Many of us can identify with your statement that your symptoms are ruining your life.
If you feel that something other than anxiety could be the culprit, try to have a good, clear dialogue with your doctor about
what might be going on, exactly what your symptoms feel like and when they occur, and what you should or should not expect to happen from your treatment. It helps me to go in with a written list of questions so that I don't forget something I want to know about
If you feel that anxiety is a reasonable answer, or at least an answer to part of what you're feeling, do try to find a skilled therapist who can help you. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a method that several folks here have had good experiences with. In CBT, the therapist does not try to analyze the start of your problems, but rather helps you to focus on how you will respond in the present and future to the physical sensations, thoughts, or feelings that distress you. There is a free online site for CBT called MoodGym. Here is the link:
PS - I editted your topic title slightly so that perhaps you will get more responses.
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Post Edited (percycat) : 3/30/2009 2:07:02 PM (GMT-6)