Hi, I have dealt with anxiety since I was 14 and over the last 3 months I have gotten increasingly worse. I lurked on this forum for some time before deciding to join. I have had issues with health anxiety for as long as I can remember. I am now 23 and over the past few weeks I have really deteriorated into a sea of despair and worry. I am seriously considering medication at this point but I am terrified of the side effects. Thank you and it's nice to meet all of you!