After literally just joining this forum and having read a few posts already - I do feel that my problems are comparatively small ones - for most of the time.
But I would welcome advice, tips and shared experience from other anxiety/GAD sufferers on how to get out of 'the moment' when anxiety strikes.
My anxiety always relates to what others think of me or what others think of my partner. I can be very happy and going about my business but when I have a worry, or a paranoia about someone having any issues with me or my partner - it stops me dead, I have a physical reaction (tight stomach, faster heartbeat, sweats) which 100% distracts me from whatever I am doing - whether that be work or social - I literally lose concentration.
Whilst 'in the moment' I follow through on those worries by saying things that I should really take a step back from (ie seeking assurance, accusations) and have even walked out of work before where it all gets too much.
In the moment I look in to things that may not be there, imagine the worst case scenarios and despite her support, make my partner upset in the meantime.
My family are aware and are very tolerant and when I am calm, I can see that there is not a thing to worry about. But why doesn't that feeling of calm and rationality last?
An episode can last anything from 5 mins to a matter of hours. I find it easier to distract myself the longer it goes on.
It is a severe reaction to something which most would find so trivial - but I just don't know how to get out of that moment when I am in it.
Over to you, with thanks....