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Topic: Unsure if I am experiencing anxiety

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  1. helloredrobin
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    3 posts
    17 January 2020

    Hello everyone.

    The past half a year, I’ve had some strange symptoms that have become much more apparent recently and I’ve begun to think I’m suffering from anxiety, but I’m unsure. For a 16 year old girl, I’m very out-of-touch with my feelings and tend to push anything out of the ordinary away. However, recently I haven’t been able to shake certain ones.

    Very occasionally in the past half a year, I’d have short periods of time where I’d get a butterfly feeling in my chest and I’d be extremely restless and tense for no reason. I’d feel like something bad was going to happen or like I wanted to cry about something. This didn’t last long and only appeared every month or so, so I ignored it.

    However, in the past month, these symptoms have become much more frequent and noticeable. When I’m with people, I don’t notice it much. But as soon as I’m alone and can think about it, I get a feeling of a racing heart, even if it isn’t, and an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness.

    For the past few years, I’ve had an extreme case of frequent daydreaming, I’m very forgetful, and quite impulsive. These never seemed to be affecting me, I thought. But as soon as these anxiety-like symptoms began happening more often, everything has become more noticeable and I’ve been more irritable and moody and frankly unhappy.

    Because I’m terrible and awkward when it comes to understanding my emotions and feelings, only two close friends know about my feelings, both who have very similar feelings as they have been diagnosed with anxiety. I’m unsure of how to tell my parents if these bouts of anxiety get worse because they’re either extremely dramatic, or will tell me I’m being ridiculous.

    I just came on for a little bit of reassurance. Are these symptoms of anxiety, or is it something else? Should I be telling someone else or is it something I could try and help on my own first?

  2. blueeyes98
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    2 posts
    17 January 2020 in reply to helloredrobin


    This does sound like symptoms of anxiety, I completely understand that if you don't really understand whats going on its hard to talk about it. Did you know there are plenty of free counselling services out there that can help you understand what you may be feeling and going through? It doesn't require you to tell anyone including your parents until your'e ready.

    Most schools also have counselling services, (if you ask a trusted teacher I'm sure they'll help) and duck out during class for a chat.

    Also not saying you need a counsellor just mean that they may be able to help you figure out whats happening with your feelings and how you can cope with them when they come up.

    I wish you all the best!

  3. helloredrobin
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    3 posts
    20 January 2020 in reply to blueeyes98


    Thank you for your kind reply. If these symptoms, along with others, worsen, I think I will definitely be booking an appointment with the school counsellor. I appreciate your support.

  4. BillieJo
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    5 posts
    21 January 2020 in reply to helloredrobin

    Hey there!
    I feel I have some very similar symptoms as to what you are experiencing, to me it definitely sounds like anxiety, but the good news is that now you are aware something is not right you have the opportunity to get support :)

    If a visit to the school counsellor or mentor feels a bit too much too soon, could you perhaps find time to have a chat with an aunty, cousin or very trustworthy friend? Remember, you may end up being very surprised at the support you can find from people you dont expect to be understanding.

    Wishing you all the best lovely!

  5. helloredrobin
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    3 posts
    22 January 2020 in reply to BillieJo

    Thank you very much for your kind words.

    I definitely do have family members I can console in before my parents, I’ll give that a try when I get my confidence up a little haha.

    May I ask if vivid/weird dreams were something you experienced too? Just curious, as that’s also a prominent symptom.

    Thanks again.

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