Anxiety and Depression Support

Anxiety

I wanted to share my story because I feel like no one really understands me, ive had a lot of issue with anxiety disorder. I had a lot of trouble showing up to my senior year, I couldnt go to school for 3 months, the school realized I had a problem, thankfully with the help of my school I graduated. However, After graduating, I found myself lost again. I dont go out of my house because I have constant fear, when theres too many people around I feel like im dizzy or like im going to faint, sometimes it ends up happening. I dont go to school or have a job because im too scared. Not sure what im scared of though, maybe of being rejected or me not being good enough. I dont sleep much because im always overthinking about how my life is going and the fact that sometimes I feel like I have no future if I keep going through this. Im not independent or happy like most people my age. Im aware that im lucky to be here, but im scared of everything im going through. I found myself not too long ago, started eating all my problems, and recently gained excessive amount of weight, when I was skinny. I dont know where life is taking me but I hope I find a solution soon, all of this has never happened to me, and I havent reached out to people either.

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Did anything trigger this? There are solutions but everyone needs to find what's right for them. For me, that's meditation twice a day for about ten minutes each time, medicine to help me sleep (3 mg of selinor), and exercise a few times a week. Things aren't perfect. My stomach hurts a lot and sometimes I still feel like I'm losing control but they're a lot better. I didn't always used to be like this though I've always had propensities for anxiety.

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hi! I also have (less severe) social anxiety. I cannot empathize with you as my condition is much less severe. I usually just get this gnawing chest pain, palpitations and i also overthink everything! In school, I also struggled to go, missing many days of school because of my anxiety. I deal with my anxiety by taking small steps. I once went to the movies by myself. Another time, I decided to read aloud in a small group session in class. I even got a temp part time job dealing with customers everyday! Never thought I could do it but I did and it became so normal to me! Even though afterwards, I overthought everything, it still felt like a success. Take small steps. Go out. Volunteer. get a part time job instead of a full time job. take a zumba class. take a college class. Anything that exposes you to people. you don't know your limits unless you test them. Also, this community is always so supportive so keep posting!

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I know your pain I have my good days and my bad days a lot of my anxiety attacks I thought were heart attacks in the beginning because of the physical symptoms I was always having (heart pounding, dizzy, impending doom feeling, breathing difficulty) but after years of having them and talking to doctors and therapists I realize now when I have them they are just anxiety attacks but they can be very scary for sure if you don't know what it is in the beginning. I hate taking RX meds too so it's a double edge sword, I feel like I trade one problem for another when I take the pills the doctors give me and all the side effects that come with them. To be honest I have been using medical marijuana for the last few years and I feel it really helps me and doesn't have near as many bad side effects. I know it might sound crazy but look into it and try a sativa strain it really helps with mood, anxiety and depression. But use a low does if you never tried it before

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