Is anxiety hereditary? My twin over the past month or so has been experiencing so many of the things that my anxiety started with before it got full blown bad. I have tried talking to her and listening to what she says and she just keeps swearing something is "physically wrong". She has started the going to doctor after doctor looking for an answer and every test has come back totally normal. I've tried explaining to her the physical symptoms are a manifestation of the anxiety and that they are harmless (though we all know they don't feel harmless). I've tried talking to her about the heart palpitations and the more you focus on them the worse they feel. I've tried talking to her about things and just can't seem to convince her it is anxiety (even the doctors have told her this).
I have given her this website and told her about the wonderful people here and have also told her I was going to start a thread for her.
If anyone here has any helpful advice for her or me that I could tell her, could you respond. Maybe seeing others with the same issues and symptoms will help her feel less anxious and help her to stop worrying so much. She is of the belief still that it can't be anxiety and MUST be something she has done to her body (she looked up something on the internet last January and is trying to convince herself that she has damaged her heart from the wine she drinks and that has this rare disease - even though doctors have told her that is NOT the case). I am at my wits end trying to help her and hope someone may be able to help. I would die for her if I knew it would help her. She means more to me than I can ever put into words.
Thou shalt smile and have a nice day. It frustrates those who have other plans for thee.
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.