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I Have Anxiety

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    I feel like I am able to control my emotions

    more now. It used to be where I would cry hysterically; and I couldn't calm down. I've realized it's almost a mind game-anxiety. When my anxiety started progressing, I didn't know what was happening to me. I was literally acting crazy. I got a tattoo that says: "I am my...
    sarbear423 sarbear423 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    I recently got diagnosed with anxiety

    and it was nice to know that I wasn't just plain crazy or being pathetic. However, it's such a difficult diagnosis to accept. I am at a stage where I am beating myself up about always worrying and obsessing about painful events that have taken place in my life etc. I just want...
    misscry misscry 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 27

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    My parents split up about five years back right

    around the time my brother was taken. I was a kid that grew up in a house of domestic violence (verbal&physical). I was too young to really understand what was going on, but I can definitely tell you I'm paying for it now. When it was around my 14th birthday (2 years ago) I...
    giib giib 16-17, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    panic attacks and anxiety: when you lose

    control, cant think straight, cant stop shaking, and totally break down.
    ProfessorPsycho ProfessorPsycho 13-15, F 3 Responses Feb 3

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    I think I put on a mask.

    So that I can fool everybody into thinking everything is okay.But the thing about that is. I did so well I fooled myself. But when I am alone, my thoughts start to spiral until I can’t fight it anymore.Tears soak my cheeks as I stare at my reflection in the mirror. “Why did...
    anonomous435 anonomous435 18-21, F Apr 7

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    Up at 4 again. Worried.

    About what? Not sure. Not sleeping sucks.
    moxietoxin moxietoxin 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 16

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    Do you ever get anxiety

    when thinking about how you’re not really living your life? That you just go to school and eat and sleep and do homework and then after that you’re gonna get a job and you’ll work the rest of your life, maybe marry and have kids and then you die and you haven’t even...
    krorenae krorenae 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 24

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    It wasn't as bad as it was in last year,

    but it's definitely still there. It's just every single thing worries me, and it bothers my family so much. Way back, I used to self harm as a coping thing, and it would temporarily make me feel better. But I stopped self harm, (go me.) and I just have to face it full force all...
    PanicAtTheDiscount PanicAtTheDiscount 13-15, F Apr 12

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    Im debating on going back on the pill ;only

    last time they compelled me to commit suicide, only after tonight, that doesnt seem like a bad thing :(
    Ellebasor Ellebasor 18-21, F Apr 11

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    I don't think people take anxiety seriously.

    It is a serious disease and i think it is a major symptom of depression and other psychological diseases. Experiencing a panic attack/anxiety attack is a real terror. Your thoughts start attacking you from every angle, you lose your ability to breathe normally, you get dizzy...
    Offing Offing 18-21, F 8 Responses Mar 30

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    Yesterday was a really bad day.

    I was at work and just lost it. I rang my boss in tears an lost it. So embarrassing! I feel trapped when I go to work. It's so far from home and I am there for 12-14 hours. The thought of being there makes me feel trapped and anxious. I don't know why, it never made me feel this...
    Lonesailor14 Lonesailor14 26-30, F Apr 9

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    My Story

    Ok here we go, I have Anxiety. It's not easy living with this problem. sometimes I wished my anxiety would just go away. I hate the feeling of being trapped. or feeling not knowing whats going on with me, I feel like I can't breathe sometimes. but hey, i'll learn to come over...
    TheTopDawg TheTopDawg 26-30, M 12 Responses Nov 11, 2011

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    Severe anxiety runs in my family,

    and it has affected every part of my life, from childhood to now. I take anti-anxiety meds, exercise, meditate, and try to think positive and worry less, which has helped tremendously. Yet, I am still basically "wound up" to a certain degree each day, some more than others. I...
    mcicero5 mcicero5 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    I've been taking anxiety/depression medication

    for over a year now. Recently I've decided to see how I would do without them with my doctors approval and I've been feeling absolutely horrible. For over a week now. I steadily went down in dose and felt fine. But now I can't get out of bed. I'm so depressed and anxious. Should...
    JoshMS JoshMS 18-21, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Ive been having issues with anxiety

    since i was nine. Lately its been really bad. Taking showers is really hard because it feels like i cant breathe and i feel really dirty and the walls close in on me. My beds the same way only that its too open, i cant hide. But its like nobody understand. They dont get that i...
    Ellebasor Ellebasor 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    I have experienced the wrath of anxiety

    for many years, and I abhor it. I wish I knew why anxiety that can freeze someone, squash them, and feel like they are in a place that will keep them like a prisoner, exists. There have been so many times I've calmed down due to my higher thinking overriding an irrational...
    joydream joydream 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 16

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    I suffer awful anxiety attacks

    since 10 years every day. I also have social anxiety and have had panic attacks outside the house. I was on meds 10 years ago as it all started. Then after a year taking them, i quit taking them cos i wanted to get pregnant. Since i became a baby, i didnt took meds anymore. But...
    angel8i angel8i 31-35, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I've recently started to fear

    that I'll choke on my food, so whenever I eat I have to calm myself down so that I'll not have a panic attack and really choke! I also have a fear of my heart stopping and this fear usually picks up as a start to go to bed! Any one else have these fears/struggles and if so, how...
    jillianGGirl jillianGGirl 16-17, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I really felt alone with my anxiety,

    until I started to post on here. Somehow, I think writing my thoughts out, actually helped me. Sure I still have anxiety, but it's not as worst as it once was. Perhaps you can say it made me, even if it's a little, feel braver.
    HawaiianPunchz HawaiianPunchz 16-17, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    My anxiety has been getting pretty bad again.

    I used to take Zoloft but I quit it because it was making me gain weight. Also I sometimes felt like a zombie. I feel like I can't focus and sometimes feel chest pain. I think I might start doing yoga again to help.
    an2012 an2012 22-25, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Well lately my anxiety has gotten worst.

    When it stats to get really bad I can't eat or sleep. So I have lost like 10 pounds which is fine by me but sometimes it scares me.
    lifeishardbutitgoeson lifeishardbutitgoeson 13-15, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I really never understand the cause of it

    and it never really seems to be too reasonable, but I'm constantly dealing with anxiety over everything. I don't know if it's because I over analyze things,people,situations,motives,reasons,and more or if it's just a condition. I get texted by someone I don't usually talk to,and...
    Bianca7206 Bianca7206 13-15, F 7 Responses Dec 25, 2013

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    My Anxiety

    I have become aware of my anxiety probably in the last year or so. I never had this problem before. Everyone gets nervous for things but I have always been good about pushing through that and doing what needed to be done anyway. But recently I have had some anxiety and I don't...
    soulrunher soulrunher 41-45, F 3 Responses Jun 20, 2013

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    It's that annoying feeling

    where your stomach is in pain and you can't sleep at night because of over thinking One night I couldn't sleep because I was thinking about poor children in Africa!! It ridiculously serious and it has to stop but I don't know how to achieve that!! :((
    Lostsoul31 Lostsoul31 13-15, F 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    I hate having anxiety,

    i feel so alone. Wish i could talk to someone
    xmaximee xmaximee 13-15, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    A Guy With Anxiety

    I'm writing this for both men and women that live with anxiety.  No matter what form or severity, however I haven't come across loads of story about guys with anxiety and/or depression. It seems I've had some form of anxiety my entire life.  Separation anxiety when I...
    RottyMax RottyMax 31-35 8 Responses Jul 20, 2008

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    I'm 14. I was raped last summer by my uncle

    and three strange men. They've all been punished in some way for what they did. It's all behind me now, but I'm still not over it. I see a psychiatrist and I take meds for my severe anxiety. Sometimes, I have flashbacks. I still have nightmares most every night. I'm still afraid...
    mouthdakota mouthdakota 18-21, M 5 Responses Mar 29

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    Confused and Lonely (I Think I Might Be Crazy)

    Lately, I've been having a few mini anxiety attacks, where my anxiety is so high that I can't think about anything but the one thing I'm worried about.  That's where my obsessing comes into play.  Here I am, sitting alone in my apartment, on Christmas evening, sad...
    CuriosityKitten CuriosityKitten 31-35, F 17 Responses Dec 25, 2008

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    I've always been shy,

    a little too worried about what people think of me. Always feeling like my friends only tolerate me, like somewhere there's someone talking about me behind my back. It's the little things that I get anxious about. Mostly the reason why I love animals, they're easier for me to...
    jledoux0690 jledoux0690 18-21, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    I have terrible anxiety

    and it affects me a lot . If even something small makes me upset it gets really hard for me to breathe . I get bullied a lot so this happens a lot but I am grateful I have my friend ashley . She doesn't like when people pick on me and stops it if she sees it . She has throated...
    therealme101 therealme101 13-15, F 2 Responses Feb 9

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    I have had anxiety since I was 10.

    I used to believe that my friends and family were for all intents and purposes, Immortal. No one had explained to me what Death was and I thought it occurred to other people. During a Field Day celebration a friend severely hurt his neck and someone came screaming that he was...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 5

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    I ate lunch alone today,

    which is no big deal except for the fact that I was alone at school I had to sit there alone with my thoughts, the day was going pretty well but that just ****** up my mind set so all what happened before I went to the cafeteria didn't matter, I didn't even eat I had a cup of...
    SecludedSeaTurtle SecludedSeaTurtle 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Going to the doctors tomorrow to get diagnosed

    with anxiety hopefully. I'm so nervous about it and not sure if I'll be able to do it! I know I have anxiety but the thought of going to the doctors for this scares me, going to the doctors normally is difficult but this is worse. I'm not sure what to say and I don't want them...
    kixxygirl kixxygirl 18-21, F 9 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    Laying in bed fighting anxiety.

    Worrying about my life and how everything goes wrong.
    twilightmeadows twilightmeadows 22-25, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Wasn't Sure

    i wasnt sure if i did, i didnt really know what anxiety was until a female friend mentioned she has anxiety attacks, and i was like .. okay .. then i did sum research and know a bit more bout it .. yeah i guess i hide mine well, but i know when it's there, also when i know there...
    wezamuntkee wezamuntkee 36-40, M 5 Responses Aug 31, 2007

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    I have the type of anxiety

    that makes me want to avoid everything I dont even know why Its so exhausting to run from everything thats maybe why a part of me rather would die
    ProfessorPsycho ProfessorPsycho 13-15, F 5 Responses Feb 8

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    Fellow Anxiety Sufferers:

    This is something that I discovered by accident when I decided to take blackstrap molasses for my anemia. It calms me down. I was on the verge of an anxiety attack just now when I took a tablespoon of it, and over the course of fifteen minutes, I began to feel a lot better. It...
    Neuroticrabbit Neuroticrabbit 18-21 2 Responses Oct 19, 2012

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    This You Tube video covers the basics of

    Buddhist philosophy: "The middle Way" http://youtu.be/9ZHvfGFyQ14 I find this points helpful for anxiety :)
    gsparky22 gsparky22 41-45, M Apr 14

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    The brave thoughts of coming out

    and saying something new, talking to a stranger, greeting someone back, the what ifs, the when will, what is the sense holding me back? will I ever be able to function? should I be ashamed? Should I laugh along with the jokes? Why aren't they funny to me? Can anything save me...
    kitaday kitaday 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 12

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    UGH

    This little bastard comes and goes. But now he has decided to rent out my chest and stomach for awhile. He's heavy, too! He's suffocating me! HELP!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 9, 2013

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    Life Is Anxiety

    Fear is the number one reason why we are alive today. We owe our lives to fear. It reminds us to be afraid of predators, fear of being controlled, fear of going hungry, fear getting sick so we act accordingly, and the list goes on. There is no doubt however, that when the worry...
    MrCthulhu MrCthulhu 18-21, M 6 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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    I never used to envision myself

    as an anxious person. I was naive, happy, and bubbly. I made friends everywhere I went. I pulled people out of their own bouts of depression and helped them tackle their anxieties. I'm not sure what changed or when. Much of my anxiety comes from my very low tolerance for shame...
    x3donnaa x3donnaa 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    Im surprised I have friends,

    people just make me so nervous. My heart beats so fast in any situation and I cant breathe. People scare me so much. I sometimes have a hard time talking to my own family, its really hard.
    Kris7lee Kris7lee 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 16

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    It's almost like I'm suffocating right now.

    What surrounds me seems more...real. But I am detached from it all. As I suffocate I can almost hear that voice that calls to me in my nightmares. Is the suffocating sensation the same that drags me down the dark abyss that takes me to Hell? Is it the certainty of me...
    IcyDragon IcyDragon 16-17, F Mar 18

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    On the outside, I look normal a happy

    but in the inside I feel ****** up. Some days I trip out on my own life. I feel like I am different from everyone else, almost like I think and act different. I used to have severe anxiety problems, but I learned to deal with it. I still get anxious but I just learned to accept...
    pomoc pomoc 22-25, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    The past year I have been attacked by my

    anxiety it is now the only constant I have. My depression was under control when this round of anxiety started doc said I need to get my depression under control and with every visit my anxiety is worse. But doc keeps focusing on depression because of 9 ?s the last is about...
    CaptPetemoss CaptPetemoss 41-45, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Reynastaxx Reynastaxx 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 30

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    If I would get medication

    for anything I would want GAD pills. I feel so anxious all the time and there's nothing I can do it wait it out.
    PanicAtTheDiscount PanicAtTheDiscount 13-15, F Apr 14

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    It's weird to think that over a year ago

    now I began to suffer from something that would change my life drastically. I fought hard and won. I fought hard and lost. Tonight, I sit in my room and can't help but be nervous because of some random feeling of disembodiment that I can't explain. It over came my defenses and...
    ApocTheComet ApocTheComet 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    Yesterday I got told by my therapist

    that I am going to need high intensity cbt. I'm scared shitless to be honest and don't know what it's going to be like or how I can deal with it. Any others had high intensity cbt and can tell me what I can expect?
    Crockhogan78 Crockhogan78 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 8

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    Hi everyone. For the past several years I have

    been under a large amount of stress. I was told today that I have anxiety. I am guessing one led into the other. I went to the hospital with terrible palpitations. I was sure that I was going to die. I was terrified. I am a 43 year old female. Extremely stressful job, mom...
    lindaraeweisel lindaraeweisel 41-45 2 Responses Apr 9

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    I haven't slept at all this week.

    I was lucky to even get 2 hours. Most nights I lay up staring at the ceilings because I'm so stressed. And the times I do have anxiety attacks they're random, and I end wailing at the top of my lungs. I didn't realize how bad they were getting until the other night when I had...
    ADifferentLight ADifferentLight 16-17, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Creepin

    I really hate how my anxiety likes to creep in any time it feels like it. I can go from perfectly content to anxious in a matter of seconds. Things that really aren't that big of a deal seem to really bother me sometimes. It will go on until I am mentally and phyically exhausted...
    Isntitironic Isntitironic 31-35, F 31 Responses Jun 7, 2013

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    Winning The Battle Against Anxiety

    Why do I feel like an elephant is sitting on top of my chest? Yet the doctors have no explanation for my chest pain. Hmmm… So my heart is fine, according to the heart monitors and EKG. Maybe a chest x-ray would tell us something. I thought there would be something wrong for...
    DochasNua DochasNua 22-25 10 Responses Nov 18, 2011

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    Read And Repeat

    "Be soft, do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
    Isntitironic Isntitironic 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2013

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    Is anyone taking medication?

    I don't know how I feel about it. I'm anxious a lot of the times but it's who I am. It helps me stay on top of things, such as school, but it can also be crippling, so much to effect my learning. I want to know, will anxiety medicine make me less cautious and careful about...
    rach51d rach51d 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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