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I've heard that everyone experiences anxiety differently, and I'm curious how you guys feel it. For me I get heart palpitations, I sweat, I get the shakes, I can't stop thinking (hence why chess helps me calm down :) ), but the worst is I can't eat when I'm anxious (lost about 20 lbs in a few weeks because of it :low:).
 
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My anxiety is mild, so I can mostly just ignore it when I need to do something, but it prevents me from sleeping. I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, which makes it super difficult to function during the day.
 
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anxiety is the worst part of my illness ,it debilitates me in so many things
its hard to say how it affects me its just hell to be honest ,i hope yours improves and you like it here x
 
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anxiety is the worst part of my illness ,it debilitates me in so many things
its hard to say how it affects me its just hell to be honest ,i hope yours improves and you like it here x
I really do like it here! It's really nice to have people to share with! Thanks! 😊
 
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Mine was debilitating too. I had constant ruminating thoughts. Couldn’t stop them, they over whelmed me. I was finally put on a great medicine that helped. I am unable to work but my anxiety has improved.
 
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Mine is extremely debilitating, and it shows up in different ways.

The most present one is over-thinking. I'm always trapped in my own thoughts. I worry about things that don't really matter all that much, but I can't help but constantly think about them. I usually have to listen to music or podcasts just to get to sleep, because if it's quiet, my thoughts just start spiraling.

I also have mild-moderate panic attacks. My heart races, my chest is tight, my stomach feels sick, I can't concentrate. Sometimes my vision goes slightly blurry or I get dizzy. They aren't extreme attacks like others experience, but they are extremely crippling, as they can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. Once, due to a change in medication, I was stuck in a constant state of panic for an entire week.

I also have severe social anxiety. That's a more specific type of anxiety, but it's horrible to struggle with. I can't make calls, and when I do, I often spend at least fifteen minutes staring at the phone beforehand. Leaving the house at all is a nightmare, and any interaction with another person is terrifying.

Overall, it's one of the most extreme, crippling struggles I've ever had to deal with. Every second of my life is affected somehow by anxiety. It's made my life incredibly difficult, and sometimes I'm not sure how I've made it through.

Also, I've never heard of someone playing chess to calm down. That's really neat. I'm so glad you have a coping method that seems to help.
 
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Does anyone else get ibs like symptoms when anxious
 
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Does anyone else get ibs like symptoms when anxious
Yeah actually I didn't think of that, I do tend to get ibs like symptoms as well. That actually makes so much sense thanks for that 😂
 
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Yes, anxiety gives me lots of pain. Migraines,back and neck pain. It raises my blood pressure even though I am on meds for hypertension. I can’t eat , get chills and sweats. Insomnia and tummy aches. I think the older I get the more physical symptoms I get from anxiety. My anxiety medication helps alot especially preventing a full blown panic attack.:unsure:
 
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