I am 18 years old, and I was recently diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder this past January. My whole world changed with my diagnosis, I was not the person I once was. I would worry constantly about everything and did not live my life how I wanted to. I thought I had lost myself for months. I was scared to share, actually, I was embarrassed. Until I learned more about it. I know I am not alone. Through the constant help and on going support I have learned to be strong. I have learned that I have to fight this thing even if sometimes it feels impossible. I have learned to reach out for help and support and now I want to advocate for it, I want to fight the battle and not let anxiety define me, but for me to define how anxiety controls my life.
I have a mental disorder.
That is difficult for me to say, still. I know my brain is a physical organism, and that neurons and synapses follow the same physical laws as blood glucose, say, or cell growth. And I have a diagnosis to cling to (generalized anxiety disorder) for the last 10-13 years, one whose existence has been verified with current scientific methods. I look at this paper with test results from time to time to remind myself that, yes, I have a condition which I am learning to effectively manage, but that has been, like many physical disabilities, decades in the making (through lack of diagnosis and treatment). Looking at this paper reminds me that I have many years of treatment and growing self-understanding to better help me manage, and possibly reverse, my condition.
Yes I have had General Anxiety for over 15 years, it has really been bothersome the last couple of weeks, I have started seeing a LCSW again that I used to go to for years. I have not traveled in over 10 years and the amount of anxiety at times is overwhelming but I believe that it is completely curable as hard as that is for me to believe I just have to believe it. I know how it feels to be detached anxious and have a full blown panic attack, I used to be an expert at them as I would have them almost daily. I hope this time around I can get through this stupid disorder and stay that way. Good luck to all and hopefully you will get well and me too.
My name is Lesia and I am a 45 year old White Caucasian with an ethnic background of Polish, Russian, Hungarian, and French. I have recently joined NAMI and am inspired to share my story with all of you. It has been incredible reading some of your stories.
For me, I have bipolar II, general anxiety disorder, substance abuse, and possibly some more symptoms which I have yet to identify. I have struggled tremendously with my anxiety and bi-polar since I was a child. I was extremely shy and felt like I never fit with my family or anyone. I would have suicidal thoughts, sick crazy thinking that shocks me to this day, it is even here hard to talk about.
Hello. I was diagnosed with Autism in late Aug. 1984. Over the years I’ve had panic attacks, strong unipolar depression and generalized anxiety condition. I later developed Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults in late August 2008.
I’ve wanted (on numerous occasions) to end my own suffering.
I was admitted to the psych ward seven times (Aug 2000-Dec 2013), four for the Genesis Medical Davenport, two at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and once at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.
I’ve suffered dearly, though I hope something becomes better for me during the upcoming years. I’m wanting work for Autism Society or similar groups of Autism related networks to help others with Autism.
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