Dizzyness, fear, sweating, heart racing, etc. I would get these strange thoughts or feelings like maybe I was dreaming, or maybe my entire life is some sort of dream.
Turns out Paxil does the trick for me. No side effects... I have other friends who have similar anxiety disorders (or other chemical imbalances of the brain), and Paxil doesn't do it for everyone. It's amazing what chemical imbalance can do to a person.
About a week after starting my Paxil I slowly came back to Earth and started feeling like a normal person again. I was off of it for a little over a year, but the feelings started coming back... Got a prescription again and I'm good to go.
By what I read here, I would definitely describe your problems with a general doctor (not a head doctor). It's worth trying some medication to see if you feel better. A head doctor will keep working you for more money, and if you have anxiety disorder they might even end up making you feel worse than before.
The sooner you get help the better. Best of luck.
[edit on 15-2-2007 by bizone]
Originally posted by Perplexed
I have had ringing in my ears for a long time but it has gotten worse over the last year. I think it's because I'm getting older (38 now). Or it could mean the mothership is getting closer...
Now I have to wear headphones to bed and listen to wind blowing or rain. I downloaded a shareware version of some software that helps ringing in the ears. I have not bought the full version yet but plan to. I just plug into my laptop and I don't hear the ringing as bad.
If I do focus on it it tends to scare the hell out of me as I start thinking all kinds of wird crap about the functions of my brain and what it is made of. I know it sounds strange. I can hear it now during the day if I focus on it but I am usually busy so I don't notice.
The bummer part is you never really hear silence anymore. Pure nothingness in a quiet place would be nice once in a while but I suppose that will be reserved for the big sleep.
They say about 2 million Americans are affected by this but they have no idea how to cure it. Personally I think we are tuned into a frequency or sound wave most can't hear. Or we could just be defective units and need repair or disposal...
Originally posted by cybertroy
Hey, you mentioned high pitch sounds. I've heard something like that for a while. I cannot seem to pinpoint where it is coming from. It seems to happen even if the PC monitor, computer, and tv are not on, with my computer off. I'm not sure that my wireless router or high speed modem would produce such a sound. It is a sound that reminds me of the high pitched sound you sometimes hear when a CRT monitor or TV is on.
By the way, my ears do ring. I think this is different.
Forget the Psychiatry nonsense, lets see if there is something really going on.
In may case it perhaps it is something simple, but like I said I can't seem to pinpoint the source.