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   Posted 12/6/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
First, a big thank you to everybody who's responded so far with your kind words and suggestions. Reading these boards and writing out some of my feelings on here is a big release during some of these episodes, and helps me relax a bit.

I've also been doing some research and I've come to the conclusion that I may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. In a brief convo with my doc, he confirmed the symptoms and said it was a distinct possibility. I have terrible anxiety every three months or so to the point where I just want to hide in my bed all day and watch the news or sleep, and the rest of the time, while I'm mostly ok, I have underlying anxiety about certain things.

I will be making an appointment with my doctor for early next week to(hopefully), finally get diagnosed officially. I've been told they're going to need to run tests to make sure I don't have hypo-thyroidism etc.

Has anybody else had to go through this, and if so, how was it and what have you done to cope following now that you know you have GAD?

Again, thank you all for the shoulders to cry on! :-)

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/6/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi SoonBlue,

I was going to reply to you on your other post, but then I saw this one so I guess I'll write here! I have been diagnosed with pretty much everything you can think of -- GAD, SAD, specific name it. I also had to go through some of the physical testing just to be sure, but it seems as though you are pretty self-aware and that you know what is going on with you. I have a feeling that getting diagnosed won't be too difficult, and hopefully you'll just be able to grin and bear whatever other tests they want to do first. The good thing is that officially being diagnosed may make it easier for you to cope. You will have the support of a doctor who can refer you to a good therapist and can possibly help you figure out a med that will work best for you. You have already mentioned how much better just writing your thoughts down on this forum makes you feel, so I would think that therapy would be a great tool for you, since you'd get to talk through your feelings with someone besides family and friends. You mentioned feeling guilty for using friends and family to get you through -- while I don't think that you should feel guilty, because they are a great support system -- having a therapist can ease that guilt a bit because it is their job to listen to you and help you won't feel bad laying it all on them!

Like you, I am only 23 and my anxiety issues have been part of me since I was young...but they spiraled when I was in college and that's when I started getting the help I needed. Also like you, I seem to have anxiety "cycles." I'll have a few months go by where I'm doing great and I'm fully functioning and I'm able to work and go out with my friends and basically do whatever. The anxiety is always there on some level but it just doesn't affect my life as much. Then I go into a period of time where everything gets overwhelming and I have panic attacks often and I almost feel like I'm going to become agoraphobic. Anxiety runs in my family, both my sister and Dad have suffered with it.

I know it can feel like a sort of defeat to have to resort to a med for the problem, but in the end it helps to realize that a med may just be what it takes to get back on track and to even out those "cycles." I am going through a bad period right now myself and am considering getting back on a med I did well with. Anyway -- I think you'll do well being diagnosed and getting the help that you need. You seem very self-aware already so I hope you get to a good therapist who can help you talk out your issues. Try not to be nervous or get into the "what if" pattern of negative thinking. Try to put a positive spin on it by thinking that getting diagnosed will be a good thing because it's one step closer to getting your life back on track!

Good luck! :-)
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