I Have General Anxiety Disorder

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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, 2014

    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
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Mar 28, 2013

    I dont know how to help this.

    Can someone with this disease tell me how to treat it. Or what medicine I should take. The stupid xanix and all that stuff the doc gives u doesn't work.
    ihatemyself22 ihatemyself22
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 11, 2015

    I was so tired so I decided to go to bed,

    fell asleep fast and woke up 20 min later to a full fledged panic attack. It's been over an hour my heart is still racing along with my mind, and I can't get back to sleep. I'm in tears, I'm so frustrated and anxious. Why does this happen to me...?
    mysteri123 mysteri123
    22-25, F
    Jun 22, 2015

    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, 2014

    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...
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Dec 7, 2012

    Yes I have anxiety . It sucks

    when the monster has me on the leash. However , the amazing feeling of when I have the monster on the leash is amazing .
    Sanonymous1 Sanonymous1
    31-35, M
    Jan 2, 2015

    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, 2014

    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

    Today was a bad day. I had forgotten my

    medicine last night (I'm on Zoloft and I'm actually really good about taking it every day) because life always sucks the next day or so afterwards. I was so racy today. Sometimes I worry I was misdiagnosed or something because I was so manic, and I have depression episodes too...
    WhiteOrchid403 WhiteOrchid403
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 1, 2015

    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
    2 Responses Aug 5, 2014

    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, 2014

    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
    Aug 3, 2014

    does any one get breathing problems like yawning

    and always a need to sigh like u cant ever get a good breath in?
    js2231 js2231
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Jun 22, 2015

    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, 2014

    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
    2 Responses Nov 25, 2012

    I have general anxiety just lately in my life.

    It's basically the least of my worries right now.
    dja811213 dja811213
    36-40, M
    May 4, 2015

    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
    31-35, M
    1 Response Feb 27, 2014

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 5, 2014

    Having panic attacks?

    Here's some advice from Tyler Durden. 
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566
    31-35, M
    Mar 7, 2014

    Anxiety is ruining my marriage.

    I tune out, I'm always thinking of the next thing, never in moment, on medications , done therapy, at a loss what else to do.. Has anyone turned their spouse around? Or is it too late? We have two young kids
    hloon hloon
    41-45, F
    1 Response Oct 17, 2015

    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

    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
    31-35, M
    1 Response Oct 20, 2014

    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, 2014

    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
    22-25, F
    Mar 12, 2015

    It was near the beginning of 1st grade

    when I first began exhibiting the symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder. Always worried that I was going to die or that something bad would happen to me or my family, I was a nervous wreak. I never knew what would set me off. Soon after, I began to suffer from sensory integration...
    Livenka007 Livenka007
    18-21, F
    Aug 20, 2015

    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

    My doctor wouldn't take me off Lexapro

    so i just stopped taking my meds.
    patches1999 patches1999
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 29, 2014

    I have severe generalized anxiety disorder

    along with PTSD. I stopped taking my meds a little over a month ago.
    patches1999 patches1999
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 29, 2014

    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
    3 Responses Feb 11, 2012

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    Mar 2, 2014

    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
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jul 31, 2014

    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
    26-30, F
    Sep 1, 2013

    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

    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

    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
    46-50, F
    Jan 9, 2014

    Now I'm not exactly sure

    if this is anxiety or not, so I was hoping someone in this group can help me. I had a lot happen to me in my short 17 years. My father died when I was 2. My brother died when I was 8. My house burnt down when I was 12. My grandma died when I was 14. And I got pregnant and was...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Mar 1, 2015


    I'm definitely battling anxiety. I'm not sure if I also have a mood disorder, I'm still seeing my dr. about it. I'm usually either completely stressed or I feel nothing at all. I'm starving, but can't eat; exhausted, but can't sleep and I get random hot flashes. I haven't been...
    tesha03 tesha03
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 4, 2012

    Has anyone developed sudden food allergies

    when having a severe anxiety relapse?
    bellfalls bellfalls
    26-30, F
    Oct 17, 2014

    "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
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Feb 16, 2014

    All my life my mom has called me the worrier of

    the family. I have always worried about every little bad thing that has happened. I've had a lot happen in my family the last couple years. My mom got breast cancer, my dad got thrown in jail for a crime he didn't commit and I couldn't see him for over a year, and my grandma...
    Kkephart Kkephart
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 19, 2015

    I just found out nick cannon has lupus

    and now I'm afraid to get lupus and he has kidney failure. He's only 35. And I have hypochondria which is health anxiety. And its like ocd I don't stop thinking about it and I'm even on meds but I don't think they are the right ones. I just need someone to help me kick this...
    Dealingwithhypochodria Dealingwithhypochodria
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 12, 2016

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 22, 2013

    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
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 1, 2014

    Anyone ever feel just physically sick from

    their anxiety? I was diagnosed last month but my anxiety has been a problem for about 7 months. Everyday I feel like I'm going to be sick and I panic. I don't want to feel this way anymore. I think the hardest part of GAD is thinking of before and after. Eight months ago I was...
    furelise furelise
    Jun 19, 2015
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