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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