Anxiety

United States
September 30, 2016 9:26pm CST
How many of you have anxiety? I don't understand anxiety on a self-personal level, but I know my mother and some of my friends have it. It can be frustrating, and sometimes you feel helpless because you can't help them. It can even be hard to understand what the person is going through. I would like to understand it better. What makes you have anxiety? How do you cope with it?
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@jonsky77 (48)
• Makati, Philippines
1 Oct 16
Fact of life: We live in what the Bible calls “critical times hard to deal with.” (2 Timothy 3:1) Because of that, anxiety can affect young people as much as it affects adults.
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• Makati, Philippines
1 Oct 16
courtesy of jw.org on anxiety
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• United States
1 Oct 16
Unfortunately, these definitely are times for people to become consumed with anxiety. For my mom it started out from abuse and stress. Some days she's fine, and other days she isn't.
@crossbones27 (19579)
• Redlands, California
1 Oct 16
I do I do, I think being naturally shy gives me anxiety, then my temper when people become jerks because they expect everyone to be the same way and think the same way.
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• United States
1 Oct 16
I am shy too, and I get tense when I have to speak in front of people. It doesn't cause me anxiety though. And yes, people can be jerks. There's this saying that I love. "You laugh at me because I'm different. I laugh at all of you because you're the same." It can be difficult to control one's temper, particularly when people keep pushing those buttons.
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
1 Oct 16
I get very anxious if I am away from home and can't find the person I am with, I panic and it is something I have a hard time controlling. I have to tell myself, you have money, you can call someone , you can take a taxi home, etc. It calms me down.
• United States
2 Oct 16
That's very sad. What do you do in circumstances when you're in a panic attack, and you have no money and you can't reach anyone? I wonder if maybe one of those little cards or bracelets with a medical note on it would help in case? Something that would identify your condition and a phone number to a contact just in case you are unable? Some years ago, a friend of mine told me she suffered a terrible panic attack when she became separated from her mother in a grocery store. She said she felt like she couldn't breathe, and all she could feel was terror. Then, some months ago, one of my sisters had a panic attack; she literally thought she was dying. Her chest hurt, she couldn't breathe. Physically there was nothing wrong with her, but her stress levels were high and her nerves were shot (figuratively speaking). She said it was one of the worst things she had been through.
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@BelleStarr (38213)
• United States
2 Oct 16
@Firestorm0122 I am never in a position to be away from home without resources. I always have my purse and a credit card. The last time I had one I didn't have my phone so I went to the entrance where we had entered the mall and waited for my daughter to go to her car. I have come up with strategies to control the overwhelming feeling.
• United States
2 Oct 16
@BelleStarr Oh good! That's a relief. As someone who suffers from anxiety, what do you recommend to someone who encounters a person having an anxiety attack? I apologize for all of the questions, but I would like to understand this mental condition better and to do the right thing by someone who suffers from it.
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@skysnap (17817)
1 Oct 16
I have social anxiety. I deal with it by going out more otherwise it'd turn into agoraphobia.
• United States
2 Oct 16
Facing your fears head on is one way to deal with your anxiety. At the moment, I'm sitting here thinking of anxiety and what causes people to have it. The types of anxiety versus the types of fears has me wondering what the difference is. I don't like being in crowds. Mainly because I'm small and everyone else around me is taller and bigger. I've been stepped on before, pushed aside too; either from people just being rude or from people not seeing me. I don't think that's a form of anxiety, because I don't stress over it. Still, I hate crowds.
@ms1864 (6986)
• Bangalore, India
1 Oct 16
yeah, i have a family member who gets anxious quickly too....distraction is key....sometimes logic and reasoning work...but when it doesn't...distract the person. Try to bend the conversation into something else the person cares about.
• United States
1 Oct 16
That's a good idea. I'll try that with my mom. Thank you for the suggestion.
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@carebear29 (28586)
• Wausau, Wisconsin
1 Oct 16
I have anxiety and hate it a lot. I have to do breathing techniques at times to get to calm down.
• United States
1 Oct 16
I imagine it's very hard to deal with on a personal level. How many breathing techniques do you do before you are calm again?
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@marsha32 (6693)
• United States
1 Oct 16
I went through a long period of anxiety attacks. Anything that makes you nervous can throw you into an attack. It's learning how to control that fear that is the hardest part.
• United States
1 Oct 16
What makes you nervous? My mom gets freaked out any time our cats get into one of their squats, or if the dog simply barks or shakes himself.
@shivamani10 (11232)
• Hyderabad, India
1 Oct 16
Anxiety is a mental activity. So it can not be controlled unless you have some yoga tools with you.
• United States
1 Oct 16
Is yoga the only answer though? What about meditation or reading? I know some people deal with their anxiety by doing a mental activity like reading or crosswords to get their minds off their anxiety. Some may try other forms of distraction; some healthy and some (unfortunately) not so healthy.
• United States
4 Oct 16
Nervousness is felt when we are unsure of something we are about to engage in that we have never done before so that is common, as far as doing anything about it-- well I let it ride itself out and don't get stressed over something I truly have little desire to tackle