I don't know about y'all. But in my case, the worse thing in anxiety are the symptoms. They feed up the anxiety reactions and make all the situation looks extremely real. actually, they are real. Promoted by an imbalance in the neurochemistry.
I was having a good day today. Although I had a horrible night (I couldn't sleep at all). I was watching tv on the sofa and had a nap. The phone woke me up. In my anxious mind, it would be a bad news about my mum. My heart went really fast. It was about 5 hours ago. Since then I feel awful. Extremely weak and I feel like I'm going to faint (or die). I have a pressure in my head. It feels like my head is about to explode.
Now the funny thing: I have a mild flu. My nose is blocked since Saturday. The anxiety symptoms can be explained by the flu. The pressure in my head is because of my blocked nose and the weakness because of the flu and the fact that I didn't sleep last night. I was ok with these symptoms, but after the event in the afternoon (the phone waking me up ) I started associating these symptoms with a cardiac condition. I feel like I'm about to have a stroke.
It is very real. I could check my blood pressure, but I'm so anxious and I get so anxious by the fact of checking my blood pressure. I'm quite sure it will be increased by the anxiety and will make me more anxious.
Does anyone here feel the same? I mean, in your reason you know the symptoms are induced by the anxiety but there's always the doubt that you're gonna die by an heart attack or a stroke...