As some of you know (well, a few know anyways lol), I suffer from an anxiety disorder, and manic depression. I've dealt with it ever since I was a small child. Everyday, I feel like something is wrong with me. I feel like if people knew the real me, they would run from me and consider me 'damaged' or 'broken'. Yes, I am these things, but I'm still me. As of November, my anxiety has returned and has with a vengeance. It haunts me. I can't watch TV hardly anymore or get on facebook, or even be "normal". Everything has gotten to the point of scaring me. I don't want to go to work anymore. All I want to do is hide in my room, where I feel safe. Even then, I don't feel safe.
I have fears of the unknowns of life. I have a fear that in the end, everything I've been through in life will be for nothing that in the afterlife, I'll rot in Hell. It's crazy, and yes, I'm religious. (Please don't make a debate on this. I'm just stating an example. ^^; ) I use my Christian bond with God to try and help my anxiety. It helps short-term, but not permanent. Someone once told me that this was my "thing" in life, and honestly, I don't want it. I want to be able to be normal, be free... but I can't. I feel like I'm in a prison that I can't escape. I wouldn't be surprised if I died early in my 20s due to how bad my anxiety is. (Not by suicide, but natural causes)
For anyone who has anxiety issues, can you list some ways to cope? Make the anxious feelings go away??
(Note: Here's my blog where I talk more about my anxiety disorder.
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I don't like knowing I'm not well, the constant thoughts of how depressed I am, day dream visions of cutting holes into my arms, flinging myself into traffic. I hate being depressed, I hate living with it. I'm on medication which has done fuck all to improve me.
Well, it took me like 6 months before I noticed a difference. But it was such a low dosage as well.
I have social anxiety and depression. I tried taking medicine, and it only made things worse... I started seeing a psychologist recently, but I have a feeling he won't be able to help very much. :s
I more than likely have both Asperger's syndrome and depression. That's a fun combination, huh?
I have minor depression. I don't take anything for it, or anything.
I have Major Depressive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, as well as some anxiety that is mainly tied to those two. I'm working through them though: I'm on medication (still working towards finding the right dosage) and seeing a counselor weekly.
What helped was telling myself stuff like this: "So what if I feel ill, I can just go to the restroom if I need to. And if I were to somehow have an incident and a stranger had a problem with that, fuck them."
Also, I came to the realization that what I thought must be really obvious to other people (when I was having an anxiety attack, I would be so worried that it would be plain as day to everyone else), no one even noticed. When I told one of my close friends and a few of my coworkers what I was going through, they were surprised. I think we often are so busy with our own lives to notice how others, particularly strangers, are behaving.
For my latest anxiety attack, which was two weeks ago, I found this helped: If I found myself starting an anxious train of thought (which usually starts with "What if..."), I'd say "Stop. You will beat this. You will beat this. You will beat this. You've dealt with worse before. You will beat this."
Not sure if this helps at all, but you could try repeating various things in your mind when you are experiencing anxiety and see if there is something that seems to click for you.