anxiety chronicles

‘I feel desperate to withdraw from all social interactions’: This is how I experience anxiety

It largely manifests as emetophobia — an extreme fear of vomit and vomiting

‘I am mad at the world for the feelings that I have and cannot control’: This is how I experience anxiety

It’s like ‘a volcano I can’t get out of quick enough’

‘I’m sinking inside my own mind with no escape’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I cannot concentrate and I cannot stop thinking’

It feels like ‘my head is about to pop like a balloon’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘It’s not easy living like you are scared all the time’

‘The real battle is taking place in my brain’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I will do all I can to hide the bloodshed’

‘I have great difficulty concentrating or processing information’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I can’t remember not feeling this way’

‘Running myself ragged’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Having a name for what I’m feeling makes it easier’

‘Nauseous for days on end’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘You can’t assume anything about what a person is going through’

‘My mind magnifies my fears’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I’ve been through a lot in the past few years, but pain is not a competition’

‘Overwhelming guilt for no reason’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Anxiety is not always rational, but that doesn’t mean the person is crazy or stupid’