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Trip overseas and terrible anxiety - August 13th 2012, 09:37 AM

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Yesterday I was finally allowed to leave hospital after having an extremely elevated mood and being very hyper, causing me to be recommended (legally unable to leave hospital) until a psychiatrist had finally assessed me and let me leave. It annoyed me that mum was there, as she is part of the reason for my anxiety. She told them that I was probably extremely anxious, which at the time, I wasn't. So the hospital put my condition down as anxiety. I'm not totally convinced I was incredibly hyper due to anxiety, seeing as I wasnt too anxious at the time!
The psychiatrist prescribed me an antidepressant which I'll probably be taking for at least a year. I hate medication with a passion and don't believe I need it, but I have to take it, now.
Also, the thing I'm mostly worried about is my trip to Europe with my school at the end of this year. It will most likely involve me still taking this medication, and I'll be staying with a host family for two weeks and I don't want them to be worried if I have anxiety and am taking medicine. I will have to bring medicine with me, anyway, in case I get an asthma attack or allergic reaction while I'm over there.
Also, my mum is really concerned that I'll have a panic attack on my trip or I'll go 'hyper-stressed' while I'm over there.
I doubt I'll get too stressed when over there, as people who have gone on the trip have told me just how enjoyable it is. The most stress people get is homesickness but seeing as my family is one of my biggest causes of stress, I doubt I'll be affected by that.
Also, I'm worried my mentor teacher/Language teacher who's taking me on my trip to Europe will find out about my anxiety and be wary about letting me go.
I have two main questions:
Has anyone ever become so anxious that they've become hyper and energetic, to the extend of someone thinking you need to be hospitalized?
Do you think anxiety and taking medication will prevent me from going on this trip and staying with a host family?


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Re: Trip overseas and terrible anxiety - August 13th 2012, 02:39 PM

As long as you are taking your medication in the proper prescribed doses at the appropriate times, I don't think you'll have anything to worry about. Honestly Europe is a fun place, and you mentioned that your family is a major anxiety trigger, I think you'll enjoy it because it'll be a chance to see new things and meet new people, and you won't have your family stressing you out.


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Re: Trip overseas and terrible anxiety - August 13th 2012, 07:28 PM

Well, "hyper" and "energetic" can also be interpreted as "restless" and "high-strung" by a third party. They may have seen your "hyper" and "energetic" activity as a sign that you were about to "lose it" and have a panic attack, or something along those lines. They may have felt it was in your best interest to be monitored for a little while longer.

On another note, "hyper" can be a symptom for other mental illnesses. Did your doctor(s) say anything about a possible diagnosis for a mood disorder, such as major depression or bipolar disorder? If they suspected you could be suffering from something other than anxiety, that could also explain why they wanted to monitor you for a little while longer (and prescribe antidepressants to help manage both the anxiety and possible mood disorder).






   
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Re: Trip overseas and terrible anxiety - August 13th 2012, 10:48 PM

Thanks for your replies
I just hope I can convince mum I'll be okay overseas.

The morning I woke up in hospital after they had given me medication , I was extremely agitated and restless. But when I first came in I was laughing hysterically and talking non-stop all high-pitched and felt very.. happy I guess? and confident. I've done a bit of research but I can't find anywhere where this exactly is a symptom of anxiety. My psychologist (last week) said she was going to refer me to someone who specialised in mood disorders so I could be assessed for them. But the psychiatrist at the hospital said he didn't think I had one, but partly due to the influence of mum being there, he didn't get all the facts about what was wrong.


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Re: Trip overseas and terrible anxiety - August 13th 2012, 11:09 PM

If your psychologist thinks you should be referred to someone who specializes in mood disorders, then I would take steps to ensure that happens. What you described could be characterized as "mania," which is one aspect of mood disorders like bipolar disorder. If an assessment suggests you meet the criteria for a mood disorder, then you'll need to address that in addition to the anxiety. Your psychiatrist may have agreed with your psychologist if he had received all the facts.






   
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