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[QUOTE=billy7772]CBT, CBT, CBT.
I was convinced I had just about every serious ailment under the sun for many years. I eventually learned it has little to do with the symptoms and everything to do with the way I was thinking about the symptoms. CBT has since changed my life. It's all about using the tools to learn to think more clearly and accurately about things and once you do your depression will miraculously begin to lift before your eyes. My favorite starter book on CBT is "Been There, Done That? Do This! by Sam Obitz. Also many universities offer CBT programs for little or no charge. Take care.

Billy[/QUOTE]
WOWSERS! After reading this thread I don't feel alone! :bouncing:
For the past couple of years I also have been thinking the worst in absolutely everything! From fears about bachelor parties getting too "wild", getting cervical cancer after an abnomral pap smear, breast cancer after finding a cyst, severe muscle pain that means skin cancer to getting arrested for a simple traffic violation, not waking up from wisdom tooth surgery etc...I've been through it all!

This week I had a mole biopsied from my back, I've got another week before I get back results. As most of you can imagine I have already convinced myself I have full on melanoma since I have been feeling aches and pains in my back muscle !! My significant other has repeatidly reminded me that there is nothing wrong with me and that I am only 22 years old! Unfortunately what he says makes little to no difference in my thinking! Recently I also saw my gynecologist after finding a lump in my breast accompanied by back and chest wall pain. My gynecologist nicely reminded me that I've had a million dollars worth of testing done within the last two months and there have been no abnormalities and I should remember I'm 22, not 82! For some reason I can't stop the obssessive thinking. I was given Oxazepam (Serax) almost two months ago after I visited the urgent care 3 times within one week due to chest and back muscle pain(which to date I still suffer from). I haven't taken a single pill because I'm scared I'll become too dependent on them. There are times that I can remain calm and remind myself that aches and pains are part of life and they could mean something as simple as a pulled muscle etc...but most of the time the negative overwhelms me. Knowing that I am not alone has made a tremendous difference in my attitude this afternoon, thanks everyone! :wave:

Ultimately anxiety has stopped me from rolling with the punches in life. Instead I hate being myself sometimes because I live in fear of "the worst". These thoughts make me feel tired, worn down, and alone. I can't wait to get the book you've recommended! Knowing that many have been in my shoes and overcome this disorder has given me hope in a world that seemed so dark and riddled with disasters waiting to happen! Thanks so much billy7772!!!!
[QUOTE=lammys]WOWSERS! After reading this thread I don't feel alone! :bouncing:
For the past couple of years I also have been thinking the worst in absolutely everything! From fears about bachelor parties getting too "wild", getting cervical cancer after an abnomral pap smear, breast cancer after finding a cyst, severe muscle pain that means skin cancer to getting arrested for a simple traffic violation, not waking up from wisdom tooth surgery etc...I've been through it all!

This week I had a mole biopsied from my back, I've got another week before I get back results. As most of you can imagine I have already convinced myself I have full on melanoma since I have been feeling aches and pains in my back muscle !! My significant other has repeatidly reminded me that there is nothing wrong with me and that I am only 22 years old! Unfortunately what he says makes little to no difference in my thinking! Recently I also saw my gynecologist after finding a lump in my breast accompanied by back and chest wall pain. My gynecologist nicely reminded me that I've had a million dollars worth of testing done within the last two months and there have been no abnormalities and I should remember I'm 22, not 82! For some reason I can't stop the obssessive thinking. I was given Oxazepam (Serax) almost two months ago after I visited the urgent care 3 times within one week due to chest and back muscle pain(which to date I still suffer from). I haven't taken a single pill because I'm scared I'll become too dependent on them. There are times that I can remain calm and remind myself that aches and pains are part of life and they could mean something as simple as a pulled muscle etc...but most of the time the negative overwhelms me. Knowing that I am not alone has made a tremendous difference in my attitude this afternoon, thanks everyone! :wave:

Ultimately anxiety has stopped me from rolling with the punches in life. Instead I hate being myself sometimes because I live in fear of "the worst". These thoughts make me feel tired, worn down, and alone. I can't wait to get the book you've recommended! Knowing that many have been in my shoes and overcome this disorder has given me hope in a world that seemed so dark and riddled with disasters waiting to happen! Thanks so much billy7772!!!![/QUOTE]

Lammy's-
Boy did I know how you are feeling now and it certainly sucks. I wish I discovered CBT by the time I was 22! I was in and out of doctors for biopsis etc and in therapy and on meds for years before discovering CBT and was told I would have to be on meds for the rest of my life :nono: Every thought I had immediately went to the worst case scenario and it totally drained and incapacitated me :eek: Remember CBT is difficult at first but if you just keep plugging at it it will come and you will change your life and start living life instead of existing it or surviving it. I had no idea it could be this good :angel:
Take care and keep in touch. I'm here as a resource if you need me :)

Billy





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