I haven't been here for a long time, I don't know if anyone will actually remember me, but I just wanted to post an update. The last time I was on the board I was coming off of Olanzapine (Zyprexa) and it was really hard. Five weeks of terrible anxiety and insomnia later and things started getting better. The insomnia lasted for about five months, and I still don't sleep brilliantly but I do manage to sleep :) I just wake up quite a bit through the night.
Interestingly with the disappearance of my initial withdrawal symptoms from the Zyprexa, my health anxiety all but vanished. I have been feeling so much better the last 8 or 9 months with hardly a worry. I had to go to the dermatologist about some marks on my skin my doctor was concerned about and didn't bat an eyelid - they turned out to be nothing. I'm now on half my dose of fluvoxamine the antidepressant I was also doing and still doing well.
I just wanted to post to show people it is possible to beat health anxiety and if you knew me when I used to post you'll know I had it really really bad. I now live each day as it comes and try not to dwell on the negatives. I don't consider myself completely cured and am always wary of a relapse, but at the moment things are going really well.
I hope you are all doing well too and that it helps to know that it IS possible to feel better again :)