I'm new to the support group (I've never been in one before either), but thought it would be really great for me to share my experience and get extra support.
i've been dealing with my anxiety for over 10 years. I have generalized anxiety disorder as well as panic disorder. I recently came to realize that I also suffer from hypochondria and it's pretty severe. My anxiety seems to have taken on that form recently. Anything health related completely aggravates my anxiety, Causes panic attacks, keeps me up at night. It's been absolutely terrible to the point where I've Started to feel like it will never end. I've gotten paranoid that I have some terrible thing like cancer or multiple sclerosis, a brain tumor etc. my anxiety causes symptoms that mimic nerve pain and numbness… At least I think it's my anxiety causing it. I feel like when you're under severe stress anything is possible. Anytime I feel a heart palpitation or a pain my mind immediately goes to the worst place.
It seems like the anxiety just takes on new forms after I beat some of it. For instance I have improved a lot of my social anxiety issues and now have issues with health anxiety. It feels like it's always changing form so that it can get the best of me.
I am currently on Lexapro and have been for many years. It has been a lifesaver, And keeps me at a normal calm. However about a year ago it stopped working as well probably due to my prolonged usage. I am momentarily switched to Prozac which I did not do well with at all. It actually put me into a manic state of anxiety and I couldn't control anything. I am back on Lexapro at a higher dosage. Because my anxiety has been so bad lately I opted to up my medication a second time. It helped very quickly for the last few days but now I feel like the anxiety is back.
I'm tired, and constantly anxious. I always feel completely on edge and I struggle to hide it. My boyfriend is been so understanding but he deals with his own anxieties as well and it's hard to feel like I'm putting this on him to deal with as well. However he has been great. But I really want to get this under control for myself and for my relationship.
Any tips for how to deal with health anxiety, panic, general anxiety, and phobia are GREATLY appreciated.
thanks for listening.
It's now been about 4 weeks since I broke up with him. I've been in strict no contact with him for almost 2 weeks. I've been living my life and posting pics on social media. My ex and I were still following each other and any time I posted an Instagram story, he would be one of the first to view it within minutes. Mostly it would be selfies, or cool places I've found since moving to the city....
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