Hi all! I'm new to this site. Feeling like I can talk better to strangers than I can to someone in person! I'm a 45 yr old woman, married 17 yrs., have two children (one boy one girl) and love animals. I've think I've been having anxiety and am trying to figure out why. My stomach seems to have butterflies in it all day long, along with aches in chest and shoulder. Don't know what to do to relieve it. Went to the doctor and seen someone else (normal dr was out of town) and she put me on citalopram HBR but I haven't taken it due to the side effects. I have taken st. johns wort before but just started them again today hoping for a little relief. Any help on dealing with this is thankful! I have thought that my boy getting his license may have started it. I did get used to that, then winter came along and it seems to made it worse, as I am a very protective mom. Then both trying out for the school basketball team (both made it with no worries, but I don't count my eggs before they hatch!) may have had something to do with it, beings it seems like it started around there. Then I got sick with a really bad cold and it just seems like it got worse from there. I originally thought I was going to have a heart attack and the dr told me I was fine. I guess I have tried to find a way to know the signs of anxiety and scared myself with the heart stuff since they are so similar. I know I am just rambling on, so please if you have any questions or any advise please let me know!! Thanks in advance!!