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Anxiety comes and goes

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My story begins about the middle of my senior year in high school. I had to do a presentation and knew I was not going to have it. I felt all anxious and had a complete panic attack in front of my class. I ran out and never returned to class again.  I decided to hide and use avoidance, but it still came back.  I went to my art teacher’s classroom and realized that where I wanted to be was in the art studio!!! 

I am 21, and I have survived by listening to music and following my heart, not my anxiety.  I work on my ceramic sculptures, and they are the most beautiful things that make me happy, and I want to do more!!!  I am also seeing a cognitive behavioral therapist for my anxiety, and it is helping me.  I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel, and know that I have survived and will continue to survive and be social!!!  God has given me a life of love and happiness, and I will “reach out” and say I am not perfect and never was before. It’s all feelings that no one can see or feel!!!  Jesus loves you, and so do I!!!! <3 smile

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    haily_3

    I’ve been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for a while now. problem is i can get my mom to understand what’s going on and she doesn’t believe i really am going threw a rough time. is there anyway to convince her that i really do need help?

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      ReachOut

      We’re sorry you’re having this situation. It’s rough when our loved ones seem to minimize what we’re going through. Maybe this fact sheet about effective communication will help you:  http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/effective-communication  Also, maybe if you just calmly describe your panic attacks to your Mom, she’ll see how difficult they are for you.  For more discussion, be sure to join the forums here:  http://us.reachout.com/forums/forum.php  We really hope things start to get better for you!
      —The ReachOut

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    jane

    are there any other ways to deal with your stress besides music? 

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    Cj1860

    Over the computer your just an internet face, I wish I knew someone like you in “real life”, that is the kind of person I feel could help me right now.

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      Bigmex30

      I Feel The Exact Same Way^

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        ReachOut

        Thanks for checking out ReachOut.com and reading these stories. We understand that it can feel lonely when you are struggling with these issues, but these stories show that you are not alone!
        You may want to read our fact sheets on effective communication ( http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/effective-communication so you can feel more comfortable talking to your friends about it.
        Another option is to start a group or a club to meet people in your area or school to support each other. DoSomething has good resources for building clubs in your neighborhood ( http://www.dosomething.org/clubs.
        Hope this helps. Don’t forget to reach out when things get tough, or even before they do!
        Reach Out Crew

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