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  1. In my opinion you have Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) These kinds of debilitating and frightening conditions will naturally lead to stress (-> anxiety). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SLm76jQg3gThe above is a link to a video demonstrating the exercise to treat to Treat BPPV Vertigo called the Epley Maneuver. The exercise itself will DEFINITELY cause vertigo and be unpleasant, but with some perserverence, you will clear the calcium crystals out into the outer ear where they have no impact on you. I recommend building the speed and intensity of the maneuver up over a week or so. In your situation, I'd recommend considering an anti-nausea medicine to alleviate the symptoms a little while starting the exercises. It could also be prudent to try an "anti-stress" supplement blend, like Source Naturals, Hi-Stress B&C or Now Foods, Cal-Mag, Stress Formula. These formulas combine vitamins and minerals that are typically deficient in persons with stressful lives or sufferers of anxiety etc. as well as herbs that have natural calming affects, and some contain amino acids and other essential brain/metabolism fuels. Or just seek the guidance of a qualified professional. Best of luck!
  2. An ADHD child can easily appear to be ASD/Autistic to a certain extent. Think about the similarities in impulse control and emotional overreaction, in particular to STIMULI (such as noises "normal" kids wouldn't even take notice of). Sensory Processing Disorder symptoms are clearly present in children of both ADHD and Autism diagnoses. The impulsivity and emotional labiality can generate negative social interaction feedback leading to social anxiety and other similar anti-social behaviours. Also think about this. Low dopamine levels are present in both types of disorders. Low dopamine is known to chemically steer a person towards an egoistic rationale and drift them further away from altruistic than the typical child. Additionally, be aware that there are three main sub categories of ADHD: Hyperactivity, Impulsiveness, and Inattentiveness. Many people (including some professionals!) are fixated on the "hyperactivity" symtpoms and seem to not comprehend that there are in fact ADHD sufferers who have minimal hyperactivity and majority inattentive symptoms. Supplements that assist with the natural production of dopamine will help both diagnoses, simply more significantly so with ADHD.
  3. It may be worth noting that there is also a correlation between BPD and ADHD too. Worth investigating while you're researching. I saw a psychiatrist on Monday and was formally diagnosed with Adult ADHD. I've been on Ritalin 10 since then and have noticed a significant improvement in all symptoms. ADHD meds are inherently diagnostic, as they will act like a stimulant (think of what Speed does) if you do not have ADHD physiology, and if you do, well ... they slow your world down and allow you to calmly respond to stimuli with a controlled approach, that is if you even notice said stimuli anymore. I can totally tune in and focus on what I'm doing now and none of the noises coworkers are making get my attention anymore. Feel free to ask me any questions if you feel I can help! Cheers
  4. Any yellowness/mucous in your stools? Yellow can indicate Colitis, which would require special antibiotics. Any really dark red or black matter? That could be internal bleeding and also requires medical attention. If the pain brings you to your knees and continues to escalate, go to emergency if you have to. Gut infections and inflammation can lead to critical illness. I've driven my wife to hospital numerous times for such issues. GL.
  5. They are referred to as intrusive thoughts and are commonly a biproduct of OCDs. Try to find a humourous side to them by depersonalising their origins from yourself. As in don't judge yourself. These kinds of thoughts don't make you the kind of person who would act on them. They are artistic exaggerations manifested by a combination of implicit memories and a reduced impulse control. Some of my intrusive thoughts have made me think I must be a psychopath. I understand how confronting it can be. Just remember who you are and disconnect from them as though they are not yours - really they aren't as they generally don't reflect any truth to your character. GL
  6. Anxiety naturally swings your body into "fight or flight" mode, the opposite of which is the restorative mode that slows you down to create ideal healing and relaxation chemistry. So yes, anxiety exasperates and can even cause a myriad physical dramas, including negatively affecting the immune system - which could make you more susceptible to catch a cold in the first place, as well as putting more stress on your struggling body. The good news is that all these "inexplicable" issues have an explanation after all and they can be treated and symptoms will improve. The easiest strategy for me to try and balance my anxiety out is being mindful and using breathing techniques that force me into the present and also help slow my heart rate and lower blood pressure. It's as simple as breathing in deeply, then taking a short pause before breathing out, making sure the out breath is longer than the in. A way to add even more mindfulness is to concentrate on the breathes taking place either in your heart and imagine they create a path of healing light OR simply focus on your nostrils, which will improve your sense of smell and bring your irrational fears and ruminations back to earth. Take care
  7. I've literally never received any guidance for CBT. My wife (who has BPD, Bipolar, ADHD, CPTSD and OCD) uses mindfulness techniques all the time to manage and I've picked up a thing or two over the years. I was a little too quick to dismiss the meditation side of DBT, but now the simple 7-11 breathing technique really does wonders for me in preventing panic escalation. In my resilliance training for work we are advised to count to 4 before allowing ourselves to respond to a challenging affrontation. It really works, if you can get the jump on the impulse. That's the hard part! It may be a while before I can justify having two hands out of action though, but I'll certainly chime back on how it does go. Cheers
  8. Sounds like text book adult ADD to me, which I also suffer from (and I can definitely identify with the symptoms you've described). I was on dexamphetamines during the latter years of highschool and noted a significant improvement in both my academic achievements and my behaviour. I still had social anxiety and depression though, but the ADD medication results certainly reinforced the diagnosis. The impulsiveness ought to calm down as your mind does ... I have gotten myself in all sorts of financial pickles from the same cycle as you. What works for me is using a separate bank account to send an "allowance" to, which I can use guilt free at my own leisure - but I am not to use credit or touch other money. The temptations are still there, but they get less engaging over time.
  9. So what has the psychiatrist said regarding managing the condition?
  10. I have "moderately severe" bilateral CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), which the neurologist said I should urgently attend to with endoscopic surgery. I'm petrified! And this is just keyhole surgery. I think your fear might very well rational! We just need our fear to be aligned proportionately with the risks. Being quite a literal and pragmatic person myself, my approach would be to get all my doubts off my chest with the surgeon during a pre-op consultation, then practice CBT to remain objective and positive leading up to the surgery. I also HATE the idea of "going under" - I've had a general anaesthetic before and if you allow yourself to panic leading up to falling unconscious it can be a terrible experience. I'd definitely recommend going in with a relaxation game plan. GL! Cheers