I have had anxiety for my entire life. I didn't know what it was for a long time, I just thought I was easily startled and there were a lot of things that needed worrying about. I was fifteen when I had my first panic attack and that feeling of klaustrophobia and irrationality scared me. It was around then that I found out I suffer from GAD. I lived with it in silence for years, terrified to tell my parents, refusing to share the pain of it with anyone except my closest friends and my sister, suffering from panic attacks in private every months/week/few days. This went on for years.
In college I finally looked for help.
What I have to say to anyone who suffers from this and hasn't gotten help is this: you are not alone and you don't have to live with this alone.
My anxiety is a lot better now, I take meds to help level it out. i get depressed sometimes because of the stress of living like this and some days are almost unbearable. Today was one of the worst days I have had in a while. But doing something you love helps, being with people you love, and even finding a site like this. Talking about it with people who understand is the best therapy there is. Is there anyone out there who needs to reach out? I could use a little human kindness. I