I tend to get the most anxiety when I am trying to fall asleep. I think of one thing which triggers a whole barrage of "what ifs" or things I did "wrong" or people all hate me etc. Then I get overtired which make the anxiety worse. Such a vicious cycle
Same here, it's the worst when I am trying to fall asleep ... worse if I know I have to be up early or go somewhere different the next day ... even if it's something as simple as going to the bank or even going to agility ... something I enjoy. It sucks.
Night time was the worst and still can be pretty bad. I've gone back on a medication that I know works for me in addition to the other two medications I'll likely take the rest of my life. This one I just restarted I'm only on in the winter because I refuse to be a slave to it in the summer when I don't have to take it.
Instead of counting sheep to take my mind off things, especially laying in the bed and my mind is spinning in circles chasing it's tail, I count Chaz dogs lol. Usually I end up counting Steves for whatever reason. I'll count a sheep and then a Steve and then a different type of sheep and then a Steve. The absurdity of that usually makes me laugh, and Steve is so distinctive in my head that it's easy enough for me to picture him.
The last resort because my SO hates it is Indy sleeps directly on top of me and does deep pressure therapy. She won't move until I've filled asleep, and when she does she just sort of scoots off me to lay in the crook of my arm and leaves one of her arms across me (which is why my SO doesn't like it lol, because he'll end up rolling into her outstretched feet face first )
I finally decided to try another medication for my weird depression/anxiety symptoms as it's really starting to affect my every day life.
The first time I took medication was 10 years ago (I was 13), and the doctor put me on Prozac. It was one of the most terrifying experiences I had ever had. I ended up getting arrested and spending a night in a holding cell at 13.
Second time was about 6 years ago, Buspirone, and it made me so incredibly numb that I couldn't handle it.
Now they've got me trying Pristiq. But reading through the experiences with it makes me really concerned. It says I shouldn't be driving, and I should avoid alcohol at all costs (2 beers and you're waking up in the hospital sort of thing)... I don't really think that it's going to work out for me. After 4 days of it I do think I'm starting to feel better, but clearly this isn't the full force of it yet. I don't really know how I feel about trading one limitation on my life for several others.
My dog. I deal with my anxiety by playing with, walking or training Toby.
Because of the stress of moving, and because of the stress of the location we're moving to, I have been really bad for anxiety lately. My husband had to wake me up one night because I had an anxiety attack in my sleep and was hitting my side table with my wrist and wheezing really hard. He woke me up because I wasn't even able to breathe. It was awful.
Toby is really the only thing that makes it manageable for me. I can't take anxiety meds because they mess with contraceptives and make them have a higher risk of failing. Since I've gotten pregnant on birth control before, I don't want to risk it at all. My doctor wanted to put me on anti-depressants too but I said no, Toby helps with that by getting me out of the house.
I haven't slept properly in days at this point.. I've been up since 3AM... :/ It's 12:02pm here.
Sorry I don't have more helpful advice, but I totally hear you!