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    So, how is everyone? If there is anyone out their that is suffering extreme anxiety or has suffered anxiety, then please share you experiences or ways to relieve oneself form this horrid pain. I had severe anxiety it was so bad, and I really felt like I was constantly, non stop worrying 24/7. I couldn't eat, sleep and this also effected my senses as I could smell this sharp aroma in the air and it with constantly with me. I was cold and shivering and also having ageing reflexes and I never had an appetite at all, as in managed to shrink for a size 10 to size 8 ( I know it's only one size, but still it was horrid). I was given anti depressants to block out this disgusting feeling, and it worked for me. I would say go out and socialise, as staying inside can make it worse. So when your revising take a break and spend sometimes, get some fresh air and kick anxiety's butt!!
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    I had panic disorder and agoraphobia which left me housebound for 6 months but I'm over it now. I still have some anxiety here and there at times but they are never a panic attack now. I done it without meds or help from a doc. I got offered meds but I find it unnerving to take pills for something that is caused by something by the way you think. I forced my mum and bf to drag me out the flat by the hair if they had to even if I was kicking and screaming and it was hard for a while but it definitely helped. The tough love method worked with me. Going back outside was my biggest fear and once I got used to doing that again, I started to not panic in general any more and since then I've been out every day, had days out and even went abroad. Its good to be back to the old normal me again

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    The thing with anxiety is that no one really knows how bad it actually is until you experience it. I'm happy that you have fought it, and know how hard it can be. For me, it was harder staying inside I would feel trapped, so I always used to be outdoors. The worse thing was not being able to sleep. I do get scared thinking my anxiety will come back, but I avoid negative thoughts and most important of all I stay away from negative people. What triggered our anxiety? If you don't mind
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    I used to have mild agoraphobia, which I think stemmed from being unwell in public. Last year, I felt unwell whilst shopping in Birmingham (a very busy shopping centre) and the few times after that I began to panic about feeling off again, so much so that I wouldn't go into a shop by myself. But the more times I've gone, the more better I have felt. Also I used to hate sitting in assemblies because I felt trapped (even now I look for an 'escape route') so I decided the best way to overcome it would be to become head girl, which I did- not only have I had to sit in more meetings, I've had to make speeches to a full room! I definitely feel that facing your fears and putting yourself in uncomfortable situations makes you a stronger person!

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    The thing with anxiety is that no one really knows how bad it actually is until you experience it. I'm happy that you have fought it, and know how hard it can be. For me, it was harder staying inside I would feel trapped, so I always used to be outdoors. The worse thing was not being able to sleep. I do get scared thinking my anxiety will come back, but I avoid negative thoughts and most important of all I stay away from negative people. What triggered our anxiety? If you don't mind
    I don't know what fully triggered mine as my panic attacks first started when I was sitting in a biology class at college. I wasn't stressed and I was just sitting doing my work then boom the room started spinning, I thought I was going to faint, I felt sick etc and I ran out the room. Then I used to get an attack in every biology class, then it was in every college class, then on the way to college, then to getting them outside, then getting them in the house and then getting them constantly no matter where I was or who I was with. It was the fear of having another panic attack that made mine worse I think.

    What triggered me to get better was I had a friend who committed suicide early this year after dealing with panic disorder and depression and mine was starting to get me heavily depressed and when he died, it gave me a big wake up call and I just forced myself through it. I couldn't have done it without my mum and partner tbh.

    I admit, before I got panic disorder, I arrogantly thought "oh they can't be that bad" or "they should be easy to stop". My mum and gran have had panics all their lives and I just thought if I happened to me, I could deal with it but I was wrong. My partner thought the same when I first became ill but when he saw that they left me housebound and a shadow of my older self, he realised how bad they must feel. I definitely agree that if you have never experienced it first hand, you cant honestly grasp how frightening anxiety and panic attacks are.

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    I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder several years ago following an incident with a girl who had been harassing me for a year and a half. I went through a stage were I wouldn't go anywhere unless I was getting a lift or in a taxi as the idea of walking or public transport scared me (the incident which sparked it off happened on a bus). My doctor prescribed me medication but it didn't help. What did help was forcing myself to go outside. I also went back to college so I had a reason to leave the house, I think this helped the most as it also gave me something to focus on.

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    Mine also triggered in school, I was having a few problems with my friends and that did depress me even more. It really was hard for me to cope especially in the winter, as I feel anxious/depressed if the weather got really bad. I was also having a few problems with the work that was handed to me in school, luckily I had other friends that kept me going, since they never studied at the same place as me but would continuously text and call me, which helped. I wasn't really the type that would get bullied at school as I talked to everyone. I also had severe depression that made me want to end my life, and I never felt happy EVER. In a way this helped me too become wiser and stronger person and shockingly I'm going to university this year, but I don't want the panic attacks to disrupt my experience. Feeling depressed just made me force myself to finish my work I practically had to drag myself out of my bed, my sister supported me and told me i could do it, and her words made a difference. Rest of my family don't believe in depression but I became emotional when I knew something was terribly wrong with me ,and it was frustrating. If I could turn back the time I wouldn't because the pain of being depressed and anxious is just really REALY bad and I don't want to experience it again EVER. I mean I do get depressed sometimes and anxious as it never goes away completely but its not as bad as I used to be thank god!
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    I'm pretty sure that my anxiety is caused by past experiences such as bullying. I was only diagnosed with anxiety back in march this year. Although I've had symptoms for years, but they've gradually got worse this year, around the end of January. I have depression too so it's hard to tell what's causing me what. Most days I've just ended going to bed.

    I can just be watching tv or just sitting down and a panic attack will occur. I don't think people realise how bad anxiety can be, they just think it's worrying, but there's so much more to it. I've honestly felt trapped over the last few months. Other than the panic attacks, I'm constantly feeling sick and having chest pains, I was scared about the chest pains because I thought it was my heart. I generally struggle with a lot of independent things now, I can't walk into a shop on my own, phone people or even confront people if I need something.

    I'm starting CBT soon and one to one counselling. I'm already on propranolol and I'll admit, they're good for symptoms but it feels like it builds up inside my head

    My advice to anyone suffering symptoms is don't leave it too late because it gets painful after awhile.


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    To Hannahk17, I really do feel for you. Please take my advise and go out more it really helps I also had social anxiety I never liked being in overly crowded places so I stopped going in too town,or even to the corn er shop, and I just shopped on-line or got my mum to get me stuff. It really does restrict you from living your life, and I look back and regret how I kept my self locked up in my room. Get a job and keep busy, or make something of yourself like a career path it will only make you stronger and will motivate you. I know it will be hard at first, but you do need to try to see the results. Forget the bullies they cant kill you, don't let them get to you because you are letting them control your life. This is your life and you should live it to the fullest, at least try too. My advise is just laugh at your bully's if they do say anything offensive; don't let them feel like they have a hold over you.

    I would get medical advice for your chest pains, it may be due to stress or other reasons.
    Keep safe, and be happy.
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    I was well known at my school and it was quite embarrassing when people would mention how they have never seen me outdoors.
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    I hate panic attacks, maybe this is silly but I feel like I am just about to die when I have one.

    Either my body starts to seize up or my head gets really light, and I can't stand straight.

    I don't want to talk about what was going in, at those times but they are horrible.

    I've never been bullied, so I suspect exam stress is what caused it all, that and sudden bursts of anger which are difficult to control.
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    i had/have an eating disorder and that caused me MASSIVE anxiety, when it was at it's worst i felt like everyone was judging my body at all times, it kind of made me actually crazy tbh like i would only sit in a certain way and i basically stayed in my room allday everyday unless my mom was going grocery shopping (cause i had to make sure she bought the RIGHT THINGS lol) i used to only eat tangerines at college and only if i could get all the peel of in one continuous piece, if not i had to throw it away and get a new one. i could never get in lifts or on escalators i HAD to take the stairs at all times, i used to stare at skinny girls to the point where i knew they'd noticed and that i was making them uncomfortable but i couldnt stop. siiiiigh so much madness thank god its calmed down now
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    (Original post by Damien_Dalgaard)
    I hate panic attacks, maybe this is silly but I feel like I am just about to die when I have one.

    Either my body starts to seize up or my head gets really light, and I can't stand straight.

    I don't want to talk about what was going in, at those times but they are horrible.

    I've never been bullied, so I suspect exam stress is what caused it all, that and sudden bursts of anger which are difficult to control.
    Yes, I think my one also triggered from exam stress. I think it was mainly because I was so scared of failing and I was continuously paranoid and would literally revise 24/7 like a loony. My parents were worried and told me not to revise so much, but I needed to comfort myself by revising as this was the only way I would reassure myself that I wouldn't fail.
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    (Original post by Highfiveyou)
    Yes, I think my one also triggered from exam stress. I think it was mainly because I was so scared of failing and I was continuously paranoid and would literally revise 24/7 like a loony. My parents were worried and told me not to revise so much, but I needed to comfort myself by revising as this was the only way I would reassure myself that I wouldn't fail.
    Yeah sums me up too. **** you Gove.

    Have you got anxiety medication?
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    i had/have an eating disorder and that caused me MASSIVE anxiety, when it was at it's worst i felt like everyone was judging my body at all times, it kind of made me actually crazy tbh like i would only sit in a certain way and i basically stayed in my room allday everyday unless my mom was going grocery shopping (cause i had to make sure she bought the RIGHT THINGS lol) i used to only eat tangerines at college and only if i could get all the peel of in one continuous piece, if not i had to throw it away and get a new one. i could never get in lifts or on escalators i HAD to take the stairs at all times, i used to stare at skinny girls to the point where i knew they'd noticed and that i was making them uncomfortable but i couldnt stop. siiiiigh so much madness thank god its calmed down now
    You should feel proud of your image. I'm not having a go at you, just remind yourself how there are people out there who have missing limbs due to accidents. I used be self obsessed too and I hated how I looked even though I am a size 8. Remind yourself that you are healthy and still alive, unlike others around the world who don't have legs or arms. Everyone is beautiful, it's us who stare in too the mirror for far too long and then end up thinking we look frikin ugly. In reality no one really cares about what we look like, and this is all in our heads! Remember that
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    Yeah sums me up too. **** you Gove.

    Have you got anxiety medication?
    No I haven't I think I will see the doctor, I was on anti depressants. Is there a medication for anxiety?
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    No I haven't I think I will see the doctor, I was on anti depressants. Is there a medication for anxiety?
    Idk was wondering too
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    (Original post by Highfiveyou)
    To Hannahk17, I really do feel for you. Please take my advise and go out more it really helps I also had social anxiety I never liked being in overly crowded places so I stopped going in too town,or even to the corn er shop, and I just shopped on-line or got my mum to get me stuff. It really does restrict you from living your life, and I look back and regret how I kept my self locked up in my room. Get a job and keep busy, or make something of yourself like a career path it will only make you stronger and will motivate you. I know it will be hard at first, but you do need to try to see the results. Forget the bullies they cant kill you, don't let them get to you because you are letting them control your life. This is your life and you should live it to the fullest, at least try too. My advise is just laugh at your bully's if they do say anything offensive; don't let them feel like they have a hold over you.

    I would get medical advice for your chest pains, it may be due to stress or other reasons.
    Keep safe, and be happy.
    Thank you so much for the advice. It's good to relate to people because a lot don't understand. It's a long road.

    I was meant to meet my friend the other day who I hadn't seen for 3 years but I had a mass panic so I couldn't go!




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