I Have Difficulties With Anxiety

Published: May 29, 2018
Dear TeenHealthFX,
so I know this seems crazy, but I have difficulties with anxiety.. So about two weeks ago I was away with my brother visiting family. Because of all the stress I forgot to take two pills in a row in my third week of the blister (I took both of them together Sunday morning ( pills from Fr and Sat evening) - I didn't think much of it because I am not! sexual active). I took my next pill on Sunday (blister ended Tuesday). On Monday, my brother took a shower and I entered the bathroom aprox. 10-20 min after to clean up a little bit as we were leaving the flat to return home (nobody lives there normally). As I was rinsing the bathtub, I then picked up the bath matt from the bath tub's bottom and stuck it to the bath wall (in order to let it dry out as were leaving the flat). I then noticed what I thought some left conditioner and wiped it off with toilet paper. Now comes the tricky part. I don't remember washing my hands after that whole thing. I technically don't remember anything after that, just that I went to the toilet to pee. Then, my period should've started around thursday or friday but it didn't come. I used pantyliners, but all there was was some brown substance (also when wiping after peeing), that might be old blood or discharge or something (didn't think much of it because I didn't make a pill break before and I heard this was common then).It continued for about three days. I started a new blister on Tuesday. But somehow during this week I started getting tired and all of the sudden there was this thought..I am getting paranoid and feeling all those preggers symptoms because my body is freaking out! I keep thinking what if that white substance I wiped off, was actually sperm, and by WHATEVER REASON it got into my gential parts and concevied. I know it sounds from another planet, but its driving my crazy. I guess I just need someone to start saying that I am just being crazy.. Please help my mind rest.. I also consider going to see the doctor, not only because of that, but because of the whole thing, but I am soo scared. I don't know why I have this irrational fear.. I just can't relax and it's driving me insane
Signed: I Have Difficulties With Anxiety

Dear I Have Difficulties With Anxiety,

TeenHealthFX would like to start out by reassuring you that we cannot imagine how the scenario you described above would have resulted in your becoming pregnant. There are many reasons for periods to be late, including poor diet, over-exercising and stress. If you continue to deal with irregular periods, then FX suggests you check in with your primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist or gynecologist to find out what is going on.

In the meantime, FX thinks it would be helpful for you to schedule a consultation with a reputable mental health provider, such as a clinical social worker or clinical psychologist, to address how anxious you can become. A therapist can help you to address any underlying issues that have been contributing to the anxiety, as well as help you to develop coping mechanisms for the anxiety.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.

Signed: TeenHealthFX