This post is for our new friends. I want you to know that you’re not alone.
No matter what anxiety feels like for you, there are others of us out there who are going through the same thing.
When people ask me what it feels like to have anxiety, I can’t give a single response. I know you “get it.” After all, you struggle with anxiety too.
Anxiety is like going down a roller coaster that flies off the tracks at a hundred miles an hour.
You know you’re headed somewhere awful. But you just don’t know where.
Other days, it all starts with a whisper.
You get that small, all-too-familiar feeling in your stomach that tells you something isn’t quite right. It’s a queasy, wheezy, unsettled something that spreads like cancer.
But you don’t always know why.
Before you know it, that whisper grows into a scream.
One thought becomes two, which becomes ten.
All at once.
In what seems like an instant, anxiety takes hold.
Your day is wrecked. Thrown to the wayside. Any sense of calm is replaced by the uneasy feeling of angst.
And then there are the panic attacks.
Your day is going just fine. When all of a sudden, you simply can’t breathe. You know you have to get out of wherever you are.
But half the time you’re trapped. Stuck. A goner.
Sounds harsh, I know. But it’s true.
Something small can set me off.
A line in a drive thru that makes me late. A crowd that’s larger than I expected. Even a social situation in which I feel like I have nothing to say.
And, of course, there are the big things.
My recent breakup with Mike. An assignment that I don’t understand in grad school. My cat’s unexplained weight loss.
For a normal person, life is tolerable. But for a person with serious anxiety, it’s an ongoing struggle.
It’s a series of terrifying stories that seem to go on…and on…and on.
Some days, you just can’t function. Try as you may, there will be tears. You will feel out of control.
Sometimes, it stops-just as quickly as it started. And others, it lingers.
The bottom line is that you’re never alone.
You can take control of anxiety. I’m not a doctor, but I am a real person who struggles with anxiety on a daily basis.
If I can do it, so can you. WITH ANXIETY IN TOW.
Stick with us on this journey. We’ll bring you every bit of information that we can find.
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