There isn't any one defining point that stands out as a sucess, but about
this time last year (and the on and off until the end of the summer) I was having some quite serious problems with health anxiety. Things were going pretty well up until that point - there was no obvious cause for stress and I've never been prone to it in the past, but I ended taking on the 'symptoms' of a variety of unpleasant medical conditions only to be given the all-clear on all of them. On occasions it was vaguely plausible, on others (looking back) it was completely irrational, but at all times it felt 100% real. I also started having panic attacks. I went through about
two months of being real bad - I would shake visibly, I felt completely out of it, I had no energy, my muscles became stiff and occasionally I'd lose feeling in a finger or something.
I went for natural remedies - meditation, breathing excercises, aromertherapy and herbal pills (no, not that sort of herbal pills :) - Kalms, a blend of Hops powder and plant extracts). You could say I found my inner hippie! Once I'd established there was nothing physically wrong with me I was able to get back into excercise again and I think this helped tremendously too. The other thing I did was talk about
it - mostly to people on here and that was really useful (thankyou!) After a while you realise that there are plenty of other people experiencing similar things, some times more severly and you realise that your hand isn't shaking because of MS, a brain tumour or the onset of Alzheimer's, it's doing it because of the anxiety. At this point whilst it's still unpleasant it's no longer terrifying.
I still have the odd 'off day', but the major problems - those which really affected my life - seemed to fade away in the summer.
So I don't really have a milestone to report, but there were times at the end of last
January whern I really didn't expect to be around to write this now, where as today I'm looking forward to all the things I'm going to be doing this year and beyond. Next month I'm going skiing for the first time in a couple of years, I have a change of job on the horizon and just little things like being able to go out for a beer without worrying that it'll send me into a panic attack.
Post Edited (Chris711) : 1/18/2008 10:34:04 AM (GMT-7)