I Researched My Symptoms And Now I Am Worried.

Published: July 03, 2020
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Do I have a brain tumor or lesion, or something else that's affecting my brain function? Before I go into full detail, I'd like to list that I am 17 years old, have been diagnosed with anxiety (mainly social anxiety), and English is my native language. This information may not be of importance, but I felt the need to convey it on the off chance that it is. For the past few months now, I've felt like my intelligence and vocabulary has decreased drastically; I find myself frequently forgetting a lot of very simple words, whether I'm just thinking to myself or talking to someone (but more often when I'm talking). I've similarly felt a loss of focus and concentration, finding it difficult to dwell or seriously think about things for too long. On top of this, there have been times when I've experienced a brief feeling of pressure in my head (normally on either the sides or the back of my head). This has happened on multiple occasions, and started relatively recently, but is not constant. Finally, whether it be because of the things I listed above or for some other reason, I've become increasingly irritable and frustrated recently, mainly with myself. I rarely ever have the motivation to do things anymore, and when I do force myself to do things I become frustrated because I can't perform those tasks well anymore. I did a bit of research on what I could, and of course some very scary answers (such as brain tumors) showed up, among others. I'd just like to know what's wrong with me
Signed: What Is Wrong With Me?

Dear What Is Wrong With Me? ,

TeenHealthFX is sorry to hear about what you are going through. Although TeenHealthFX cannot diagnose over the internet, we want to point out some facts that may be helpful for you. Googling your symptoms is never a good idea. We also suggest that you talk to a parent or other trusted adult about what you are experiencing. 

You mention that you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety (mainly social anxiety).  Are you currently seeing a therapist? If not, we suggest you reach out to one. Many individuals experience increased anxiety at different times. It is also one of those mental illnesses that manifests itself very differently in people. Some individuals have problems with memory, thinking or concentrating while others do not. 

The Mayo Clinic explains that anxiety, specifically social anxiety can also cause the following physical symptoms:

  • Feeling that your mind has gone blank
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Upset stomach or nausea
  • Trouble catching your breath
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Muscle tension  

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a health professional, you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400.   


Signed: TeenHealthFX