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Anxiety and OCD

Kari7495

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I've been seeing a therapist for OCD. As my therapist said that mostly everything is stemming from me being obsessed about my body versus my anxiety. Almost like a cycle, I become obsessed over diseases and become anxious over it. Compulsively looking up symptoms to ease my mind it's just anxiety and repeating the process.

The symptoms are so surreal and persistent that it's hard to accept my mental health is causing 100 percent of it. I feel very tired today.

Does anyone else have OCD? My therapist said I have a not typical form because I do not obsess over arranging things etc but ocd none the less. I feel better knowing it's just me being crazy again and I'm not dying
 

matisworried

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same. while i do also have generalized anxiety, my therapist thinks my health anxiety has large OCD features. I've read elsewhere that many think "health anxiety" belongs more in the OCD category then the anxiety one and i agree with this. i still prefer calling it "hypochondria" or "hypocondriasis" for this exact reason.
 

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I definitely think my health anxiety is very OCD-like. The repetitive intrusive thoughts and making a habit of going to the worst case scenario (disease) is very much obsessive compulsive for me. Has been for many years.
 

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Ditto for me. My psychiatrist has me on Lexapro to help keep OCD in check; I sometimes feel like OCD, GAD, "HA" chase each other around in my head ....

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Hello
I also suffer from OCD/GAD. Can your OCD/GAD cause you to have symptoms? I feel like I'm always concentrating to see if I have any new symptoms on my body, I find my self concentrating on my ribs and breathing alot.
 

Kari7495

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Hello
I also suffer from OCD/GAD. Can your OCD/GAD cause you to have symptoms? I feel like I'm always concentrating to see if I have any new symptoms on my body, I find my self concentrating on my ribs and breathing alot.
Yes I am this same way. And it 100 percent give you more symptoms because your focusing on it. I read an entire article on seizures and its symptoms shortly after I started having those symptoms . It's a vicious cycle
 

matisworried

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Hello
I also suffer from OCD/GAD. Can your OCD/GAD cause you to have symptoms? I feel like I'm always concentrating to see if I have any new symptoms on my body, I find my self concentrating on my ribs and breathing alot.
absolutely. anxiety can cause hundreds of physical symptoms. i was convinced i had ms following an abnormality on a brain scan and shortly started developing crazy symptoms: pins in needle sensations all over my body, numbness, weakness, difficulty swallowing, clumsiness... the more i worried, the worse it got. i had a follow-up in july which showed no new abnormalities, hence NO MS. it took me a few weeks and a few trips to my therapist to actually accept that, but guess what happened once my anxiety about it started going down? all of my symptoms disappeared.
 
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