What is normal life like? With anxiety, life is tough. Every day, every hour, and for some, every minute is filled with hardships. Waking up in the morning is hard for many, but for people with anxiety it means dealing with rapid heart beats, panic attacks, dizziness, or just to get up from bed. Anxiety makes every task ten times harder. You would think that most people enjoy eating, driving, shoping, working out, but with anxiety these tasks seem like a burden. I’ve heard so many people say “it’s all in your head” or “your an attention seeker”. Many people think that mental illness is something anyone can overcome or can control just by changing their thoughts. If only it was that easy, then I wouldn't be writing this. When you try to explain anxiety to family members, parents, even spouses they either think your crazy or just treat you like you are a helpless person. I can’t really be mad at anyone for not understanding anxiety but It upsets me that people can be ignorant and dismiss anxiety and say it’s all in your head. Anxiety comes in many forms. Many people have anxiety for their health, OCD, GAD, and many more. I can remember the first time I got anxiety. I was scared to death. I absolutely thought that I was not going to live. I would shake and have panic attacks in the middle of the road. I would stay up all night and when I finally woke up I would hate waking up, wishing I could just keep sleeping and not think. I got to the point where I stopped working and decided to just stay home. Every minute I would feel as if i’m going to drop down dead or have a stroke. After many ER visits I thought that I was going crazy. Thankfully I found this group on facebook and I learned that all my symptoms were part of anxiety. Going to work, school, and trying to live life to the fullest is tough but I fight everyday because I know that no one will fight for me. I hope, for those who are having a hard time, that you don’t give up. Don't stay in your bed searching on google because all you will find is things that will terrify you. Life is beautiful. Every morning its best to wake up and make goals. Plan on driving and get somewhere where you usually couldn't drive! Get up and go shopping!! Anxiety may always be there but you can always cope with in a way that it won't stop you from living life to the fullest. Challenge when you wake up so that at the end of the day, you will be proud! I used to stay home all day, afraid to drive, going to multiple ER and doctor visits, dealt with dizziness. My anxiety was so bad that I nearly lost 30 pounds in less than 2 months. Right now I am doing better. I work, I go to school, and at times I go out with friends. Although anxiety is part of my life, its not keeping me from living. I believe that everyone can fight and improve everyday and live a good life. I hope you all keep fighting and fighting because no one else can fight for you but yourself. For me my Faith in Jesus has helped me greatly and idk how I would be doing without my faith. I Just hope all of you will get better and live a better life. Thanks for your support.