From the U.S.: I have had anxiety almost all of my life but lately it has gotten out of hand. I am to the point where I am constantly thinking about my heart, and thinking something is wrong with it like I am going to have a heart attack or something and die. Sometimes I get headaches so intense that I think I am going to have an aneurysm. I just constantly think something is going to happen to me, and I never seem to be able to catch my breath. I can’t even go to the gym sometimes because working out makes my heart race and that freaks me out. A day never goes by where I don’t think something is wrong with me.
I want to stop these irrational thoughts and I know they are irrational but nothing makes them go away. I want to be able to enjoy everyday life and be free of the constant worry that something is going to happen to me. I want to stop focusing so much attention on my heart and just be able to relax and breathe. I don’t want any more panic attacks.
I have been taking SSRI’s for quite a few years and have had to have them increased. I also have PRN Xanax for when I feel very anxious but it does not seem to have much effect. I don’t know what to do anymore and I just need to change my thinking but I have no idea how to do that. Please help.I’m Scared I’m Having Heart Attacks
I’m Scared I’m Having Heart Attacks
I’m sorry your anxiety has become so intense. It’s possible you have developed a somatic symptom disorder that is made worse by your anxiety. Medications alone aren’t enough. I strongly suggest you get into therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been found to give considerable relief to people with these symptoms. CBT will help you do what you asked — manage the irrational thoughts. Please give it an honest effort. Most people need at least a couple of months of education and practice to build up the skills needed to ease their minds.
I wish you well.