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I am concerned that I am spending a great deal of time planning

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I am concerned that I am spending a great deal of time planning out all possible scenarios for any given situation on a daily basis. I am afraid to talk to my doctor at the risk of sounding like a textbook "crazy." Are my constant stresses normal and I just need to learn to be an adult and live with them or have they gone over the edge? If so, what sort of treatment would I be looking at and would it be weird if I wrote down my questions in a letter form and gave them to my g.p. as I am unsure if I could say the words coherently aloud. I am just exhausted and feel anxious and fearful. You can't be forced into a hold for these sorts of thoughts can you? Part of me is afraid my doctor will dismiss my thoughts or think I am making them up. It may be relevant to include that I am currently take 40mg of fluoxetine daily for anxiety/depression I have mentioned to her in the past.
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It sounds like you are experiencing obsessive thinking which could be connected to anxiety or possibly it is a precursor to OCD- Obsessive Compulsive disorder.

At this point, it is important that you see a therapist for an evaluation. You can see either a Master's level therapist, a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist. While seeing your G.P. is ok, your doctor is not trained specifically in mental health treatment. So seeing a specialist in mental health is your best option to getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Talk to your doctor about a referral to a mental health professional.

It is a good idea to write down your questions and your thoughts so the mental health professional you see can better understand what your symptoms are. Any way you can be specific helps to pinpoint what your diagnosis might be.

Treatment for an anxiety based diagnosis is usually medications and therapy. Both are very effective in helping you overcome your symptoms and manage them so you can feel better.

It also can help you to learn more about anxiety and OCD to see if you feel either one fits your symptoms. Here are some resources to help you:

I hope this has helped you,

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