I have finally plucked up the courage to go to the GP about my anxiety. Having been on numerous occasions with physical symptoms, I really want to talk about my mental health - I think this is where most of my physical symptoms stem from.
I'm really nervous about going. I don't know what to say and think the GP will think I am a complete hypochondriac. And what can he do anyway? I can't see that I will ever get 'better'.
Most of my problems are health-anxiety related - I am convinced I have various fatal illnesses. But I am also prone to phobias and general anxiety.
I don't know what I'm asking really. I suppose, is it worth going? Can I be helped? I keep convincing myself that I am fine, but these negative thoughts are in my head all day. I just think I could feel so much happier.
Hello! Oh I am a bag of nerves haha! I am relieved I said something - but my gp knew anyway. He said he thinks I will always have some form of anxiety/depression so we need to plan long term. Made me freak out a little but I need to face up to things.
As for your hypochondria - I felt like that but was actually diagnosed with fibromyalgia, guess what a symptom of that is - anxiety!!.
So my gp has suggested citalopram 10mgs a day and amytriplline at night for my pains. I confess I haven't taken them yet - google freaks me out!! I told my gp this and he told me off xxx
I feel I have anxiety too and it leaves me in a daze, I don't know whether to go to the doctors either incase they fob me off or say I'm wasting their time :'( please read my thread "don't know whether to see a doctor", I feel lost
go and see your gp anxiety needs to be diagnosed as it could be a symptom of something else meds, anaemia, thyroid ect.. in my case gp referred to mental health team who then decided i needed to see a psychiatrist. in my mums case gp started her on anti depressants straight away . so its different for everone.
Aww I'm glad you went and the gp was supportive. Let me know how you are xxx
Wfrances is totally right, my diagnosis of fibromyalgia only came after multiple bloid tests and physical examinations to rule out anything else - unfortunately anxiety/depression are symptoms of fibro.