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My neurologist said words I never thought I'd hear: "I know what's wrong with you."
This was at her office, in the middle of migraine talk. I had just pulled up my latest test results. I had just said I didn't understand why they were so much worse. I was working so hard to solve them.
"You have Generalized Anxiety Disorder."
I was 39 years old. I'd been told many things about migraines, but never this. In the months that followed, I looked online for helpful information but found nothing that spoke to my physical experience of stress, overthinking, and anxiety.
Listen to this podcast interview to hear more of my full story and learn about the background of this project.
If you're not finding answers on Google, you've come to the right place.
Overthinker = You think deeply about the world. A responsible researcher, you're seek answers. You've been told you "think too much." You're sensitive and empathic. Physical pain is a sign that thinking has become overthinking.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) = An umbrella term used by the mental health industry for a host of underlying anxieties. If you have GAD, you might be a perfectionist who is concerned about details and wants to please others.
The Wave = A concept I use to describe the physiological experience of anxiety. Riding the wave is key to feeling better.
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