I can say it's one of the best things I've done.
I've always suffered from anxiety since I was a teenager, had some good periods, some bad ones. But since 2009 I've had major reasons of stress and I began somatizing in various ways. The worst was after my mother was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago. I thought I was reacting fine - I wasn't. One year and a half ago I started having eye disturbances (see my other posts) but I tried to cope by myself. 3 doctors explained in various ways it was anxiety, but it was hard to really convince myself it wasn't anything else.
One year ago I was at the pick of my stress. Constantly worried, bad sleep, had a cough for 3 weeks (usually I'm almost never ill), various eye migraines. Then I also had benign positional vertigo. Oh, and I also lost 2-3 kilos, and I'm already underweight. Mornings were hard, appetite was low.
I got fed up. I looked on the web for a therapist specialised in psychosomatic problems. I was lucky, I found the site of a young doctor and I liked the way she described her activities, she seemed compassionate. After some meetings I felt she actually understood me and started feeling and sleeping better. She's given me a lot of insights, real "ah-ha" moments. Now I am more able to understand my thought patterns and not listen to the "anxious voice in my head", I'm more attentive to my needs and more forgiving toward myself but also others (I'm a perfectionist). My eyes are better! I still have some disturbances (the worst of them rarely appears though) but I don't freak out so easily as before. I'm more cheerful and creative and I started writing, which I've always wanted to... (that's why I chose to work as a book editor). I just finished my first story for a competition and I'm very satisfied with it. I'm trying new things and meeting again old friends. I've accepted recovery is not fast and there are ups and downs, but life is good again.
I see people on here writing that therapy "can't help them". Well, I strongly doubt this! Therapists are familiar with all kinds of problems... we think ours are unique, but they're not. Besides, we are too immersed in our problems to see them clearly (something which not even our dearest and smartest friend can do. Talking to a therapist is NOT like talking to a friend like some say). I think "not useful" is just an excuse not to try. I've had my own excuses too and now I wish I'd tried therapy years ago. But better late than never, right?
Recently I had a chat with a school friend who's had loads of problems, anxiety, deep depression, hypocondria, fear of maternity... mine really pale in comparison. She's always been very sensitive. Well, after 3 years of therapy (she's gone to several therapists and then found a real good one) she's a new person. She says she's not afraid of anything anymore, she embraces new things, she loves life. Seeing her like this made me really happy.
So yeah, I hope my experience can be of help to somebody.