Things doctors said have definitely influenced my thinking and behavior around this experience. Here’s what’s stuck: - “There’s so much we don’t know about the brain” (Me interpreting as: “ We don’t know what’s wrong with you, you’ll always be stuck.”) - “You have general anxiety disorder (GAD).” (Me: “Oh god. I have anxiety disorder.”) - “You have depression as a result of your GAD.” (Me: “Oh god. I have depression and am always going to feel this way. I can’t live like this.” Starts antidepressant. Goes off antidepressant after 6 months.) - “If it was just anxiety, what’s causing you stress would’ve come up by now.” (Me: I must have something physical wrong with me.” Starts hypothyroid medication) My symptoms aren’t musculoskeletal-related pain, they’re brain fog, dizziness and throat pressure. Ack!