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Question: Anxiety problems


 toban - Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:32 pm

I was in a very violent relationship but finally left my now exboyfriend. Even though it has been close to a year since I left him, he continued to stalk, threaten, harass me. He even had his friends come after me and twice I was physically assaulted. He was quite sadistic, sometimes he would lock me in a spare bedroom after beating me, sometimes for one hour or up to eight hours. And I would hear him joke with his friends about what they could do to me.

When I had injuries I experienced judgement, blame from my family doctor as well as three other doctors at walk in clinics, hospitals etc. I continue to have medical problems from the abuse. My problem is I get very anxious when I have to see a new doctor. In the waiting room, I feel very anxious but it becomes worse while I am in the examination room waiting for the doctor to come in. I know not all doctors are bad, good ones out there, but I have experienced alot of negativity due to the abuse and I become anxious easily. I try to calm myself, deep breaths, but it doesn't work. It comes to a point where I have delayed seeking medical treatment due to ongoing medical problems from the abuse or become secretive about my physical problems. Is it normal to feel this way?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Jan 01, 2007 7:02 pm

User avatar What you are describing is a very normal emotion. These feelings can be very difficult to control at times. I would suggest you try to find a counselor that you feel comfortable talking with. Counselors can be very effective in guiding you through the healing process and helping you overcome your anxiety.

I would also advise you to continue to meet with your doctor, or if needed, change doctors to find one that you will feel comfortable with.

Hope this helps.

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