Re: My Story...
You are about the same age when my health anxiety started. However mine was triggered by something else and it had a lot to do with me not relaxing and spending too much time learning and sitting in front of my computer playing video games.
Unfortunately noone back then knew what I had and could tell me what to do, so I pretty much freaked out and it got worse and worse. Then I began taking anti-depressants and took a therapy. The pills made me feel worse for about a month, but after that it was much of a releaf to have them. However it is very difficult for me to come off them again. So I am still struggling living without the medication.
Here are my suggestions:
- make a training plan and exercise on a regular basis (on your own or even better with a friend)
- read something about the topic and learn as much about it as you can
- eat healthy food and avoid fat and suger if possible
- take vitamin supplements (vitamin B6, B12, C, E and Magnesium are important)
- begin therapy and search for therapy groups of people with similar problems where you can talk about it (if your parents don't understand)
Xanax is very popular but the most habit forming Benzodiazepine medication. So I would not take it regulary and never for a longer period than two months, to avoid depending on it. These medications have side effects when you stop taking them. One of them is called "rebound anxiety". Don't get scared reading this. Rather stick to the suggestions above and GIVE YOURSELF TIME! Do not put pressure on yourself. LET TIME PASS!
Method to face anxiety:
facing, accepting, floa-ting, letting time pass
Current medication: Paxil 40mg, Mirtazapin 20mg