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Does hsv2 make you have anxiety?


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So I got herpes 2 last year.  I was shocked that I got it because I didn’t know that it was so common.  I feel like I developed more anxiety than usual.  I also have symptoms of Bi polar disorder but I don’t know for sure if I’m bi polar.  I do take anti psychotics and benzodiazepines though to help my depression and anxiety.  After I got herpes for 6 months I feel like I’m just overly anxious.  I used to be able to control some anxiety and I liked going out to run errands but now I am afraid to go out because I’m so nervous almost all the time.  I am now the most awkward and nervous person in the room usually.  It is making me so shy to be around people because people pick up on my anxiety easily.  I don’t know if hsv2 interacts with my brain or not to make me more anxious.  I talked to some doctors and asked them if hsv2 makes you more anxious, but they said it doesn’t.  I don’t know if it’s physical or psychological that I’m just making myself nervous because I’m so negative sometimes.  Have you all ever felt more anxious around people after getting the diagnosis?  And does it trigger anxiety physically or is it mostly psychological?  I just want to not be so anxious anymore and accept that I might have herpes for life and still live a fulfilled life.  Thanks.

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Hiya, 

Anxiety is a tricky little bitch. Herpes doesn't cause anxiety but I'll bet your brain is using at against you. I have anxiety and sometimes I think something specific is causing, but when I remove that something, the anxiety remains. I believe that sometimes our minds reach for tangible causes for our mental illness and this can be true. But in the case of herpes, I don't think so. 

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My husband does workplace drug testing and he told me it was staggering how many people were on medication for anxiety and depression. So I asked my doctor about it. I asked if we were over medicated and if I should be trying harder to not be on meds. She told me that there may be some over medicating in there to a small degree, but that we live in a world where we have a lot to worry about. Climate change, war, political unrest, terrorism, not to mention all the individual pressure we have to achieve and do the right things. And we also know all of this because we have all the information about it at the tips of our fingers (phones). 

Now we have a pandemic that has had world wide implications for health and economics. That's a lot to be worried about, so I would imagine there's a lot more anxiety out there. 

I'm in New Zealand, in a barely hit city, but its still touched a lot of people here. 

I guess my message is, don't let the anxiety win, but don't feel bad for having it. It doesn't make you weak to have mental illness. But it does make you strong to be able to acknowledge it. 

❤️

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6 hours ago, My_dog_is_hungry said:

My husband does workplace drug testing and he told me it was staggering how many people were on medication for anxiety and depression. So I asked my doctor about it. I asked if we were over medicated and if I should be trying harder to not be on meds. She told me that there may be some over medicating in there to a small degree, but that we live in a world where we have a lot to worry about. Climate change, war, political unrest, terrorism, not to mention all the individual pressure we have to achieve and do the right things. And we also know all of this because we have all the information about it at the tips of our fingers (phones). 

Now we have a pandemic that has had world wide implications for health and economics. That's a lot to be worried about, so I would imagine there's a lot more anxiety out there. 

I'm in New Zealand, in a barely hit city, but its still touched a lot of people here. 

I guess my message is, don't let the anxiety win, but don't feel bad for having it. It doesn't make you weak to have mental illness. But it does make you strong to be able to acknowledge it. 

❤️

Thank you so much!  You’re amazing and a Genius 🤩

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