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sandywall
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I'm a 20 year old woman who has recently started having an active sex life. My boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship, and despite the downsides it's really given me a lot of space to re-evaluate what I want of a relationship.

That being said, I think I have an anxiety disorder. I'm constantly worried about the smallest things and I also think I'm a hypochondriac. My sister was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and I keep thinking that I have it despite the immensely small odds that I do.

The exact same thing is happening with sex. My boyfriend visited me a few months ago, and despite the fact that I've had multiple periods (I'm actually on my period right now) and taken multiple pregnancy tests and they all came out negative, I'm still worried about pregnancy. We had "safe" sex: he wore a condom at all times and pulled out. The odds of pregnancy are as close to 0 as you can get without having sex, I've done the math multiple times and I'VE HAD MY PERIOD.

My period has been lighter than usual for some reason and I keep flipping my crap over it. I mean, I've taken several home pregnancy tests month after month and they've all come back negative and I'm STILL flipping out.

I honestly don't know how to do deal with this anxiety. I need help, and I'm aware of it, but I can't afford therapy right now. Do you guys have any resources available?

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Heather
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Ultimately, help with anxiety disorders is something we get from mental health professionals. If you do not have insurance or public health that covers that kind of healthcare, have you started by checking in to see what kinds of sliding-scale or free help may be available to those in your community without healthcare in general, or without mental health coverage?

Too, you can help yourself in the meantime by choosing not to do things you have found out trigger your anxiety until you get that care.

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