"9 Things I Wish People Understood About Anxiety"
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Posted 16 December 2014 - 08:02 PM
Posted 17 December 2014 - 11:22 AM
As I was in my car on my way to work this morning, I was thinking that every single person on earth should go through a day or two of pure anxiety, just to know what it feels like.
The fear, the anguish, the thought of going crazy, fearful thoughts, and the rest. The world would be a better place to live in!
it was real interesting to read that account. the experience of anxiety is so different for us, even those who have the same type, such as GAD. i don't have an official diagnosis - its just pretty obvious when feeling it. mine isn't specific to a situation - hence my assumption its what would be diagnosed as generalized. my therapist isn't big on labeling conditions - he's about treating behaviors/thought processes.
in my case, my anxiety is primarily physical. shaking, nervousness, racing heart, tight chest, shallow breathing, major butterflies in stomach feeling - that sort of thing. sometimes there are obsessive thoughts as well. if the obsessive thoughts didn't lead to the physical stuff, i could deal with it. many times its the physical with no mental - but it takes the cognitive to calm the physical down. its WORK! that's what i wish people understood. i also loved the part in the article where she describes the "pile on" . i often struggle to find the right word in the middle of a sentence. i have to struggle to visualize what the object/action is before the word comes out. simple words - everyday stuff like "swing set" or "rake". my husband gets impatience and very sternly exclaims "what? what!" that makes it worse and my mind goes blank. it happened in the grocery store recently and i just had to shout "i don't know the word!" and walked away. i am sure it was very interesting for others to witness. he also has a habit of piling on me by listing the things that "must" be done and express how overwhelmed he is - in a direct response to me after i've mentioned that i am having a bad anxiety day.
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