I Have Health Anxiety Disorder.
hi before i start i have to say that i'm 22 years old and perfectly healthy so for some of you this is gonna be hard to grasp. about a year ago i was diagnosed with health anxiety,which basically means that i worry about my health and the health of those i love to the point were it takes over my day to day life. it started about 3 years ago when i became pregnant, i was on my own and i became ill with a pregnancy condition called hyperemesis this means that u vomit day and night, i ended up at just 6 stone, and couldnt look after myself let alone a baby i made a decision and had an abortion. after that i started to become concerned about my health allot. i thought i had a brain tumor i would get headaches and i would convince myself i was dying. i let it go on for a very long time constantly turning to my family and my boyfriend for reasurance that i was ok. eventually my mother told me that it was normal for a girl of my age to be so consumed by fear and anxiety about my health afterall common sense will tell u that ur perfectly fine but i was not thinking clearly. i decided it was time to go to the doctor when after a friend of my dads child died from menningitis i became so obsessed with checking my body for that rash that i was checking up to 20 times a day. crazy i know but i couldnt help it. i went to see my doctor and she was very understanding she spoke to me about why i felt this way and i found out that is common after an illness to become fearful of ill health. i'm now on medication and it seems to be working. i know some of you will say that im crazy but for those of you who have experienced this you'll know what im talking about. i feel so much better now that i'm taking my medication after all the life i WAS living is no life for a HEALTHY 22 year old girl. and by the way the headaches i was getting were from yep u guessed it anxiety.