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Health anxiety and exercising
Jrlaw1998 posted:
I am 14, I have been dealing with health anxiety for a year now. I also have a minor case of ADHD which has been diagnosed. Anyway, the other night I was just running around and when I slowed to catch my breath I got really dizzy and it was hard to breath! It was so bad that I had to sit down! The next day I had poking chest pain upper back pain and some other symptoms. I think the ADHD meds are helping but they don't last up until I go to sleep which is when my anxiety a little worse. But does anyone have any idea why that happened after I was done running? It sort of scared me, please help!
Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
I can understand that you would be upset about what happened to you since you do have a diagnosis and you are taking medication, but you must discuss this with your mother or your parents and your prescribing physician. As you indicated, the meds are helping but there seems to be a problem with it not lasting long enough and as a result you become anxious at bedtime.

I'm not an M.D. and I think this is something that you need to talk to your mother about and I wouldn't delay. Also let her know about the chest pain and the pain in your back and any other symptoms you've been having. Your doctor needs to address this and to discuss this with you.

I hope things do improve and that you feel a lot better very soon.

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