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Offline Gomubukai

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Re: blood test ordered by doctor?!?!
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2014, 07:11:43 PM »
What do you do for a living Marie?  Do you work, go to school etc?

You say that you feel like you can't do anything about it. But you are the ONLY one who can do anything about this. You have to get angry at the fact that you are feeling this way and decide that you don't want to live like this anymore. You have to FIGHT the fact that you do feel this way and rewire your thinking.  Giving up and giving in to the anxiety and panic is only going to reinforce the loop of panic and reassurance you are stuck in. It takes hard work, and mental discipline - but you can beat it. If you really, REALLY want to. 

I think at this point it's important to realise, that yes, you may not be able to get in to see a counsellor for a year, but there are still many things you could to do help yourself and your anxiety in the meantime.

You are pinning all of your hopes on this therapy, but the therapy is so far away that you have to consider other options to help yourself get better.

As I mentioned in one of your previous threads, I still highly recommend getting a hobby that you can totally immerse yourself in.  Was there anything yoy always wanted to learn as a child but never had the chance to?

You are the one who has the control over this now.  You've had the tests, MULTIPLE tests - you don't need any more.  This isn't about lymphoma, it's about your anxiety.  You have the control over how you choose to react to that.  You can either panic and reinforce the spiral of anxiety and reassurance. Or you can think to yourself. 'This is my body trying to trick me, i need to rewire my thinking.  I have had the tests, professionals tell me I'm healthy. So I will choose to be healthy.'

If you haven't already, read Pan's sticky on accepting the diagnosis.
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Re: blood test ordered by doctor?!?!
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2014, 07:54:47 PM »
Can you ask your parents to help out with the therapy?  You don't have to go forever, but it would help to get in there soon.

Celexa might help - it seems to help people with OCD, which is probably what you're dealing with, in addition to the anxiety. But I always advocate trying therapy first.
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Re: blood test ordered by doctor?!?!
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2014, 08:30:50 PM »
Ask if you can make payment plans with a therapist, or see if any of them do a "sliding scale" fee. I agree with the above poster about asking your parents for help.

Talk to your doctor, primary care practitioners do have some basic psychiatric training, he certainly could get you started on anxiety medication.

Look online for free CBT worksheets. they are all over the place. message me if you need websites. I print things like these for my patients all the time. Start reading up on meditation, get a health anxiety personal workbook, these are all better than doing nothing.

Exercise exercise exercise, if you aren't you need to start. This can really help alleviate acute anxiety symptoms.
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Re: blood test ordered by doctor?!?!
« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2014, 11:48:19 PM »
I agree with everything AncientMelody said!
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Re: blood test ordered by doctor?!?!
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2014, 11:29:46 AM »
Thank you everyone. I'm going to be starting university soon so I guess I can look into counselors there and am willing to do online CBT exercises in the mean time.
My parents are unfortunately, unwilling to help. I don't disagree with medication but would have liked to try seeing a therapist first. I guess I'll make a decision soon.
Thank you all very much.
I had a better night yesterday than usual and have promised I will not touch the slightly grain sized node or the pea sized one either. Hopefully things get better from here.
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Re: blood test ordered by doctor?!?!
« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2014, 12:42:40 PM »
That's great news that you'll be starting at university soon - definitely stop into the counselors' office the moment you get there. Don't worry - everything they do is confidential, and they've seen it all.  And don't wait - the stress of university can exacerbate HA without help. (My sister waited a year to speak to her university counselors about her depression... when she finally went in, she said, "Why didn't I do this sooner?! Last year would've been so much easier!") 

In the meantime, take a look at those CBT links. CBT techniques for health anxiety absolutely work if you're diligent about them. The trick is that you have to remember to do them when you're cycling (worrying)... it's hard, because we tend to get obsessive and can't think about anything else.

So the trick is - when you feel yourself start to worry about a symptom, immediately start doing the techniques. And you repeat them every time you start worrying again. Fairly soon, your mind will build new pathways and you'll start to do the techniques in your head automatically. And then you'll realize that you just don't worry as much or as deeply as you did before.
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