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Hi everyone! I've spent a great deal of time reading through your posts and I am so glad I found this board. I have been suffering from anxiety as long as I can remember. It is mostly in the form of health anxiety, where I always think I am dying of some uncureable disease. Lately it has been so out of control. Looking back, I think it has become this bad around the time I got pregnant with my second child, who was born August 16th. Anyway, I can't seem to shake the feeling that I have some sort of cancer that the doctors are overlooking. It all stemmed from this stupid lymph node under my chin. One day I just noticed it (about a year ago) and since then I have convinced myself (due to symptom searching :rolleyes: ) I either have Leukemia, Hodgkins or HIV. It's silly I still think this way considering I have been given numerous blood tests and they have all come out fine, but I can't stop thinking this negative crap and it's making me feel like I'm really losing my mind. The docs (I've seen at least 5) all seem to think this gland is completely normal and has probably been there all my life and I just happened to notice it one day out of the blue. I don't believe the doctors anymore, I keep thinking they overlooking something or not taking me serious (like they think I'm crazy so they are dismissing my fears). I know I'm being irrational but I just can't seem to control it.

Anyway, I went to a Psychiatrist for the first time last week and was diagnosed with GAD and mild OCD. Not surprising considering I have pretty much self diagnosed myself with this years ago. I guess I am just now starting to get sick of it controlling my life. She prescribed me Lyrica as I have been on SSRIs (Prozac, Wellbutrin and Paxil) and they never seemed to do much for me. This is a newer drug from what I understand used to treat chronic pain and forms of anxiety. She also gave me a prescription for Ativan to take on an as-needed basis. I haven't filled them yet but will this week so I can't give any update to whether or not they are helping.

Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself. Sorry for the novel, guess I just needed to get that off my chest. Anyone else suffering from this sort of thing? It would be reassuring to know that I'm not alone.

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