I've always thought that I was laid back.
I worked out over time that I suffered from depression but I got used to it and knew that it would go after a few days. As I told my doctor and counselor, I was happy when I was just depressed as I could deal with it and knew it would go.
With stress, I knew when I was. I felt not in control, worked up, tense etc. That's how I knew I was stressed. Pacing the room and going over and over what was on my mind. Once sorted it was gone.
Anxiety, I have no idea where it came from.
I was/am a very shy person and overtime I have compensated by hiding it well and I've become more confident. Though, I still get very excited when we go on a trip or Xmas Eve like a child.
Now I'm anxious about being anxious. I feel as if there is something missing, I told my counselor that (I borrowed from Austin Powers but it describes it best) I felt like I was missing my mojo. I was impervious to pain or comment but now, it just feels like a part of me is missing and I'm searching for it.
I should also add that in school I was a person that knew the answer but was too afraid to put their hands up (that carried on into later life) but I'm also the best person to have around in a crisis. I thrive on a crisis and can deal with it.