How many people here have anxiety?

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  1. Dizzy

    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    And out of those people, how many would go as far as to say they have a diagnosable "syndrome" or "disorder" that impacts on their day to day life.

    I'm just curious as there seem to be a lot of people claiming to have anxiety problems on here.

    *disclaimer - I am not suggesting people don't have genuine problems, just curious as it seems every other person has some issues!! I get bad anxiety when I am stressed, but certainly wouldn't go as far as to say it impacts on my day to day living. I would say my job is affecting my day to day living, but I wouldn't put that down to a disorder, just extreme stress. It will pass.... when I get a new job :D

    Are there abnormally high levels of people with anxiety on Chaz? Are people with anxiety more inclined to own dogs AND use the internet???
     
  2. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    I often wondered the same thing :)

    I don't have any kind of general day to day anxiety. my biggest anxiety is flying and that's easily avoided so it doesnt' really affect my life much if at all.

    but I wouldn't say that's anything diagnose-able lol. just a general fear. I do wonder though if the doc would give something like a two week supply of anti anxiety meds if I ever did have to fly. I need more than just the day of the flight because I tend to have bad nightmares about flying if I know there is a flight coming up in my future lol

    and I also wonder if it's a body thing or what. I used to love to fly but it was my first flight after having Hannah that I developed this fear. BUT did I develop the fear because something in my body chemistry changed or if it's just because I had an extra person to worry about or what lol
     
  3. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Yep, I have 3 diagnosed anxiety disorders.
     
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    I think all people probably experience anxiety about specific things. I do get anxious in a variety of settings and have had a panic attack before (on a plane. sucked), but I don't consider myself all that unusual and it's not a diagnosable condition. Rescue Remedy is my friend!
     
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    This, except I used to have panic attacks during finals week (that's what I get for being a procrastinator :p). And sadly I didn't know about Rescue Remedy then.
     
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    Gempress Walks into Mordor

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    None here. I certainly have worries from time to time, just like everyone else in the world, but nothing even close to life-affecting anxiety.
     
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    Moth Mild and Slightly Nutty

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    I have general anxiety disorder...mine is well controlled by taking meds and having learned my triggers and how to cope with certain things differently. There have been periods when I can get of meds and function fine, but if and when I derail it can make me seem pretty odd ;)

    Most people experience anxiety attacks, panic attacks, or bouts of depression at some point in their lives even if they do not have a disorder.
     
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    I've had panic attacks before, more often when I was in high school. I think it's been about four years or so since I've had one. A doctor (not a gastroenterologist nor a psychologist) once told me my stomach problems are "an anxiety disorder." I disagree with that one.

    I am under a lot of stress and it is affecting me physically, but I wouldn't call that an anxiety disorder.
     
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    I have situational anxiety I guess but I definitely would not say its an actual disorder nor does it impact my daily life. Now, my adrenal fatigue sometimes does, and does cause me to have more anxiety and I do have actual panic attacks here and there (those run in my family)
     
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    I have 3 diagnosed anxiety disorders as well and it does affect my day to day life and activities to the point that my medical team 4yrs ago deemed me permantently disabled.
     
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    AliciaD On second thought...

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    I experience daily anxiety when I'm manic, when I'm depressed I don't experience much anxiety. Diagnosed.
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    My thoughts exactly!
     
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    I don't get it?
     
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    AliciaD On second thought...

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    Me neither. :confused:
     
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    Paige Let it be

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    I had anxiety for the first time after Briggs was born. It was short lived but I have a lot of empathy for people who have anxiety now.
     
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    It's probably more physically demanding than a lot of other ailments I think. I know when I feel particularly stressed, I can't sleep, my heart pounds.

    I just wonder if it is becoming more common as a chronic illness, or if Chaz is over represented.
     
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    Most of my family has some form of anxiety however it never hit them until they were in their 20s/30s.

    I've diagnosed myself with social anxiety because everything fits and it sounds logical. To an extent, yeah I feel like I could say it affects my daily life. I hate social situations but they're hard to avoid.
     
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    I'm not sure, exactly. I never quite understood what my mom meant when she said she would get anxiety. Certain situations would make me just think she was crazy and it was all in her head. She won't go into a restaurant by herself if she's waiting for us, because she gets that anxious about walking in and every one staring at her. Those sort of things. She's had panic attacks in grocery stores before and just had to leave. It's gotten even worse since the death of my little brother five years ago because now she has anxiety about me or my sister dying as well. She's on meds for it. Was on Xanax, but had to get off, it wasn't helping much and too addicting. I forget what she takes now.

    I had a bad car accident two years ago where I wasn't injured terribly, but the other folks were. Totaled my car and REALLY shook me up. And since then, I've had other bad experiences on the road (none my fault) that have given me TERRIBLE anxiety over driving. I officially know what a panic attack feels like now and feel bad for always making fun of my mom. The very first time I had to make a left turn on a yield green light after accident (what I was doing during accident), I literally began trembling, shaking, crying, telling myself I can't do this. I felt like I couldn't breathe. It was a horrible feeling. I'm not THAT bad anymore but do have major anxiety when driving in general - I don't like to - if I know there's a lot of lights, I'll go another route. If it's at night, I'd prefer not to drive, etc, etc. That's probably my biggest anxiety in life. So I would say it does affect my day-to-day life because, even though I do still drive, I tend to avoid it when possible. So sometimes I skip out on things that I would probably have fun at, simply because I don't want to drive there. But I wouldn't say I have a disorder... just a legitimate fear after something scary has happened to me multiple times doing the same thing (i.e. driving).
     
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    I almost guarantee I have social anxiety or avoidant personality disorder. It was "diagnosed" by some test I took that the high school psychologist had me take so I don't know if it's legit but I am certainly not normal.

    Every interaction I have with people is uncomfortable, I have extreme anxiety before any social thing, be it "big" like a presentation or job interview or small like having to walk back to my dorm room with someone other than my three friends (I've had to walk with my friends boyfriend or one of my roomates who is not my friends and it's extremely nerve wracking even though I'm quite comfortable with them if there are any other people also involved, being one on one is BAD). I am either a nervous wreck or completely numb during the interaction, I am generally very nervous during the smaller things, constantly thinking about how awkward it is and what they must be thinking about me, etc. but can go mentally numb (that's what I call it) during presentations/interviews so long as nothing goes wrong. But I will still physically react with shaking, sweating, shaky voice, pounding heart, etc. Also being mentally numb isn't good if the teacher/interviewer is going to ask something I didn't prepare for (even if I know the subject inside and out). I can't think at all so if I didn't memorize a response I can't actually think enough to produce a decent answer. I frequently cry if I think back on social interactions I've had, lately I've been crying myself to sleep a lot because I lie in bed and think about interactions I've had with my friends/family and how they failed or how they prove those people don't really like me. I can take the smallest comment someone made and turn it into proof that they really dislike me.


    The biggest issue I have with my problem is just that I work myself up so badly that I can't go through with things. I get myself into such a panic before everything. Every time before going to babysit I'd be a mess even though every single time it went just fine. I worked myself up for weeks to finally go to the gym downstairs because I was afraid I'd look stupid/fat/out of shape to people who saw me there or my roommates. I almost didn't go to class the other day because in the previous class I hadn't finished as much work as most of the class and was afraid he wasn't going to give any extra time for us to finish up and would have a half finished white board to present. I skipped class because I didn't do the homework and was afraid I'd be called on for it. I won't go for extra help in a class and even if i could bring myself to go I highly doubt I'd absorb anything they say because I'd be in a panic the entire time. I also cannot do work while being watched, it's like my brain suddenly shuts off and I can't add and subtract or make simple sentences anymore. I can't call people, even my friends. I won't call my siblings on their birthdays. I got my brother's girlfriend very upset because I didn't answer a facebook message asking if we could get together soon. I didn't want to because I'd be an anxious mess the whole time but saying no is just mean, so I ignored her and now, according to my mother, she's mad and I feel horrible. And I can't explain it to ANYONE because if I try I immediately start sobbing (like right now). That's one of the main reasons I don't want to go to a therapist. When i'd see the one at school I'd either try to talk to her about myself and cry or just lie/avoid answering in full to avoid crying but still satisfy her question. I left every single session miserable, plus my eyes were puffy which made me super self conscious. My English teacher probably thought I was in a deep depression.


    So yeah, I'd say it impacts my day to day life and will possibly impact my future when it comes to graduate school or a job. I still sometimes think it's just personal weakness, that I should be able to do these things, like get extra help in school despite the anxiety, or that if I force myself to do things that it'll get better. But you know I've had to talk to people my entire life and I still fail at that so...Maybe I should get on meds, I just don't see how they would work when it's my own thoughts that cause a lot of the issues. Meds can't change my thoughts.


    It's also possible I have something else to go along with social anxiety. I don't desire a romantic/sexual relationship at all, I never want to have sex, and dislike touch (find it extremely uncomfortable in most cases), and have an oddly strict moral code when it comes to drinking/drugs/sex (like I become absolutely enraged on the inside when my friends talk about drinking (not drunk driving or doing anything dangerous, but just getting drunk and acting like idiots). It's like they're talking about participating in dog fighting, that's how angry I feel. Even though logically I know they aren't doing anything bad and I'm the one whose odd, I can't help feeling very angry about it, though I keep my mouth shut because I know I'm wrong). Those things don't really fall into SA, but of course it could just be my individual personality.

    That said I don't have panic attacks (at least I don't think I do lol) and people who don't know me/aren't around me a lot don't always know I have a problem, particularly if they only see me in formal social situations, where everyone is nervous. They just figure I'm shy but am normal in "my element" or with my friends. But I'm not, once you see my freaking out about going to the gym you start to realize I have a problem. Though I generally hide any freak outs and do any crying in my bedroom.

    Not saying it is the case for you, but my brother had some horrible stomach problems, pain diarrhea, etc. It caused him to miss many days of school because he's get it the worst in the mornings. He started with a gastroenterologist who started testing him for a bunch of stuff, he swallowed a little camera and everything. They couldn't find anything but started him on some sort of stomach med anyways. Didn't help much. Then he started going to a psychologist for some general anxiety issues about school and some depression, he got on anti-anxiety/depression meds and the stomach issues disappeared. For him digestive upset was his body's reaction to anxiety. So it is possible.
     
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