At the age of 46, I feel like a granny amongst all the youngsters! I'm married, mom to a great 12-year-old kid who I homeschool and I've struggled with anxiety for most of my life. I've always been functional in the sense of being able to do my day-to-day activities, hold down a job, etc. but it seems in the last seven years, fear has taken over my life.
My biggest problem at the moment is a whopping case of health anxiety, complicated by agoraphobia. In short, I'm too scared to go get the tests I need to prove to myself that there is nothing wrong with me! Greeeat.
I went looking for a forum like this while I'm hiding out in my room, terrified of scheduling a brain CT w/o contrast this week. I've had health problems before and endured some unpleasant things (complicated labor and delivery with 3rd degree tear, multiple tooth extractions, gallbladder surgery) but it seems when I'm in the midst of a procedure I Zen out and can handle it. It's the anticipatory anxiety that does my head in every time.
So hello to everyone! You will find me lurking in the health anxiety forum for while.