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Ive had health anxiety for more than 30 years and it has in many ways ruined my life. I watched my mother die of breast cancer when I was 19 and ever since then it's almost as if I've been waiting to die myself. Some months are better than others but sometimes it's so bad I feel I'm going crazy. If someone I know has cancer I think I have it too. I have been on seroxat for about 15 years and have in the last 6 months practically weaned myself off it and the anxiety has intensified. I don't go for tests all the time like some posters on this forum so I have no reassurance and I don't talk about it to anyone just a close friend who has the same problem. I am so sad that I have this thing which has stopped me really living my life. I have a real feeling of dread all the time which stops me feeling real happiness. I've wasted my life. At the moment my friend has been diagnosed with lung cancer and I've convinced myself ive got it too. I feel breathless and I think it's my lungs even though I go on long brisk walks with the dog and don't get out of breath. Please someone advise me as I can't go on like this.
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