I have horrible health anxiety, and indeed symptom surfing is one of the worst things we can do for ourselves. It sounds so reasonable to say we're just trying to be well-informed, but the info on the net is biased, in my opinion, toward the negative. Professional websites probably can't afford to miss warning people of the worst-case scenarios (that's my guess). On personal pages, blogs, and the like, there are probably more folks with problems seeking answers than folks with success stories to share. It's a great resource, but in the fight aginst HA, it's usually done my more harm than good.
That's great news that you're seeing a CBT therapist soon. I hope it works out well for you - be sure to give it time, as the skills you discuss and learn take practice. Lots of us have had good results from CBT.
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DX: Anxiety, Depression, LPR (acid reflux)
Meds: Paxil, Nexium, Zantac