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I've been having the worst anxiety, and it started when I was at school. It started with terrible panic attacks after a weekend of heavy drinking. I spend so much time online looking for reasons why I'm anxious. Not to mention my mother also passed away a few months before I left for college. Now, it being summer, I'm home alone most of the time and I'm still constantly looking online for answers. I'm always worried about my mental health and worried that I have a more serious mental illness. I know its ridiculous and I'm OK but I can't let it go. I started not leaving my house worrying I would have a panic attack in public. When I'm home alone I feel kind of depressed and empty and feel like I have no future or I'm not gonna get better. I just want an answer of what this could be? I've seen a psychologist but he never diagnosed me with something. I would appreciate if someone could help me out.


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replied August 10th, 2009
Anxiety and Stress Answer A7040
I understand that you have been wondering what diagnosis you have and fear that it is something serious. While it is not possible to properly diagnose online, you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder, such as panic disorder, where you have panic attacks and then develop a fear of having panic attacks in the future. Sometimes panic disorder evolves into psychological difficulty leaving the house as well. Generalized anxiety disorder is another possibility if the anxiety is not tied to specific triggers and is relatively constant. You also mentioned feelings depressed, pessimism, and what you consider to be hypochodriasis, which are symptoms of other conditions. You can seek out another psychologist or return to your current one (if you have a good relationship) and ask for a diagnosis. It is customary for you to receive a diagnosis before starting treatment and required for insurance reimbursement. You may want to spend less time reading online to try to guess your condition and instead seek out a professional. It is not necessary for you to be struggling with this on your own.


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