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Hi Ok, ive been diagnosed with gerd and got treatment with medication. Ever since that, i started to feel weird. First, i am aware that i suffer from health anxiety. Every time i feel some pain for some time, i begin to search for possible diseases on internet. So after diagnosed gerd which symptoms didnt improve over time i started to feel anxiety. I also developed another symptoms like pain in left arm, shortness of breath and fatigue. This made me think that i developed some problem with heart. Got some kind of weird attacks at night. Went twice to ER, they told me my heart was fine due to ECG which was normal. I started feeling tired all the time, stopped going out with friends, stopped with all activities, even started avoiding this girl i met 2 weeks ago. So i went to private cardiologist, did all the tests but he said my heart is fine and that i am surely suffering from mild depression. I have to admit, i am feeling pretty awful lately. Lost interest in all activities that used to make me happy, lost sex drive, feel like i only want to stay at home. When i go out, i feel nervous and cant wait to come back home. So i am really starting to think that that cardiologist is right and that all these symptoms are due to some kind of mental illness. So what do you think?
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It sounds as if you are suffering panic attacks because of your anxiety, and some depression as well. Both are situation and your GERD may also be due to stress/anxiety.
When you go out and are uncomfortable and want to go back home as soon as possible, that is called Agoraphobia (literally "fear of the agora or marketplace in Greek) and is usually associated with Panic Disorder. Both are forms of anxiety.
Yeah, i think something will happen to me when im out of house.
You have depression symptoms as well, losing interest in activities, lost sex drive, wanting to stay home.
And then you can't be in the safety of your home? If so, that is agoraphobia.
Panic disorder gives you chest pains, shortness of breath, fatigue, fear of dying. You have the symptoms
What are you your big stressors?
Your symptoms were well stated and quite clear.
i think this all started
when i finished college
i had a purpose
to finish college
and now i should get a job
but i lost motivation
Why did you lose motivation?
i dont know
Did something else happen?
i broke up a relationship of 7 years
she broke up with me
so maybe this could be the reason
but that happened 3 years ago
after the break up
This is a valid and common reason.
Was it very traumatic for you?
it did affect me
i was isolated from everyone for 2 months
and you have not recovered since then.
i thought i did
when i broke up
You have lost your way and you are still anxious about your loss.
when she broke up with me
i started working on myslef
i lost weight
took driving classes
i could say i improved myself
i finished sollege
and i was quite happy
with this changes
It was a crushing blow for you.
You have not yet recoverd.
but there was one thing
i told you i improved myself after break up
my ex went to high school with me
Which was the right thing to do but you haven't recovered completely.
This used to be called Adjustment Disorder but the new psychiatric diagnostic manual which was recently released now calls it Other Specified Trauma and Stressor Related Disorder, specifically "Adjustment like disorders with delayed onset of symptoms that occur more than three months after the stressor"
This disorder can be treated with psychotherapy - talk therapy - and you could get something that you take when you feel the anxiety, fear, or panic, starting up. It is a great TEMPORARY fix, or a circuit-breaker.
The drug is alprazolam (Xanax) and will stop these attacks. Frequent use can be addictive however (not occasional use) but getting to the root of your problem is the best fix.
There is also an excellent self-help book that you can get via mail (or possible download to your computer) from amazon.co.uk. Here is the link to the book.
you can tell me the title of the book
and one other, a different approach, also effective.
ill get that book
I shall keep you in my prayers.
thanks for advice
MAE, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC
You are welcome. I have also been to Croatia. Beautiful country and nice people.
whhich town did you visit?
Zagreb and some islands I believe.
Im from one island.
so one more question
Krk, before it was a resort.
Sure. Ask away.
you think i should make an appointment with psychiatrist?
No. Psychiatrist will put you on heavy medications. Talk to a psychotherapist and ask your family physician for a low dose of alprazolam for your anxiety (0.5 mg) and take ONLY AS NEEDED. You need to overcome this break-up once and for all. It was a devastating loss to you.
Here is a good breakup recovery book for you too.
A cognitive behavioural approach to change your thinking.
ill get these two books
and i agree with you
i dont like medications
And get plenty of exercise and diversion.
Meds can ruin your life when you just have to change your thoughts and find new avenues for your life.
ill try that
krk is island connected with my island through a bridge
It is beautiful there.
its not crowded anymore
but the weather is still nice
thank you for your advices
il get that books
and try to change my view
You are very welcome. God bless you.