Here's my story, I've had anxiety for quite sometime now, and I was agoraphobic and literally did not leave my house for a year (for a 16 year old, that is strange.) Got on sertraline (off brand of zoloft) and yaddi yaddi yadda, things got better for me. Well, I'm 21 now, and this past week or two i've been anxious about everything. 3 days in a row going to work I had panic attacks, and yesterday I had one, today I had quite a few. I've had time like these where I have a bad couple days, but it's been lasting a couple weeks! It's getting really frustrating, and I really don't want to go back to being agoraphic, I just want to be a normal 21 year old that's not getting chained down by my anxiety. I looked through the tips to see if any of them would help, and i've tried those and it's not helping me at all at this point lol.
I guess I just need to hear some words of encouragement. I feel like I can't talk to my boyfriend about it because he just tells me i'm being over dramatic and I need to calm down. Of course if I could, I wouldn't be having panic attacks.
This is my first post on here and i'm unsure if I'm supposed to be asking a question, but oh well. I'm always accepting advice View Thread
if you feel like it's a little tough telling them or hard to explain, try writing out a letter to them and write down everything you are thinking or feeling. One thing about anxiety that I have learned is to NEVER hold anything in. Anxiety is stress and holding in things is even more stressful making things worse. The only reason why my parents understand it is because my mom has been dealing with it for years. It's hard to understand something when you don't feel the same thing, you know? I'm not sure if a letter will be helpful but its better than just not saying anything. If you feel that they still arent understanding, find a close friend or relative to talk to when you start to feel anxious, try writing in a journal also. Counslers are always very helpful, but I understand money is very tight and I, myself, am unable to visit a counsler because I can't afford it right now.View Thread
I just wish they could see it as a struggle, and not an excuse. I have had so many teachers in school, friends even my boyfriend, say I just use my anxiety as an excuse, so I dont have to get a job, so I don't have to go to school. I was threatened to be kicked out of school, and my parents were threatned to go to court for truency (I was 16 at this time). Why would I just randomly say I have anxiety and put my family and myself through all of that just so I wouldn't go to school? The attendance officer, i remember and I will never forget, looked at me and said "People with real problems know how to get to school on time." Really? I just wish people would understand more about having to feel this every single day, and how it feels to take baby steps to your local store. It's hard. And I wouldn't even wish it on the truency officer.View Thread
I agree with patricia. When I first started going through my anxiety/depression (I was agoraphobic, homebound for a year), my counsler did everything she could to prevent me from getting on medication. That should be a last resort. You would be surprised on how much therapy can help, who knows you might not even need medication. Unforturnatly for me my anxiety was too severe and it was getting in the way of my schooling. However, if you are put on medication, it's not a magic pill. You still need those tools and coping mechanisms to rid the panic attacks. It takes a while, but once you start going you start to feel better and realize there was nothing to worry about. Good luck and I hope the panic goes away View Thread