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    Hi,

    Just posting on the off chance someone else might share this complaint, or be able to offer advice!

    I've just turned 20 and currently at uni. I have always suffered with anxiety in some form or another, and in me it presents itself in an extreme feeling of nausea to the extent where I can be absolutely convinced I will throw up. As I've got older, my anxiety has got progressively worse. I can't pinpoint exactly what it is that makes me so anxious, I can only guess that it's the fear of actually being sick whilst in front of other people (ie a public place). Eating out in restaurants is the biggest one for me. When the food arrives I'll just feel sick and be unable to eat it. I can try to relax myself by breathing more slowly and deeply, which helps sometimes, but it's always a conscious effort. I can't explain why I feel like this - I've never been sick in a restaurant, and until recently I have been able to eat in restaurants with no trouble at all. Other things which until recently haven't bothered me now make me feel nauseous - I had to take a train journey today to attend a summer class at uni (a journey which I've made almost everyday for two years until about a month ago) and I felt terrible all the way there!

    Anyone else suffer the same?
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    Hi,

    Just posting on the off chance someone else might share this complaint, or be able to offer advice!

    I've just turned 20 and currently at uni. I have always suffered with anxiety in some form or another, and in me it presents itself in an extreme feeling of nausea to the extent where I can be absolutely convinced I will throw up. As I've got older, my anxiety has got progressively worse. I can't pinpoint exactly what it is that makes me so anxious, I can only guess that it's the fear of actually being sick whilst in front of other people (ie a public place). Eating out in restaurants is the biggest one for me. When the food arrives I'll just feel sick and be unable to eat it. I can try to relax myself by breathing more slowly and deeply, which helps sometimes, but it's always a conscious effort. I can't explain why I feel like this - I've never been sick in a restaurant, and until recently I have been able to eat in restaurants with no trouble at all. Other things which until recently haven't bothered me now make me feel nauseous - I had to take a train journey today to attend a summer class at uni (a journey which I've made almost everyday for two years until about a month ago) and I felt terrible all the way there!

    Anyone else suffer the same?
    I would recommend reading 'Fear-the friend of exceptional people' by Geoff Thompson. The only way to overcome your fears is to confront them in what psychiatrists term 'exposure therapy.'

    I joined a boxing club recently and I felt a lot of fear and anxiety going there. As soon as I walked through the door, I wanted to walk straight back out again but I kept myself there. I still feel the fear when I go now but I know the only way to overcome fear is to stick with it and battle through the anxiety.

    The bad news is it's very very difficult when you first try doing it and the good news is that it gets easier with time and experience. The more you do something, the better you get at it. I had a fear of using the telephone at one time in my life but I use the phone every single day now in work and I've even done cold calling. After a while, you develop the courage to deal with it.

    If you want to battle fear and anxiety, do your research. Read books on overcoming fear and exposure therapy and adrenaline. Understand what is happening to your body so you can recognise the symptoms when they arrive. Watch youtube videos of people overcoming their fears for inspiration.

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