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Health Anxiety

I have suffered from anxiety for as long as I could remember and I am only 21 years old. It really takes a toll on my everyday life. Most of my anxiety revolves around my health. I have shortness of breath, heart flutters, dizziness, shaking, and all sorts of issues that are really NOT an issue, it's just my anxiety! I used to take Lexapro but recently got myself off of it hoping that I didn't need it anymore. I have been pretty much anxiety free for a while now until a few days ago. It feels so real and people around me think I'm crazy and it's all in my mind. Nobody understands it. I just want it to go away without having to take medicine again. It always makes me think the worst is wrong with me every time a new symptom comes up, I google it and automatically think I'm having an aneurysm or I have cancer. It's horrible.

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Same here, 21 with anxiety for as long as I can remember. What a relief finally meeting someone who shares that aspect, it feels nice knowing at least one person understands. I hope you feel that same peace of mind.

I'm very sorry that it's gotten worse, have you ever tried seeing a therapist? Maybe they can help you find a way to cope with those thoughts? I've also been told meditation can help, but I've yet to try it myself. I hope you find help soon!

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With people who say it's 'all in your head', I've found it helpful to make the following point: I experience anxiety as a feeling. You see it as a concept. You rationalize it away using logic. That doesn't work for an intense feeling. A feeling is only felt. It is not thought away!


It really does take a toll on our bodies. I'm in my mid 30's and it doesn't seems to get easier but I am hoping this group will give me the chance to chat with others who are trying to manage with similar situations.


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