The "anxiety" label is getting kind of old...

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Serendipitydevine
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   Posted 4/4/2009 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont know about all of you but sometimes I feel like my other symptoms and things I go to the doctor for are always overlooked because of my "anxiety" diagnosis as a teenager. I mean yes I think I did have anxiety as a teen. Mostly social anxiety and then panic attacks due to a phobia I have. However now (I am 28 yrs old) and for the past 3 years I have had very little anxiety. I don't feel anxious in any way except for if my phobia presents itself and even then that is maybe once or twice a year and I have learned that anxiety can be a behavorial problem so I can USUALLY talk myself out of it in about 10 mins or so. So I don't honestly feel depressed or anxious in anyway. I have alot of health issues recently and every doctor says its anxiety. Its so frustrating because like I said before I feel pretty calm honestly. I wish I could get that point across. It IS possible to recover from anxiety!
 
Its been a long road to recovery for me with anxiety but I feel like I have come such a long way. Meds didnt work for me.. psychology worked out the best without meds. I just wish I could get this label taken away for once... thanks for listening to my rant for a bit.

stkitt
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   Posted 4/5/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes it is possible to live with anxiety, does it ever go away completely?  I would have to say no in my  case but each person is different.

Many people live with low level anxiety all of their lives.  I am one of those and when stressed my anxiety rises.

One of the best therapies for anxiety is CBT.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts
cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events.  The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

If we are serious about overcoming an anxiety disorder, we need to approach anxiety from every positive angle and perspective that we have available to us.

Here is the link to the free online CBT program that many member of HW have used.

MoodGYM: http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome

Take care and keep on talking with us.

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Kitt


 

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Allestaria
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   Posted 4/5/2009 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
If your doctors wont listen to you then its time to find another one. A doctor that will not listen to his/her patient is not a good doctor. Any problems rather anxiety related or not should be checked out. People with heath anxiety are the most aware of there bodies. We catch EVERYTHING..lol good or bad. So I would suggest going and seeing another doctor. Explain to them just what you said here. Yes you have had anxiety in the past. But this situation feels different in whatever way it does. And that you would like testing done for whatever it might be. Be persistant. Don't leave the doctor's office until you get what testing you need figured out. Remember you are paying them for their services.

Sometimes it takes awhile to find a good doctor. It took my family over 10 years of searching to find the one who actually listens to us. I had some weird pains in my neck. Sharp ones. Told the doc and he checked me out said my glandes where swollen. Gave me an anti biotic and insisted I take muscle relaxes for my jaw and head pains. He understands my situation. He will sit in the room until I tell him everything I think is going on. He will counsel me and reassure me I'm ok.
That is a good doctor. He will listen to every grip I have. Check me out and send me home feeling good about going. Though I can only handle seeing him about 3 times a year.. I'm worried next visit he comes in with the big needle..LOL

Raniah
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   Posted 4/5/2009 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Serendipity,

I agree.....if you have an experience with a doctor who won't take you seriously or listen to your concerns, then it's time to move on to another doc. It's true that anxiety can cause a multitude of symptoms, but there is no way that a doctor should dismiss your symptoms as 'anxiety-related' until he/she is sure that they're not.....whether it be through further investigation, tests, whatever the case. It frustrates me to no end knowing how many people have this experience (myself included) and we have to persevere until we find the right support. Hang in there!

percycat
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   Posted 4/5/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Allestaria and Raniah captured my advice too. I don't know how I'd get along without the support of a very thorough and understanding doctor.

If changing isn't an option, something that might help is taking a written list of your symptoms and questions and letting your doctor read them. Check off each one as you get an answer. I used to be so scattered with my questions - remembering one I should have asked last time, or having some about several different topics - that it made me seem even more health-anxious than I really was.

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Aries8
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   Posted 4/6/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
The next time you go to your doctor, look him/her in the eyes and tell them you're honestly concerned that your symptoms are being chalked up to anxiety without being seriously looked over. I've had this conversation before with my doctor.

It may also very well be that the anxiety symptoms are back. Rest assured everything will get better and let us know what the outcome is.
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paniccu
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   Posted 4/8/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with other peeps about finding a new doctor. I don't know if I'd even give your doc another chance. It's sounds like they're not really listening to you. I changed my primary care doc years ago because of location and because the first doc had dealt with me when I first started having panic attacks and I felt like he couldn't see past that. I've told my current primary doc that I did have PD and that I was on medication for awhile, but I didn't go into detail and he never tells me it's just my anxiety if I go to him for something.  It might be time for a change.

Serendipitydevine
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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I can understand what others and what doctors are saying but at the same time.. Anxiety can be a symptom of something else major that many people don't even realize. Doctors are telling me all these problems are coming from anxiety but I have no history of any anxiety disorders that run on either side of my family, Before I started getting really sick. I was fine... no anxiety what so ever. People need to open thier eyes and realize anxiety is a major symptom of not just ANXIETY and depression BUT for many other health ailements and I am tired of not being listened to. I am tired of being brainwashed by doctors and psychiatrists.

stkitt
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   Posted 4/9/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Whoa there, I know how you feel but whether your anxiety is due to a physical reason or is a primary dx you still have to deal with it.  Only you can do that and you may choose to do that with the help of professinals or by using a self help method like CBT online but you are the one in control of your life.
 
Acceptance is the key to dealing with any of the illnesses that come our way.  I have lived with anxiety and depression for 27 years now................I finally just accepted that I have anxiety and I need to live with it and quit fighting with the physicians to come up with a reason for why me?
 
When I get up each morning I try to remember that only I can control my feelings and if I get into a pattern of anticipatory anxiety or "stinkin thinkin" then I pull myself into the moment.

It's really important for myself to be able to stay in the moment. I have found that by avoiding things like dwelling on past or worrying about the future I am usually able to get done what needs to get done when it needs to get done.

Remember we are here to help you and we do not judge.  We only support.  Each of us knows where your coming from and what your going through.  We all have anxiety.

May you have peace within,

Kitt


 

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