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.