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    please If you know someone

    who suffers from anxiety or stress and is going through a panic attack, the last thing you would want to tell them is to "CALM DOWN" coz trust me if we could calm down we would !! Instead try saying something like "You can get through this." or "Tell me what you need now."
    MK25 MK25 22-25, M 4 Responses Dec 4, 2014

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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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 4 days ago

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    My sister in law just told me

    that my anxiety is aggravating to her. You think it's not aggravating to me? I have to live with it, day in and day out. Put yourself in my shoes for a while. Maybe you'll understand. I can't even go to the grocery store with panicking. I can't be in social situations without...
    reneeo11314 reneeo11314 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 19, 2014

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    I just started medication lexapro

    and Xanax First few days were hard . This was my last option. I was in a lot of pain and couldn't hide it anymore.
    snowmoon123 snowmoon123 31-35, F 16 Responses Oct 23, 2014

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    TheLoneStar TheLoneStar 16-17 1 Response Mar 18

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    If you are suicidal, please get help

    if you can't find help within yourself. But, please, do not seek help from your teenage friends, especially if they struggle with their own issues. Please please please. Not only are you being subjected to the hurtful things your brain says to you, you subject others to it. You...
    junipersun21 junipersun21 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 12

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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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    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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    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 3 days ago

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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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    woke up this morning

    and the first thing on my mind was bills and stress and what's going to get paid and what's not. and what I don't have compared to those around me (case of the wants)... Logic: I should be grateful for what I have and I'm not starving and it will get better. Emotions: it's a...
    greeneyz83 greeneyz83 31-35, F 9 Responses Jan 1

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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 23 hrs ago

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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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    Hey anybody who reads this,

    The reason I really wanted to post this is because I don't want to feel alone in my fears. I really want to know if anybody else feels this way. I believe it'll make me and any other people feel better. I've looked up what it means to be a hypochondriac - most definitions I...
    jwackler jwackler 18-21, F 10 Responses Feb 23

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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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    *'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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    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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    Am I actually here? is all this real?

    I don't understand. Do I even have a purpose?
    rawerimadino rawerimadino 16-17, F 7 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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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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    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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    I hate that my anxiety has taken over my life.

    I want to live without feeling panicked all the time. It's been really bad today. I want to scream but I feel like I can't breathe. I want my life back.
    TooLateForEdelweiss TooLateForEdelweiss 18-21, F 7 Responses Dec 25, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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'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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    My anxiety wasn't as bad

    as it is now, before I at least had a bit of break. But it is back indeed, worse than ever before. My intestines are so ****** up
    HypnoticCliches HypnoticCliches 18-21, F Mar 14

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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'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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    My once beautiful soul is rotting

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