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I Struggle With Anxiety

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    I've had anxiety for just over a year now.

    I have been on anti-depressants for the same amount of time. Mine is a blend of generalised, social and anticipatory anxiety. Overall, it's a lot better now. It used to be much worse and I used to get so caught up in it. Today I am aware of my 'triggers' and I know how to...
    Sapphire14 Sapphire14 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 10, 2014

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    Since 8th grade I have struggled with

    so much anxiety. I used to think it was just me getting nervous seeing people I knew out in public, but it gets to a point when you know you're not just nervous. I especially struggle with this in relationships. Every time i start to develop feelings for someone, I feel great...
    xsarah23x xsarah23x 16-17, F Jul 31, 2014

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    So my anxiety has been

    that bad that I picked up a box of cigs to help with the nerves... Good thing is that it helps, bad thing is it's a terrible habit -.-
    Catho Catho 18-21, F Feb 23, 2015

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    Is it anxiety or depression?

    I had so much trouble to sleep last night. I have that feeling of something squeezing inside my chest... I can't stop thinking about my life and feel I have no choice... Like any alternative scares the crap out of me. What do you do when things get like this? Im resisting taking...
    nuduude nuduude 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 29, 2014

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    I'm embarrassed. I called in sick at work today,

    & I feel like everyone knows it's because I'm a basket case. I'm not, really. But yes, I have my moments. This morning was one of them. I was hysterical. There's no way I could have functioned. I hate struggling with this. I hate that people don't understand. I hate that my...
    SaundraMae SaundraMae 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 21

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    And Panic Attacks......

    ~ I've been having panic attacks since I was 9. Of course momma & I didn't know what they were until I was 23. By that time they were so bad that I had to be put on disability. Was suicidal, sure that the next one was going to kill me. Just wanted the pain to end...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 1, 2009

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    I have anxiety that comes

    and goes, usually from some kind of goal oriented effort and sometimes around certain people. I know I can let it go but the desire to meet goals is strong and can perpetuate and exacerbate the cycle.
    Letmebepatient Letmebepatient 31-35, M Feb 8, 2015

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    I lost all my friends,

    I feel detached from everything and everyone,I struggle with anxiety and get severe panic attacks every time I go out,I can't take it anymore,I harm myself just to feel something,just to know that I'm alive and that all this isn't a dream. depersonalization is hard,trust me...it...
    intoxicatxd intoxicatxd 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 6, 2014

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    Waiting for an MRI to see

    why I have been experiencing crawling sensations in my arms and zaps in my head for months but also suffer very bad anxiety got a cancelation for one on Monday so scared :-(
    cindersk cindersk 36-40, F May 17, 2014

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    How Do You Stop?

    I have always suffered from anxiety. I know why and how it started, want to stop but can't seem to do a damn thing about it.  There are loads of concrete reasons why (low self-esteem being one, the by-product of things that have happened in my life). The bottom line is that...
    mizzen123 mizzen123 46-50, M 4 Responses May 9, 2009

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    I suffer from hyperhidrosis

    and want to arrange a uk meetup for fellow sufferers. who would be interested?
    pbarn pbarn 31-35, M Jan 22

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    Ashthewolf7601 Ashthewolf7601 13-15, F 2 Responses Dec 9, 2014

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    I am so tired of being stressed out

    and lost in life. I can't stand being so broke and not working. I can't stand not having "family". I wish I felt better about myself and my life. I'm tired of living this way!
    secretdestiny secretdestiny 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 19, 2015

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    Better Late Than Never...

    I was about 28 years old, when I began having these awful feelings of doom. I would feel trapped and have to leave wherever I was. My heart would be pounding. I would feel like I was dying. I couldn't breathe. My chest would hurt. And I couldn't think....my mind would be racing...
    RainbowsandAngels RainbowsandAngels 51-55, F 2 Responses Apr 29, 2009

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    Fate whispers to the warrior,

    "you cannot withstand the storm". The warrior whispers back, "I am the storm".
    theflipside theflipside 31-35, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    How is it that you don't switch to thinking

    rationally, when you become aware that you're being irrational? I feel like I should be able to snap out of it.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Nov 17, 2014

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    Only a month after my other passed away,

    my next round of exams came and hit me like a steam roller. I'm juggling subjects and papers and all the while trying not to implode emotionally.
    JackMann JackMann 22-25, M 3 Responses Dec 16, 2015

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    Been battling with anxiety

    since 2007 and fought it until 2009 .. Welp it's back and I'm battling it again smh lord help me
    Dbell1101 Dbell1101 22-25, F Oct 25, 2014

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    It's getting worse. I mean,

    I was always nervous but over the years I'd got over it a little bit. And now. I get scared if a teacher calls on me in class. I freak out if theres a chance of me making a fool of myself. Fear is taking over my life.
    StarCry StarCry 16-17, F Oct 11, 2014

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    I think I found someone

    who has the most incredible power over me... he takes away my anxiety..... NO ONE has ever been able to do that. I usually just get, "get over it". Sorry people, doesn't work that way. Listen to a broken record for a day straight and see how your head feels.... then try doing...
    KrisMiss KrisMiss 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 20, 2014

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    I get anxiety really bad,

    it all started at 17 when I realised the expectations as I got older and the pressures of working. I miss my sheltered childhood.
    NotgoingsoloAus NotgoingsoloAus 18-21, M Dec 30, 2014

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    Who Knew

    If you're reading this you'll know. Sometimes I am the happiest person you know. The guy that makes you laugh. The guy that has no troubles. The guy you call when you need to offload your worries. Sometimes I am not.. The times I am not, it hurts. I try to cover it up...
    misterfoxx misterfoxx 31-35, M Nov 21, 2013

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    I used to think a lot

    even its simple matter..I usually make it of gr8 issue adding culprit imagination for the condition..this is my habit. It was 3 years ago.. my girl friend told me that she was going to Australia..perhaps she was getting married there with the guy her family refered her to.. I...
    Kojuanel Kojuanel 22-25, M Jan 1

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    I am a firm believer

    that the experiences we go through in life do many positive things for us. Even if those experiences caused us pain and hardships. They help us in so many ways. Things I have gone through help me to become a stronger person and the contrast allows my heart to recognize the good...
    souldigger7 souldigger7 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 17, 2015

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    Do you think that therapy can make problems

    worse? Recently I started a new medication and I felt great. I didn't want to dwell on my problems but rather focus on work and friends. Even relationships. Now that I have started therapy I feel so emotionally fatigued after and it's almost like I feel worse because I realize...
    sh4274 sh4274 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 1, 2015

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    JLeo82 JLeo82 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 14, 2014

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    BreeezeBlocks BreeezeBlocks 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 1, 2014

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    I just need some flow,

    some peaceful calm, & I feel like all I've been getting is turbulence.
    SaundraMae SaundraMae 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    There Is Life After Panic Attacks And Agoraphibia

    Hi, this goes out to all those that are suffering from panic, fear and agoraphobia, I know some days can feel pretty low but hang in there, there is life after panic attacks. I suffered through occasional panic attacks that later spiraled into a crippling 4 year battle with...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M 1 Response May 6, 2013

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    I felt pressure to get all A's in highschool.

    Parents: if your children try their best don't push them harder. I still have minor anxiety 5 years later because of the way I pushed myself farther than I could go. I am perfectly imperfect! And sometimes late :)
    Moelyn95 Moelyn95 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 10, 2014

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    We may have potentially found some real

    solutions to help with my anxiety. I'm a little nervous, but I think it would all work out for the best. The only help we have gotten was from my husband's parents when we lived with them. Being so far makes things more difficult. So my husband is starting to apply for jobs...
    vault101 vault101 26-30, F Jun 28, 2015

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    Clear Thinking

    Am having a moment where my head is not buzzing with a million thoughts at once. There's only one voice.... Almost forgot what that was like :)
    misterfoxx misterfoxx 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 25, 2013

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    I hate how nervous i get

    when im around my ex's guy friends. I know she still talks to them how she used to talk to me and all it ever does it make me feel like ****. Ugh its real hard and i feel like theres a void that cant be filled
    Blackeye242 Blackeye242 18-21, M Jun 23, 2015

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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 1 Response Feb 23, 2014

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    I cant help it if a girl talks tocme

    and we get along i let myself get too attached too fast and then i alqays ruin everythin im sick of it.. i just wish there was a way that i could back off and just be normal where i a girl would actually come to me abd want to talk and have some fun from time to time
    mustangkid2025 mustangkid2025 26-30, M 1 Response Jun 18, 2015

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    Anxiety At Work

      I wake up about 2 hours before my alarm goes off with my heart pounding as I think about the fact that I have to get out of bed and go to work.  Instead of getting out of bed and making use of the time, since I am unable to go back to sleep, I lay in bed and...
    FullCord FullCord 36-40, M 1 Response Feb 15, 2010

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    He said he was giving up

    and then took it back. He told he wouldn't give up on me, but my mind won't let it be. I woke up yesterday morning and my chest was aching from my heart pounding. I was waking up every hour in an anxiety attack. I don't know that I've ever had them this badly. I'm scared that he...
    vault101 vault101 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 21, 2015

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    I can feel a big panic attack

    that is going to happen today or is slowly happening as we speak. I have a big internship I start Tuesday and I'm more nervous for how to get there than anything, since I have been in the office all winter last year, just never took this many trains. My mom doesn't help by...
    KrisMiss KrisMiss 22-25, F 1 Response May 25, 2014

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    Being in public is enough to send me into a

    panic attack if I'm not careful. School is a waking nightmare of heavily relying on coping methods to make it to the next safe place. A group larger than five will make me uncomfortable, greater than ten and I start looking for exits, so highly populated condensed environments...
    QueenVen QueenVen 16-17, F Jan 23

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    It's recently started actually

    if you read my profile you'll know I don't have much evidence as a Christian which is true and post that I'm Christian because well it's a fact I'm proud of but I don't want to start a debate because I have an anxiety attack when people start telling me that Gods not real and...
    chooseyourpath chooseyourpath 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 1, 2014

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    I Feel Weird All The Time

    I don't know why.. But it's like everyday I just feel weird.. Like my body always feels on the edge and I find myself focusing on my breathing and the way I breathe. Or focusing on how fast my heart is beating. My mind races at random times... I feel so out of touch with reality...
    Falonxoxo Falonxoxo 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    I am trialling a daily cup of chamomile tea to

    lower my anxiety, and I think it's working!! (But I dislike the taste lol)
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 12, 2015

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    I struggle with abandonment issues.

    Imaginary abandonment issues. "I sent a message... you didn't answer right away! OMG!!! What did I do wrong now." Worry. Worry. Worry. Worry. Worry some more. "Oh! You were at work. Whew! I thought you were mad at me, and that's why you didn't answer." Fast forward: new...
    PauliesWalnuts PauliesWalnuts 56-60, M 1 Response Jan 23

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    Falling, crying, screaming,

    gasping for air. No reason or rhyme, not a moment to spare. Consumed by chaos, the voices won't hush. Heart pounding, head spinning, dancing with fear. Unexplainable, unattainable, grabbing a higher gear. Looking for a hand, on solid land. Running, driving, denying...
    HotMessExpress101 HotMessExpress101 31-35, F 8 Responses Jul 30, 2015

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    Struggle Is Acurate

    I guess it has been a life long struggle I have had with anxiety.Initially I just thought I was shy but it was a burden that got in the way of me achieving even the simplest goals in life.I began having panic attacks and eventually was prescribed medication.That gave me a little...
    Dainbramadge Dainbramadge 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 20, 2013

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