Hello Rachel, and welcome to Anxiety Zone... My name is Chuck, and I am one of the Global Moderators here on the site.
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Something that I want to share with you, Rachel. I once heard a therapist give a lecture, and during her talk, she asked the audience which disorder was a physical illness, and which was a mental illness. She randomly named off both physical and mental illnesses, and we in the audience all answered the same. Upon completing her list, she told us that we had only gotten half of the answers right. We all looked at each other rather puzzled. She told us that there was no such thing as "mental" illness, that all illnesses have a physical component to them.
If you have diabetes, the disease will manifest itself with unstable blood sugars. If you have something wrong with the brain, you can develop symptoms of anxiety and/or depressive.
I never forget what that therapist said.
It is good to have you here as a new member. The very best to you, Rachel!... Chuck