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I would like to know what the best way to overcoming health anxiety is? What has worked best for you?

I started having anxiety and panic attacks last year. I was sick all of last summer with unexplained chest pain, fatigue, weakness and tiredness. Naturally, I thought I was having a heart attack everytime I felt these symptoms. I saw a cardiologist who said my heart was good ( 21 year old male). But he also mentioned that I was very tense and anxious. He said I should consider taking medicine for this, but I never did. I am terrified of side effects. After the cardiologist said my heart was fine, I began to feel much better and this lasted for about 6 months.

About a week or so ago, my health anxiety returned with a vengeance. I have been feeling some palpitations and now I cant quit thinking I my heart is going to stop. I read a story on these boards about someone who died of an arrythmia (abnormal heart beat) and I cant let it go. All I can imagine is that something is wrong with my heart again. I have never felt such intense panic and anxiety before, where I just want to pull my hair out and cant stop thinking how crazy I am. I really feel for all of you who experience severe anxiety and panic attacks. I never realized how terrible they can be!

Can anyone else identify with how I feel? What is the best way to overcome something like this without the use of medicine?

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