anxiety chronicles

It ‘starts the moment my body wakes up’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I move into fight, flight and freeze’

It ‘has been creeping up on me almost daily’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Some people assume that anxiety doesn’t exist in teenagers and that we are overreacting’

‘Long bouts of insomnia, constant agitation, appetite dysregulation’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I wish people who don’t suffer from anxiety knew how all-encompassing, deeply debilitating and disturbing anxiety can be’

‘We are so much stronger than we may realize’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Those of us who suffer anxiety wake up every day and leave our homes while our bodies betray us and our minds scream at us to go back’

‘My hands have been shaking since middle school’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Freshman year, when I was at band camp, I had to leave early because I was so uncomfortable without my mom at my side’

‘I’m always asking myself, did I mess up?’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I am always in fear of an anxiety attack, or worse, a panic attack’

‘Unfounded and persistent fears’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Being a young adult in 2019 is not easy, especially with anxiety’

It’s ‘a frantic chatter of self-hatred’: This is how I experience anxiety

My negative self-talk is a carousel of put-downs

I ‘will not leave my house for days’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘My response to these behaviors is one of extreme shame and feelings of worthlessness’

‘Racing thoughts and a feeling of doom’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I spend so much time trying to actively ignore my anxiety that I sometimes just want to give in and let it take over’