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Lonely_Dolphin said:
LuccaCardoso1 said:

I'm glad you can at least understand anxiety! Understanding it and recognizing it are the first steps to getting better. Neglecting it is just furthering the pain.

I most likely have a genetic predisposition for anxiety, since my mother's side of the family has always severely suffered from anxiety and depression. I couldn't tell you when it started, but I think it was during my early school years. I started to consult with a psychologist every week to help with that when I was, like, 7 or 8.

Man that's just the worst, being born with a disadvantage right from the get go. I'm normally against it, but with the cause possibly not being a natural one perhaps medications could help?

My parents avoided giving me medication when I was a child, so I went to a psychologist, but even today I try to avoid ingesting drugs unless 100% necessary. Since I have had anxiety for such a long time (attending a psychologist for several years also helped with that), I kinda learned how it works and what to do and what not to do in order to maintain a sustainable level. Yeah, it gets stronger or weaker depending on what's happening in my life, but I fortunately haven't hit a point where I desperately need medication to live yet (and I hope that never happens).



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LuccaCardoso1 said:
HintHRO said:
Good that you realize your problems and are able to share it. This is the first step towards something better. I just hope you're not like that guy here with the dolphin picture and be like ''I'm miserable and my problems cannot be solved''.

I'm not sure if my problems can be solved (I don't think anxiety just goes away if you try really hard), but there's no point in just complaining and not trying to do anything to improve. I'm trying and am slowly but surely getting better.

You're right, anxiety doesn't go away in an instant. But you know what so beautiful about our brain is? Neuroplasticity. Our brain is able to change throughout an entire lifetime to adjust to different situations. So right now your brain has neural connections that cause these negative experiences, but you can actually train your brain to get rid of these connections by exposing yourself to scary situations (which in reality are not scary at all) over and over again. For example, now you're obsessed with holding a bottle of water anywhere you go. We both know this is BS, but your brain sees it as an tool for survival. Reduce the amount of water you're taking with you until at one point you don't need any water at all. I'm not a specialist or something, but this might be a way to train yourself just like I trained myself.



LuccaCardoso1 said:
Lonely_Dolphin said:
Man that's just the worst, being born with a disadvantage right from the get go. I'm normally against it, but with the cause possibly not being a natural one perhaps medications could help?

My parents avoided giving me medication when I was a child, so I went to a psychologist, but even today I try to avoid ingesting drugs unless 100% necessary. Since I have had anxiety for such a long time (attending a psychologist for several years also helped with that), I kinda learned how it works and what to do and what not to do in order to maintain a sustainable level. Yeah, it gets stronger or weaker depending on what's happening in my life, but I fortunately haven't hit a point where I desperately need medication to live yet (and I hope that never happens).

So you're fine with having to cope with it? The OP gave me the impression it made every day hell. Well eitherway meds could maybe make it easier to deal with, but I definitely approve of staying clean where possible. I suppose I'm kind of a hypocrite suggesting meds when I don't take any for my arthritis, but that's because I firgured out symptoms only occur when I'm stressed.

Anywho, got any interesting life stories for us? I'm curious as to how you react upon seeing a spider hehe.

Damn, I'm sorry man. I've had a bit of anxiety issues in my past (and still do today), and it absolutely fucking sucks having to deal with it. Wishing you the best man.



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I didn't read the whole thread. Please forgive me if this has already been covered....

Some of the symptons mentioned in the OP do not sound like anxiety-related stuff. Much of it sounds more like clinical depression-type stuff. Have you seen multiple psychiatrists over your lifetime to get a proper diagnosis and/or treatment?



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Lonely_Dolphin said:
LuccaCardoso1 said:

My parents avoided giving me medication when I was a child, so I went to a psychologist, but even today I try to avoid ingesting drugs unless 100% necessary. Since I have had anxiety for such a long time (attending a psychologist for several years also helped with that), I kinda learned how it works and what to do and what not to do in order to maintain a sustainable level. Yeah, it gets stronger or weaker depending on what's happening in my life, but I fortunately haven't hit a point where I desperately need medication to live yet (and I hope that never happens).

So you're fine with having to cope with it? The OP gave me the impression it made every day hell. Well eitherway meds could maybe make it easier to deal with, but I definitely approve of staying clean where possible. I suppose I'm kind of a hypocrite suggesting meds when I don't take any for my arthritis, but that's because I firgured out symptoms only occur when I'm stressed.

I'm not "fine" with having to cope with it. It is everyday hell, but I can live with it, I haven't lost control of my life yet. It's a bit hard to explain and maybe medications would really help with it, but I'm not the biggest meds fan.

Lonely_Dolphin said:

Anywho, got any interesting life stories for us? I'm curious as to how you react upon seeing a spider hehe.

I don't think I have any funny spider-related stories, they're just kinda unusual hahahah

We had a ping-pong table in our garage, and I was playing one day with my sister. Then, suddenly, she said "Lucca, there's something behind you". I looked to see what it was, and it was a fucking huge armed spider 10 centimetres away from my feet. I ran directly into the car as fast as I could (since the spider was right in front of the door) and screamed for help.

I remember one day, when me and my family were watching the Brazilian Carnival, and a giant spider appeared from behind the TV and went directly to the door, locking us all inside the room. I don't know what happened, I just know I passed out, and when I woke up the door was open and there were no more spiders.

Those were the two worst situations, but it's not rare in the summer for me to see smaller spiders inside my house. I generally get scared, ask someone to kill it and shake a lot. And then my day's ruined.



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VAMatt said:
I didn't read the whole thread. Please forgive me if this has already been covered....

Some of the symptons mentioned in the OP do not sound like anxiety-related stuff. Much of it sounds more like clinical depression-type stuff. Have you seen multiple psychiatrists over your lifetime to get a proper diagnosis and/or treatment?

I was thinking about that earlier. The last time I saw a doctor about this stuff was 2 or 3 years ago. I should probably see one soon.



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As someone who struggled quite alot with social anxiety disorder when I was younger, I can relate to alot of what you listed. Fortunately I have been largely able to get it under control now, but it still rears it's ugly head every now and then. It wasn't easy to make as much progress as I have, it took alot of time and self-improvement. I wish you the best of luck. 



LuccaCardoso1 said:
VAMatt said:
I didn't read the whole thread. Please forgive me if this has already been covered....

Some of the symptons mentioned in the OP do not sound like anxiety-related stuff. Much of it sounds more like clinical depression-type stuff. Have you seen multiple psychiatrists over your lifetime to get a proper diagnosis and/or treatment?

I was thinking about that earlier. The last time I saw a doctor about this stuff was 2 or 3 years ago. I should probably see one soon.

Yeah.  Just make sure you approach all mental health treatment with the healthy dose of skepticism that it deserves.  There certainly is help available.  But, much of it is just 'try this drug, try that drug", in hopes of finding something that kind of works without causing too many other problems along the way.  

With that said, if you're not seeing a therapist, it's probably a good idea to do so, provided that you can afford one. There's no real risk of Side Effects by sitting in an office and talking to someone. So there's really only upside to that route.  



I'm not full blown like you but I do have a problem talking with people even though I have a lot to say. Also I dwell on some very small things as well and I have mild insomnia. My mind runs wild as well and sometimes it just starts repeating meaningless words again and again. I can definitely empathize with many things thankfully never had a full blown panic attack, am not afraid of large crowds, don't have arachnophobia. But it's a struggle plus I have heartburn problems on top of that. Plus I have migraines and cluster headaches. But I deal with it like everyone does but it is super tiring when you worry about things that you can't control and worry in advance over things more than you ever should



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