I'm new here and thought I should say hello to you lovely folks. I've had anxiety problems my entire life, but over the last few months, they have intensified. I suppose I didn't actually realise that I had anxiety problems my entire life until they got worse and I had full-blown panic attacks; I always just considered myself to be a somewhat nervous person, though I appear quite confident. Nonetheless, now that I know I have anxiety issues (and have been physically given the OK by a doctor, though I still have bouts of HA, as many of you will understand) I'm beginning to deal with them and slowly improve. I joined up here because you seem to have valuable experiences to share, as well as a genuinely good community.
Also, thank you for calming so many of my fears when I used to just browse the forums! Having pains on only the left side of my body absolutely terrified me, along with the chest pains and one or two other things. So, yes, already I have a lot to thank you for; I've found knowledge of anxiety and its effects to be the single most useful tool in dealing with it, particularly as I'm not at all keen on taking meds.
I hope you're all keeping well today and thanks for having me! :)