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Oh, please, please, please don't let it take over your life. I am 44 years old and have had this since I was 19. This has affected every aspect of my life from my professional to my personal life. Believe it or not, my saving grace was when I had a child (at the age of 33). I had to start doing things that I had avoided and eventually got used to doing them, even if I wasn't completely comfortable. I never sought therapy and refused any kind of medication as I saw these as a crutch and I am a STRONG person (not as strong as I led myself to believe). I just recently sought therapy and agreed to use an anti-anxiety medication for the really rough times and wish I had done it years ago. I know what you mean that you feel like you should be happy but something is holding you back. I've had a grudge against my own a-- for many years and for some reason didn't think I deserved to be happy, but I do and so do you. I refused to go on long-term medication and just take xanax when needed. I try to keep it to bare minimum as I've heard they are so addictive but maybe if you talk to your doctor, he can give you something for the rough times. I am by no means giving you medical advice and telling you to go get on medication, I was against using any kind of medication myself, but after FINALLY giving in and trying a little something, it does help. Hopefully this is just a temporary thing for you and will be short-lived. Getting married is a big commitment and kind of scary at that. Somewhere on this board is a list of things that people with anxiety do (it is kind of comical the things we do to avoid certain situations, etc.), it might help you to read it to put some of this whole nightmare into perspective. Please try to not let it get the best of you, you have your whole life ahead of you. I know it is easier said than done, just know that if you ever need to talk or someone to listen you can come here and we'll help all we can. Take care.

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