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Hello, I'm 18 years old before I start, I have a bit of a depression and anxiety.

One day I woke up and my eyes couldn't focus,I also have a neck twitch.

I'll try to explain how my eyes can't focus; If there is a object in front of me, and I stare at it, my eyes automatically refocus on it every half second, it feels like my pupils are vibrating, constantly re adjusting themselves.

Also in my sleep, when my eyes are closed, they still ''vibrate'' and are restlessly moving, you can think of an air hockey puck getting smashes around.

I can't sleep because of it, and the sleep i do get is i'm near consciousness and is so light it doesn't provide me with enough rest.

I have had the neck twitch and eye problem for about 4 months...it's like rest will make it go away...but it wont.

the doctor says i need adequate rest and its just stress and pointed me to a physical therapist, who basically just tells me to keep my back straight so my neck muscles relax and i don't have the twitch anymore..not helping much really


I have summer vacation till 24 august, i dont work anymore, till that date i have no obligations whatsoever in my life, i can relax all i want..but i cant because of these problems, they make my head restless and i cant just ''melt away in a chair'' because of this
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replied August 6th, 2009
I have the same thing going on! Atleast, the eye part. I can get it to stop with my eyes closed, though. It's driving me crazy. No one else can see it...so I guess that's good. But it feels like my eyes is bouncing up and down inside the eyelid.
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replied August 19th, 2009
i have the same issue. my eyes won't focus, espessialy around large groups of people (probably do to anxiety) accompanied with a neck twitch. every day i go in and out of a phase that can only be described as a surreal state. i also experiance spurts of memory loss (ex. forgeting what tv show i was just watching, what someone just said to me etc.) i talked to a doctor today and he said it is most likely a seratonin issue and gave me a prescription for depression that i am to take for upwards of six months, and said that it could be damaging my self esstem which can lead to anxiety. you may want to consult your doctor about that and also be screened for manic depression or bi polar disorder, which i was informed can have a few similar symtoms. best of luck - blake
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replied September 24th, 2009
my eyes wont stay focused on an object or person
i have the eye issue! i also have anxiety depression.. can't seem to stare straight at someone either especially when engaged in a conversation. people must notice it and think i'm nuts.
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replied October 1st, 2009
this could be vertigo! search on google or something. it has to do with something in your ear or brain (can't remembr)
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replied October 24th, 2009
I have a very similar thing, I find listening to meditaion tapes i recommend paul mckennas eyes closed.
I think though Im no expert it has to do with nervous system being in overdrive to long and getting worn out, like a car running full speed and over heating.

Its a viscous circle as the worry about it adds to the problem.

Try to take control of it there are good books on dealing with anxiety, and learning to relax and change the way you think.
For me therapy has helped but is is expensive and at the end of the day it is only you who can change.

But it is possible.

Good luck.
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replied October 18th, 2011
mental vs.reality: my eyes are playing tricks on me
Totally feel your pain. i've been trying to straighten my eyes for a while now but im guessing its related to my bdd (body dysmorphic disorder)and they're not really crooked. i feel it but it doesn't mean its true.
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replied March 2nd, 2014
This may be nystagmus. For anyone looking for info beyond Wikipedia, there is a medical research database called Pubmed that you can find on Google which will get you far better information, especially if you have specific medical keywords (such as the particular name of an anxiety disorder etc). SSRIs are linked to nystagmus, but it can also come about from common drugs like alcohol, so it's likely more to do with your own personal nervous system and 'depression' of nervous impulses. When you tell your doctor let him or her know as much detail as possible (e.g. if it is indeed nystagmus, is it horizontal? etc.) which you should be able to find with a little reading into it. Good luck!
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replied March 6th, 2014
When im in public i become self consious and my eye twitches and i am constantky staring into "darkness and will never really look at people around me and just become a blur eg. If im in a assembly at schoo. And we sit in rows in seats i will just stare forward and never look sidewayd at anyone elsee buecause i fear that they will look at me and then my lips start going dry
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