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Ever since I was about ten years old I have always been worried and scared about things, anything and things that other people may see as stupid. I get worried about getting the bus, I get worried about going to the doctors, phoning up places for appointments or orders etc. For example before I go in to see a doctor I have to go over what I'm going to say to them about 20 times or more in my head and as I enter the room I have palpitations and a pain running down my arm into my fingers. This literally happens every time I visit the doctors (which is literally every other week). Other symptoms I have are feeling sick, as in stomach cramps which usually end in having to go to the toilet to get some relief but it comes back straight after until the anxiety feeling or whatever I'm worried about or nervous about eases. I worry about meeting new people, I get the same symptoms when that happens and I usually try to avoid it as best I can. An example of this is that I was with my boyfriend and he wanted me to meet his friends, on the way over to them I felt incredibly sick and my heart was hammering out my chest (this happens with any new person I meet) once I'm with them and get used to them I'm fine. I also get very worried about my health and always think I have some terrible life threatening condition. It's hard dealing with whatever this is be whose no one in my family or friends understands why I get these symptoms, when I say I don't want to phone up the Chinese takeaway because I get nervous and scared people think I'm being stupid when its much more than that. I went to the doctors once and explained this but they wasn't much help and kind of fobbed me off when I mentioned thinking it wee anxiety. I really want some help because I'm fed up of living like this all the time and dealing with this sick feeling and palpitations as well as the tingling/pain whatever it is down my arm and finger. So I was wondering if this happens with anyone else and if it is GAD I'm suffering from or another kind of anxiety. And also where do I go from here in terms of help? Do I need a psychiatrist or pills or CBT?
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