Hello everyone - I been reading posts on here for a little while and finally decided to join. You know how it goes, you've been told by a medical professional that you have anxiety but refuse to belive it! After reading so many posts that describe my life as it is now I decided to reach out.
I'm a 47 yr old female living in the lucky country, Australia. I have two lovely adult daughters and a very loving and supportive partner that I have been with for 25 years. I was reasonably successful in my career, we are financially stable, I have good friends and family and generally enjoyed my life.
A year ago I had severe chest pains, convinced I was having a heart attack I went to ER. After an ECG and blood test I was sent home, couple of days later same thing. Again I went to ER and again no heart attack. My GP then diagosed H.Pylori and I was given the triple theray and sent on my way. All good - except I didn't get better, I got worse!! Many visits to GP, ER, Gastro, heart specialist,quacks, dieticians, pyscologists, hypnotherapists, accupuncturists and naturopaths followed. I was determined to feel better. My GP told me I had anxiety but I couldn't believe that - the pain was real and I had lost 10kgs, surely I had a dreadful illness.
A year later and I am seeing a psychiatrist - my poor long suffering GP feels that this is what I need, after I had a comlete pyschotic breakdown in his rooms. I've just started taking Seroquel XR as the pysch thinks I'm too anxious for antidepressants. He hasn't given me a diagnosis yet. He is waiting to see how I respond to the medication.
I can relate to nearly every post written on here and that gives me some comfort that I am not completely crazy but also makes me sad that there are so many of us suffering with this. Hopefully I can offer some comfort and support to others that are feeling the same way.