How many years have you suffered or had anxiety?

United States
March 1, 2009 11:53am CST
I am wondering whether anyone can beat the 60 years I reckon I have had it. It has been with me all my life and panic attacks to. I can remember in school, passing out, in assemly. I then sat at the end of my row, and it was so uncomfortable being different. What are your first memories?
8 responses
• United States
1 Mar 09
I've had anxiety all my life. I can remember being a kid and always being worried about what was going to happen if I did this, or what would happen to someone in my family if they did something. I was always worried about school, about failing, about my health. It was terrible. I finally broke and all of my anxieties hit me all at once. I went through an extremely terrible time with anxiety and depression when I was about 13. I wasn't officially diagnosed for a few months but when I was, it was one of the worst cases they had seen in a teenager for quite some time. I still struggle with being anxious sometimes. I still have trouble completing daily tasks that some people do and take for granted. However, I'm not anywhere near as terrible as I used to be. I just have to find ways to keep everything under control.
• United States
1 Mar 09
Do you try to keep busy all the time, and your mind occupied. I think that is the reason I am on my computer for hours everyday. It helps me to be in control.
• United States
1 Mar 09
I do try to keep busy. Keeping busy helps keep my mind occupied so I don't dwell on the things I'd rather not think about.
• United States
2 Mar 09
That is really helpful. The worst times for me are when my husband goes to a meeting, in the evenings, from 7.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. I have to write on my computer because watching television makes it worse.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
2 Mar 09
Hi Susie, My anxiety record would only be about 3 years. I had a bad marriage young and that has caused it for me and now that I'm out of it, the anxiety has eased tremendously. I'm still recovering and I still have it but it's more under control now and I am not where I used to be. In a weird sense though, it has taught me a lot.. although I wish I never had it sometimes but I am proud of who I am now.
• United States
2 Mar 09
You have done wonders. I am honest and tell people that I have anxiety and panic disorder. I think bringing it out in the open really helps too. I am so much better but it will always be part of me. I too feel good, that I know what I have, and am proud of what I have become.
@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
3 Mar 09
I still have to get used to bringing it out to the open. There are moments when I'm not so comfortable with it but all in all it's good. I'm glad you are able to control it too. Thanks for your words.
@dodo19 (25591)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
1 Mar 09
I remember starting to suffer from anxiety when I was probably in grade 9 or 10. Or something like that, which was a few years ago. It's only been a few short years, but it's still been a few short years that I've suffered from anxiety. It's certainly never pleasant for anyone.
• United States
1 Mar 09
How are you doing now dodo?
@dodo19 (25591)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
12 Mar 09
I still have the occasional anxiety attack. But I'm used to it, and nowadays, it's easier for me to keep it under control, and such.
@4ofmyown (1122)
• United States
2 Mar 09
I have probably suffered from anxiety for about 10 years. Ever since I had my first child. Most of my anxiety is about them or my health. The first time I experienced to the point when I needed medication was after Sept. 11th. I was paranoid for my kids to even go outside and play or take them anywhere in public. The second time was about 4 years ago when i had a gynecological scare that turned out okay, but really pushed me over the edge. I have been on anti-anxiety meds and anti-depressants ever since. We just learned that we are expecting so I weaned myself off of the anxiety medication...so far so good. Luckily it has been an easy transition of the medication. For me it is more of a genetic/heredity thing because all 4 of my siblings and Mother (her parents, as well) all have psychological issues. Thank God it is something that can be managed.
• United States
2 Mar 09
I am so glad that you have a great attitude and congratulations. You sound a wonderful mother, and seem to be coping well. Yes, my mother had a nervous breakdown when I was 9 years old, and stayed in bed for 2 years. I had to take care of my Dad and my brother. I went school, did the shopping, cleaning, cooking, washing, etc. What else could I do.
• Australia
2 Mar 09
I felt exactly like you did in primary school and high school. I guess it is just apart of me because my father had the same problem, so it's more than likely to be in the genes. At school I was always in sickbay and got called to go home. I saw a psychologist and even took tablets for it, which did help, but once I stopped them I felt the worse symptons again and had to go back on them. We just have to learn how to deal with it. Relaxtion excercises help.
• United States
2 Mar 09
Knowing your problem is half way there. I read so much about it, and do breathing exercises and I do relaxation too. I still have to take my Klonopin to get to sleep at night. My mother had a nervous breakdown, when I was 9 years old, and I had to take control of the household.
@maezee (23608)
• United States
1 Mar 09
My first memory was in high school - in ninth grade; and you described it pretty well! I got very nauseated, shaky, and ended up throwing up right before a big class presentation. At first I thought it was the flu. How horrible. I've only had "anxiety" issues all throughout high school and now in college, so only about 4-5 years. (which, of course, is nothing to your 60). Thankfully, as we get older, I think we're put in less stressful social situations than we were in high school (hello? assemblies, presentations, & so on), so hopefully anxiety has become LESS of a problem for you. =)
@besthope44 (12146)
• India
6 Oct 10
Most time, its my work..with ontime deliveries and work loads. I try to divert mind on music and i feel better. We need to manage anxiety, as it is part of life in busy world. But if we concentrate, we can manage it. I does it through my yoga, listening music and going out on vacation.
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
3 Mar 09
I had an anxiety attack, which ended up in severe pain and diarrhea, about 1 week after my daughter was born, and it just got worse after that. It took over my life, and almost became a phobia. After many tests, doctors and hospital visits, and nothing to be found, I finally and slowly took charge of my own life again, it took several years, and a friend that understood what I was going through, and who didn't care if I had the problems, she just said it was OK. My own sisters didn't understand, not even my mother understood. I found out later that my Mom could trigger these attacks.