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Old 03-22-14, 05:06 PM   #1
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I've been suffering from anxiety, depression, and general anxiety disorder since I turned 18 back in high school. Now at 26 years going these issues still bother me on and off.

Anyway I've had friends and family and others tell me stuff like "Oh your faking it" or "what do you have to worry about? You don't have kids, a house to pay for, a job, or car insurance or a car etc etc etc etc. to worry about paying for or anything like that so why you upset?"

Among other saying's even some that say it's all in my head and I am doing this to myself on purpose or these people make fun of me "Oh no I'm having an anxiety attack of having to go for a walk or clean the house oh no!"

I really wish people would understand where we come from and realize that some simple everyday things is more harder for us to do than regular people.
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Old 03-22-14, 06:34 PM   #2
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It is all in your head, where else would it be? And suffering from general anxiety disorder you probably do worry too much. But when people offer such fucking useless pearls of wisdom they're saying that it's "only" in your head and it's "only" that you're worrying too much, seeming to suggest that it's your fault, and that if you just made an effort then you could somehow overcome your problems. And this attitude seems so patronising and completely lacking in understanding of what it's like. You don't choose it and you can't just cheer up on command. And finding that people don't understand what you're going through doesn't help at all.
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I can relate. I have been told by doctors several times that I have schizophrenia, but no one believes me because I'm smart and functioning. They don't realize what a struggle it is just to keep from drinking everyday, much less get a job, lose weight, quit smoking, etc. It's really none of their business anyway and I have nothing to do with anyone, not even my family, save a few people.
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That sucks!
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What sucks?
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Old 03-23-14, 06:33 PM   #6
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What your doctors had said to you?
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Old 03-23-14, 09:50 PM   #7
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Been there as well. People seem to think that if your doing "ok" by their standard that you are in fact ok. I spent my life doing "ok" by standards, getting good grades, never causing trouble but that didn't mean I was ok in any sense of the word. Even now I try to do what I can to stop the destructive thoughts and the actions from happening.
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Old 04-01-14, 12:25 PM   #8
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Mental health problems always create a rift between people because empathy only goes so far unless you yourself have actually experienced what they are going through. I'm sorry that your family and friends said all that shit. I was fortunate (or unfortunate since I inherited all my stuff from them) to have parents who understand. My friends on the other hand are completely useless so I just don't talk to them about anything anymore.

I have a friend who believe that you can will any of your problems away. He lifts weights so he believes if you do enough "reps" with your mind, you can wish it all away. It may work for him, but his anxiety triggers are different. How can anyone apply a specific treatment vector for such a broad issue amongst millions of people across the planet?

But in the end, nobody can live your life for you and it's up to you to figure out how to manage your uneasiness. I'm struggling with it right now too so you're not alone. Hang in there.

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Thanks I am hanging in there.
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