I am kind of stuck. I’ve wasted an entire year at university but have been barely able to get out of bed let alone get a degree, so now I am redoing my second year. (I am writing a separate post about that)
All I want to know is, how am I supposed to go and get help from a doctor if I am too anxious? I know many people on here suffer from anxiety, how did you first go and get help? Like my nervousness is so crippling I can’t even think about going to the doctors!
I get stomach pains when I am anxious, and I know that it is this that is causing it. Whenever I have a presentation or meeting, or just a social event I’m nervous for, my stomach aches. I’m afraid that going to a doctor will make him suggest it’s a medical issue, and send me for a blood test. It’s embarrassing because I self-harmed 2 years back but still have the scars and I am anxious about having to roll up my sleeves for the blood test if the docs make me have one. Maybe I am over-thinking it, and I know nurses wont really say anything when taking my blood but just knowing that they see and what they’re probably thinking of me in their heads is enough to put me off.
Online it tells me my GP will likely look for physical causes to my problems before seeing if they could be mental. And that’s just worrying me. The other major worry is, what am I supposed to say? How do you even start a conversation about something like this with a doctor?
Apologies to you guys for rambling and expressing my worries, but it’s getting too much now and has been so long it’s like I am just a shadow of the person I was. I just want to know how to start that conversation and how to get help. I need it.