Sometimes "too much information" makes me anxious? Anyone?

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   Posted 11/9/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Since May '07---and dealing with anxiety and some health issues (well, I think they are health issues)----I have been reading up on things just to 'educate' myself.  I have found a wonderful book on Health Anxiety (b/c that is really what I have)----
BUT---sometimes reading about all of these 'things'---makes me feel like I have those 'things'---do I reallY?
Does anyone feel like this?
I am grateful for the internet, and doing my own thing (as far as going to the library and getting out books, etc... about anxiety/depression/panic/GI problems/back problems/cancer/etc...)---but, I am starting to feel like it is TOO MUCH!
That is all I do---read about this ache/pain, that ache/pain, anxiety/pain, anxiety/health issues!
I am almost overloaded!  sad eyes
I wish I could just ignore it----- eyes

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   Posted 11/10/2007 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, this is Kitt.  I try not to get carried away and take at face value a lot of the information on the net unless it is a site I am very confident in using.
I think if one has any Health Anxiety they often are spooked by the many sites available and often one site will contradict another.
I do not get spooked but use the info to be a well informed consumer.
I hope this helps you. Gentle Hugs coming your way.
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   Posted 11/10/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks Kitt! I need to remind myself about 'face value'----of the net!

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   Posted 11/10/2007 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah, great advice kitt!.


It's sometimes hard to know what to take at face value. For me, i know what i'm vulnerable to and i avoid it. I know that reading certain things is distressing so i just dont even put myself through that ringer. I would avoid certain things if i were you. Self diagnosing is a very common thing, but it's a very stressful and 9 times out a 10 it's just not true.

Like you said, you're overloaded! Time to unload and try and relax.

Do something that makes you feel good. Rent a funny movie, go for a walk (if you can), get some fresh air, and most of all just be easy on yourself. Don't engage in something if its going to add stress to your life. Sounds simple, but it's not. Be kind to yourself.

take care_
Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Depression.

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