Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 11/2/2007 5:18:09 AM (GMT-6)
I totally agree with Lyn. You are trying so hard to solve your Health Anxiety but I think you are perhaps making it worse. No book will cover all and even with therapy you will tackle one thing at a time. It take a lot of hard work and baby steps to learn to deal with your anxiety.
Your thought processes seem to be fixated on the Health Anxiety as you posted two posts within 12 minutes of each other.
So please my friend, do consider a therapist to help you get to a bettter place in your life.
Take care and gentle hugs
Mike: I suffer from this as well! I just started reading a book called, "It's NOT all in your head! How worrying about your health could be making you sick--and what you can do about it"
Author: Gordon J.G. Asmundson and Steven Taylor
So far--it's right on the money for me! It's easy to read---I took it out from my library first before I buy it b/c I wanted to make sure it was what I wanted---and i am going to purchase it---either Amazon.com or my local bookstore!
You should check this out---and also contact your doctor about what you are experiencing! I am seeing a therapist (MSW) currently about this---but, I am going to ask my doctor to refer me to a therapist that has experience with Cognitive Behavioral therapy---b/c I need to change my thoughts about things (health, dying, etc...) before they consume me---and this therapist I currently see doesn't really do that for me!
Hang in there---and go get the book! go to your library----or call them! Hope this helps a little--and hang in there! I know how you feel--and you aren't alone!
I too dwell on every feeling in my body....this week I have a tightness around my throat. I think im gonna stop breathing. When im busy though of course i don't notice it. I believe that therapy is the best. I used to go but stopped. I am now trying to find the stregnth to go back. It did help me for awile. I just wish I could relax....as iam sure we all do and can't wait for the day that i feel something in my body and not think im going to die!! Seems so silly. I remember before mine got really bad the Dr I worked for called me his "chicken little" you know the sky is falling...? Told me that I worry too much. If he could only see me now.
Post Edited (Danxiety) : 11/2/2007 1:34:35 PM (GMT-6)
I just wanted you to know that alot of us here know exactly what you're going thru. I too suffer terrible health anxiety. At times it even has controlled my entire life. I suffered nightmares about the same health related things I worried about during the day. My anxiety focuses on one disease in particular and never leaves. I still battle thoughts about it but I am very lucky in that I have a wonderful regular doctor who knows and is always willing to reassure me. I am waiting for health insurance so I can get into therapy for this problem. My mom is also fantastic about my health anxiety. She is always there to reassure me no matter how many times a day I need it. Having a strong support system is a must and this site is the greatest for that!. Everyone here is so kind. I am glad you found us!