Thank you so much for taking the time to write and give positive and encouraging words. That is very selfless and I greatly appreciate it - thank you both!
I'm sitting in class right now (trying to finally earn my Bachelor's degree). I've been feeling a little stressed all this morning. I know it's all in my head because when I legitimately get focused on something else (such as reading your posts - or responding back) the anxiety always seems to subside.
You know, ever since I can remember I've always had some obsessive fear.. It just so happens that the current one is centered on hypochondriac thoughts - "I'm going to have a heart attack, stroke, seizure, pass out" etc. etc.
The crazy thing is I see how irrational all these thoughts are when I'm NOT anxious. I mean, there would be tell-tale signs if a medical problem really existed, and it wouldn't be predicated on what I'm thinking...I mean...even if something bad WAS happening...it doesn't mean I HAVE tto feel anxiety. I guess an example of this is if someone was doped up on thorazine, even if a grizzly bear was walking toward them, they wouldn't freak out. It's all in my head.
Thank you for posting and the inspiration to write back....I feel much better right now!