I'm finally getting somewhere!

Hi everybody, I am new to this site and just wanted to introduce myself and share my story. I am 20 years old and I have been living with anxiety for as long as I can remember. To add to the anxiety I have an eating disorder, OCD and hyperventilation syndrome. Believe it or not my eating disorder started when I was 4, when I first started school. I hated going to school so I started starving myself, as food was the only thing I had control of. It got progressively worse as I got older, but I feel that I have managed to control it a bit more now; and I achieved that without medical help. I then developed health anxiety when I was 10, when a child in the year below was diagnosed with cancer. From then on every time I had a headache it was a brain tumour, or a cough was lung cancer. This led to Hyperventilation syndrome, which causes shooting pains/ tingling all over the body, heart palpitations and the feeling that your throat is closing. The symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome brings on the panic attacks, it's just a vicious circle really. I also developed social anxiety at about 16, I often have panic attacks during staff meetings at work or in the company of people I don't know very well. I went to the doctors on Friday with shooting pains, thinking I had a spinal tumour or something just as serious, to be referred for CBT. Just as life was becoming too much, I am finally on my way to getting help!

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  • Good for You JB! I am pleased to hear that. I think you have at last been pointed in the right direction, long time coming eh? I hope you don't have to wait very long for cbt. xxxxxxxxx

  • Ah the joys of Health Anxiety, it really can assist your mind in doing some spectacular things to your body can't it.

    The good news is we're all here to help you through so get in touch and let us know how things are working out for you!

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