Suffering from GAD/severe panic disorder for 8 years with new sysmptom scared its a more severe ment

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I was diagnosed with GAD 8 years ago. my meds recently pooped out on me and am in between psychitirst so it will be 2 week before i see one. My problem is I am developing a new sysmptom I have never experinced with my anxiety before. I know that intrusive thoughts are a normal occurancy amoung anxiety sufferers. But mine dont seem the same as what most intrusive thoughts would be and it is causing me more panic and makeing me feel that i am going crazy or becoming schizaprenic. for eample: i was lying on the sofa the other day and begain to cough the immediate thought that came to mind was that maybe worms are causing me to cough. As soo as that thought poped into my head I told my self thats crazy why would you think that. but ever sense then I cant help but panic I am developing something more savior then anxiety.I constantly google symptoms of more severe mental ilnesses and constantly look at forums to see if anyone else has ever experianced these thought and if its just intrusive ones or something more of a concurn. I have other disturbing thoughts as well but that is just one of them. Please help I think I am going crazy..

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    Yes this is typical. My Anxiety stared 8 months ago as I thought I had HIV, every other month I had a new symptom, after all my HIV tests came back negative i thought I had Adrenal insuffciency, well results came normal for thats too.

    All the 8 doctors Iv seen have brought it down to stress, you'd be surprised how long a list of symptoms I have and this includes malabsorption, chronic fatigue, insomnia, dry mouth and the list goes on.

    Everytime a new symptom pops up i start googling and the result makes me even more anxious, Iv just recently had a flare up as my finger joints started hurting and I googled arthritis....Gues what it said 'Arthiritis starts from finger joints'.

    Imagine my state. You are not alone in this one trust me.

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      I too have seen many docs and been to the emergency room about 10 times in the last month all because I thought I have had everything imaginable. I have been able to get a grip on the fact that my physical symptoms are anxiety. but now that its effecting my brain its a whole different ball game.. I would much rather feel like I am having a heart attack everyday then to have the weirdest thoughts ever and asume that I am developing a more severe mental condition. It is very scary and just makes me even more anxious. my Therapist has tried reassuring my its ok but I just dont know

       

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    It's a thing we all do or have done, but googling symptoms is the worst thing you could do. As you've found out it never brings peace of mind, just more stress. Its a very common concern with anxiety to fear something much worse, but anxiety does not equal crazy, nor does it lead to it. I know the thoughts that go through our heads can seem down right bonkers, but its just the anxiety doing it to us - that's just what anxiety does
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    Hi Rachel disagree with other comments,what you perceive from |Google comments by other people regarding your condition is subjective,not objective.

    Take it from me I have suffered anxiety a long,long time,with terrible symptoms,but never once have I resorted to a supposed problem,these people are scaremongers and not worth the time of day.

    What afffects you is yours alone to deal with,yes thoughts go awry and cause untold grief but that is anxiety for you,it holds no prisoners,first accept it,don't fight too hard,do that and obtrusive thoughts will subside.your brain is working overtime,pushing your nerves to the limit,but it is all part of it.

    I have been assessed that many times by the psychiatrists,doctors but sadly unless you harm yourself or harm others the you don't get much help,it's ridiculous.all the people who overuse prescribed drugs for a quick high have ruined it for genuine sufferers,believe me and I've told them to their face.

    Look you are fine,not insane or anything,it's severe anxiety.get to your quack and sort it out,you need help.

    Con trol your thoughts,hard I know,but practice,and get therapy or medication,but when you see the pshychiatrists tell them straight,and I wish you all the very best,they take some convincing.

    Take care and be strong.

    Regards Malc

     

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    I have heard of this happening to people before. It is actually a symptom of your anxiety not a new problem. You should mention that your anxiety is much worse. You might have some help with a med I take called Seroquel. There is another name for it that starts with a Q. It is an anti psychotic medication that can also calm you down. I do not have schizaphrenia but I find this works really well for anxiety and sleep!
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      The antipsychotic medication you are thinking of is called quietapine it can be effective for many different problems, my son was taking it for a very long time without any problem, I hope that you get the help and support you need, never give up hope, life can be better....

      Warmest wishes to you, take care Deirdre,...

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    I see a lot of mention of meds, but not enough for therapy. Therapy can be every bit as or more effective than medication, with the benefit of no side effects. Medication is so overused these days. Its not really designed for long term anxiety use - certainly not general anxiety, its to allow a break of symptoms to allow the resolution of the root cause. Generally therapy will do this. Medications never will, they just can't
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      I agree with you totally about the therapy and it can be quite effective. But In some cases meds are need as well. Anxiety is not something that is just all in are head it does stem from chemical imbalances as well. as is  the case with Generalized anxiety disorder. people who suffer from this should have a combination of both meds and therapy to get the greatest effectiveness..

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      Absolutely agree, for chemical imbalances meds are a must,they have their place. Yes with therapy, usually at the start of therapy they work well. But the way they are handed out these days is just not right
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      I totally agree with that. That is why it is truly important to make sure you have a great doc that listens to your concerns and trys to find a regiman that is gonna work for you instead of saying ok this dont work lets throw this one at them and see how it works. Most of them dont truly listen and are just in a hurry to get you out of there face..

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      Malcolm 47,

       I do not know where you have got the misconception that antidepressants and antipsychotics are used as or for a quick high, I have three sons with mental health problems, one has crippling ocd and social phobia and my other two sons suffer from paranoid schizophrenia- one also has had periods of psychosis, believe me it has never been either enjoyable or fun to take these medications for the rest of their lives.....

       I almost wish what you are stating was true!!.

       I am extremely surprised that you have neither been helped or taken seriously by your doctor and especially by a psychiatrist.

       I truly wish you well (keep on until they listen).... but Please, Please never ever think that any form of lifelong medication is fun or side effects free.

       I have also been on antidepressants for many years (sertraline) and it has helped me beyond belief!

      keep trying until you get help, I wish you much luck for the future as any problem is a real frightening and unpleasant experience for the sufferer.

        Good luck to all of you on this forum x  Deirdre. 

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      Hi jmcg, 

       I cannot agree with your last statement at all.. why would any  doctor risk their patients health and well-being (mental or physical) for any reason at all.... You do not seem to have any faith in your doctor, maybe you should find a new one..

       I have met many people with mental health problems.. myself and.my sons included and we have never been prescribed any drug without the benefits or the risks being taken into account.    I wish you well. Deirdre

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      Hi Deirdre,

      The people I am referring to are those people who share their experiences of certain prescribed drugs which they get somehow,but misuse,which then causes people like your children,myself,and many others to have difficulty in obtaining because of their misuse.

      I know this because I have worked with people like that,and lived around people like that,and if you look at sites like EROWID you will see what I am referring to,not genuine people in need,but people who just get these drugs to get high,and it happens,I'm sorry to say.

      No disrespect intended to members of your family,I too have the same problems myself and in our family,but I have never been taken seriously by a psychiatrist yet,don't ask me why,but in all of my 55yrs of anxiety(since age 9) that has been the case.

      And yet I have spoken to others who have received more medicinal help with what appears to be less problems than those who have borne their sufferings,it doesn't make sense.

      At age 64 I guess that where i am is where I'll be till I pass away,but once again I do understand that there are many people who take these drugs just to get by,but i have been on the other side and know what goes on,and it isn't  pretty,nor is it fair.

      i take anti-psychotics to get by,I admit,and am glad of them,or I would be in a mess,but I accept it,some of my problems are of my own making.

      However I wish you and your family all the very best,and hope that things turn better for you,and again please don't take my comments personally,that was not my intention,I just know that misuse of drugs does go on,which doesn't help the genuine sufferers cause one iota.

      Stay well

      Regards Malc x

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      Simply because a gp whole training will chose areas to spend some time, this can be a whole range of specialist areas. If they do not choose a psychiatric unit - which many won't, then they do not have very much - if any practical application. I'm not saying there aren't good gps, if they are then they probably have spent time in a psychiatric unit whilst training. A psychiatrist is specially trained to understand the chemistry of the brain and how medication will interact. If gps were as qualified there would be no need for psychiatrists 
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      Hi Malcolm, thank you for your sincere reply.  I too understand where you are coming from, but I believe that anyone who takes antidepressants or antidepressants illicitly must themselves have a problem....(I was an alcoholic for ten years and sectioned four times) addiction of any form is unpleasant..

       I do wish you well and I am so sorry that you have never been given the help you have needed.  Never give up trying to make them listen and take you seriously!!

      You will be in my thoughts, good luck. Deirdre x

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      Hi JMCG,

      I totally agree mate,my GP just gave me the usual form to fill in to show them the degree of your depression/anxiety and dependant on your answers then either you were referred to a shrink or just given the usual drugs,or a mixture of both,perm any 2 from 10.

      I have found some GP's totally unconcerned,uncaring and in fact ignorant of many mental health issues,but there a few who do care and luckily one lady GP did help me.

      It is a specialist subject and in today's mad world anxieties and all other mental illnesses are increasing rapidly,and with all due respect it must be hard for doctors to keep up with it all.

      But I'll tell you what,there's one hell of a difference between the help you get from a private psychiatrist to the NHS psychs,and the treatment you're given,but why is that? Well I guess it's all about money and the wherewithal,still what can you do eh?

      All the best Malc

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      Hi Deirdre,

      Thank you for seeing my point,it's a tough life at times for many of us,but we must try to get by the best we can,I think I've learnt to help myself over the years,still a bit up and down at times,but I get by with a little help from my friends,so I have no gripes really.

      By the way you have done very well with your problems,takes some doing that,you must be very strong.

      Good health to you and your family,I too will be thinking about you and your family,who I am sure will turn out fine,at least I hope so!

      Yours Malc x

       

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