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  1. 3 points
    Dear all, First time poster here, 22 year old male living in Australia, I've been following this forum for a while and it has been a great source of comfort to see that I am not the only one going through this horrible experience with health anxiety. Mine has been going on severely for about six weeks now, starting IMMEDIATELY after I googled the symptoms of that dreadful disease - funny that! Immediately all of the symptoms, which we all know are both generated by our anxious minds and EXTREMELY REAL, started happening. Just thought I'd share something that has been helping with my recovery and made me, ironically, laugh about the mess our irrational minds can make of us! I'm lucky enough to have a father who is an extremely experienced critical care doctor, specializing in neurology and respiratory medicine. He is also an ex-bodybuilder. Immediately he told me I'm not sick, he said any doctor could spot it a mile away if I was, and after I kept on bugging him he put me on a workout he used to do, something from a book by Arnold Schwarzenegger, that involved every muscle group. Push ups, dips, sit ups, leg lifts, pull ups, squats, calf raises, everything. It was hell, but I COULD DO IT, even though it was only three pull ups or ten sit ups. And as long as I COULD DO IT, there is no reason to be worried. "You don't have a**, you're just anxious and unfit" he said. He also said that any serious disease will progress, and if it stays the same or gets better, there is very little reason to worry. My anxiety hasn't stopped after that, but now every time I do a strength test to prove I'm ok, I think about what he said and I get a little boost of confidence. You often feel like you're going crazy - I recently tried testing myself with a one legged squat, on my toes, in the shower, and then got anxious about the cramps and perceived weakness I felt afterwards! Hope this helps anyone even a little bit. Remember that the mind is so so powerful and can convince you of anything. Remember that it will get better, the panic will go away, trust your doctors, don't Google ANYTHING specific that isn't just "health anxiety" because that's the real beast we're dealing with, be grateful every day for the gift of being alive, and sometimes even laugh at yourself - half the things we try to test ourselves with, even very fit people would struggle! Wishing everyone a beautiful day, Matt
  2. 2 points
    Throughout this bout of anxiety, I have found ways to look at my health from a different perspective. Every day, I am plagued with the “What If’s?” What if it really isn’t anxiety this time? I wanted to share in this post something that has helped me strengthen my claims to myself that it is JUST anxiety, rather than a fatal event or illness. Being the homegrown, hardcore researcher I am, I’ve found this has helped me a lot. Let’s go ahead and first establish this constant number. According to the ADAA, anxiety affects 18.1% of the population of the United States each year. Now, it’s time to compare. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Sepsis = 0.5% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Cancer = 0.4% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— MS = 0.3% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— ALS = 0.001% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Meningitis = 0.001% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Tetanus = 0.00006% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Lyme disease = 0.009% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Heart Attack = 0.2% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Stroke = 0.2% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Pulmonary Embolism = 0.2% You’re more likely to have anxiety. Anxiety = 18.1% <——— Anaphylaxsis = 0.06% (0.0007% result in death, even smaller chance) You’re more likely to have anxiety. When you think all hope is lost, just turn to this post and realize... You. Just. Have. Anxiety.
  3. 2 points
    Hi Jlavoie, i am not a doctor,but my daughter has m/s.I suppose m/s can start up in different ways but it DID NOT BEGIN LIKE THAT IN MY DAUGHTER.Plus she had a good idea of what she had, she did not have to guess as you are doing.As i say i am not a doctor,but i advise you to see one to put your mind at rest because i do not think that you have m/s. My best wishes to you Jlavoie ,geezer.
  4. 2 points
    There are a couple ways to approach this. Freaking out and running to the neurologist isn’t the way to go I had a terrible bout of twitching and cramping 10 years ago, after a URI. It was a combination of stress, heightened immune response because of the infection, etc. But like you, I was convinced I had ALS. made an appointment to se the neurologist, but I couldn’t get in for like a month. So this is what I did, and this is what you should do: 1. Go the gym every day and lift weights. Work different muscle groups, and especially the legs. Work on building strength, and increase the intensity of the workouts as you go. You will get stronger. 2. Drink a potassium energy drink or Pedialyte a few times a day. Also eat bananas. This is good for the muscles and nervous system, and works to reduce the twitching. 3. A couple times a week, have a glass of wine at night and CALM DOWN. Watch a movie, relax. Don’t focus on the twitching. So after one month of this, my strength had gone up considerably, and I felt much better. I told myself “there is absolutely no way I have ALS if I am getting stronger”. I cancelled the neurologist appointment and never looked back. And sure, my legs still twitch here and there, and it is usually because I run and bike a lot. Try the above regiment—I can guarantee you will get through this, and there is simply no way you have ALS We always second-guess our doctors
  5. 2 points
    Many cases of headache and head pain are caused by tension in the back, shoulders and neck.
  6. 2 points
    I've had a great week so far, even today despite my body testing my patience and my ability to ward off anxiety. Chest pain that is localized, not "inside" my chest and not in the middle. It's symmetrical, small spots on the left and right. Muscular in nature, I imagine. Having some nerve issues in both arms, primarily my left - not unusual for me! Then my jaw/chin sort of aches, presumably because of the stress of the move and the mild anxiety created by these "symptoms", which is causing me to clench my jaw - again, not abnormal for me! Throw some palpitations (again, presumably due to the anxiety) in the mix, and you have an anxious mind that's trying so hard to worry and be fearful. 😮 I'll survive, I always do. But it really tests my patience and my ability to fend off the intrusive / unwanted thoughts. I did have two cans of Vanilla Coke this morning though, which also contributes to my anxiety and these symptoms. I know the anxious part of me is searching for something to worry about. I used to panic when I felt jaw, chest or arm pain, or numbness / tingling. Then I got to where I didn't mind it a bit, and so now it seems I always notice two or more of these symptoms at the same time, which of course says "hey, heart attack." Obviously I know this is not true, but that tells me my brain is searching for reasons to worry. I'm still glad I can recognize this pattern, as that certainly helps me being able to deal with it appropriately (e.g. not sending myself into an anxious spiral). But it's still tough at times. I did fine during the move. I didn't sleep much at all, and I was more physically active than I've been in a long time, and obviously it didn't kill me. LoL! Only when I'm at rest do I tend to notice these things. And that's yet another signal that says the cause of the symptoms, and the fact that they coexist, is due to anxiety. Why do our minds have to be so messed up? Haha. Otherwise, our move was successful. We moved boxes over the course of about three days, and the major part of the move (furniture and storage unit) was done in a day thanks to the movers we hired. We're really enjoying being in our own home, and the fact that we're homeowners. That's all going on in my world right now. I'm off work until Tuesday. I plan to take this time to enjoy the house, fix / update some things and some other small projects around the house. Woo hoo.
  7. 2 points
    Seems like today may be a particularly odd day for many people, huh? 😛 Ill be fine. You'll be fine. We'll all be just fine, in due time. We just have to help ourselves.
  8. 2 points
    The only thing crucial for you at this point is therapy. You need a therapist not a neurologist. If you actually want to get over your anxiety you have to quit the reassurance seeking. To be honest I think your neurologist is being very irresponsible continuing to see you when you do not have a neurological condition. Twitches are normally. Everyone has them. Non anxious people just don’t notice or care. Bodies are not symmetrical. It is totally normal to have differences between left and right side. You have been cleared by a neurologist. Now you need to learn to trust that.
  9. 2 points
    In my 32 years, I've only ever personally (though indirectly) known of a single person to experience an aneurysm. She was in her 50s, if I remember correctly, long time smoker, high blood pressure and other risk factors (possibly a genetic link). Frankly, at 15, you should be worried about what you're going to do with your summer. 😛 It sounds like you're wasting your time on Google and other online resources which are driving your anxiety. Obviously this is not healthy. Stay off of Google, even take a break from the forums. Enjoy your summer. And even more so, enjoy your youth and your health. I wasted most of my 20s and into about 31 worrying endlessly about nonsense. Time I can't get back. I still have anxiety, I'm not "cured", but I've finally gotten a good hold on it so I'm content. I suggest you do the same now rather than wasting these years.
  10. 1 point
    I can't speak for her, obviously, but I've done some therapy. It has been extremely helpful. Even as I'm dealing with this stuff now, I know it would be quite a bit worse if it weren't for the things I learned from my therapist. I guess it was technically CBT, but we didn't focus much on what to call stuff - we just did whatever we felt would help. I enjoy my therapist, but I haven't been since late last year. Perhaps I should also see about going again.
  11. 1 point
    My physician told me that typically the first sign of a brain tumor are seizures.
  12. 1 point
    So, herniated discs in the back/neck do get worse overnight usually because of fluid buildup in the spinal column. My back problems are 100x worse first thing in the morning. I would ask the nurse if the Botox doesn’t work, what are the next steps and is an MRI on the table. I assume you had one for your neck, so you could also ask if it showed the head as well. Then you would have a definitive NO for brain tumor.
  13. 1 point
    Hey everyone! It's so strange to me that I can reply to others who are experiencing this exact same thing with advice, yet I can't seem to benefit from my own advice. LoL! But yeah, long story short, I'm feeling panicky this evening. It isn't a full blown panic attack, but sort of a coming and going bout with feeling suddenly anxious. This is no surprise, however; I've actually felt a bit on edge the past few days. Since Friday night or Saturday morning, I believe. I wasn't blindsided this time. Part of the problem, I believe, is that anxiety is doing what it does best - drawing conclusions without facts, and also making connections that don't exist. Here are some of the things I'm experiencing: * Shortness of breath * Increased heart rate + a few skipped beats * Arm, jaw, shoulder pain, and chest "pain" * Feeling warm and sweaty But here's the thing: I feel these things (minus the shortness of breath and increased heart rate) on a regular basis. The pains are due to lack of regular exercise as well as posture / other positional things I need to work on. Feeling warm and sweaty? Well, duh, temps have been in the 80s and 90s around here! Yet here comes anxiety, attempting to convince me that these things together mean trouble. So I must say "no, punk, sit down and shut up!" It's the usual, coming in waves. I'll feel great for a few minutes, then the anxiousness sets in again. I will know it's over when I feel relieved. Any time it's going to come back, I don't feel truly calm or relieved when it takes a break. But as soon as it's gone for good (until a much later time) I feel a sudden sense of relief - euphoria, even. Funny how that works! Does all of this sound familiar? I've seen so many posts just like this recently, and I think I've replied to most of them! But here I am, going through it myself. Perhaps this can help those of you struggling with it find some relief though. You're never alone in this stuff. I do well the majority of the time, though I do have my bad days. It's not the worst thing that could happen. We all just need to hang in there and take care of ourselves. Let the anxiety do what it does and get out of here. This is something my therapist and I talked about, and I just remembered: welcome the feelings of anxiety. If you let it happen and you get it over with, it can also decrease your future sensitivity to the anxiety. And I do believe other members here have referred to their own success with this method. I need to try that now. Sit here, let it happen, then go to bed and get some sleep. Thanks for reading! Have a great evening.
  14. 1 point
    Panic attack can happen even when you’re not stressed or anxious. For many people they seem to come out of the blue. What you describe sounds like a classic panic attack. There may be no reason you had the panic attack, they just happen. Trying to pin it on something can be frustrating and cause you to start avoiding things unnecessarily trying to prevent one. The best thing you can do is find something that will snap you out of the feelings of panic when they arise. This is one thing you can google and find help with! There may be some help on the Panic forum as well.
  15. 1 point
    Yes and it can linger even if you feel like you aren't anxious anymore. You may feel like you aren't anxious, but it can be underlying in your body - subtle anxiety that you aren't fully aware of. Also it takes a while for the chemicals released during panic to completely dissipate. Give it some good time. And the more you monitor it, the more you will be sensitized to your symptoms. Hope this helps.
  16. 1 point
    Any time. I'm always glad to know I've helped.
  17. 1 point
    Honestly don't know, but I would think it won't make a difference at this point. Manyb(nearly all?) people who are diagnosed with diabetes, regardless of type, had some period of time prior to diagnosis which meant prolonged periods of blood glucose that was out of control. I know someone who was diagnosed when she was 18, but she had symptoms for at least a year and a half. At that time, they thought she was "too young" and it turns out she has type 1. Besides, this isn't even remotely new to you. You've had heart worries for a long time, if I remember correctly. Why would it be any different now? Just because you were diagnosed as diabetic? Nah, I think you're fine and your anxiety is making connections that don't actually exist.
  18. 1 point
    Hmmmm....I am just going to speak honestly and from my own perspective as a HA sufferer. People with HA are frustrating!!!! Our families would need to be saints to not get annoyed by this. I am in a great place with my HA at the moment. But, when I was in it bad last year, my husband was constantly pissed at me. I decided quickly that I needed to restrain myself from constant reassurance seeking. In other words, I decided to keep as much of it to myself as possible and rely on my own inner strength to get through all of my little triggers and exposures and incidents. Maybe, with your mom, you could agree to do something like that. Acknowledge that you realize this is annoying and not what she bargained for (I mean, it DOES affect other people to be constantly freaking and scared over mundane little things that deserve no second thought). But then say, if you DO come to her with a fear, it's because you really couldn't get through it yourself and need compassion. My husband and I really have not gotten to that point, even though I have directly asked for it at times. I have learned he is not really someone I can lean on in these instances. There's too much baggage between us on this issue. I think you need to decide if your mom IS someone that can be what you need/want her to be, but also recognize that you need to be discerning and develop coping mechanisms or internal resources that you can use in most cases. That's just what I think. I'm sure lots of people disagree.
  19. 1 point
    It’s been awhile huh? Hope everyone is doing okay. Just came to check in and say everyday I’m getting back to normal. I don’t really check this forum anymore because it would flare up my anxiety but I feel like I’m in a good state of mind rn. If you a worrier about ALS please look thru my past post. I was also a huge ALS worrier and there was months were I would just lay in bed because I felt like “today was the day something was going to show, my foot was gonna stop working or my arms” i have ave yet to have a EMG due to the fact I’m doing everything I was able to do since last year. I still have twitches here and there but I don’t let them get to me. I promise you this anxiety of yours will pass. BUT. YOU. Have to make that decision. You have to be strong and tell yourself you don’t have this disease that it’s all in your head. Believe your doctors...:enjoy your life. If anyone has any questions please lmk. Thank you and God Bless
  20. 1 point
    I would be happy that it is low and not high. If it was too low, your physician would have said something.
  21. 1 point
    I agree with what Marc and Bin are saying. My ex-mother-in-law was diabetic and she nonetheless lived her life like she could eat anything, not exercise, etc. It didn't end well for her. You might consider going to a nutritionist who specializes in diabetic diets. Follow that advise close, but don't feel if you eat 1 gram of sugar you're doomed. You can lead a perfectly normal life, just with a different diet than you're used to. Likely you will be exercising more and losing some weight perhaps...all good things. Maybe you reverse this; maybe not, but living a healthy lifestyle, seeing your GP or endocrinologist as scheduled and yes, no reason you shouldn't live to be a cranky older person like me. (if 63 is old...I feel like I'm 33 🙂
  22. 1 point
    Many people are diabetic and if you take care of yourself and follow your physicians instructions, odds are you will live a normal life.
  23. 1 point
    Hugs. It's going to be ok. You have a lot going on. Your husband being away and moving? That's a lot sweetie. The birth control can also play a huge role. Hormones can cause anxiety. I was so anxious while taking birth control.. the first two months I got off bc was pure hell I was so incredibly anxious while my hormones were adjusting. So give yourself some time to let the hormones adjust.. I hope the move goes nice and smoothly. And if you don't like your birth control, talk to your Dr. I don't tolerate bc well so I had to get off, but you can always change to a diff one.
  24. 1 point
    HA can increase bodily metabolism by quite a lot, causing frequent urges towards the bathroom. A good indicator would be whether you wake up at night to empty your bladder or not.
  25. 1 point
    I really relate to your post.. those are some good reminders for me! Thank you
  26. 1 point
    There may be a virus circulating at work, job stress related or the air quality may be bad, which is causing you and others to feel ill. As far as the spirits coming out of the walls, I would say highly unlikely.
  27. 1 point
    Avoiding triggers can be helpful, but ultimately the goal is to face them and teach yourself to react differently (or not react at all). Continuing to avoid them is, in my opinion, much like running from your problems, which is never healthy.
  28. 1 point
    Another Gallbladder removal type question, i’m still recovering from surgery but was wondering if two weeks later I can still get the “heart attack” like pains I had before the gallbladder was removed? Maybe I am just overly gassy lol. I’m young so i’m Not really concerned about heart attack, but I was just wondering. Went to my doctors today. All is good. He told me it’s normal and to take it easy. He said if it didn’t stop in a few weeks to give him a call. Thanks for the advice everyone. I’m glad I am in a much better state of mind, anxiety wise.
  29. 1 point
    Have you tried therapy? There are tools they can teach you to reframe your thinking and rationalize things you’re worried about. You have to get yourself out of this obsessive pattern of over analyzing everything going on day to day and hour to hour.
  30. 1 point
    So glad he's doing well. All is well here. Still settling in to our new home. We just got home and going to bed, we spent a few hours at the neighbors with a bonfire. 😛
  31. 1 point
    I’m sorry you’re going through this! I just got over a major colon cancer fear recently. I really honestly think you don’t need to worry about it. You don’t have the symptoms, and dr. is telling you you don’t need further testing. These are good things. A family member of mine had it. He was having bowel movements 15-20 times a day. There was bleeding. It didn’t get better and worse, it just got worse. Even then, it was only stage one, he had an operation and has been fine ever since (15 years) When I was deep in my colon cancer fear “episode”.. (it lasted about a year, until I had a cat scan) It seemed like everywhere I looked, I’d see all these awful stories of people, young people, etc.. but I don’t think it was anymore than usual, it’s just that I was so hyper focused, they all seemed like signs I must be dying of it. My new thing is not looking at what comes out of me in the toilet. It’s hard, but you can’t do it. Just flush! Don’t look! Until you’re not afraid anymore anyway.
  32. 1 point
    The tonsils are made of tissue similar to that of lymph nodes, and so they are very sensitive. The throat and esophagus are also very sensitive. I have GERD and frequent post nasal drip, and my throat always looks irritated as well. On top of that, I've had a couple of small bumps on my uvula for a couple years or so - at least that's when I first noticed them. I agree with @Bobnnat. Solid advice.
  33. 1 point
    I'd really just like to say how relieved I am to be here, feeling like you guys are the same as me! (haha) I could have written that post, bin_tenn.
  34. 1 point
    It does suck. Haha. Thanks for sharing, sorry you're having a sort of off day as well. I'm doing well this evening. I need to stay off the caffeine for a while, because this tightness in my chest (feels like the outer muscles are being pulled) came on after I had a little caffeine with dinner. This is not unusual for me, I just need to cut back for a little while in order to let it subside. Mindfulness is very helpful! That's why I recommend it to practically everyone who is struggling. I always think back to the mindfulness techniques I've read about and that my therapist has told me about. I use them, and that's why I'm not having a panic attack. LoL.
  35. 1 point
    I think I mentioned previously in this thread (maybe not) that it doesn't necessarily need to be caused by anxiety. The problem isn't the fact that you're experiencing these symptoms, the problem is anxiety. And how anxiety causes you to react to those symptoms. Most people don't think twice about this stuff.
  36. 1 point
    Do you have access to therapy? My experience has been that medication doesn’t help much with health anxiety. I need therapy in order to get out of the disordered thought patterns of health anxiety.
  37. 1 point
    I have this exact same problem. Sometimes I think I'm getting so sick and I need to go home and sleep and take a hot shower and then once I'm home I'm fine. I feel more relaxed. I'm in my comfort zone, even though I feel comfortable at work it's not the same. My back is always hurting at work...but it's probably posture problems. YOU ARE NOT ALONE 💕
  38. 1 point
    Hi! No. You don't need confirmation. Your anxiety needs it. And when you get this reassurance, your brain will find something else to worry about. This is the way our brain works. It sees the situation as "danger". Thoughts are just thoughts. We look at life, and situations through distorted lenses. Just because we think this situation or object is dangerous doesn't mean that is how it really is. First of all - stop chasing reassurance and asking other people. Only you can help yourself. Second - trust your doctor. This is very typical of us, sufferers, to think - OMG what if they missed smth. But this is all anxiety. Third - try to look at the thought in a realistic and balanced way. Have you confused a thought with a fact? Is there substantial evidence for your thought? Are you attempting to interpret this situation without all the evidence? What are the facts in this situation and what are your own feelings and interpretations? I know it is not easy, but if I could do it - you can do it too.
  39. 1 point
    I often feel sick (like I’m sure im going to die) while I’m at work. I think for me it’s like what mollyfin said above- I feel trapped- and that makes me panic, which makes my crazy anxiety symptoms go nuts, then I think im for sure going to have a stroke or a seizure or something, and it’s just a completely vicious cycle. I’m sorry you’re feeling that way, but you’re definitely not alone!
  40. 1 point
    Yes. I NEVER ask for tests. It is a conscious decision on my part that, if I need to see a doctor, I just describe the problem and let them react. TBH, there have been times that they've recommended tests and biopsies, and I have gone through with those. There have been other times when I've had troubles, and they recommended nothing, and that's what I've gone with.
  41. 1 point
    My dad had a dental infection. Nothing bad happened to him, but he felt AWFUL. Thought it was a bad flu at first; I don't think I've ever seen the guy so sick. My SO had a broken tooth that wasn't infected; it was still super painful and her breath was awful because of all the crap collecting in the hole that she couldn't get out. The odds of having some kind of silent infection are pretty tiny; problems with broken or infected teeth tend to show themselves. You definitely should see a dentist at some point, but nothing catastrophic is likely to happen in the meantime. You're right about the system being awful, though. I badly need to see a dentist, but not having dental insurance, I've been putting it off. However, I'm fairly sure I'm developing gingivitis (bleeding gums when I brush, etc) so I'm going to have to suck it up pretty soon and go. It shouldn't cost thousands of dollars a year out of pocket to stay healthy. At least I know my dentist won't try to upsell me on things I don't need; he's a decent dude.
  42. 1 point
    Hi! I love your username - Matilda and Miss Honey are probably my favorite fictional characters of all time. You're definitely not alone - that list is very familiar to me! It's always cancer for me too, for whatever reason.
  43. 1 point
    Yes, me. I had als fears . Gp said no but I went to a neuro anyway. He ordered an emg not really saying why.. I decided against the test Bec I knew that I didn't truly have als. I could rationalize all day as well but the doubt was overwhelming at times. I carried the worry off and on for over a yr! I started therapy, journaled, walked a lot to burn off adrenaline.. I rationalized out loud. I did whatever it took. You know you don't need the X-ray.. your anxiety is being an ass and constantly telling you well what if this and what if that.. tell it to take a hike. Hugs. Try anxiety guy on you tube, mediataton, journaling, working out, etc.. whatever does the trick keep it up. You don't have lung cancer, you have anxiety about lung cancer.
  44. 1 point
    Your real fear is not dying of some horrible disease, it is leaving your children behind without your care. You probably had some random subconcious thought about 7 months ago that triggered your fear. The thought was so minor and insignificant that you likely didn't even notice it at the time but it stuck with you subconciously. A therapist could probably help you find it but it's not as important as just knowing it was just a random thought and has no bearing in reality. If you have had a physical and blood work recently and your doctor said all is well then you are fine. I recommend going to an integrative or functional medical doctor. They are MDs too but treat the whole person and not just the symptoms. For example, I predict a massive increase in Vitamins C and B3 (1,000 mg of each with every meal) would likely have you thinking and feeling better within 1 week. Let us know how you are getting along. May God bless you and your family.
  45. 1 point
    I second this. Also felt this whenever I was more anxious, or was starting to get anxious. It’s just part of our response to the stress, it seems like.
  46. 1 point
    I can totally relate to this too, except this happened for me at school. Whenever I had to go to school for these last couple of months, my physical symptoms that came with this anxiety increased. I felt more dizzy, I felt more nauseous, I felt more of just every symptom that I had. So this isn’t just something you’ve experienced.
  47. 1 point
    I find this very relatable. I have agoraphobia and being stuck in a place I can't "escape" increases my anxiety tenfold. It helps if I have something else to focus on. (Okay, I MAY have snuck in a Gameboy a few times to play under my desk. Look, if there's nothing for me to do, I'm not going to make myself crazy! The Animal Crossing home design game was great for that because you can put it down and pick it up at any time without worrying about being caught in the middle of something.)
  48. 1 point
    Not uncommon with anxiety. I've also experienced this, many times. It usually precedes or accompanies a heightened sense of anxiousness and/or general worry.
  49. 1 point
    Try to relax, there is no pain in early symptoms of the disease...
  50. 1 point
    Here are a few worksheets you may find helpful to download and print off. They are in pdf format, if you don't have a reader you can download Adobe Reader for free here http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/ Thank you to MrsMacFarlane12 for uploading them. Metaphors http://www.get.gg/docs/Metaphors.pdf Health Anxiety Thought Record http://www.get.gg/do...oughtRecord.pdf Relapse Prevention http://www.get.gg/do...ePrevention.pdf Bipolar Mood Management http://www.get.gg/do...dManagement.pdf Activity Diary http://www.get.gg/do...tivityDiary.pdf Sleep Diary http://www.get.gg/docs/SleepDiary.pdf