I just joined the group today and wanted to say hello. Although I have never been formally diagnosed with anxiety, I often have symptoms. Frequently, my anxiety stems around social interactions and fear of making mistakes. I often re-live and think about conversations that I've had with people days, months, and sometimes years after they have occured. When that happens, I am usually dwelling on an embarrasing thing that I said or did or something that I regret. At worst, my mind tends to spiral out of control and I seek outside validation to determine how bad a situation is, which is usually not bad at all according to friends (or even the other person in the conversation). At work seems to be one of the most difficult situations for me. I frequently re-read and re-work emails so much that it takes me 30 minutes or more to send an email that is a sentence or two. I work with great people, but even still, I am constantly afraid of making mistakes or saying something stupid. After an outing with my coworkers I usually spend time thinking about the conversations that I had to assess if I said anything stupid or embarassing. Meditation for 15 minutes during the work day has been somewhat helpful. By joining this group, I hope to learn more about what other people experience and how they cope with anxiety.
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