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Posts: 452,313 2/10/10 8:29 P
Hi and welcome, Amelia! It's great to meet you! You're with a great and understanding group of friends here, so make yourself comfortable and enjoy the friendships and support that we're here to share with you!
Hello, my name is Amelia. I've had social anxiety disorder my whole life and a panic disorder for a little over a year now. I'm going to a new psychologist on Monday and have high hopes! I'm am sick of anxiety!
current weight: 174.0
Posts: 37 2/8/10 8:41 A
Hello, my name is Beth, my nickname is Boo. I am not sure if this is something that qualifies as anxiety and wondering if anyone else suffers daily with this, if so please let me know I am not the only one and that I am in the right place. I am one who can lose my "cool" if you will at the drop of a hat, and then can go back to being "cool" right after. It is getting worse and I am really sick of people giving you "looks" when you have a really hard day of fighting it off and telling you how concerned they are for you, but yet these people saying that set you off too by saying that.
Am I alone? As I have read some of the topics in here I have not noticed any of them that sound like this. I don't want to be alone, after all I have been there all my life due to family not wanting you and letting you know this every day and every chance they can, I just associated this with trying so desperately hard to have the woman who birthed you finally love you, and struggling in life to be good enough for someone or something.
Posts: 452,313 2/5/10 12:46 P
and welcome, JC1313! So glad you've joined us and super best wishes to you!!!
hello! I'm Rue and I joined SP about a month ago at the encouragement of my boyfriend, but just found this team today. I've had generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder diagnosed for 14 years, and first started showing symptoms 18 years ago ... and am 21 years old, so do with that what you will. I remember having my first compulsions at age two (they are my earliest memories), but it wasn't until I was 7 that anyone really figured out what was wrong with me.
Due to physical health I started out very small, but the anxiety makes it even harder for me to eat (hello food aversions) so while I need to put on about ten pounds to be considered healthy, I'm usually getting an average of 540 or so calories a day, and burning them all off from walking and working (in ambulances and hospitals) ...
SP is supposed to be holding me accountable for my food and keeping track of my nutrients without letting me fall into the obsessive cycle of serving counting and food-weighing I got stuck in for five straight months once, and so far has been working okay. Was that too much information? See, I'm even anxious about talking to the anxiety group.
I am trying to gain weight, so my ticker must be read from right to left.
current weight: 88.0
Posts: 452,313 2/4/10 8:21 A
Daisy! It's great to meet you and best wishes to you!
I used to use SP to maintain my healthy eating habits but haven't been on in ages. I now have 20 pounds to lose and a panic disorder to fight. I am hoping that truly getting involved with SparkPeople (and this Spark Team in particular) will help me to reach my goals!!! Can't wait to get involved, I am definitely going to need lots of support!!
current weight: 145.0
Posts: 452,313 1/29/10 9:08 A
and welcome to our new friends! So glad you've joined our group of caring and understanding friends! Best wishes to all!!
I am returning to Spark after being gone for awhile. I have since developed an anxiety issue, I believe due to stress and the fact my weight has gotten so bad I have mobility issues and I can not get out of the house or perform activities. I have started on my first ever med for the anxiety and I hope it helps. I am hoping this will boost my motivation and give me relief from my anxiousness and fear so I can get back to losing weight and get my life back.
Fitness Minutes: (53,920) Posts: 31,496 1/27/10 3:23 P
Welcome new members!
Kansas~ CST Each step taken is a calorie lest behind!
Don't quit! Tomorrow is another day to Sparkle.
December Minutes: 149
Posts: 18 1/27/10 2:38 P
Hi all! My name is Julie and I am new to this team. I'm glad to have found it as I struggle with alot of anxiety and I am determined to manage it better. I am eager to learn from everyone here and also offer support to others if I can. I look forward to getting to know you all!
Pounds lost: 23.0
Posts: 455 1/26/10 11:43 A
Hello to all! My name is Beth. I was searching for a SP team for support for my anxiety/depression and I chose this one. I am 52 years old and have suffered with anxiety for all my life...as long as I can remember. After the death of my mother in 1997 after a very long illness, it really "reared its ugly head" and I've suffered with agoraphobia ever since. I have been on disability twice due to the condition and am currently on disability. I also have many other health issues, diabetes, bad kidneys, high blood pressure, severe arthritis, overweight, and heart failure..all from years of not caring about or for myself. I'm trying now to turn things around. Strangely enough, I find losing weight and my other physical issues, not easy by any means, but definitely easier to work on than my anxiety and agoraphobia issues. I feel so alone as family and friends really don't understand it. My daughter and my husband are the only ones that really even have a clue as to how I feel and have just accepted my "quirky" ways. I hope I can find an outlet here and support with others to help me. You'd think after 52 years, I would have found something that works. I've been and currently are on meds, been to therapy, been hypnotized, etc. Some things work for awhile, but the "feelings" all come back. It's also disturbing (and only adds to the problem) that I really never know when the "feelings" will come over me or leave me. So frustrating. I'm just looking for somewhere to find that I am not alone in this struggle and some support and possibly ideas to help. I don't know why I feel this way. I had probably the closest thing to a perfect childhood that anyone could hope to have. It just seems I was born feeling this way. But, as I get older I find it increasingly difficult to handle. Thank you for any support you can give. I've lost all my friends because I never leave the house unless absolutely necessary.
Success to All, Beth
One day at a time, sweet Jesus.
Don't reward yourself with food. You are not a dog!
Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying,"I will try again tomorrow."
current weight: 266.0
Fitness Minutes: (22,650) Posts: 4,286 1/25/10 11:54 P
Hi everyone! I actually followed ashlibbie here when I saw it come up on my friend feed (thanks BTW). I have OCD with alot of resultant anxiety, social and generalized stemming from the OCD.
Nice to meet you all!
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude. " - Scott Hamilton
Pounds lost: 13.6
Posts: 470 1/25/10 11:27 P
Hey everyone Im ashley. :) I've been dealing with my social anxiety since I was about 8 (I think it has ties to my parents divorce and being from a small town really effected me). I feel like its been getting worse as I've gotten older. I just got a new job and Im really struggling. :)
Hello! My name is Dzintra and anxiety has been running my life since 7th grade. I'm 23 and trying to get through school but, unfortunately I'm having to take a break from it due to my health the past few years and financial difficulty. I've been in college for almost 6 years most of it was a waste of time because I was very busy being terrified. Usually my anxiety has to do with potential health problems(i've been checked out by the doctor every few years and none of them are a threat to me). It's frightening! I also find that in times of extreme panic or anxiety I want to be around my friends but, I'm too afraid to leave my apartment. On top of that my parents are aware of the disorder but, don't quite understand it. My mother and father both get frustrated and confused by all of it. It's very frustrating and it's created a large amount of stress that has affected my life in a significant way. I only hope that some day I'll live panic free and really enjoy life!
Posts: 452,313 1/20/10 9:22 A
Welcome, Shirley! It's great to meet you and best wishes to you!
Hello All... My name is Shirley and I am 25 years old... I have been struggling with anxiety for most of my life, but I have found myself especially anxious after having my children (ages 3 and 5 months) I have also been struggling with my weight for about 6 years and anxiety does not help... It's bittersweet to see that I am not the only one living in an anxious world... Hello and Good Luck
Michael! It's so great that you've joined us. I know what you mean when you say it's scary -- I used to go through those times too -- and they are, indeed, terrible. But, you've made a great choice by joining us and let's work on your anxiety here on this team. Post often, feel the support and learn what helps others, and best wishes to you!
My name is Michael Bliss and I am trying to find my Bridge To Bliss. I have terrible anxiety and have been in the hospital about it. I want to live a healthier life and cross over that bridge. my anxiety is is so scary. It is like the worst panic possible. I feel like I am in Hell when I am going through it. It is truly scary.
Hi everyone. I'm from the UK and have suffered with anxiety since a child. Things got on top of me around 7 years ago when I stopped working as I just couldn't face leaving the house. Bus journeys, busy shops, queuing and anywhere that has a lot of people brings on panic attacks. Even when I'm not having an attack if I'm in a shop I become slightly disorientated, as if I'm not completely there - sounds a bit silly but it's the only way I can explain it. I've tried some meds but they either didn't appear to day anything or just made me very drowsy. At the moment I'm in a bit of a rut as I still find it difficult at times just to leave the house. About 14 months ago I was put on a waiting list to get help from the local health authority and even though I'm supposedly a priority I'm still waiting for that help. As you can imagine I get very depressed at times, my self-esteem is often rock bottom and I'm always looking for anything that will help. Hopefully this group can provide a few pointers. I look forward to reading all the posts here.
current weight: 227.0
Posts: 452,313 1/12/10 10:21 P
My name is Cheryl and I just rejoined this evening! I'm a married Mom with one teenage son. I lead a few Teams here, so I may know some of you, but I look forward to meeting everyone and I'm here to support, lean on and build those friendships with!
Hello Everybody. I'm Debbie. I am grateful to find this team, as knowing there are others who travel down the same path as I with anxiety, is a comfort. I hope I can give as much as I hope to take away from the people on this team as I jump in to this weight loss and and trying to get control over the panic. I never had anxiety until my son was diagnosed with epilepsy 11 years ago. Anxiety has kept me from living life and I am sooooo tired of it. I'm a mom with 2 wonderful sons and they are my reasons to work harder to gain back my physical and mental health. I'm glad to be here. Thank you.
current weight: 185.0
Posts: 38 1/7/10 11:46 A
Hi there. I'm Rachel. I joined SP as a way to help m eon my goal of leading a healthier life, feeling more confident and transitioning off my anti-anxiety and anti-depression meds. I've struggled with these issues since my father's death 2 1/2 years ago and especially since summer 2009 when the anxiety became much worse. I know that I, personally, NEED to minimized processed foods, stay active, plan ahead and make down time non-negotiable to stay emotionally healthy. I look forward to being a part of this team and sharing our ups and downs with each other :)
current weight: 158.8
Fitness Minutes: (53,920) Posts: 31,496 1/2/10 9:57 A
Hello,I am a returning member. My anxiety (PTSD) has recently soared. I am taking medication again for the first time in 10 years. New health problems have exacerbated and I am not able to work a full time job. My health problems trigger my anxiety and then I bite everyone's head off. Sparks have kept me positive and helped me stay focused when I am down. I was without computer access for a while and couldn't check in but thanks to our Senior center I now have a computer in my home and I think I can improve with the help of my Spark Friends and medical team.
Kansas~ CST Each step taken is a calorie lest behind!
Don't quit! Tomorrow is another day to Sparkle.
December Minutes: 149
Posts: 75 12/29/09 11:25 P
Hello there, my name is Sarah and I am 21 years old. I am currently attempting to deal with many issues directly related to depression and anxiety. Basically, anxiety has kept me from getting a job, learning how to drive, and making friends. This anxiety leads to my depression continuously growing worse.
current weight: 241.0
Posts: 249 12/29/09 6:04 P
hi I'm Charity and I must admit I do suffer from anxiety. I sometimes am able to cope with it by practicing Pranayama Breathing. I really do want to get better control of it though
We have to know that sometimes people will let us down. Caring about others and loving others takes risk and probably more than we have in us most of the time. But I think the more we put out there, we'll have something returned greater than we could have imagined.
Fitness Minutes: (824) Posts: 44 12/5/09 2:19 P
Hi! I'm Luci, and I'm a 24-year-old college student. I hope to be graduating in May after spending six years as an undergrad due to my issues with depression and anxiety. After years of being misdiagnosed, I was finally diagnosed as an epileptic in February; one of the types of seizures I frequently experience takes place in the frontal lobe, the brain's emotional control center, which leads to my depressed and anxious feelings.
Unfortunately, I am behind in school again due to a medication change at the beginning of the semester. All of the stress has only exacerbated my condition. I'm also finding it very difficult making the switch to living life "disabled"; many friends look at me differently now, and it can be quite hard to deal with. I am hoping that this forum will provide an additional source of support for me as I learn how to live positively instead of letting myself be crippled by emotions that are beyond my control.
Thanks for the great group!
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." --Philippians 4:8
SHORT-TERM GOALS: 1. Drink eight glasses of water each day 2. Eat at least two servings of fruit or vegetables each day 3. Exercise for at least fifteen minutes each day
Hi guys! I'm Camilla, a23-year-old female nerd from Norway. I have been dealing with my anxiety for about eight years now, and I'm starting to handle it pretty good on a day to day basis - except those random days where something happens, or I forget to take my meds, or I just simply think wrong in the morning. People I tell about my anxiety usually tell me that they would've never known. I also suffer from Bipolar Spectrum (which means I'm not bipolar enough to actually be bipolar, but I have mood swings), and quite possibly ADD. I'm not being treated for the two latter, and my therapist ditched me half a year ago for my anxiety. I mean to call him to tell him just how pissed I am at him for ditching me when I clearly stated that I needed more sessions, but I never remember that during the opening hours. I eat my Cipralex pills every day, and they make my anxiety attacks more stable.
Else? I'm a student, studying Food Tech, which is great, the days I manage to show up. I'm a multi-nerd, which means I have lots of different nerdy interests, like fantasy, science fiction, books, science, computer, role-playing games, computer games, medieval re-enactment, knitting, nalbinding, Anime, Manga, board games, foodstuffs... You say it, I nerd it, basically. I don't take nerd as an insult, but a compliment. I currently exercise doing Tae Kwon Do twice a week (just started, so I don't even have a white belt yet), and the Leslie Sansone walking DVDs when I manage the other days. (Today, I did both, which means I won't do anything faintly exercise-ish tomorrow.) I have a wonderful boyfriend, which I have clinged to for 4 years now.
I'm also the queen of walls of text, as you can see.
current weight: 220.0
Posts: 452,313 11/20/09 5:57 P
Welcome to the Team! Itís great to have you here! And best wishes to you!
hello!I am KailiGirl. I am a 22 yr young newlywed...trying to have a positive outlook on life.I am curresntly struggling with depression and anxiety and I would love to be encouraged and carry out the message God has placed on my heart to encourage other young women.
Posts: 45 11/17/09 6:16 P
Hi everyone my name is Angie and I have joined SP to lose weight. I found when I was 15 years old( 9years ago) suffer from GAD. It hasn't been easy but I doing ok. Its hard to accomplish something when something inside of you( a voice) so strong is afraid to let you take the first step because you might fail. Does anyone else feel that way. That is why I'm here :o(
Pounds lost: 7.0
Fitness Minutes: (140) Posts: 15 11/15/09 12:48 A
I just wanted to pop in and introduce myself to the team. So hi and stuff...
I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and joined Sparkpeople in an effort to build some healthy habits (i.e. diet, exercise, and relaxation) that will help decrease my chronic anxiety.
Edited by: MOISME at: 11/15/2009 (00:48)
current weight: 168.0
Posts: 452,313 11/13/09 1:42 P
I'm new here too -- actually, it's more like I'm back. I needed to cut back months ago due to the same issue -- anxiety. But I'm here to support and offer whatever help I can to everyone. I've lived with anxiety way too long in my life! And, I hope I can lessen others' too!
Fitness Minutes: (337) Posts: 53 11/10/09 10:50 A
My name is Kat. Ive been dealing with anxiety for 2 years, and Im fed up. Stressed out and tired. Hope to have my life back one day.
Pounds lost: 23.0
Posts: 36 11/4/09 12:17 P
Hi! I'm new to this team, and want to share my anxiety problems with you all. I started way back about 28 years ago with a major panic attack at a grocery store.. I had no idea what was happening to me I was so scared.. I was freaked for at least a week..looking back I can see why, I had major stress with a small child, we just bought our 1st house, I was working every day from 4am -7am driving delivering newspapers.. every single day! (did it for 7 years I used to worry about my car breaking down, or being attacked by some weirdo ect..) anyway I went to the drs and they said I was hypoglycimc(sp?).. eat cheese they said.. so I ate cheese.. ha! guess what, it didn't help! to make a very long story short.. after years of trying to deal, I was afraid of going places, afraid of working, I thought "what if" I could look foolish having a panic attack, I may go crazy in front of people and embarrass myself..I got so bad I could feel the blood running thru me.. some chemical would realise in my back of my neck and I could feel it going thru my veins! I was so scared.. I was on the couch for a month.. I had 3 kids by then..and a small daughter..my mom has been crippled most of my life and I take care of her..It was so awful I had panic attacks just trying to drive to get my daughter a stupid toy from Burger King! I couldn't go in a grocery store by myself for years! Then.. my sister begged me to try Prozac. well I heard all these horrible things Prozac might make me do..but what did I have to loose.. I was so exhausted from being scared, and after a major screaming and crying attack.. I went that day to my Drs. and he put me on prozac.. I slowly started living again! slowing started trusting myself! it's been about 10 years now and I have made great changes from what I used to be! I'd drive to Mexico, (4 hr. drive)I'd stay in Hotels for 2 nights! (big deal for me!)recently I went on a 5 day drive with a friend to Oregon.. normally I'd only go away for 2-3 nights.. but I did great! I found I seem to have escape issues.. I have to have a way out..(agoraphobic much??) well in Dec I'll have another challenge, I'm going to go on a plane with my daughter. The last time I flew was in '93.. to Hawaii.. and I was a total basket case! just remembering the whole trip gives me the shivers! I'm 54 years old... I have to get over this fear stuff.. baby steps...
Pounds lost: 44.0
Posts: 39 11/2/09 2:13 P
Hi Gold25, I'm new to this team ...it was difficult for me to post here as well. In fact it made me just as nervous as introducing myself face to face. I understand how gaining weight can make it harder to socialize. I have to say though, congratulations on your weight loss and getting out there and socializing!! BTW, have you tried Trazodone for sleep...just 25mg a night is all I need to sleep well with very little side effects!! Thank goodness for it otherwise I would be I'd be a complete wreck LOL....anyway good luck and keep posting!
current weight: 165.0
Posts: 82 11/2/09 8:56 A
Hello, I have been nervous and ashamed to join this group although I've been looking at it for weeks! Finally, here I am. I am not currently taking any medications; I was on Lexapro for 2 years, and slept through most of that time. I also gained 80 lbs! So in March I weaned myself off of the last of the Lexapro and commited to healther living. I have therapy once a week and exercise 5 days a week. Socializing is incredibly difficult for me. The weight gain has made that increasingly worse, until I almost never wanted to do anything socially. Getting to sleep is very difficult now without any medicine, but I'm going to get there one day. I have lost 18 lbs so far, and I went to a Halloween party and was not the first to leave!
Edited by: G0LD25 at: 11/2/2009 (08:56)
Pounds lost: 44.0
Posts: 357 10/26/09 8:54 P
Girly 43: I feel the same way; I used to love to ride in planes and travel; since I had a kid, I worry all the time. I think my mom may have been the same. She changed when I got sick and needed heart surgery. I wonder if there is a PTSD component to it, I don't know. I just konw I'm not the happy go lucky adventure seeker I used to be and I worry constantly about family and their health.
Edited by: WORDGRRL71 at: 10/26/2009 (20:56)
Posts: 357 10/26/09 8:51 P
Hi Everybody: I came home today with my first anti-anxiety med; after six months of intensive therapy following the 1) death of my mother and 2) the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes for my then-9 year old kid, I realized that I needed help. I also have substance abuse issues stemming from my anxiety. I hope to find like minded people who understand the worry. Today my therapist clinician was trying to decide if I was bipolar or just anxious; the funny thing: the differential variable was apparently, "Those thoughts that keep you up at night, is it like the color of the sky and who won the Indy 500 or is it related to your life?" When I said it was related to my life, it turned out to be anxiety. That was interesting for me to observe HIS clinical process.
I decided I finally needed help. Anyone else new; my counselor says I have anxiety with an undercurrent of depression (she says I'm UNHAPPY)....This weekend, I had my first ever social (this is for you, Vi,) panic attack and canceled out at the last minute, only to realize I have done this sort of thing for a LONG time....mostly due to my weight and how I will be perceived. I have gotten a reputation as being unreliable by my friends who ask me out; I have some close girlfriends who understand, though I have never fully iterated the weight thing as the reason I have social anxiety, though honestly, it's not just weight. I'm an extrovert, can you believe it?
The majority of my anxiety revolves around my daughter, my father, my mother (how she suffered when she passed), how I'm not in the career I wanted, or the social situation I wanted, at age 38. It's nuts what I worry about. I'm amazed my forehead is not burrowed with wrinkles.
I'm looking just to cope and get better too. I have to say, biking to work seem to be helping...if you have any suggestions or feel the same way, please let me know. Nobody seems to understand.
Posts: 39 10/25/09 12:15 A
Hi all! I'm Vi. I have 3 girls ages 3, 4, and 10. I suffer from social anxiety. I don't interact much when I'm with a group of people. I always leave wishing I could have been more talkative. I have lately become anxious even when going to check mail or at the gym. I have isolated myself alot and with that comes isolating my children. More than anything, I want my kids to be confident and have lots of friends. I keep hoping that I will just meet the right people and snap out of it. The weirdest thing is that I'm not really shy, I love people! I just get really nervous and think that people around me think the worst of me. I have alot to be thankful for and have alot to offer, I just wish I could open up and get some relief from the physical symptoms of anxiety. I really look forward to learning how to cope. Thanks
current weight: 165.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,655) Posts: 2,159 10/23/09 11:05 A
Welcome "May1703"---I hope this team is helpful to you. There are many informative Sparklers here.
Peace and blessings, Vicki
Happy Sparkling, Vicki aka Jim's Queenie
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Nobody can go back and start a new beginning but anyone can start a new beginning today and make a new ending!!!- - Maria Robinson
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current weight: 161.0
Posts: 69 10/21/09 9:22 P
Hi, I'm new to the team. I've been a member of SP for a few months ago. Looking forward to meeting you all.
Pounds lost: 12.0
Posts: 2 10/21/09 9:24 A
Hi Starphire, I just joined SP and came across your post and wow! you could be reading mine! I have been diagnosed with GAD with Panic and just started meds. I also joined because my current lifestyle is not conductive to a healthy state of mind. And because of this I was also pleasantly surprised to find the Dealing with Anxiety team. I have been trying to eat healthier and walk @2 miles a day 5x a week and definately feel like the walking has helped with stress. I hope we feel better and healthier soon! Good luck to you.
Posts: 5 10/13/09 5:39 P
Hi all! I'm Rachel and i'm new to the team but glad to be here :)
Edited by: PAPERRACHEL at: 10/13/2009 (17:39)
current weight: 165.6
Posts: 244 10/10/09 3:14 P
Hi Starphire, wanted to ask, did you find it helped you once you had the diagnosis?
"If you believe in yourself... you will be strong" Martina Topley-Bird
current weight: 398.0
Posts: 5 10/9/09 8:11 P
I've recently been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (with a side of Panic). Looking back, this is a disorder I've had since childhood. I'm currently being treated with medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, which has been helpful. However, I know that my current lifestyle is not conducive to a healthy state of mind. I am hopeful that some lifestyle changes will strengthen both my body and my mind and provide a natural buffer against my chronic anxiety. I joined SparkPeople hoping that it would to help me jump start some of the lifestyle changes I need to make and was pleasantly surprised to find the Dealing with Anxiety team.
Pounds lost: 0.0
Posts: 2 10/9/09 11:16 A
Hello, I'm 27 years old and have two children. Since I've had kids my anxiety has been slowly getting worse. My children are 7 and 4 1/2. My anxiety now seems out of control. Everyday I worry about something. Whether it be, are my kids healthy, are my pets healthy, are my parents healthy....This week I've continually been worrying about my health. Not a day has gone by that I haven't sat and cried because I feel like I'm probably dying from something. Then I feel guilty for being self absorbed. I have visited my doctor recently but not for the new concerns yet. I have talked to him on the phone though. I think I would be okay today if I didn't feel like I have a pill or something stuck in my chest that won't go away. I have also had an acid reflux for over 15 years. I'm here looking for support to deal with this issue, and I look forward to getting to know you all.
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