I have been looking for a place where i can talk with others who have issues with anxiety for some time and today stumbled upon this forum by chance. My name is charlotte and i am 19 years old, I have had panic issues most of my life, back as far a i can remember waking in the middle of the night panicking for no given reason, this continued and then reduced for the late years of my childhood but returned with vengeance in adolescence and has stayed with me since, the panic attacks slowly crept into the day time and have become an almost constant issue for the past couple of years, along with having troubles with sleeping my most specific anxiety is linked to the fear of being sick or becoming unwell (in any way related to the stomach) I can't pin point the reasons for this and often need alot of reassurance from my other half, who has been with me for a little over two years so unfortunately has never known me without the attacks or worries, I guess my main goal is to get better control over these things for him, He is my rock and the only reason that I have gotten as far as I have. But I worry so much that one day that this will become too much for him and he would be happier with someone easier to deal with. I have never managed to get the courage to go to the doctors to talk about this stuff but come from a medical family so have a fair idea. I would of liked to be able to go and have a professional opinion but I am so scared of picking up stomach bugs that I avoid the Docs at all costs.