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Health Anxiety? Cancer? Neurological disorder

Im scared for my life, have been for about 2-2.5 months. I'm a teen male. During the summer while with my friends I had a bad panic attack. After it occured everything went back to normal and I moved on. Come the start of school I had another. I told no one and concluded they were panic attacks based on what I searched on the internet. Once again I moved on. A couple months into school I begin this constant feeling of depersonalization. I've felt it for around 2.5 months now. I continued to live with it speaking with my guidence counseler about it. While getting the nauseous feeling that comes with anxiety and depersonalization. I searched the internet and "diagnosed" myself with numerous diseases and disorders causing even more worry. A couple weeks ago i found enlarged lymph nodes in my groin area and a small one in my neck. The nausea became worse and I lost 5 pounds. I went to see the doctor she said it was probably nothing and I had blood test done coming back fine. When I saw the lymph nodes I was 100% convinced I have cancer and then after the blood test i stopped worrying about that. Now about a week or two after seeing the doctor the lymph nodes are still out but are not growing I also have stopped losing weight. The depersonalization remain. The new thing is now muscle twitches. I have been getting them throughout my body and after looking on the internet once again am convinced I have a neurological disorder. I'm scared I'll die. I'm scared that it isn't anxiety and that something is in fact wrong. The thing being I had two panic attacks a certain amount of time previous to this ongoing depersonalization but haven't had one during. Please help.
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replied January 14th, 2016
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First of all, stop researching all this stuff online. You have anxiety. Research that. Look for articles and books on anxiety. I have done what you have done. I've scared myself with into thinking I had a brain tumor once because I had a sinus infection. It's amazing and scary what your brain can talk you into believing! Just calm down and see your doctor about your anxiety. Also, write down your thoughts and feelings, it helps! Hope this helps. You're not dying, anxiety makes you feel that way. I also have depersonalization. The more you focus on it, the worse it is. Find some ways to distract yourself. Exercise, eat right, pray, journal, read, whatever you are into! Good luck
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replied December 31st, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. You need anxiolytics, psychotherapy sessions, low doses of TCAs and a good psychiatrist to follow up with.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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