My life is falling apart

Hello, I'm 16 and have suffered from anxiety for most of my life - the last year has been the worst. I don't attend class at school and I do work elsewhere, but since I am not in class I am behind in my work. Exam season is coming and I am so stressed about it. I feel like I'm fucking up my life, my teachers are talking to me about leaving school and getting a job because school clearly isn't working but I don't want to leave.

Everything is too much for me to handle, I have so much work to catch up on and still so much to learn in such a little time and I can't even see my teachers due to my anxiety, I get far too worked up. I never see my friends or boyfriend or family, I don't know how long I can cope with this. I was prescribed sertraline 25mg last month and after a week moved up to 50mg - I don't see it helping much. I also have links with a counselling agency but they have only had 4 meetings with me over the last 3 or 4 months and my next one isn't until the middle of February so they aren't much use.

I felt I was doing okay and I was stable before the Christmas holidays began - after being off school for 2 weeks for the holiday I got so out of routine and I'm back to square one, but I have no time to be at square one because exams and school.

If anyone feels the same or can relate or has any advice or support I'd really appreciate it x

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  • Good that you share your story here. Not too much different than what I went through in high school. I thought things had grown so large and heavy that I would never catch up. I did catch up and I did graduate but I went through the same agony in university. One way older than you and can say that things do get better. But you like me probably have to endure. The drugs didn't help me so don't be surprised if they have just a little good for you. You are better than your anxiety

  • That's also what I'm scared of, my goal has always been to do well in exams, graduate and go to uni, I don't see how that can even happen with the level of my anxiety :( I don't know how long I can go on like this

  • Think of this. In medical school the student who graduated with the worst grades is called doctor just like the students with better grades. Your anxiety may keep you from being the best on exams but you're capable of doing well enough to graduate and go to university. And having great career too.

  • I have also had anxiety and panic all my life starting as a child, didn't do well in school or socialize in big groups. However I always wanted to be a hairstylist as a child ,, and even though I knew it would be hard taking all those tests I DID IT AND ACED IT 😊. Sweetie you candidate anything you put your mind to

  • I think I needed to hear that. Sometimes I think I can do it and other times, like today, I just feel so low and feel I'm never going to accomplish anything

  • This may sound crazy to you at first but please read my reply to other people dealing with anxiety. As a note, we eat what our parents did /do and usually what our mother learned to eat from her mother. If what we eat is depleted of nutrients and is inflammatory, it may cause anxiety. Please read on.

    There will always be something. There always be the 'next symptom'. And if you think you could get rid of all the symptoms you have ever experienced in your entire life, I guarantee, there would be another and another and another symptom that your mind would hook on. That's the nature of anxiety. We become so crazy self focused it cannot be any other way. More and more people become afflicted with anxiety as never before. And it happens in first world countries at an alarming rate where medicine us so 'highly' advanced. Do your research and compare rate of anxiety between first world countries and third world countries. You may be surprised. There may be many different factors as to the cause of anxiety. But ask yourself what has changed to highest degree in last 20 years? Environmental factors have change! Food and water have changed! Food tastes better with never ending variety but what has happened to its nutritional value? It has gone to hell! Ask any doctor that you know how many hours of nutrion he/she had in med school. 20? 10? 4? It's insane! Ask your grandparents or any grandparents if they even knew anybody! with Anxiety or depression. My grandmother went through WWII with 7 childre, had to feed them somehow and relocate to a place 400 miles where she lived. She and other people like her and actually every single person in Europe should all be afflicted with Anxiety and depression but it happened so rarely! Our food is so severely depleted of minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients we should ring the bells for alarm 20 or 30 years ago. Yet, all you hear it's silence. Change you diet. Stay on it for at least 3 months. Eat more quality vegetables and fruits. Less white flour or best is none. Take quality mineral abd vitamin supplements. Walk 30 min a day. Drink plenty of 'clean' water. Stop drinking if you do, smoking if you do and see what happens. Reduce your body inflammation by staying away from inflammatory foods. There is no quick fix! If there was, you and millions of other people would hear about it by now. Take total ownership of your body and of your life. Feel so good as never before in your life! Take action right now!

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