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I Feel Bugs Crawling On Me!

Discussion in 'Anxiety & Panic Attacks' started by Heather, Mar 21, 2011.

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  1. Heather

    Heather wonder woman I NEED YOU!!!!
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    I think I'm losing my mind. If I'm not freaking out from feeling hands.... Now I feel bugs crawling all over me. I don't know what to do. More grounding exercises?

    Do I need to take a shower? I already took one today. Maybe I'm just over-tired. I guess when I start seeing the bugs crawling all over me then I know I'm in big trouble.

    Anybody else feel bugs or am I the lucky one? Help! Any suggestions.
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  3. Sethe

    Sethe I'm a VIP

    I feel them sometimes too. I have to look and check to make sure they are not there sometimes.

    It usually happens when I'm nervous as heck.
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  4. Heather

    Heather wonder woman I NEED YOU!!!!
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    I'm sooo glad I'm not alone in this! What do you do Sethe?
  5. Sethe

    Sethe I'm a VIP

    Well, considering that it happened today near a coworker, I looked at my hand and arm.

    I guess I suppress it a lot. I have some good 'denial skills.' :rolleyes: Sometimes I just scratch it. Sometimes I tend to flip out.

    Soothing lotion helps. I used to spend time with my bird before he passed. He really helped me calm down.
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  6. Heather

    Heather wonder woman I NEED YOU!!!!
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    I say we blame your coworker:eek::D.
  7. Sethe

    Sethe I'm a VIP

    Nah. This person is nice, but his/her size intimidates me a little.
  8. Brontie

    Brontie Well-Known Member

    Being over medicated can cause the sensation of something crawling just under the skin.
  9. Sethe

    Sethe I'm a VIP

    Hmm, what if you're not on anything?
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  10. Heather

    Heather wonder woman I NEED YOU!!!!
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    ok, sorry does she have an evil sister or cousin we can pin it on then? ANYBODY? Work with me here!;):D.
    I know, my mom is evil.....we'll say it's her fault!:roflmao:
  11. Grace11

    Grace11 Active Member

    Have you tried any relaxation CDs? My T gave me quite a collection. They have been helpful and actually make me relax when I need to do so. I burned a few for my sister recently and she said they have been good - she is pregnant and cannot take meds for Anxiety.
  12. Abstract

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    I was convinced there were bugs on me or biting me for ages and then realised it was psychological. And anxiety related.

    I used body cream. Does not help much but makes me "cleaner". I also find keeping my body cool improves it a bit.
    I hate it actually.

    Good luck, Heather!
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  13. Brontie

    Brontie Well-Known Member


    I'm not on anything either.
    Some foods can also do that.
    Something you may be allergic to but don't realise it.
    I expect there are other reasons too.
    These are the ones I’m aware of.
  14. Ted Moen

    Ted Moen Well-Known Member

    Self talk and checking stuff out is how I handle the feeling of bugs crawling around on me. I remind myself the feeling is probably an anxiety thing and lightly scratch the area just to make sure there is no real bug there. Then I either go back to what I was doing or, if the feeling is really persistant, ask myself what's really bothering me and see what thoughts come up.

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  15. KP the nut

    KP the nut Tigger is back!!!!!
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    My skin crawls if I'm too hot, or cold or........

    A not too hot shower helps and body lotion. Not a lot of help if you are at work, unless you want to scare your nice co worker :eek:. Keeping cream or lotion to hand may help
  16. Sethe

    Sethe I'm a VIP

    Actually, right now I'm wearing a 'moisturizing face mask' and my skin is a little itchy. It's nice and worth it in the end, but maybe the feeling of something 'different' on my skin is causing the slight itch. I suppose food, the weather, humidity levels, etc could also affect it (if looking for non-psychological reasons).
  17. Heather

    Heather wonder woman I NEED YOU!!!!
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    AAuuuggghh! The bugs are back. I hate this! I want to cry.
  18. KP the nut

    KP the nut Tigger is back!!!!!
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    Breathe, it isn't real. You are safe. I'm with you. Use nice body lotion, relax and breathe.
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  19. Heather

    Heather wonder woman I NEED YOU!!!!
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    Thanks Kath. None of this stuff is working!!! I feel like I'm losing my mind. I just want to cry. Actually that's all I've been doing. I talked to my therapist earlier. That always helps but tomorrow he'll be at some dumb training.

    I hate my life.
  20. Heather

    Heather wonder woman I NEED YOU!!!!
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    Aaauuugghhh! I can't stand this! I wish I was dead!
  21. The Albatross

    The Albatross Product of decisions rather than circumstances
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    (((Heather))) When I get that way I do things... Sing really loud off key, jump up and down on my mini trampoline to M.C. Hammer's can't touch this. Or have a bubble bath, put my aroma therapy in it and wear my tiara (yes I have a tiara and I use it... I got it for my birthday from my mother last year. She has two).

    If I can't relax, I use the adreneline (spelling?) to move. Distracting myself and forcing the focus somewhere else helps it pass.
  22. Abstract

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    Hi Heather,
    I hope you are feeling better.

    It is horrible horrible horrible. I had a really bad attack of it the other day again.
    It always seems to come with extreme anxiety.
    I know it seems impossible but concentrate on your breathing; stay aware of your thoughts and make sure they are not making things worse; wear something cool cotton and flowey; keep cool; write out your thoughts and vent.

    Take care.
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  23. Heather

    Heather wonder woman I NEED YOU!!!!
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    Nothing helps!!!!!!!! :cry:
  24. NIKI

    NIKI I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.
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    What about taking a Benadryl? That might help with the itching. Just an idea :0)
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  25. Abstract

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    Sorry to hear that Heather. :(

    What about this as a challenge for you?
    Can you write an enormously long post telling us what you are feeling physically and emotionally? Also anything in your day that may have set this off? Make it really long and use nice strong emotional words and smilies. :mad::confused::cautious::cry::tdown::(
    What emotions are you feeling and can you imagine a river running past you? There are green trees around it.

    Can you imagine placing the overwelming feelings in the river on a leaf and then watching them gently float off? Just watch them flow down the river whilst still staying aware of how you feel.
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