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Hi I have extreme anxiety, especially when in comes to anything

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Hi I have extreme anxiety, especially when in comes to anything medical. If even the smallest thing is wrong with me I freak out and feel like I am dying. Sometimes to the point where I cant get out of bed in the morning or I lay on the floor and cant move. Some of the situations even make me want to kill myself because I am afraid to face whatever is wrong with me. recently I was very close to suicide but I was afraid of the pain I would feel right before I died , if I died. being afraid of the pain of dying is the only thing that kept me alive. My boyfriend gets so mad at me because I make a huge deal out of nothing but I cant control it. my heart races and I feel like I am going to throw up. what could cause this and is there treatment ? dont know if it has anything to do with this but I fugured I would mention it. I was epileptic for 18 years of my life and had a right temporal lobectomy when I was 18
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC replied 3 years ago.

Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.

 

It sound like you may have developed anxiety related to your medical issues. When you have gone through a lot of trauma such as you have, developing a fear or Post Traumatic Stress is a normal response. It can mean that you felt overwhelmed and severely stressed by your experiences. You can also feel depressed along with anxiety.

 

Feeling overwhelmed to the point you feel suicidal means you need help with how you feel. You do not have to face this alone. There is help and relief for you.

 

Should you feel suicidal again, contact or go to your local ER. You can have an evaluation done there to determine if you need admitted (for medications and/or immediate treatment) or referred to your local community mental health facility.

 

Whether or not you have anxiety, a phobia or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is something a therapist can help you with. Make an appointment to see a therapist. You need to have an evaluation to determine exactly what you are dealing with. Based on what your diagnosis is, the therapist can help provide you with the right treatment and support to help you learn to cope and feel better.

 

A racing heart and nausea are signs of anxiety. Trauma of any kind can trigger those kinds of feelings. Because of what you went through, you may have felt overwhelmed and out of control. Medical situations often make people feel severely anxious. On the one hand, you have to face procedures and tests because of the need to get better but on the other hand you don't want to submit for painful and unpleasant treatment. There is no choice and it is that feeling, the feeling of being out of control, that makes people feel anxious. White Coat syndrome is one example of how people react when facing medical situations. Doctors remind patients that they are not always in control of their bodies.

 

What you can do is get help from a therapist. Also, you can work on this at home. Self help is very effective with anxiety. Here are some resources to help you get started:

 

http://helpguide.org/mental/anxiety_types_symptoms_treatment.htm

 

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne


The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-By-Step Program by William Knaus and Jon, Psy.D. Carlson

 

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth by Glenn R. Schiraldi

 

Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression, 2nd Edition, Completely Revised and Updated by Joseph J. Luciani

 

You can find these books on Amazon.com or your local library may have them for you.

 

Hang in there. With some treatment and support, you will feel better.

 

I hope this has helped,
Kate

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