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Do I Have Anxiety?

Yeah, probably

By Ada ZubaPublished 10 months ago 3 min read
Do I Have Anxiety?
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I'm uncertain of the precise origin of my struggles. A therapist might attribute them to my childhood experiences, and that hypothesis holds some plausibility. Friends, too, would likely agree with that assessment. Here's what I've been grappling with lately—a realization, or perhaps an epiphany, that has struck me deeply: I've never quite been the 'favorite friend.' Yes, there were fleeting moments in 5th, 6th, and 12th grade when I felt a glimmer of belongingness, but overall, I was simply there, blending into the background. Hugs, for some inexplicable reason, have always made me feel disconcerted, prompting me to substitute them with high fives as a means of conveying my friendliness. And when it came to asking questions in class, I would meticulously rehearse them in my mind, only to realize that the class had moved on to an entirely different topic. It often felt like hitting a dead end.

Even seemingly trivial decisions, like choosing an ice cream flavor, have become a source of anxiety. Initially, I know exactly what I desire—a flavor that tantalizes my taste buds. Yet, in a puzzling twist, I find myself taking a step back, haunted by concerns of whether others would make the same choice or if I would face judgment for selecting a flavor readily available at the local grocery store. Suddenly, I begin second-guessing the very flavor I yearned for moments earlier. It's perplexing, but perhaps it's a manifestation of anxiety.

On warm summer nights, when the air hangs hot and dry, most people would relish the freedom of sleeping without a blanket. But not me. I crave the reassuring weight of covers on my body—a sensation that seems to lull me into a deeper, more peaceful slumber. Weighted blankets, often referred to as anxiety blankets, offer that comforting embrace. The more layers I sleep under, the more tranquility I feel, and drifting off into dreamland becomes an easier endeavor. It defies explanation, but the weighted pressure brings me an undeniable sense of calm.

When I have a doctor's appointment scheduled for one o'clock, I struggle to engage in any prior plans or activities. The nagging worry that I might run late or that unforeseen circumstances will disrupt my plans consumes me. Consequently, I confine myself to the solitude of my home, anxiously awaiting the designated departure time. And even if, on rare occasions, I happen to leave five minutes later than intended, a sense of panic washes over me, intensifying my unease.

It appears that my physical well-being is intimately intertwined with my mental state. Whenever stress takes hold, my stomach becomes a battleground. Excessive worry, heightened excitement, running late, or having an overwhelming to-do list—they all trigger discomfort in my abdomen. My stomach churns with pain, as if responding directly to the emotional turmoil within me.

Reflecting upon these experiences, it becomes increasingly evident that anxiety may indeed be a constant companion in my life. Its effects permeate various aspects, from social interactions to decision-making, sleep patterns to time management, and even physical sensations. While understanding the root cause is important, seeking professional guidance is essential. Consulting with a mental health expert can shed light on these struggles and provide personalized strategies to manage anxiety effectively.

In the journey towards finding inner peace, it's crucial to remember that self-compassion and seeking support are vital steps. Acknowledging our struggles and reaching out for assistance allows us to embark on a path of healing and growth. With time, understanding, and proper care, we can learn to navigate the complexities of anxiety and embrace a life filled with genuine connection, self-acceptance, and serenity."

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About the Creator

Ada Zuba

Hello fellow interweb explorers! I am Ada Zuba. I binge the Netflix shows and just recently Disney plus has been my happy place. I am a creative person with a big love for Disney movies. I hope to one day write and publish a fantasy novel.

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