Anxiety problems

Hi. I hope I'm not the only one in this. I'm 15 years old, and about 5 months ago, I had a panic attack during my school's sports day. Ever since, I can't eat with people around, because i would feel super nauseous, and just I'd feel nervous to eat. Even if I don't eat, and I feel this anxiety, I could throw up, but there would be nothing, just water. I can't go out with my parents and sister to eat, because I'd feel this anxiety, even when I smell food. I would have to order in food or pack it home, bring it to somewhere I can be alone, like my room, and then eat as usual. This anxiety feeling doesn't only come when I'm eating. I could simply think about that time during sports day, and feel really nervous. I just told my parents recently, and all my friends after so long, because I've completely ran out of excuses to give for not eating. Sometimes I cry my ass off when I'm alone because I don't know how I'm going to just go through things. I'm a teen and I get invited out to hang out often, and stuff like that. I would really love to go but I simply can't and have to stay home like a loser. In school, I barely eat. I pack food and maybe sneak myself to the toilet and eat in between classes. Now that it's summer, I get to be free and just be in my room and I don't have to eat with my friends and all that. I don't know how much longer I can take this. I really want it to stop. I hope I'm not alone in this, and I know this is all just in the mind. I don't want to see a doctor, because they would just tell me that it's all in the mind and there's no medication to take. Also, I'm very underweight. I'm a really skinny girl, and I can't afford to lose anymore weight! In these past few months, I've lost 2kgs. It really upset me because it took me about a year to gain that 2kgs. :(

I hope there are tips for me. I really hate this feeling and I'm afraid it won't go away, and I would forever have to eat alone and not be able to socialize.

-Amanda

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  • Hello Amanda

    We seem to be getting a lot of teens joining Health Unlocked and as I have previously said even though no fault of yours whatsoever you should actually be 16 to join but the lack of some Good Administration on here this seems to be getting by passed so please be careful on sites that you join

    I can see this stemmed from a panic attack that must have been so frightening and as happens a lot we do not understand so therefore the fear grows and the anxiety gets worse like is happening to you , but with some help you can overcome this fear & will

    Maybe if you could start eating just a bag of crisps in front of someone close or even a cracker so you can see nothing bad will happen would be a start because you have to start somewhere as you know you can not live like this

    You say your parents know , could you ask them for some support to help you or maybe go with you to the Doctors about this as therapy can also be a help to reverse the patterns our anxiety develop , I would sit & talk to them & let them know just how bad this has got & how much it is getting you down , you are very young and you can & will overcome this

    Take Care x

  • Hi (: It's me, again. Sorry for joining while underage, though I am now 17 and am allowed to be on here! It's been two years, and a lot has changed. I just wanted to thank you for your reply, I read it many times back then and it did help me, I did begin by eating a bag of crisps or something small in front of people, and it helped. My parents did support me, so did my friends, and I did end up seeing a psychiatrist, which provided a coupe of resources to help me, however nothing really did anything big. I just thought you'd like to know that I still have this anxiety, but it's really not as bad as it was when I was 15. I now can eat in public places, and although I do still feel nauseous, it's not as overwhelming and I do keep trying to eat out to get used to it. It's difficult, however somehow I manage without throwing up. I've been searching for this exact post, and your comment, and I totally had forgotten it was on this website which I had seeked help on. I'm now tracing back on all the websites I went to find help from, and I'm just thanking everyone who tried to help me, and thought you would like to know that you did. Thank you so much, now I'm trying to help others online who were just as desperate and scared as I was. I plan to be a psychiatrist when I grow older, and I plan to do big things to help others who had to go through what I did. I am now in college and about to do Psychology in University soon!

    Thank you so much again, and I wish you all the best.

  • Hello :-)

    Bless you :-)

    I am so pleased that you have made such great progress and you should feel so proud of yourself !

    I am sure you will go on to achieve all your plans in the future and even so young I sense you will have a greater understanding and compassion which will go a long way when helping others :-)

    I wish you all the very best :-)

    Take Care x

  • Great to see your progress well done and good luck at uni x

  • Hi there sorry to hear of your struggle. You don't need to take meds if you don't want to but talking to someone will be really beneficial for you some counselling or cbt. Speaking from experience your issues won't just go away you need some professional support to help you through this one. Good luck you have a bright future ahead xx

  • Oh thought this was a recent post!!

  • Thank you (: I did go to see a psychiatrist, got some herbal supplements at the most from it. Those did help, but it's been two years since I had this problem, although I still have it, I am recovering. Thank you for your support!

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