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Peacewithin1
Peacewithin1
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I have not googled any symptoms or anything in a couple of months but I am feeling so tempted today. I'm not looking to Google symptoms, just information but I'm afraid once I start I won't be able to stop and then downhill I go.

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Don't start if you don't think its worth it.

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Peacewithin1
Peacewithin1
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I did it. I just wanted a clear definition of empath lol. It was eating me up.

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ok lol

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Lvictoria81

What is it that u wanna google

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Peacewithin1

I just wanted to Google the definition of something. I did it already lol

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Lvictoria81

Lol was it scary? Are u ok?

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Peacewithin1

I'm relieved lol. I wanted to Google info about the term Empath. I use Google if I need to get a phone # or something. Since I'm in therapy now, 1 thing is for me to stay away from googling symptoms and treatments for cancer etc. I didn't even feel the urge but I did Google Empath and anxiety relation. I stopped right there.

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Lvictoria81

Oh ok. I need to stop googling symptoms too that's half my problem.

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Peacewithin1

Yes please stop, Google had me thinking I had ovarian cancer, I even almost convinced my Dr lol. After that I knew I had to stop.

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Lvictoria81

Its awful I wish it was never invented

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Cwoods

Googling symptoms are thee worse i swear u would think you have everything after looking up symptoms ive scared myself so many times like that

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Peacewithin1
Peacewithin1
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Yes I stopped doing it finally. I don't want to open that door again. When I feel like googling I just distract myself by going on YouTube or Pinterest

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Facefoamus

Google is a bi&@$. Every time I get worried about symptoms I'm tempted to look but it always tells me im dying. 😩

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Peacewithin1

Yes like now I want to get up there but I don't want to feel more miserable lol. Stay away from Google lol

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kama24
kama24
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Normally, cortisol levels rise during the early morning hours and are highest about 7 a.m. They drop very low in the evening and during the early phase of sleep. But if you sleep during the day and are up at night, this pattern may be reversed.

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kama24

I know that when I attended CBT classes the #1 thing they stressed was "stay off the computer, do NOT google!" They pointed out that often it depended on what and how you typed in the search words or phrases as to what you come up with. Sometimes it brings up the more "intense" and worse case scenario first. Once we read that....we are "done for"

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Peacewithin1
Peacewithin1
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Yes the same with my Sessions... She stressed that I challenge myself to not google... it's so hard lol

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kama24
kama24
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If I do google something & it starts immediately with the worse case scenario I X out and reword my question. I just realized it is 2 years this month since all my problems started. If you know about the hormone cortisol you know it is the "fight or flight" one. I am waking now with the feelings of FEAR (the hormone is highest in early morning). I know I have this growth on my adrenal gland and that it may be causing the problem. I'm just terrified of surgery, and being in the hospital. I know I need a specialist's opinion. I just need to get there. I wonder how many others wake with the "fear" at it's peek in the morning? This is so embarrassing and also annoying to be like this.

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Cibolagirl

I agree. Googling can lead to unnecessary stress. I, however, would never have known my sudden onset anxiety disorder was from a benzodiazepine withdrawal all doctors refused to believe. I spent so much $ and time on tests and specialists until i found a benzo withdrawal site with 10,000 members.

I am a hypochondriac already but I KNEW something was really wrong this time. My withdrawal took 2 years until I had some relief and another 2 until I was back to normal. I prbly would have ended it if it hadn't been the wonderful support of these sites. Drs were condescending and rude. Drs also have little training in pharmaceuticals. They continue to try to slap one drug after anothet on me, i no longer go to them except for yearly tests etc.

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Peacewithin1

I agree... if I wasn't googling about anxiety then I would have never found this forum. The fact that you are back to normal gives hope! It's good to hear some sort of success behind the anxiety disaster.

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