anxiety chronicles

‘I’m learning to live in a messy gray area’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘When I started college, my anxiety became intertwined with food’

‘I anticipate disaster striking me as soon as I step out of the door’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I socially isolate myself to minimize energy-consuming interactions’

‘Overwhelmed by obligations and expectations’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘Trivial decisions become burdensome and aggravating’

‘It’s as if my mind just doesn’t know how to relax’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘I will never forget my first panic attack’

‘The thinking rages well into the night’: This is how I experience anxiety

‘It would be years before I would understand it was my brain, not my spirit, that was the problem’

‘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’