Hello all! I'm a new member. My name is Stephanie, and I was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder when I was 14. I have subsequently been diagnosed with generalized anxiety as well as depression. With medication and therapy, I had my mental health under control for quite a few years, but as of late - the wheels have really come off!
My biggest struggle right now is health anxiety. This is something that has recently developed for me and not something I'm used to fighting at all. It was not how my anxiety presented itself originally. I'm currently back in therapy and getting started back on medications, but it may take a while to level out, and I'm currently not really seeing any improvement at the moment. I'm trying, though! And I'm hoping that being able to connect with people who go through similar things will be easier.
My therapist has suggested that this extreme bout of health anxiety was brought on by the hospitalization of my mother. She went into a coma and was rushed to the ER where they told us that she was an undiagnosed diabetic and had gone into the most extreme diabetic coma + diabetic ketoacidosis + total renal failure case that they had seen. Her blood sugar was well over 1,000. They told us that it was highly unlikely that she would wake up and that she may have severe brain damage. She had had all of the symptoms that pointed toward diabetes for months but had just laughed them off as stress related. I'm really happy to say that she actually made a complete and full recovery! She actually awoke from her coma about half an hour after they told us she probably wouldn't! Despite her full recovery, it seems that my brain hasn't been able to completely get over it. Everything is now a symptom to me and I'm afraid to ignore it because I'm afraid of ending up near death.
My health anxiety has gotten so debilitating that I've dropped out of college and have racked up tons and tons of ER bills from rushing myself there in a panic about "symptoms." Being uninsured, it's not very easy, and that just adds to my anxiety - not getting proper treatment/workup.
Sorry for such a lengthy post! But, that's where I'm at now! Glad to meet everyone!