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I Have General Anxiety Disorder

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    I Have Ongoing Anxiety And Its Getting Worse

    I feel trapped... trapped inside me I'm not who I was. I always suffered minor anxiety attacks which were not so minor at the time but considering what my attacks feel like now well they're minor. Last October I had my gallbladder removed and suffered some complications where I...
    pixie128 pixie128 22-25, F Sep 1, 2013

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    There are so many things I want to do.

    Go to school, get a job, meet a nice girl. But I have GAD, and it makes it so damn hard just to think about these things. I want so much to be able to do these things, but the anxiety is so bad that i run from it all. It makes me so sad to think about all the time I've...
    PolarPanda PolarPanda 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 27

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    I Don't Know What To Do With This!

    Where do I start? Basically, my life revolves around this disorder as well as social anxiety. While I ride the spectrum, most of the time symptoms make themselves apparent and feel intense. Although, I suspect that there is a genetic link to this, there is no one around me, who...
    ImnessAntiess ImnessAntiess 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 25, 2013

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    Emotional Nightmare

    I have not been diagnosed yet with GAD but I'm almost positive it is what I have. Ever since I was a child I always worried about what others thought of me. I know everyone does at some point or another but this was a constant worry. I still have this problem and when I'm out...
    Mlcj Mlcj 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 28, 2013

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    My doctor said i have anxiety

    and gave me zoloft. I dont like taking my adderall though bc it makes my anxiety worse. I dont get panic attacks its just a nervous feeling that grows stronger throughout the day, usually experience this when i have somewhere important to be. The feeling gets intense though i...
    jenpoop jenpoop 18-21, F 1 Response May 5

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    How I Overcame Panic, Fear, Hypochondria And Agoraphobia!

    I struggled with panic, fear, hypochondria and eventually even agoraphobia for years. It seemed like my mind just got stuck in this loop in which I just kept worrying. As soon as my panic kicked in, my heart started racing and I was absolutely convinced that I was on the verge...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Nov 25, 2013

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    Sudden And Unexpected Anxiety Attacks

    I probably don't have GAD because it said it had to last up to 6 months for it to be GAD but here's what I have, and I'm not sure what my problem is. It's really random and always catches me off guard. Sometimes I can hide it but other times I will just break down. Today, me...
    daydreamer27 daydreamer27 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 26, 2013

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    I first experienced General Anxiety Disorder

    about 6 month ago.. It was a normal day like any other days I was a bit stressed at work and sleep deprived I jumped in my car on the way home and all of sudden I felt my heart racing while I was driving I felt dizzy I felt my face was all numb and I found it difficult to breath...
    alikansso1990 alikansso1990 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 5

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    I Need Help.. I Have GAD.

    I finally tried to tell my parents that I'm suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I know that I'm living my life abnormally for almost my whole life. I have depression too. But I didn't tell my parents about my depression cuz I know they won't understand. Like I said, I...
    darkmood darkmood 16-18, F 4 Responses Jul 16, 2009

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    Does anyone else get anxiety

    when they're EXCITED? It's enough for me to be anxious constantly, but why does it have to get worse when I'm excited? I'll think of something exciting that is coming up or something that would make me happy and my stomach starts to hurt and if I get too excited I get nausea and...
    littlefrog72 littlefrog72 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 22, 2013

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    Help Me! I Obsess Over Everything!

    Question: I have been living with panic attacks and anxiety for about 16 years. It started after I stopped using drugs. I constantly thought I was going to or was in the act of having a heart attack. Then, it started me checking windows and doors repeatedly every night, and the...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Sep 9, 2013

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    Undiagnosed but I have all the symptoms

    and my mum also suffered for many years. It's such a horrible feeling, I get paranoid about so many different things and my mind doesn't stop sometimes and always thinks the worse. If my children get unwell even just a cold I can't sleep I worry so much, so I try to keep them...
    makethatchange makethatchange 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 3

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    "It's all in your head" I have heard this

    so many times that I cannot count. I am overwhelmed with worry. I thought it started when my mother died when I was 12, but I am beginning to think I've always struggled with this. I did not have the best childhood, my parents fought a lot. Throughout school, my anxiety has cost...
    annabaggett annabaggett 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 16

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    I was diagnosed with GAD 11 years ago,

    at 13 years old. I didn't even know what that meant. From a young age I've always taken responsibility for my younger brother and sister while my mom was at work during the evening. I'm guessing that would be stressful on any child. Around 17 my anxiety attacks seemed to have...
    Myeiaddiction Myeiaddiction 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 1

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    I suffer with anxiety

    and have done for what seems like forever, I either come off very chatty in order to dominate and control the situation or I am very reclusive. I live in a close knit village and love thee feel of it but I am a general loner locally. I am always wearing a smile for the people...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 20

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    General Anxiety Disorder

    Throughout my life I've felt that at times I just cannot escape anxiety and in my family there is a history of OCD, depression and social anxiety so I always feared that it would be such a disorder that would affect me. Until approximately a year ago I thought that my fear of...
    JH18 JH18 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 11, 2010

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    Im Terrified Of Death

    like im not religious so for me the idea of not thinking anymore of being nothing is terrifying there's so much i want to do and im gonna die before i can do it. thats terrifying.
    Emerezillion Emerezillion 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 26, 2013

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    My doctor wouldn't take me off Lexapro

    so i just stopped taking my meds.
    patches1999 patches1999 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 29

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    My Boring Personal Story About Anxiety, Written (discourteously) Not For Anyone's Entertainment, But Solely So That I Might Get It Out Of My System, So To Speak.

    When I was a kid, I was supposed to be some sort of a prodigy. I was reading by the age of two and writing by three. My IQ was tested at a number I'm still a little uncomfortable copping to. Nobody at my little elementary school had seen anything like me. Maybe that was good...
    dorbel3 dorbel3 26-30, M 3 Responses Nov 25, 2012

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    My partner & I are working with a local

    business to deliver some services. We're new to this but the meetings to put the groundwork in place have been going well for the past few months. We just had another meeting and we identified a very big over-sight on the part of my partner & myself. It's good we caught it now...
    lemonthyme lemonthyme 31-35, M Feb 7

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    I've gained so much weight too fast to be just

    eating. Even with medication and therapy,I'm always in a stressed state. My only relief is sleeping all day on the weekends. No one believes me when I say I'm too exhausted to do anything,my doctors say I'd be happier if I lost weight. They think I'm lying to them about my...
    MiztressL MiztressL 31-35, F Aug 20

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    What is a Panic AttackA very important question

    if you're struggling with this condition. You should really understanding exactly what's going on behind the scenes.So what is a PA?A sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety.`Ok, that's the textbook definition, but i don't think that clears things up too much so let's go l...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Feb 23

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    I Suffer From Severe Anxiety Disorder And Do Not Take Medicine.

    So basically I've been dealing with anxiety for about 13 months now. I started having symptoms of anxiety when my daughter was 3 months old and she is now 16 months old. I had a C-Section and didn't really have that much help in the beginning caring for my daughter and I was...
    MM2XM MM2XM 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 7, 2012

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    I wish more people knew

    or at least would be understanding of anxiety. I'm not just whiney. I'm not just nervous. I'm not just complaining. It is real in the physical aspect. It has a physical pain to it. It hurts. I can't stay still. And I feel like my body is being torn apart. Just because you can't...
    Thrumyeyes7711 Thrumyeyes7711 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2013

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    Anxiety's Killing Me

    okay anxiety disorder is back worse as ever but now as far as I remember it has never really been totally gone. I have avoided lots of social stuff and lived like a hermit for years which truly helped me with this. No going outs no friends nothing is just me. But of course too...
    PoemofRain PoemofRain 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 17, 2012

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    I was diagnosed with GAD about two years ago,

    but I've suffered with it since I was twelve. My worries have of course changed over the years. The thing I'm wondering is if it's ever gonna stop! I mean being worried all the time is fine, it's the damn panic attacks that drive me nuts! Yes I'm medicated, and well taken care...
    Lillithfollower Lillithfollower 36-40, F May 5

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    I have General Axciety Disorder

    About six months ago, I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder. It was hard when I was little cause I was suffering from servere depression and a lack of self confidence. Now that I am getting treatment for this, my life is more on track then it ever has been.  I am...
    eastsidechick eastsidechick 26-30, F 9 Responses Aug 8, 2007

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    Does fear cause real diarrhea

    or does it cause the feeling only ? http://livelifetothefullest.live-panic-free.com/2014/03/03/does-fear-cause-real-diarrhea-or-does-it-cause-the-feeling-only-.aspx Hey guys, sorry if this seems spammy, not my intention at all. I used to just paste my experiences in several...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 4

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    Five years ago i get my first anxiety

    and panic attack, it takes me one and a half year to understand what it is, doctors were wrong in my case, what i needed is a psychiatric and not a normal doctor, it was 5 mai 2009 i was studying my first year in collage, after this date every thing get another turn, i lost two...
    whispersgod whispersgod 26-30, M 5 Responses Sep 30

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    My Testimony

    I just want to share my testimonial and what helped me become a happy, healthy person. I used to feel so tired and fatigued every day no matter how much sleep i got. I also suffered from horrible anxiety and depression as a result. Someone told me about a protein molecule...
    aBETTERtomorrow aBETTERtomorrow 26-30, M Jun 24, 2011

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    I have had terrible anxiety

    for years, but it was just recently that I was diagnosed with GAD, depressive disorder, and OCD. I have been through a lot in the past few years, and that might be the cause of this anxiety. However, it is ruining my life. A lot of my anxiety is social situations-I do not like...
    TailyrC TailyrC 22-25, F Jan 27

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    How I Feel Anxious

    I suffer from GAD (self diagnosed). In social situations, I often feel compelled to be somewhere else doing something else, (even if I have nowhere in particular to go, or anything particular to do.) Instead of focusing on whatever conversation I am attempting, I am barraged by...
    crocusandsnow crocusandsnow 36-40, M 1 Response Nov 21, 2010

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    Suffered Most Of My Life, Just Didn't Know It Until Two Years Ago.

    I suffered from GAD for most of my life. I always new there was something "off" about me. I was different than the others, in the way I think and act and felt. Finally, about 2 years ago, I actually did some research and I found that I could be suffering from GAD. I went to my...
    eastsideswoman eastsideswoman 31-35, F 2 Responses May 9, 2011

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    I feel like the main problem with this is the

    worries I have about my heart and my health. My whole life I've been a worrier, it's pretty much part of my personality, although just recently I've begun to notice the effects on my heart - heart palpitations, fast heart beat and I also have suffered from a few panic attacks...
    Bellare20 Bellare20 18-21, F Mar 2

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    Worries

    I really worry about everything. Even the littlest things. I think a big part of this is my OCD, but it is also just who I am. I am working on my anxiety though. My panic attacks are less frequent, and I am so glad!
    breakingbenjamin67 breakingbenjamin67 18-21, F Mar 15, 2008

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    Having panic attacks?

    Here's some advice from Tyler Durden. 
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7

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    Alleviating That Excess Nervous Energy

    One of the hardest things to deal with when trying to overcome panic and anxiety is knowing what to do with all that excess energy. I know when I used to get my panic attacks it sometimes felt like I just wanted to jump right out of my skin! My heart would race at a thousand...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M May 7, 2013

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    Ruining My Life!!

    I just been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. It has ruined my life. I feel like I'm soo depressed to the fact I feel like Im hopeless and worthless. My grades have gone down due to the fact I'm always stressed and worried that I'm going to fail. I get angry when I get...
    Mtaylor26 Mtaylor26 16-17 4 Responses May 6, 2011

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    I Just Found Out I Am Having This Thing

    GAD(General Anxiety Disorder) is a new term to me. I am having it for a long time but only know what it is recently. Any stressful event on a daily basis will trigger my GAD. These days I feel it strongly because of my school work. I feel awful and I am trying to find a way to...
    winniebree winniebree 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 9, 2009

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    It's that time if month again.

    ..irrational thoughts that try to bring me down and make me feel insecure. I HATE This time of month. But I just sit and let it run it's course. Being more sensitive this time of month, I just sit and allow the gamut run it's course. than ever too. Getting on my knees and praying...
    1LadyButterfly 1LadyButterfly 41-45, F Jan 9

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    My GAD went untreated

    for most of my life so far. Please don't let your GAD go untreated, because in me, it led to severe depression where I was hallucinating and could only think about killing or hurting myself. I was sent to an intense outpatient program and It took about a year if meds and therapy...
    lizoutofwater lizoutofwater 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    I have severe generalized anxiety disorder

    along with PTSD. I stopped taking my meds a little over a month ago.
    patches1999 patches1999 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 29

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    I take a deep breath

    and if I haven't cried by the end if the day it's a good day. I haven't cried yet today and I think I am doing ok
    sarahjayne16 sarahjayne16 18-21, F Jan 21

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    Has anyone developed sudden food allergies

    when having a severe anxiety relapse?
    bellfalls bellfalls 22-25, F Oct 17

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    Gad For 10 Years Now

    Hi. I was diagnosed 10 years ago and have been on and off meds for years. I think that I have always had it - I had a pattern in my teenage years at school going to sick bay in tears. I recently went back on them due to the symptoms becoming more intrusive. I have also started...
    DuMaurier DuMaurier 31-35 3 Responses Feb 11, 2012

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