‘I’ve started to remember things that happened with a boyfriend when I was 14’

Dear Trish: ‘I’ve just started college but I worry about death and I can’t be intimate’

One possible problem is vaginismus, which is far from unusual and has many successful treatments. Photograph: iStock

One possible problem is vaginismus, which is far from unusual and has many successful treatments. Photograph: iStock

Question: I’m 18, and while the past 18 months of schools were hard, I did fairly well in my Leaving Cert. I didn’t get my first choice, but I’ve just started college and am happy and excited about the course.

I had to move away from home, though, and that’s not been easy. For the past several weeks I’ve been feeling extremely anxious, and I don’t know why. I’ve started to obsess about my health; not only about me but how I could affect others. I’ve started to worry a lot – about stupid things, like a mouth ulcer or a cold sore or anything else that I notice about me.

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