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?