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Anyone Else Here Have Anxiety Problems?

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So, yeah, I have anxiety problems. I don't get severe or over the top, but I do tend to get worked up/anxious over certain things. I don't have social anxiety, never have, but I do get anxiety over really silly things. I get anxious over going to the doctor, being alone in a dark room, and one thing that really works me up is watching NASCAR races, mostly whenever my favorite driver is leading. Sometimes it actually gets bad enough where I feel like I have to turn off the tv and go somewhere alone until it's over. I also get anxiety over other silly things. Anyone else here have anxiety problems? 

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Yup. It used to be super bad but nowadays it's mild. 

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To what extent? Does it interfere with life?

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I have really severe anxiety (i have an anxiety disorder)

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Yes. I am a professional worryer. In fact, I'm worrying about how people might view this post. Will they think I'm acting like a know it all? Does admitting this make me look weak and uninteresting?

But here's the thing - you don't have to believe what you worry about. Without getting too complicated, your brain is pre-wired to alert you with 'images' that evoke emotions to help keep you from harm. For example, if you're out in the woods by yourself and you hear snapping twigs behind you, your brain says, 'hey, the body hears something...it could be dangerous, get ready' and so adrenaline gets pumped out to get you ready to run or fight. And you're totally convinced you need to act because you're seeing images of a bear or a murderer. This makes your heart race and your senses get heightened, and thus, you get either aggressive and/or submissive as a result. This is what worry is, however, you and me, like many people, apply this kind of reaction to many, many things in life. We want to be safe and secure, and comfortable. so when things happen around us that make us feel threatened, the mind and body go to work to prepare you to run or fight - anxiety is a survival instinct that is often misapplied.

So you turn around after hearing the twigs snapping and look to see that it is a harmless bunny. And now you feel relieved. So you take a deep breath and just relax a bit, then you're back to normal. The breathing and taking a time out after a 'worry episode' is very important.

Anyway, same with worry - just calm down and know that your perception of a threat or danger could be wrong. Get facts. Talk to people openly. Be honest about your feelings with those close to you. Don't be afraid to fail, and don't be afraid of what people think of you.

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I do have some problems. It mainly results from a fear of getting majorly negative feedback over an error that only I really noticed, which means that I think people are just going to start ignoring me because of some mistakes, which leads me to be hesitant to join in anything.

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Yeah, I have some pretty bad anxiety too. Mainly social anxiety, but there are a couple other things that freak me out. It's gotten worse lately, so I've been working with some people to help get over it before it interferes with my life anymore.

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Recently I had to learn a lesson on anxiety. My coworker has it bad, and I'm always poking fun at him because he hides it behind his mask of thick skin, but we ended up in a heavier-than-usual conversation about existentialism and he eventually worked his way into his own anxiety problems. It's easy to tell a person to get over something or move on, but after we talked about it with him, he prodded at some of my own weaknesses and I had to make a realization that the things I can't easily get over with platitudes. 
 

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I apparently can experience a lot of anxiety when my parents are shouting at me to do things. I believe it's just a part of my autism as I get really frustrated and anxious over it and I naturally have a tendency to shake around over it when my parents are not waching because of my autism. :)   

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Yes, I do. In fact, I take medication for it. 

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Currently taking medication for crippling anxiety. The medicine sometimes helps I think but anxiety, especially when it gets bad. it is no joke. I have noticed it worsening over the years. As a result I sorta stay in most of the time but that is fine by me. I can't drive as a result of it all so there isn't much for me to go to anyways. This is in combination with me being autistic and that can be a recipe for disaster.

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Yeah.... I trend to have it even for the silliest of the things... even for MLP itself...

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I have anxiety about keeping my finances up or else. Tying into it is also the anxiety of getting a job, particularly hoping that I'd be granted an interview. Even then, the interview is the part that scares me the most!

Does all that count as anxiety problems?

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We all have anxiety. It is natural. The difference is how you choose to behave about it.

Worrying about a job interview - that's okay. Not going out to get it because you are afraid - bad choice. Don't be ruled by your fears, Be ruled by your goals.

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You'd be hard-pressed to find someone without anxiety. Mine is pretty apparent in everyday life though I like to think I have a decent handle on it

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Yes, I do.

I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder as well Agoraphobia at the age of 15. I have been on antianxiety medications ever since and along with therapy, I am doing much better nowadays. 

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I've had social anxiety since I was young, but got cognitive behavioral therapy for it earlier this year and it helped a lot. I'm still pretty shy, but it doesn't interfere with my life anywhere near as much anymore.

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I rarely talk about it, but I have struggled with anxiety for a long time. For a while it was social anxiety, then it kinda morphed into generalized anxiety. It has gotten a lot better over the past year and a half though. I've been on medication for it and I have worked with a therapist.

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8 hours ago, BronyNumber42 said:

To what extent? Does it interfere with life?

No, not like that, but it's enough to where it's really annoying. 

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Yes, I've been diagnosed with general anxiety disorder for a while, since I was sixteen. It goes along with my depression problems and having Asperger's Syndrome. I didn't know I had AS until I was diagnosed at 29, but a lot of my social anxiety stems from the fact I have trouble reading social cues such as change in voice tone, nonverbal gestures, and facial cues. It's very difficult for me to be in social settings and not feel exhausted afterward as if I've run a marathon!

That being said, if I start to have an anxiety attack the first thing I remind myself is to breathe. You really would be amazed how shallow your breathing becomes when you're anxious so I have to remind myself to breathe in deeply and breathe out. I am a Christian, so I pray and it helps me feel better and remind myself that I am committed to finding something I am thankful for, no matter how small each day.

I am on meds and have worked with a psychiatrist.

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@Lucky Bolt, at least you have your anxiety under control. Not so much in my case where its ruining my college life along with depression (please be hopeful this doesn't happen to you nor to your BF).

 

Plus, I get somewhat anxious when posting anything online (including MLP Forums). Sometimes I post what some might perceive as rude, insensitive, and just straight up losing my sanity. But, I don't intend for that to happen soo... yeah... awkward. Nevertheless, I have to seek psychiatric therapy to overcome it.

 

I would not wish anyone to have anxiety and depression, not even to my worst enemy.

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Used to, got over them by getting a bit more social :^)

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I wouldn't say I have social anxiety. I have been trained out of any of that sort of thing by my job, where I interact with people all day. I do get very anxious and even sick to my stomach over odd, seemingly insignificant things like calling someone on the phone, waiting to do a certain task; basically anticipation of anything that I have to do or think about is what really gets me messed up and nauseous. I'm always fine once I get down to doing what I have to do; it's the anticipation that kills me, especially when it involves others.  

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