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Yes, I agree. You have to stop looking on the internet. (((I need to listen to my own advice too.))) Although the internet is useful, it is not the best thing to diagnose something. Anxiety takes over your whole body and that is why you feel the way you do. I was diagnosed with a staph infection in March and that is how my GAD came about. I had two bad panic attacks because I thought I was going to die. Luckily, the staph was not in my bloodstream and the antibiotics worked. But, after that, eventhough my dr. told me that I was ok, everytime I would get a symptom, I would look it up and worry myself to death. Don't do this to yourself. It is hard, but can be a habit to break. Do you have a GAD support group in your area? Try one if there is. I am currently reading a Self-Coaching book and it is very good so far. I can not take meds due to them causing ringing in my ears, so I have to beat this on my own. I may try St. John's Wort, but not sure if it will help much of my anxiety. Good Luck to you and let me know if you need anything. We can get through this together.
I am trying to break myself of looking up all my symptoms on the internet as well...not a good thing! I freak out and feel like anxiety and panic come on strong after I have tried to "self diagnose". I've been on Paxil for a week now, and am trying to wait it out, and hope for the best. It makes me a little shaky when I get up in the morning, but so far, it's nothing I can't deal with. But I too get scared that I have some terrible disease all the time, and I feel like I need to always take deep breaths...which taking too many can make you more lightheaded, if you already were. Maybe try and take smaller breaths, through your nose, and then let it out of through your mouth. My dr has said that taking the breath in through your nose gets more oxygen to your brain and can at times settle you down more, and maybe not feeling like you always need to take a deep breath. Hope that helps a little. Good luck...remember, you are not alone!!!

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