Seattle Therapist that specializes in health anxiety and anger?
January 8, 2013 6:47 AM Subscribe
I've been dealing with terrible health anxiety for several years, coupled with being incredibly short and angry with my wife when in the midst of a panic attack or uncomfortable symptoms. My wife is fed up and I need to make this better. NOW. I need recommendations for therapists that take Premera and any other ideas people have for dealing with this.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm in my early 30s and fairly healthy (sleep apnea and a very irregular heart-beat that after a 30-day monitor my cardiologist has tried to reassure me is "unpleasant but harmless").
I've had terribly crippling fear around my heart and other health symptoms for years. While the number of panic attacks have gone down I still focus all the time on my health and have drained my wife in the process. This coupled with the fact that I get angry at her when I'm having uncomfortable symptoms or am panicking about them has left her fed-up.
So far I've tried:
* exercise (Hard to do due to time constraints and my fear about my heart)
* meditation (again, time has been an issue and I can feel my heart irregularity making it difficult to "let go")
* therapy (I haven't had good luck in this regard and many of the people don't seem to have any specific experience in this area. Also, the last guy I was seeing stopped taking Premera).
I've made a lot of excuses (both at home and above) and I need to get this fixed but I don't know how. I figure it makes sense to start trying to see a therapist again but shopping around is hard and I'd be very grateful for anyone's recommendations.
Paying out of pocket (or out of network) isn't an option (out of network is still > $80 a visit).
Finally, if anyone has any other ideas I'm open to them. This has strained my marriage to the breaking point and I'm willing to try just about anything.
I've set-up a sock-puppet email at firstname.lastname@example.org.