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I Have Anxiety

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    I don't know how to make conversation.

    Every time someone asks me how I am, I just say fine. I never ask them. I never know what to say back. We just stand there until they say something else.
    MrBenzedrine MrBenzedrine 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    One thing I've started doing recently

    that has really helped me is accepting my anxiety and my crippling social awkwardness. For so many years I tried to coach myself through it all. I told myself that someday I would not feel so scared by life & other humans, if I just immersed myself in the uncomfortable feeling...
    Earthboundmisfiti Earthboundmisfiti 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 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 33 Responses Jun 7, 2013

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    My life is full of amazing,

    exciting things right now and I'm finally almost about to achieve some of my life-long goals. I have worked really hard on my anxiety, and I am pretty good at managing it. But when I'm at school, it skyrockets uncontrollably. It gets set off by the tiniest things, and I have...
    thehanimal thehanimal 18-21, T 1 Response Mar 10

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    anxiety is an over production of adrenaline.

    your body is ready to run the hell away and seek shelter from all the stress. it's a fact that you can't have an anxiety attack while you hold your breath therefore if you breathe through your nose really deep hold it for as long as you can and exhale slowly your heart rate will...
    Scoodaloop Scoodaloop 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 12

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    Whenever I'm around people at work I start to

    stutter of course their strangers I don't know it's always good to help a customers but even if I know the person I start shake and my palm start to get sweaty it gets annoying. I wish I was more calm. I have always been a quiet and shy guy.
    StayingStrong21 StayingStrong21 22-25, M 6 days ago

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    I try to talk to my family about it

    but they just change the subject and say things like "it will pass" or "you need to stop worrying all the time" but i just CANT. they just don't understand what I feel like inside! It's eating away at me, I'm not the person I used to be. I'm starting to feel like no one gives a...
    lc543 lc543 16-17, F 6 Responses Nov 8, 2014

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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 16 Responses Nov 18, 2011

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    I've gotten really got at hiding my anxiety

    attacks. I usually go to the bathroom till they stop. I don't like it when people pity me or try to help.
    kittynanny kittynanny 13-15, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I've struggled with anxiety

    and paranoia for awhile. Recently it's been pretty bad. It's not just about little things like school and boys, now it's becoming about stupid, unlikely things, like is there something wrong with my health, what if the world ends, what if one of my friends or family is in an...
    alexclaire alexclaire 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Breathe, just breathe.

    You have got this. Remember nothing is as bad at it seems. I know how hard it is, that panic that rushes over your whole body and takes over, the constant worry. Just breathe, don't worry over things you can't change, you cannot predict the future.. Enjoy today..
    fwxo fwxo 16-17, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Right now my anxiety is focused around my fear

    of other people getting hurt, especially my brother. I do lots of rituals and do things in little steps to see if it 'feels' ok to be doing it that way. It's hard to challenge my anxiety because it might put other people at risk if I stop doing my rituals.
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse 26-30, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    TheLoneStar TheLoneStar 16-17 1 Response Mar 18

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    Ever get afraid that your friends

    and significant other actually don't like you? :/
    n0ceur n0ceur 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 24

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    I don't know why, but i eat the skin around my

    thumb even if it hurts, i do it
    Angie1110 Angie1110 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 15

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    I'm so sick of having anxiety.

    Not only is it annoying to feel sick from being anxious, but it makes it so difficult to keep a job. I'm so done with feeling like crap constantly from it. I'm sick of letting it affect me in numerous ways. I just want to be okay. I really don't think that's too much to ask...
    untamedx3heart untamedx3heart 22-25, F 17 Responses Dec 13, 2014

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    Locked Away I open my mouth

    and words fall out.. a jumbled alphabetic chaos that only few can sift thru to fully understand. The letters from my words strung out in front of him like a jigsaw puzzle waiting impatiently to be solved. My skin feels bare, scaly and freezing cold. Vulnerability has never been...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F 17 Responses Aug 17, 2014

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    Things people with anxiety hate hearing.

    .. 1. Being told we’re being stupid or that it’s all in our heads. But it’s OK for you to complain of a headache, or to seek sympathy from others when you suffer from the flu or a stomach virus? Just because my illness is mental, doesn't make it any less valid or real...
    Scoodaloop Scoodaloop 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 7

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    *'m usually super laid back,

    but recently and sometimes out of nowhere, it comes, and to the point of sickness; nausea and headache, almost throwing ^ and passing out. It happens trying to talk or type with people, being alone and mind festering, seeing old photos and old faces (Facebook), thinking ahead...
    CrossCresentCreed CrossCresentCreed 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Self Reflections My skin is not a tough armor,

    its too thin and easily broken. The air i am inhaling is attenuating with each gasp for breath. My shins are quivering and small hairline fractures litter their outer most layers from too many end of my ropes falls to my knees. The heart that beats within my rib cage is tattered...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 30

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    I have anxiety about being on the phone.

    I don't like calling people or answering phone calls. I feel like I won't have anything to say and there will be long silent pauses and it will just be really awkward and embarrassing. Im really bad at keeping a conversation going. I don't know how to start a conversation...
    EmilyPouliot EmilyPouliot 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 17

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    I've been a mess for several days now.

    My mind is jumping from one thing to another, to another. Everything is jumbling. Everything is scattered. It's like a fog. My worries. My fears. The "what ifs". No matter how much I reassure myself, no matter how much I calm myself down, it always comes back to haunt...
    Scoodaloop Scoodaloop 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 17

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    I have such an rich inner life.

    I picture myself as being rich spiritually and healthy (eating right, meditating more, yoga, etc, etc). I visualize myself as doing all of these great things in my mind but I get scared at times; I second guess who I am and what I can do. Its so frustrating! I, sometimes, feel...
    EarthyLocks EarthyLocks 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 11

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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, 2014

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    My once beautiful soul is rotting

    and turning into something i hate
    Unheardemptyscreams Unheardemptyscreams 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 5, 2014

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    Sounds kind of odd I know

    but wearing hats helps with my social anxiety . Wearing sunglasses does as well . Creates a barrier and makes me feel safe and less anxious
    ArtsyFaerie32 ArtsyFaerie32 31-35, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    I officially ran out of my anxiety meds

    yesterday morning. And I filed for a refill days ago, and they still aren't ready yet. Im supposed to take them twice a day, and was only able to take it once yesterday. I'm starting to feel the effects of not taking my night time dosage... Part of the reason on why I got put on...
    Scoodaloop Scoodaloop 18-21, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Like... I stress about stress

    before there's even any stress to stress about...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 11 Responses Jan 1

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    I hate anxiety. I hate

    when people say stupid things like "you'll be fine". They have no idea. I often wake up to my heart beating do fast that it scares the crap out of me. I can't walk around crowds of people (small or large) without my head down. I instantly think they're judging me. I worry to...
    quinny1 quinny1 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 29, 2014

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    What people with anxiety,

    panic disorder, depression, or any other mental or physical illness do not want to hear: 1. "Get over it" - like it's so damn easy to just, 'get over it'. Don't you think if we were able to get over it, we would? Do you think we like sitting here every day with mental and...
    Scoodaloop Scoodaloop 18-21, F 10 Responses Feb 22

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    I aM having such a bad day with anxiety today.

    .the physical symptoms are so bad ...if anyone has any ideas that helped them I'd love to hear it.....I do however have Huge problems in my marrige not sure if that's the cause.im open to any ides and support thankyou angelicpixie
    angelicpixie angelicpixie 41-45, F 9 Responses Mar 16

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    Anxiety: the curse of knowing the truth about

    others' unspoken thoughts and actions/non-actions.
    immortalspirit immortalspirit 31-35, M 3 Responses Jul 20, 2014

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    I always go red faced

    if someone talks to me or if I'm around loads of people... Does anyone else get this?
    KizzyLeah KizzyLeah 16-17, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Had a job interview today

    and I didn't have an anxiety attack. Today was a good day. :)
    Mumblebee Mumblebee 18-21 6 Responses Jul 16, 2014

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    The only anxiety i have is relationship anxiety.

    does anyone else get this? even if we're really happy I always worry that something is going to go wrong and I always read too much into everything
    stephiosity stephiosity 22-25, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    i have depression and anxiety,

    both are so much worse then ever before,gets worse every year. but anyhow i'll choose depression over anxiety all day. depression is friendly next to anxiety
    OccultumLapidem OccultumLapidem 22-25, M 4 Responses Mar 15

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    So I've been on this medicine.

    And I think a little was for my sensitivity I wouldn't ware jeans cuz I was soo sensitive and for a year I was fine! Nothing bugged me! And now in starting to get sensitive and just a mad mean girl again like I used to be. Plz help! What do I do?! How to I stop being so...
    taylorkup taylorkup 13-15, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Hi so I have had anxiety

    for a while now I believe but I am just now figuring out about it. I have always dealt with it fairly well all things considering.i have never been on medication for it or anything like that though, but here in the past month it has been getting really bad I'm getting dizzy and...
    CrimsonRose123 CrimsonRose123 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 11

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    To those who struggle with real mental health

    issues, I'm so sorry you have to watch people try to turn them into a fashion trend.
    JLeDoux69 JLeDoux69 18-21, M 3 Responses Jul 28, 2014

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    A person with anxiety never has silent moments.

    Place me in a soundproof room and my thoughts will still scream their way out of my head.
    hmloveday hmloveday 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 11, 2014

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    I ended up going to the emergency room

    yesterday. I had a pop in my head near my temple and a headache so it freaked me out. Turns out I'm fine. But they gave me a bunch of medicines in an IV that made me sleep. I literally slept from about 5 pm til now around 8 am. turns out it's strained muscles near the base of...
    greeneyz83 greeneyz83 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 13

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    Parties are the worst especially

    if your an introvert trying hard to he sociable...
    AndreiTarkovsky AndreiTarkovsky 26-30, M 6 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    Sometimes I just try to forget

    that I have it, I think the more I read about it the more it gets worse, not sure if it's true or not
    boom991 boom991 16-17, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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 9 Responses Mar 30, 2014

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    I have had all my life,

    but it was not until I first went to a psychiatrist that she said I had it. Fortunately my anxiety is mild and only shows when triggered by some external extraordinary event. I am in one of these phases now. Next week I am taking a very long plane trip (longest I have taken...
    Danceofhours Danceofhours 41-45, M 3 Responses 22 hrs ago

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    Little decisions are second-guessed - "I can't

    eat at the picnic table in the park - people will see the fat chick stuffing her face, instead of me and my PB&J." Unplanned happenings can cause palpitations - "Come over to my place, we'll have coffee and gossip!" Imperfections aren't worthy of my attention - "That painting...
    iFortiTude iFortiTude 31-35 1 Response Mar 10

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    I feel like trying to cultivate any sort of

    romantic relationship and a lot of the times even just friendship is completely sabotaged by this fused with my inability to trust and I almost feel like it's hopeless and I should just resign myself solitude. Watch I'll just wake up tomorrow feeling lonely, pfft . I wish I was...
    EdibleSplinters EdibleSplinters 22-25, M 1 Response