Anxiety tips to cop

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I am a 34 year old woman and I believe I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. I used to be able to talk myself out of these when I would recognize them coming on, recently that is not the case. I was in the ER because of a bad anxiety attack, I thought I was having a heart attack as well as maybe a stroke becaise of the symptoms i was having. But test proved that was not the case. I am starting to think it has manifested into health anxiety as well, any symptoms I have I feel they are leading to something horrible. I have anxiety about taking meds to help me when I am in a severe anxiety attack. I know it sounds crazy. I was hoping someone had tips that helped then overcome anxiety or if anyone has tried a mood stabilizers to help? I would appreciate any help.

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    This is me to a T. I find hat if I stay busy and can't get those "Huh, I haven't done that weird breathing thing today.." thoughts, I feel fine. Not gonna lie, right now my daily anxiety is about a 10 which is causing some depression and changes in my usual mood. I have been here before and this is how I know I need to be on a very small mg. of medication for a while, to help me remember what it's like to not have those daily "is this a headache or a brain tumor?" Thoughts. Just 3 days ago I ended up in the ER after doing some googling on why I could see my pulse in my abdomen. After lots of tests proving I wasn't having an abdominal aeortic aneurism, they gave me an IV sedative and sent me home. You are not alone, trust me. PS, I am late 20s and have had anxiety all my life. Sometimes I get flare ups.
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    I have exactly this. It definitely sounds like health anxiety. Your mind wanders uncontrollably and before you know it you've diagnosed yourself with a heart attack, cancer a brain tumour etc and it's all just anxiety. Not taking medication is also well known with health anxiety. It's because you don't want the side effects so will less likely take tablets in fear of getting them. I've never been on medication, I refuse to go on it but I do have regular CBT which is amazing, especially for health anxiety. Some techniques you can use is relaxation techniques, breathing techniques, a worry diary and acceptance. Research them and watch some videos. Yoga and meditation are great too smile x
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