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Chel
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Hello,

I have recently thought that I might have an anxiety disorder or depression...

I had a pregnancy scare when I didn't even have intercourse, I cry pretty frequently, panic often, have illogical thoughts that stick in my mind for days, have reoccuring memories of bad things in the past and am pretty iritable... Also recently after my pregnancy scare I have had light periods (not pregnant according to my tests), change in my eating patterns, and some trouble sleeping.

Not sure, but could it be possible?

Thanks a ton.

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Chel

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eryn_smiles
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Hi Chel,

What you're going through sounds pretty distressing and I'm sorry you're going through it. These can sometimes be signs of mental illness like depression and stress. Who do you have in terms of friends and family that you could talk to about this? What do you do to relax and enjoy yourself? Are you still able to do those things?

What do you think about seeing a counsellor or a doctor about this? They'd be able to assess how you're doing fully and also to direct you to any local resources.

Best wishes, hope you start to feel better [Smile]

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Chel
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Hey,

Thanks for the response.

And I do have family and some really great friends, but I'm hesitant to tell them.

I'm afraid that they'd either think of me as a disappointment, or worse, think I was kidding and brush it off.

And I do have things I like to do, and I still do them, but i've been really stressed out this year and I think its starting to get to me, especially after my pregnancy scare.

I also thought about seeing a doctor... but i'm really not sure where to start or who to ask about that.

Thanks again for all the help.

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Chel

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OWL Dan
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Chel,

I would suggest that you would start with talking with your regular Dr. I don't know your situation but, if it applies, you may also want to check with your school's nurse/health clinic because some schools do have counselors available. They may be able to help you decide if you might have something going on and would benefit from pursuing further assistance. They should also be able to provide referrals if needed.

I don’t know enough about your relationships with your family and friends to make appropriate suggestions. I will make a general comment which I hope would apply, if any of them have been supportive of you at other times of trouble, then I would suggest talking to them too. I would also hope that they would think that asking for help is a positive. Let us know if the situation is different for you than what I just referred to and then we can go from there.

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eryn_smiles
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If one of your really great friends confided in you and told you they were feeling like this, would you brush it off? Would you think of them as a disappointment? Or would you perhaps be glad they trusted you and want to support them? If we don't give people a chance to support us, we never find out how good it could be.

It's common, not really knowing where to start. But when you do go to see someone, as Dan has suggested, you could mention the types of things you talked about in your first post.

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