I don't know if i am losing my mind or not.
I don't know what is going on with me. I think i may have a problwm
with panic attacks or it could be hypocondria. Either way i think i am losing my mind.
Any little pain i get scares me 1/2 to death....chest pain , stomache pain,head ache ect...
I have been to the doctors numerous times and have been told
there is nothing wrong with me. But in my head i always tell myself
that the doctor was incometant and missed something. And this sets off an attack in me.
Durring these attacks..I get this overwhelming feeling that i am
about to die, I break out in a sweat, I start breathing heavy and i
sit and fight with myself about going to the hospital. What is wrong with me?
When i get like this it feels like i have no control over myself
I do try to gain controll...I try talking myself down from it but it
seldom works.I am tired ALL the time wich I can not afford to be
I have a huge house, a husband, 2 kids and i work from home I cant afford
to be tired like this all the time. Please help me ..this is begining
to be to much for me to take.
With the information that is provided, it seems like you may be having panic attacks or a type of Somatoform disorders. A panic attack is defined as a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort, accompanied by at least four physical or cognitive symptoms such as palpitations, trembling, shortness of breath, sweating, feeling of choking, fear of losing control, fear of dying and others. Panic disorder is characterized by the spontaneous, unexpected occurrence of panic attacks. Because patients who have experienced panic attacks often go to medical clinics, the symptoms may be misdiagnosed as a serious medical condition. With treatment most patients have a significant improvement in their symptoms. Medications such as antidepressants or anxiolytics and cognitive-behavioral therapy seem to be most effective.
Somatoform disorders are distinguished by physical symptoms suggesting a medical condition, yet the symptoms are not fully explained by a medical condition, by substance abuse, or by any other mental disorder. There are five specific types of Somatoform disorders. Somatization disorder is characterized by many physical complaints affecting many organ systems . Hypochondriasis is characterized by patients belief that they have a specific disease despite medical reassurances to the contrary. It is also possible you are depressed. An evaluation with a psychiatrist may be valuable to help you regain your life.
I hope this information is helpful to you. For a confidential evaluation by a Mental Health Professional, you may contact Henry Ford Hospital Behavioral Services Clinic at (313)-874-6680. This information is provided for general medical educational purposes only and should not be replaced by evaluation with a physician.
HFHS M.D.- HG
Key words: Panic attacks, Somatoform disorders
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