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My Struggle With Anxiety

When I was in my early teens my anxiety was very severe. I was very codependent on others and was scared to function by myself. I hated talking to people I didn't know very well, so it was difficult for me to make new friends. I was terrified by new experiences, and I rarely ever wanted to leave the house.  As I got older I decided that this was not the way I wanted to live my life. I was scared to make such drastic changes, but I knew that they were much needed changes that would greatly improve my life. I started to open up more to other people, and I became willing to talk to strangers. As it turned out, I wasn't bad at making small talk, and that later on helped me form new friendships. I started to be more open to new experiences, and found out that there were a lot of things that I hadn't tried that I enjoyed greatly. When you become more confident with yourself, your anxiety ends up being much easier to handle. I also got in a car accident about a year ago, and I could not drive for a very long time. After a while of being terrified of being behind the wheel, I decided that I needed to move on. Slowly but surely I got back behind the wheel. I started off with easy driving around my neighborhood and worked my way up to driving on the freeway. When it comes to anxiety you just have to face your problems head on in order to conquer them. I still struggle with anxiety on a daily basis, but with my new mentality I can keep it under control and live a pretty normal life.
shleybird shleybird 18-21 Jan 19, 2012

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