I try to remember my journey with anxiety when I come here. I am very close to 60 years of age and still have personality traits from my youth. I was, and am, someone who is known as a people pleaser. I was, and am, insecure and self conscious. I was, and am, highly sensitive. And particularly to what I think others may think of me. I worry alot about many things I have no control over...because that's what people with control issues do, right?
I try to remember there is a person on the other end of the message. We all have anxiety in common, but other things we have issues with may be different. Anxious people are also lonely people, scared people, friendly people, people with families and obligations, struggles, etc. Think of how many people you encounter in any given day and think of how they may be experiencing something difficult in their private life. Just like us.
I've overcome much of my disabling anxiety, which is not to suggest that I don't have tough times from time to time. I hope I can be helpful to those who are feeling very lost at this stage of their recovery.
Never give up. Ever. Never ever.