Welcome to HealingWell and I am glad you found us. You will find the members here to be wise and caring so please do make yourself at home.
Couple of thoughts, giving up smoking can cause your anxiety to go up and yes GERD has an anxiety component much as most of the disorders. It is hard not to feel anxious when you are dealing with a medical disorder so know you are in good company here and also over in the GERD forum if you have not visited that forum yet.
I would start with a visit to your family Dr. to discuss your symptoms and from there if it is anxiety then therapy is a wonderful way to learn to deal with anxiety. Hibee mentioned CBT which is well known for helping people with anxiety and depression.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts
cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.
Here is a link to a free online CBT program you can work from home.
Free CBT Online/MoodGYM
I hope you keep on talking with us as we are all one big family here and we know where your coming from.
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