I have suffered from anxiety as far back as I can remember, only recently have I realize just far reaching effets it has had in my whole life. From leaving college, to giving up promotions because I knew the anxiety would just paralyze me. I can function sometimes very well just like everyone else and then i will have a full blown attack. Sometimes they are because of really stressful situations at home or at work and sometimes they are totally ridiculous. I finally accepted a promotion at work that i really wanted and now I have an anxiety attack every morning before I go there. If my husband was 10 minutes late coming home from work at night I thought he was in an accident and killed. If I couldn't find my thirteen year old son in the neightborhood where he said he would be I would think he was missing. SOmetimes I can be just fine and other times I am paralyzed by it. DOes anyone else ever feel this way. I have had birthday parties for my kids where the morning of the party I wake up shaking worrying that it will turn out okay. I hate worrying over ridiculous things. I have tried coping strategies and meds. THe meds help some and the coping strategies help sometimes. I am just wondering if there are other people out there who find that anxiety can be life altering and really hold them back from doing the things they want to do and if so how they cope with it.
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