Some truly inspiring words there from both Hat and Frog. Seriously good stuff my dear friends.
AJ... I know EXACTLY what you are going through as I have suffered health anxiety ever since I nearly died in a car accident. I went through therapy and it sorted me out - not medication. Therapy. But as Hat said, this is what a withdrawal would have you believe.
I was sat in a stuffy waiting room a few days back waiting for my geometry to be set up on my car. I felt a tiny twinge somewhere near my left frontal lobe and nothing could stop me having a couple of seconds freaking out because the brain is THAT quick. You don't always have time to rationalise. I was 25 miles away from home. I had no means of running away as my car was in pieces. But none of this bothered me, but that little twinge did it. But I caught it. I didn't let it get any further.
You will learn that to. I promise you brother.
You have seen a lot of s**t in your life already. You got this.