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I have a major anxiety disorder but I am too afraid to take medication for it. I was wondering if a drug such as Prozac will really help me. This is what is wrong: I am terrified that I have diseases like Cancer and Herpes. I get so nervous even thinking about them that I can't concentrate on anything else. I get so nervous that I have cold sweats and run to the bathroom all day. I am also terrified of doctors so even if I get sick I won't go to them. The only thing that helps a little is asking people that I trust if they think i have the disease in question. I don't know what to do anymore. I am trying to get through a Master's program in University but I think I need to drop out. I am actually very depressed about that but I know my only other alternative is medication and I am so afraid that it will screw up the chemistry in my brain and let's say I want to stop it what if it makes me depressed forever. I am generally a happy person and I don't want to be depressed. As of right now I can't take this thing I have anymore. I know it sounds like hypochondria but I am so afraid of doctors. I think I am more afraid of doctors than the sickness in question but I keep imagining the cancer cells growing inside my body and thinking I am to blame if I have it because I am doing nothing about it. I don't know what to do anymore. What do you think?

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