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bin_tenn

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...I feel very...normal? I suppose that's the word for it. I haven't had true anxiety in a little while. I've not had any health related obsessions in quite some time. Life is great, I feel very content with everything. I just generally feel happier.

I recently injured a muscle or something in the right side of my chest. I've been trying to let that heal, which is difficult because that muscle moves when I cough, breathe in deeply, sneeze, raise my right arm, etc. But it's not been too bad.

I felt some dizziness earlier today, and the first thought in my mind was *NOT* anything serious. Since when?! I haven't done that in a long time! Normally it causes me to think worst case scenario first, and then I counter that with logical thinking. But the episode today, I had no negative thoughts about it. When I realized that, I felt so freaking awesome!

I definitely accept that I have anxiety. I am okay knowing that I'll feel anxious or think irrationally about things in the future. But the progress I've made just in the past two or three years, when I really think about it, is quite significant. And for that I am very grateful, and also very proud of myself for finally taking the appropriate steps - therapy and putting in the time and effort to truly feel better.

Thank you all for helping me in my times of need. It's much appreciated. I'm sure I'll need some advice / help later on. In the meantime, though, I'll still be around to help out as always. :D
 

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...I feel very...normal? I suppose that's the word for it. I haven't had true anxiety in a little while. I've not had any health related obsessions in quite some time. Life is great, I feel very content with everything. I just generally feel happier.

I recently injured a muscle or something in the right side of my chest. I've been trying to let that heal, which is difficult because that muscle moves when I cough, breathe in deeply, sneeze, raise my right arm, etc. But it's not been too bad.

I felt some dizziness earlier today, and the first thought in my mind was *NOT* anything serious. Since when?! I haven't done that in a long time! Normally it causes me to think worst case scenario first, and then I counter that with logical thinking. But the episode today, I had no negative thoughts about it. When I realized that, I felt so freaking awesome!

I definitely accept that I have anxiety. I am okay knowing that I'll feel anxious or think irrationally about things in the future. But the progress I've made just in the past two or three years, when I really think about it, is quite significant. And for that I am very grateful, and also very proud of myself for finally taking the appropriate steps - therapy and putting in the time and effort to truly feel better.

Thank you all for helping me in my times of need. It's much appreciated. I'm sure I'll need some advice / help later on. In the meantime, though, I'll still be around to help out as always. :D
Is it bad that I sang the title to the frozen song??!

I feel the same way as you lately, I think this board really helps. We see that others have similar worries and we lead to rationalize our thoughts because of it. Keep on keeping on buddy! You got this! Hopefully this helps others know they can get through it!
 

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Is it bad that I sang the title to the frozen song??!

I feel the same way as you lately, I think this board really helps. We see that others have similar worries and we lead to rationalize our thoughts because of it. Keep on keeping on buddy! You got this! Hopefully this helps others know they can get through it!
If it is, I'm bad, too. I was trying to write it in a way that did *not* sound reminiscent of the song... :smuggrin:

Thanks for the reply. The various anxiety forums have definitely helped me over the years. From pushing me to get the help I needed, to offering support and keeping me on the right track.
 

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I am glad to hear you are not having health anxiety. I am wondering why so many of us have it though. I have good days and then bad days. I wish we could just shut down all the negative thoughts. It is so hard sometimes. It is comforting though to talk to people who feel the same way you do. It really does help.
 

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I am glad to hear you are not having health anxiety. I am wondering why so many of us have it though. I have good days and then bad days. I wish we could just shut down all the negative thoughts. It is so hard sometimes. It is comforting though to talk to people who feel the same way you do. It really does help.
I don't know why any of us experience health anxiety either, but I wish I knew! Mine didn't start until I was in my early to mid 20s. Now I'm barely into my 30s and it's almost non-existent at this point. I've also definitely had my ups and downs / good and bad days with it, just as I've had with general anxiety.

Getting past the negative thoughts is not as difficult as it sounds, but it's also not very easy. It's a matter of finding what really works for you, as every case is different. No two people will respond to any one treatment in the same way. I suppose I lucked out just because it was as simple as some therapy and self help. Others continue to struggle after therapy, and even when taking medication.
 
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