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Posted 8/24/15
Social anxeity a bitch just the other day I asked for a pencil and he didnt hear me so I started freaking out and made some excuse and never spoke too him again
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AiYumega wrote:

Ok humans are going to feel anxious. It's a human emotion. Same as sadness, anger, fear, happiness. Yet we look at these as bad? Why? All they mean is we're alive and can feel. We should look at it as bad if we didn't feel these.

I feel like people now are afraid to feel. Feeling is good! Even feeling sad, or angry is good. You're a living, sentient being. You need to feel! We medicate to stop feeling. Makes no sense. Embrace it.


This has been said before but having anxiety isn't the same as being anxious. It's like the difference between acute stress and chronic stress. A little anxiety or a little stress is not harmful, in fact it is beneficial, keeps the system running properly so to speak. However in large and repetitive amounts it will cause actual mental and in severe cases physical harm to your body. Which is why it's important to manage either or.

I'm going to be the odd one out here though and suggest medication if only because you're not sure what's causing it yet. Medication does allow you to manage your anxiety while finding out what the trigger so to speak is on the anxiety attack. It also allows you heal time, in a word, much like wrapping a sprained ankle, this allows you to gentle the blow and recover quicker as a result.
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When you see people holding their fist to their upper chest like an alien is going to burst out sums it up pretty much.

I avoid thinking about myself. When in public I tell myself I am wearing armor that makes me invisible.
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I've dealt with social anxiety ever since I was a teenager due to family problems. Depression, isolation, paranoia, and lack of trust messed up my high school years. I've never dealt with my problems properly, so I'm still an extremely awkward person. It's not much of a problem when I'm at work, but when it comes to stuff like social media, conventions, or places I can meet people with similar interests I just keep to myself and I hate it. It's really strange my anxiety causes more stress in me than whatever bs I do in the Army.
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scoobydew wrote:

I have a really close friend that goes back and forth with meds and tries deep meditation but its hard with 40-50 hour work weeks any way I have been at baseball game when he says got to go right this minute and he is gone no hesitation. He told me when I ask what is the feeling he said imagine the earth being flat and your hanging on the edge ready to fall off one more move or step its over to oblivion

Not certain I would have been able to frame it in quite so poetic a fashion, but that sounds about right to me. That's the mental side, there's also the physical side, which tends to mimic heart attack symptoms.
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I've had mine for quite a long time, sometimes they actually mess up my sleep pattern they are that bad. Usually I will just turn on a video or something like that that I know will calm me down some.
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I've never had it but i have friends who do :/
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Been dealing with them for a rather long time, since I was basically a kid, a messed up kid… not to say overtime they haven't kind of lessened or diminished, as I've learned newer coping skills, but they're still there.

I'd say whenever you feel like you're on the verge of having one, OP, either do something that relieves you of stress, if you can, or find a coping skill that works without requiring much effort that may not be something you usually do for relief.
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I got into a wreck several years ago, so now I have panic attacks every time an 18 wheeler, overloaded vehicle, or simply too many vehicles get near me when I drive. The way I get through it is usually by playing soft Spanish music at a moderate volume.

However, if the attack is more severe, I have to pull over and do breathing exercises or else I'll have an asthma attack, too.
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I always had anxiety since I was kid. I am not sure why. I never realized it was a bad thing. Not because I had a great handle on things but because my parents didn't not think it was too weird for me to completely freak out.

When I have anxiety, I would have shortness of breath and sometimes that leads to my head spinning. My heart would even beat faster and sometimes, I would have problems eating because my anxiety makes it hard for me to swallow anything.

I don't recommend medicine because I think this is something you need to learn to deal with. It's tough and not many people will understand why over react. But that's okay. Just deal with things at your own pace.

I found breathing exercises very helpful. But most of all, I think what is important is to know that you aren't alone. There is so many people out there with the same problem and they are dealing with it. So can you.

Another thing important to know, is to never treat a person with anxiety like they are crazy or a total weirdo. They just have different ways of handling things.
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cleruninja wrote:

Have had issues for a long time. Some of what helps for me:
Prayer/meditation/controlled breathing. Not just during, but in general, to get keep your mind/body/soul in a good place and in sync.
If it happens when you're home alone, take a walk. Sometimes sitting still makes it worse.
If it happens in a crowded place, just get out immediately. I have had to abandon entire carts full of groceries multiple times. Poor social etiquette, I know. But it's your health, better to leave if it keeps you out of ER.
One thing multiple doctors told me ages ago: don't let yourself feel responsible for saving the world, or anyone's problems but your own. Sounds selfish, I know. The thing is, you still can and should help people, but in the past, I used to worry so much about helping people that I didn't spend enough time helping myself. Understanding that everyone's primary responsibility is to themselves is what I'm saying. After all, you can't help anyone when you're lying on a hospital bed.


That hits home with me- the whole worrying about other peoples problems, trying to please everyone ,
putting myself last type thing.

Yeah I get them when Im in my room just playing a video game or whatnot, sitting definitely makes it worse
for me, even when my doctor tells me to sit through it and let it happen. Its hard to think logically once panic strikes
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ace_defective wrote:

I've dealt with social anxiety ever since I was a teenager due to family problems. Depression, isolation, paranoia, and lack of trust messed up my high school years. I've never dealt with my problems properly, so I'm still an extremely awkward person. It's not much of a problem when I'm at work, but when it comes to stuff like social media, conventions, or places I can meet people with similar interests I just keep to myself and I hate it. It's really strange my anxiety causes more stress in me than whatever bs I do in the Army.


I can identify a bit with what youve said

I get the whole enjoying stuff from a distance thing- I did it at a few conventions, was terrified to just
join in and just 'be' I felt safe inside my own little shell and then I get annoyed afterwards because I didnt join in

Its kinda like that for me in my college class too, theres only 12 of us so its come to a point now where I have to belong in
some sort of sense, Im on good terms with most people but not exactly close with anyone in particular either so Im sort of stuck when
people go off for lunch together and stuff. Although Ive no problem being by myself
Posted 8/26/15

I didn't read all of your posts but if you think its from a bereavement it's possible that you aren't expressing your emotions. I have a friend who suddenly started experiencing panic attacks and anxiety. Her husband is away a lot and she's rather introverted. Right away I knew what it was and it was something I was concerned about when she got married. She didn't express herself enough. She kind of let things happen and doesn't allow herself to feel. Her husband always seemed to want control. Not in an abusive way but he seemed to be the type to want a pretty and quiet wife. So I guess I never liked him for liking her if that makes sense. I mean I've known her for over ten years and barely know her. Anyway, I told her what I thought, minus my opinion about her husband and she agreed. She said she'd actually been going to a therapist and she told her the same thing. But she initially didn't think it was anything like that. When I asked her about her marriage at first she'd just say everything was fine and that she didn't know why she had anxiety. I'm a bit more extroverted than she is (I still don't like crowds and stuff) and I've experienced it. We can have fears we wouldn't think we'd have because we think we know ourselves so well. I recently noticed that when I'm stressed or confused, things get around me get junky. That's when I think, "I'm stressed about something." I say to talk to the people you can and take time to take care for yourself first sometimes. It's necessary for our health.
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The best way to get rid of it is to stop overthinking everything and just keep talking to people each day. I went almost a month without having a sophisticated conversation and it messed with my communication skills big time. I would get stuck on words and even forget what the topic was because of the stress. Just keep putting yourself into those situations, the anxiety quickly goes away when you get brave. I'm not telling you to suck it up, more like give it a chance and see if it works for you.
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senbonzakura167 wrote:

That hits home with me- the whole worrying about other peoples problems, trying to please everyone ,
putting myself last type thing.

Yeah I get them when Im in my room just playing a video game or whatnot, sitting definitely makes it worse
for me, even when my doctor tells me to sit through it and let it happen. Its hard to think logically once panic strikes

One more thing you probably know already, but it's a huge thing that helped me a lot is avoid caffeine! I still drink tea and soda in extreme moderation, but coffee and energy drinks are right out.

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