January 15th, 2013, 11:38 PM
Hey everyone! I'm 19 from Australia and I've been suffering badly from anxiety since 2011, however after thinking about it I think I had signs of it my whole life. I was just wondering if anyone else suffers, what people suggest as treatments, I know things like a therapist, however I've gone to 3 different therapists. 1 I just didn't connect with, 1 wanted to send me to some catholic thing to turn me straight and the last one I just didn't feel like she helped. Any home remedies or anything people know of when anxiety comes on at home? Also I think I should mention I'm not sure what the anxiety is about, I think maybe it could just be generally about life and the difficulties in life.
January 16th, 2013, 12:51 AM
Hi! I had always had anxiety problems since I was a kid. I think I know where I got that from since both of my parents are super worrywart. I am going to share with you some of the thing I did to deal with my anxiety.
When I was a kid I would always worry about the score of my art tests even though it's a very sure thing I would be the top of the class (no one in my class likes art anyway so they don't bother). I still do though (worry whether I can pass my course subjects) now that I am in college, but it's getting better.
I also tend to have social problems & don't know how to interact with people in real life. I also dislike crowds and tend to get dizzy or lost if someone I know is not with me in crowd situations. My sister advised me to take up public speaking since I like to talk.
So I did, I took them back in my high school. I was really nervous in the first public speaking competition. When I first came onto the stage, I removed my glasses so I couldn't see clearly who's in the audience and it kinda helped my anxiety as I couldn't see anyone around me clearly so I can concentrate on speaking.
Soon, I start to compete in a lot of inter school competitions as I slowly got more comfortable with being seeing in public / crowd. I also participate in some art competitions and when they award the prizes (where you have to go up the stage) I slowly start to feel better.
When I went to college I wanted to take up a hobby and since the Ice rink is nearby (and I really like figure skating anyways) I took the class. I was pretty shy and anxious whenever my coach had class with me for the first few lessons, I would worry if I do it right and whether I would embarrass myself in front of her and her kid students.
I am also very scared to go to practice alone. I Would always drag my classmates go skating with me. My first competition (which was almost 4 years ago) during the practice I messed it up really badly at that time (because too many people staring at you and every other participant glaring at your every move) During the competition I was so anxious I couldn't even tie my shoe lace. But luckily my coach pull me through it and eventually I fare ok.
Eventually I start to get comfortable being seeing in public, and I slowly get used to going to practice alone. Nowadays, I still get anxious once in a while but probably not as bad.
January 19th, 2013, 02:54 AM
I've found reading about anxiety helps/forums and self help books. Generally the best techniques to stop anxiety is to either dismiss the thoughts that can lead to anxiety orrr distract yourself with other things. Being around a friends/family can help. Avoiding stimulants like caffeine, sugar, alcohol. Improving your nutrition/diet always improves the physical and mental function. Or you could tackle the anxiety head on. Find what causes it, then dive into those thoughts and try to bring on the anxiety yourself. Basically exposing that there is nothing to fear from whatever it is that unsettles you. If it's something spontaneous and not mental or environment related, then it's probably something you should address nutritionally.
Last edited by ziliphin01; January 19th, 2013 at 02:59 AM.