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I Have General Anxiety Disorder

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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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    How Do You Deal With Anxiety?

    I have anxiety.  My actual diagnosis is general anxiety not otherwise classified.  It is killing me.  It's sucking the life out of me.  It's robbing me of my life.  I try so hard to just live a normal life but it just seems impossible.  I can't keep living like this, in...
    ihateanxiety ihateanxiety 41-45 1 Response Apr 6, 2011

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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 May 5

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    You feel like your drowning,

    it’s a feeling unimaginable to those who don’t suffer. It’s a feeling of hopelessness and despair. You know it’s irrational but that doesn’t stop the feeling from taking over your body. Its debilitating. You can’t breathe, you can’t talk, you can’t function. Don...
    nottobevelealed nottobevelealed 16-17, F Apr 25

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    Life With GAD

    Oh were to begin. In January of 2013 while I was driving to work I had a panic attack. I didn't know what it was at the time. My heart was racing I felt like I was going to pass out. I was dizzy and scared. I was able to call into work and let them know I couldn't make in and...
    wallman86 wallman86 26-30, M 4 Responses Aug 4, 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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    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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    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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    Intense Feelings Of Shame/Regret?

    I've recently begun coming to terms with my anxiety disorder and have been seeing a therapist about it. Its only been 1 appointment. but I already feel like we've hit a snag. I identify with all the physical symptoms and behaviors and I've realized I suffer from panic attacks but...
    Quesera77 Quesera77 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 2, 2013

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    Anxiety In Search Of An object?

    Years ago a clinician told me that I had generalized anxiety disorder. Subsequently, I came to believe that it was situational. Now I'm starting to think they might have been right. Today I went to have a wisdom tooth extracted. No biggie, really. I don't have much care or...
    accomplice accomplice 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 7, 2012

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    Afraid GAD?

    Hello. My name is Ren. I need ur help. Do I have GAD.... I have always been a happy-ish child.until I started to worry how I looked. When I was young. One boy said I had huge ears. Weird. Because they are small.and he would always tell me to cut them off so he could see the...
    RensKay RensKay 13-15 2 Responses Jul 20, 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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    Having panic attacks?

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

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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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    Maybe some people would understand here.

    . Like most people who have anxiety.. They feel like there heart is about to explode and die. I don't feel that way.. I wish I had that "rapid heartbeat" like most people do. Instead it goes straight for my stomach. I feel nausea. The worst kind of nausea.. My stomach feels...
    BGS9 BGS9 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 17

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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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    "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 2 Responses Feb 16

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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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    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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    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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    Worried About Everything

    I've been anxious about everything for just about as long as I remember, and I firmly believe my mother is the root of my anxiety issues. Growing up, my mother was not only afraid of everything, she also screamed at me for everything, especially school work. Stuff that was...
    StrawberryPocky StrawberryPocky 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 17, 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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    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 31-35, F May 5

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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 18-21, F Jan 27

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 4, 2013

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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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    Then Suddenly, Out Of Nowhere

    I was in a meeting, everyone wanted a turn to talk and when their time came - they took advantage to ramble on as long as possible. The fluttery feeling of a quickened heartbeat swelled inside me, and I realized I needed to leave the room as soon as possible. I would not be...
    zoeb555 zoeb555 22-25, F 13 Responses Apr 24, 2013

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    Generalized Anxiety Experience

    Ever since I was young, I knew there was something different about me. I was always shy, withdrawn and felt like an outcast. I was terrified of doing something wrong, looking stupid or just being too quiet. Everything, everything, everything made me worry. At the age of 17 I was...
    hmm789 hmm789 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 27, 2012

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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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    At This Point

    I found out that I have GAD not too long ago. At first I was relieved because I could finally put a name to what I've been feeling for most of my life. People always just told me I was just a worrier, that I was over-sensitive, and over-analytical. What was I supposed to do with...
    SilverSong49 SilverSong49 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 12, 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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    Why Me? Please Make It Stop....

    So I have always been one to worry about stupid little things ever since I wan young. But my anxiety didnt really take off until I moved out of my parents house. One of my major major major worries is that someone in the middle of the night will break into my house an...
    Amber6288 Amber6288 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 28, 2013

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    A Question I Received About Overcoming Panic Attacks.

    Question: Can u give me an advice?i love how u explained that to overcome anxiety,u shud rely on urself and not on others bcoz dependency will only make me feel hopeless and weak.I really wanna try to live again.I miss the old me so much and i want to feel the freedom again of...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M May 7, 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 Feb 27

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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 1 Response Feb 11, 2012

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    Sick of taking pills.

    . Pills that TAKE your libito away. :/
    BGS9 BGS9 22-25, M Feb 28

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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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    My First Bad Anxiety Attack (Panic Attacks)

    I had a terrible scare. I was out of town at a pub just having a drink of soft drink. Feeling relaxed. In fact more relaxed as usual as things have been crazy lately. When all of a sudden I just felt unwell. I started to get really hot so i went to the bathroom and through up...
    littlescardycat littlescardycat 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 3, 2013

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    Nayffnewt

    I have general anxiety disorder, undiagnosed prefessionally but several people have suggested it who know equally what they're talking about. There are times when i can be fun and hyperactively energetic, and times when i get an awful ache in my stomach and my appetite goes...
    nayffNEWT nayffNEWT 18-21, M Nov 13, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    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 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 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 Mar 4

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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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    Related Experiences

    I have Generalized anxiety disorder for over 15 years. It took many years out of my life and paralyzed my ability to have a job or normal life. I tried all the medications they...
    support4life support4life 31-35, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    My anxiety is out of control lately. I have frequent panic attacks - a couple a day. I don't want to eat. I'm too anxious to sleep for more than a few hours at a time. But then I...
    AlleywayGospel AlleywayGospel 26-30, F 1 Response a week ago

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    My boyfriend is a fire fighter and I'm having a very hard time dealing with my separation anxiety when he goes on a call.
    HeyMissKristen HeyMissKristen 18-21, F Jun 25

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