Anxiety hits any of us. I have episodes of severe panic and ocd and I was not in an abused situation. I was in a very loving family - so anxiety can make anyone suffer no matter their background.
I think therapy would be a great idea. I didn't want to either, 9 years ago when all this hit. i felt I was weak and worthless, but I couldn't stand living in the constant fear I was always in. I went for a while, on a regular basis, then subsided and now have not been going for many years. Sometimes I have setbacks, I'm actually in one now for the last few days, but i use the information I learned in therapy and the books I read to really help out. Plus getting support from people here that know what you are going thru.
Hope you'll consider therapy. There's cognitive behaviour therapy and other techniques that help people. I never went on medicines, as I had my own fears on that, but therapy was a huge help for me.
Hi...I have health anxiety issues too, especially because we lost our health insurance when we moved to a different state and I know I can't go running to a doctor every time I discover something new. I don't examine myself in the shower anymore...ever. That's where I do the most mental damage to myself. I absolutely do not GOOGLE anything. The worst case scenario is what I always zoom in on. My advice is to stay away from the internet, looking up symptoms. If you do not want therapy or medication I don't know what else to suggest except to find pleasant distractions and try not to spend time looking for the lumps, bumps or anything else out of the ordinary. It's easier said then done, but it works for me.
Support groups are a place for people to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information. People with health conditions, as well as their friends and families find support groups to be a valuable resource and get confirmation that their feelings are "normal", educate others, or just let off steam. IMHO joining a support group is joining a family so welcome to the family.
You have received some wonderful advice from the members so do keep on talking with us. We are here for you.
This is an important question to ask yourself. Because even with all the knowledge and good intention in the world the truth is sometimes you still need help. You may have relied on a good friend or family member to confide in and help you during those bad days, but when should you try something else? IMHO when your anxiety is keeping your from living life to the fullest.
My first time seeing a therapist was after experiencing my first Panic attack. My oldest had joined the military and I was blind sided by the attack. It was a difficult decision for me to make because I was afraid of being judged and labeled. Also I am a nurse and I knew everyone at the clinic. However, after only my first visit I felt like someone had removed a huge weight from my shoulders. Sometimes you need a trained professional to not only to evaluate you, but also to provide guidance and a sympathetic ear.
I have had Anxiety for 26 years and I have tried in the past to speak with people I knew about my anxiety and felt like they not only did not understand but also like they really didn’t care. Coming here and talking with the members of this great forum has been a huge help to me.
I am glad you are considering therapy as I know you will be surprised at how understanding and supportive a therapist can be for you.
I wish you peace,