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Frustrated with myself-Worrying Over Rare Disease
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:50:48 AM »
So here I am, cycling again, doing the dance with ANXIETY over something else. I had to take antibiotics again and I'm freaking out over Stevens Johnson syndrome. I know better but I have been looking it up nonstop. It scares the crap out of me but it's my focus right now. And now I also have a sore, red circle on my side with cellulitis (which I have had before). I don't want to take the meds.

Oh and now I'm having mild cold symptoms which are making me freak out even more bc of Stevens Johnson syndrome.

I am PMSing (that's when my HA is usually at its worst) so I am going out of my mind. WORRY WORRY WORRY. I wish I could turn off my brain and just BE.
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Re: Frustrated with myself-Worrying Over Rare Disease
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014, 10:21:29 AM »
If it helps at all I have never even heard of this condition so it is safe to say it is likely to be vanishingly rare. Unfortunatley I can't look it up for fear of finding out I have it too!
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Re: Frustrated with myself-Worrying Over Rare Disease
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2014, 11:00:12 AM »

I think the important thing for you to keep in mind is not the particular disease or problem you think you have, but remembering, that in the context of anxiety, certain behaviors are going to lead to certain outcomes.

For instance—Googling. You know it's ill-advised, you say so yourself that you, "know better." And that's true—we all know better, but we do it anyway. However, as long as we CHOOSE to engage in that bad habit, we MUST be willing to accept the natural (and near scientifically proven) outcome of Googling, which is an increase in anxiety. We CANNOT escape that trap. CANNOT. It doesn't work, not even a little.

So if you want to gradually lessen your anxiety, you're going to have to choose to engage in less anxiety-provoking behaviors—which is much easier said than done. To that end, are you currently pursuing any kind of anxiety treatment?

In the meantime, take your antibiotics. As long as you're not taking them all the time for things that they're not necessary for, there's no harm in them. What are you taking them for?
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In case anyone is still confused:  googling your symptoms will cause you to remain in a state of extreme anxiety. Stepping away from the internet is the first step toward lasting peace.