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Re: How did you begin to have health anxiety? Would love to hear.
« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2014, 06:17:16 PM »
That would scare any man I'm sure!

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Re: How did you begin to have health anxiety? Would love to hear.
« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2014, 09:02:41 PM »
My first panic attack was when I was in the middle of a concert for choir. I had never been stage fright and out of nowhere I felt like I was going to pass out. I had numbness and tingling and that was not normal to me. This continued for a while where I would get panic attacks when I was in places that I felt I could not get out of. After googling (of corse) more about this I decided that my anxiety was an instinct telling me that I was sick with something that I did not know about. Ever since then, I have been a hypochondriac.
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Re: How did you begin to have health anxiety? Would love to hear.
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2014, 07:33:07 PM »
I watched my mom go in and out of the hospital since I was a young kid, and her mom (my grandma) had a lot of health issues in her youth as well. When I was 13 my mom was diagnosed with relapse remitting MS (which was actually misdiagnosed as a brain tumour at first, scared the crap out of me). The earliest attack I remember was when I was 11 😳 and I thought I had a severe bowel problem. I was too young to really think I had specific diseases but after my mom was diagnosed it got a lot worse. I've thought I had bowel cancer, melanoma, a brain tumour, lymphoma, leukaemia, nasal tumour, diabetes and most recently breast cancer. I actually somewhat recovered from my HA back in 2011 and I was 3 years free of it. Until my boyfriends mom was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer back in November, now my HA is back and I've recently somewhat gotten over a breast cancer & lymphoma fear.  It just scares me because my mom and grandma were so sick throughout their lives and what if it's genetic or something so I became obsessed with it. As for my boyfriends mom, we're a lot alike and we're pretty close. She's also only 40 years old so she's really young, it kind of brought back the HA because it really can happen to anyone so I feel the need to constantly check myself to make sure it doesn't happen to me.
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Re: How did you begin to have health anxiety? Would love to hear.
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2014, 01:02:04 PM »
A couple of years ago, I had a couple of diseases which required immediate medical attention (Testicular torsion and appendicitis), both of which I found out about by googling symptoms. Being proven right twice in a row for potentially deadly diseases more or less sealed the deal and made me think of the worst case scenario all the time.
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Re: How did you begin to have health anxiety? Would love to hear.
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2014, 02:08:46 PM »
I started pretty young. My whole family tree is riddled with anxiety and hypochondria (among other things) so I'm pretty sure it is genetic.

When I was 7 I watched this episode of Arthur on TV about asthma. It was intended to make kids feel better, but it really freaked me out. I was so messed up over it all I could do was lie in bed and try to a. breathe and b. not puke. This went on for months. After that first anxiety it became a persistent problem. I was obsessed with germs and washed my hands to the point where they were raw and bleeding, I thought that all my teeth were going to fall out, that I had a bladder infection, that something was wrong with my heart, on and on and on.

My parents were extremely confused but for some reason I still don't understand, they never seemed to put two and two together that this was NOT normal 7 year old behavior. I was homeschooled at the time but if I had been in school it would almost certainly have been debilitating enough to keep me home.

I ended up with pretty bad agoraphobia to the point where I wouldn't go anywhere with a parent or family member until I was 11. I almost completely withdrew from my friends for several years. I had suicidal ideation as young as 8. All this and still no one thought "she needs help." I love my parents but that makes me angry to this day.
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