I am new to this so I thought I would just share my story and put it out there. I have never had anxiety or been a hypochondriac before. 1 year ago it came out of nowhere and has never left. I have gotten a reprieve for a couple months here and there but it seems to come back.
I lost my dog shortly before my first bought of panic attacks. I have since been able to control it to not have panic attacks, but the anxiety is almost always there. At the time I attributed the loss to my anxiety but that still didn't make sense. I am baffled. I have since began to concern myself that it is something physical and medically wrong that caused it. now I am constantly worried I have something wrong and if I don't catch it early it will be too late. Of course this leads down the rabbit hole of life questions and have I don't enough in life and how do I accomplish more before it's too late, etc, etc.... see a rabbit hole.
I have always been pretty outgoing but enjoy my time alone. I am usually a pretty rational person until this takes over and I am not who I normally am, which is also scary and leads to me being afraid it will never go away or searching to see if it's still there. It's a vicious cycle and I try meditation, have done tons of research (may or may not be a good thing), bought a lot of self help books, and have even seen a therapist a few times.
So that's my story, Im hoping to get some good input, help, and support.