Up until about 6 years ago I used to ignore anxious ill feelings and continue with my life pretty well. But then I had a major breakdown and developed terrible panic disorder, which had me completely floored. Afterwards I twice misinterpreted physical symptoms for mental ones and forced myself to keep going through glandular fever and a stomach infection, which left me feeling pretty unwell! For the last five years I have felt under the weather every day, which anniys me more than panic and depression, but what really bothers me is that I have trouble distinguishing between when it is psychological and physical and tend to err towards safety and assume i should treat more severe feelings of unwellness as physical as I have collapsed in public before due to illness and worry it will happen again. But this means I miss a lot of work and social events and I worry that I am just reinforcing the idea I'm ill by treating myself as such, which could prolong and worsen the feelings. Anyone else had this problem? How do you tell the difference between physical and psychological symptoms?
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