It is very common for people with severe anxiety to believe they’re developing a psychotic disorder. It is one of the most common inquiries that I receive here at Psych Central. People with severe anxiety tend to focus upon the worst possible scenario, which to them is often developing a psychotic disorder.
It’s important to focus on reality. The reality in your situation, from the information you have provided, is that you had an evaluation and the diagnosis was anxiety. Evaluations are objective. You should believe in the evaluation. Facts are reality and focusing on them can help you stay grounded in reality.
By ignoring facts, you risk inflaming your anxiety disorder. Googling symptoms and possibilities is a prime example of a behavior that fuels your anxiety. If you want to reduce your anxiety, then stop engaging in behaviors that make it worse.
Thankfully, you will be seeing a therapist in the near future. Both medication and therapy are primary treatments for anxiety. With treatment, you’ll learn how to reduce your anxiety and hopefully eliminate it from your life. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle