could guilt and axiety trigger irrational fears of disease?

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   Posted 9/17/2007 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
a month ago i went out of town and had cheated on my boyfriend..... pretty much i was acting recklessly, not myself at all. now i'm back in town and i've had a couple anxiety attacks, partially because i'm unhappy here, problems with my parents, and keeping secrets from my boyfriend. i've been itching a lot, been stressed out and depressed. i'm not sure if the itching is caused by my anxiety, allergies, hormones or an STI/STD. i have no rashes, but i have been having acne break outs, usually around hair follicles and i've noticed more hair growth. i think about every itch, tingle, pop, or pain in my body constantly. i also think about morbid scenarios like "what if i have AIDS?" or "life feels different when you're dying." when it gets really bad i feel desperate and i really think i'm going crazy. i have difficulty trying to sleep early and i feel apathetic about school. all i can do is worry. if i sit in class all i do is evaluate how my body feels and wonder what horrible disease i may have and if i've passed it on to my boyfriend. i think if i go see a doctor i'll feel better. the past couple times i went to the doctor, it turned out to be nothing. once for chest pain, which turned out to be most likely caused by anxiety and the other time was a sore throat caused by post nasal drip.

could my itching and acne breakouts be caused by anxiety?

could it be that i translate guilt to a physical reaction of disease?
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Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 9/17/2007 7:19:26 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/17/2007 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome to Healing Well,

From your post it is not evident if you are in college or high school?

Yes, you certainly have anxiety from the behavior you described as well as the cheating on your boyfriend guilt.  You also mention how on happy you are and that may trigger the anxiety.

Your physical symptoms may be tied to the anxiety too.  I would suggest that you follow up with a physician and be sure to share all with your physician so tests may be run that would be appropriate for you.

Perhaps you could visit with your physician about finding a therapist as I feel you would benefit from therapy at this point before you become more depressed.

Take care and keep posting.


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   Posted 9/17/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   

I am sure I would have said the same as Kitt has posted

Please do see your doc and therapy would prob be a great benefit to you ..........
many ppl with a/p worry about their health to the point of no return you are not alone  

Plz be safe.........


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