You were evaluated by a psychologist who said that “all [you] had was anxiety and no disorder.” Anxiety is a disorder. Untreated anxiety causes significant distress in many people’s lives.
Maybe the psychologist meant that you don’t have schizophrenia, but perhaps you have an anxiety disorder. The fact that you had an objective, trained professional assess your symptoms and determine that anxiety is the problem, and not schizophrenia, should help to decrease your anxiety.
Many people with health-related anxieties, tend to worry about developing schizophrenia. It may be because they perceive schizophrenia as being the worst or the most frightening mental health disorder. Thus, the catastrophizing tendencies of people with health-specific anxieties lead them to worry about the development of schizophrenia.
You might be interested to know that fears about developing schizophrenia, among people with health-related anxieties, is one of the most common inquiries that I receive at Psych Central. It seems to be a common fear.
The refusal to believe in reality, is primarily how anxiety flourishes. A trained professional determined that you do not have schizophrenia but it did not seem to ease your fears. Anxiety thrives when you continue to believe in things that are irrational, unlikely or have little to no probability of occurring.
You should return to the psychologist for treatment. Anxiety is a highly treatable disorder. If you commit to treatment and are willing to do the work necessary to overcome this problem, you can reduce or eliminate your anxiety. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle