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Hi and welcome Michael L. After reading your profile I honestly thought to myself "Someday this guy is going to look back and can't believe he (his anxiety disorder) put himself through all of this. He'll have watched his kid grow up, go to college and get married. All of the current fears will not have become reality."
I've lived in a couple places in New York but am not familiar where your hometown is. I think it is good that you went through an extensive trial on medication and that you were able to get off of those meds. I'm on meds (including Klonopin) but the value of meds is different for each anxiety sufferer. It's a shame that your wife isn't more understanding but folks without our condition find it pretty unbelievable what anxiety can make our minds believe. You've certainly had all of the testing done, you're healthier and eating better, now you just have to figure out how to get those irrational health fears to not ruin your life. You've come to a very caring place here and again, welcome.
Thank you so much! I am in Queens, NY Ridgewood. Its just so hard. Especially to believe the weight loss is from diet and not "c". Sometimes I can't even play with my kid without getting upset and thinking that my time is coming. It's so hard!
I have anxiety and depression aaaaaand drumroll please an eating disorder can I get a sarcastic yay because anxiety and all of this is just the best everyone should have one...*sighs*
I know I'm a piece of trash in sorry for wasting your time and I'll go die in a hole
Welcome @Michael L ! Sounds like you've really been through the ringer with the anxiety and all the tests. Thanks for sharing your story with us (yes, I read it. ) I'm so glad you're there, and I hope you can get some support and help. It can get better! Any idea where your health anxiety comes from?
By the way - I really connect with what you said about your daughter (who is gorgeous, by the way!). I have a 5 year old boy, and though my anxiety isn't health-related, he is one of my biggest anxiety triggers. I"ve discovered that's more common than I thought - they just NEED us so much and we feel so helpless and like we're failing them. That's all lies we tell ourselves, of course, but the emotions are strong.