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Health Anxiety - I can no longer function

Community Member

Hi all,


I've had a long history of anxiety. Received treatment in the past for other anxiety disorders. However, over the last two years I have been preoccupied with my health. To the point where my anxiety has led to panic attacks and SEVERE drop in work and parenting performance. I can't stop. 


I had some tests done last year which sparked it all off. I was worried about cancer, have done a whole battery of tests and each and everytime, the anxiety gets too much. I am currently freaking out about oral cancer and am seeing an ENT to get some mouth issues sorted.


I keep Googling. I keep reading up on symptoms, I keep panicking and it just never ends. I am so overwhelmed. My work has SIGNIFICANTLY suffered, as has my parenting. 


People tell me not to stress, but as a father of a young child, I am petrified of having cancer and no longer being there for her. Everytime I think of it, get completely overwhelmed. I don't want to leave her, I don't want to be sick. That's all I keep thinking.


My GP has put me on medications, but that's caused its own issues (insomnia, sexual dysfunction, apathy). I have tried some therapy, but it just gets too expensive (psychologists are now charging over $200!).


I don't want to be like this anymore. Test after test, checking on medical symptoms...it's too much.

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Mark Z.
Community Champion
Community Champion

Hi SolZeus,


I'm so sorry for the challenges you are facing, I cannot imagine how hard it is for you.


I would suggest you to contact Beyondblue hotline and have a chat with a mental health professional (1300 224 636, 24/7 for free). You may get some new resource or inspiration in addition to your current treatment, which might be helpful.


Hope everything will be better.