Hi everyone. I am very thankful for this group. I am so happy to have others to talk to that know what I am going through.

I have been suffering from anxiety/panic/hypochondria/somatization for 3 years now. I have a debilitating fear of cancer. Every little thing that "hurts" or feels abnormal in my body I instantly connect to cancer. Right now it is my throat, I am having difficulty swallowing, I had a throat culture and the doctor told me I am fine…I just find it hard to believe her because it is still happening. Before my throat it was under my rib cage.

I have 3 daughters who I fear I may pass this on to. I freak out when we go in public places, when they are swimming, riding bikes, even running … I am scared to death that something is going to happen to them. I have noticed a few things that make me think that I am being a horrible influence to them. My youngest wouldn\'t go in the ocean for a long time because of MY fear of sharks. Now she goes in the water and all I can go is pace and tear up because I am overwhelmed with fear. My husband is as supportive as he can be, but he does not understand at all.

I can no longer enjoy my life. My throat (or whatever is bothering me for those months) is on my mind the second I wake up and it is still there when I lay down at night. I am in nursing school right now and I can hardly concentrate on my studies because I am so preoccupied with my throat. I am taking the next 5 weeks off from school so that I can try to get in to see a psychiatrist. I tried a few months ago and 3 different places said they were not taking new patients.

I am in Psych this MOD and my instructor who is a psych nurse said that I need to be placed on an anti-depressant like Prozac, right now I am on an anti-anxiety, buspar and I hate it, it does nothing for me. Anyone have an experience with these meds and prefer one over the other?

Again, I am excited to be here. I look forward to getting to know some of you!

  1. katekeller 11 years ago

    Sorry…you have so much anxiety. I have it too, but not the hypochondria…just a lot of built up fear. As far as med, I have been on Prozac off and on. It worked at first, but the last few tries it has not. I don\'t care for buspar either. It takes at least 2 weeks to get in your system before you will notice anything and its not very strong. I\'m on klonipin, but benzos are addicting, Really your doctor needs to help you with the meds. I definitely think you need to be on something to help you though. Best of luck to you. I look forward to talking to you more. Kate

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  2. PittsburghGirl 11 years ago

    hey, welcome = ), I have recently just come back to this site & its nice to know that I am not the only one who has anxiety bc most days it feels like I am. Even if ppl have had it & beat it, they still dont get it!
    I have the same problem as you, I get one thing stuck in my mind & that\'s it, no matter what anyone tells me, its just stuck in my head!!
    I have never taken Prozac, but I am on FOUR medicines, colonzapen & Xanax they are pretty much to Help me Sleep, and Effexor & Zoloft. Alot of ppl say thats to much & it doesnt seem to be Helping as much anymore. But I hate the Thought of depending on Medicine forever.!

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  3. PittsburghGirl 11 years ago

    Sorry, I messed up the spelling w/ the Medicines lol!

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  4. ArmyWife 11 years ago

    Thanks ladies! It feels great knowing that people understand .. at the same time I know how much life sucks for you … just as it does for me some days. Take care ladies

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  5. ArmyWife 11 years ago

    Patty that sounds like a God send! I will definitely check in to it. Thank you!

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