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What I Wish People Knew About Anxiety

It can be hard to fully understand what a panic attack is like until you experience one for yourself. That’s why we decided to shed some light on the issue by asking what you wish people know about anxiety. 

What would you add to the list?

 

Allison shared that one of the ways she relieves her anxiety is through art therapy. This is one of her recent paintings based on the Tauren Wells song “Hills and Valleys.”

We actually had the chance to show her art to Tauren:

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Karen
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Karen

Anxiety attacks are different for each person. I feel like I have to get out of my skin. Thankfully, they don’t happen too often anymore. I sought help from a counselor & medication. Sometimes I think that we, as Christians are quick to rely only on prayer when God has provided us with brains to take care of what we can. I’m not saying we shouldn’t continue to pray unceasingly, but it would be as though we would just sit and not use our legs to go get food because if we are close enough to God, He will provide… Read more »

T Hughes
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T Hughes

I wish people understood that Christians can have anxiety and need medication. And that the anxiety is usually manageable; but we sometimes get overwhelmed and need time out.

Steph
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Steph

Anxiety is not a sign of weakness. Trust me, if I could snap my fingers and make it go away, I would..

Ryan
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Ryan

Panic attacks can happen anywhere or at any time for me. My personal belief is that panic attacks are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. What most people don’t know is that the medication for panic attacks can be just as bad as having panic attacks. Praying everyday for a cure to an awful disorder!

Cas
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Cas

It’s not always a chemical imbalance. It can also stem from stuff that has happened to someone in their past. Or it could be both. I have been able to control a lot of my anxiety and attacks without medication for over 6 years now.

Ryan
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Ryan

You are right Cas it could be both. I’ve been on anxiety medication for 10 years. I rarely have panic attacks. Before the medication, I would have daily panic attacks.

Jessica
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Jessica

Just a suggestion. And I don’t know why this is the place for it but… Dr. Caroline Leaf has a lot of writings from a Christian view on reprogramming the brain. It has helped to feel like a doctor myself vs being at the mercies of a medical team. And my team lead, The Great Physician, keeps unlocking pieces to my personal puzzle. Autoimmune issues. Toxic metals. Past drug interactions. PTSD. Soul ties. Control. They’re all a piece of it for me. I hope you get some answers. May His grace guide you.

Jennifer Coates
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I wish people believed it is not a way to get attention or gain pity. I wish people knew the person having the anxiety attack hates it even more than the spectators watching you does!

Becky
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Becky

I couldn’t agree more!! I hate suffering from this because of how it affects the ones that love me and I love the most! Cant just be snapped out of like some people think!

Meg
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Meg

Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks are more than feeling anxious or worried. It is debilitating and makes it almost impossible to function. It is not a weakness or lack of faith. It may be a medical condition that requires medication to bring the brain chemistry back in line, just like blood pressure medication brings blood pressure under control. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help if anxiety disrupts your life.

Nicholas Ferraiuolo
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Nicholas Ferraiuolo

I wish people knew that it is consuming and most us would do anything to get rid of it, like a person following you around standing on your chest, it’s like being put in a suit that is too small and very tight but you can’t get out of it.

Tawnia Timmons
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I could not agree more. I have had anxiety and panic attacks for over 20 years now and take medication for it. I have been to counseling and even put myself in an outpatient program at a mental facility in which I think is the best thing I have ever done for myself. I really learned a lot. 1) that anxiety and panic attacks cannot kill you, 2) you can control them because they are triggered most of the time by your own thoughts, 3) coping skills that work for me I s to take long deep breaths and go… Read more »

Veta Sheridan
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Veta Sheridan

I have panic attacks most of the time since I retired. It is not fun, and nothing short of a miracle can stop it.

JohnnyR
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JohnnyR

I am in my 60’s now, so you know this was long ago. Thinking back to my teens, my mom used to get really upset with me for refusing to go out with the “popular people”. I would hear about it being the favorite time of life and I needed to quit acting the way I was and get going. She could never, ever understand that anxiety had a hold on me and I simply could not do it. That, of course, heaped loads of guilt onto me and it just reinforced what an unworthy person I was. She wanted… Read more »

Christine Osborn
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Christine Osborn

Thank you. From a mom of a teen.

R. Young
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I can’t stop it but I don’t have to let it stop me. I wrote a poem to try and explain some of how I feel. It’s not really finished but here’s what I have. Another Panic Attack Walking over to say hello, just then, I feel it strike. Want to run but it’s too late. Feels like I’m gonna die. Hands are shaking. I can’t breathe. Everything’s going black. Head is pounding. Can she see? It’s another panic attack. Need to breathe and play it off. Maybe, this one will just pass. Try to talk but I can’t think.… Read more »

Tina
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Tina

That is a very powerful poem. Brought tears to my anxious eyes.

Madison
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Madison

Anxiety and depression is not something you can just ‘get over’. It’s also not just ‘feeling sad’ for a day or 2. It’s part of your life and no one chooses this. I wake up with panic attacks almost every morning, sometimes my days are a haze. I still function socially because I am a single parent and I have no choice. I also don’t really have anyone who understands. If you notice someone who starts to be less active and talkative, please reach out and check on them. Sometimes just being there and sitting with someone makes a world… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

I totally get it Madison, most people cannot accept how we live with anxiety and depression. I think I have always been prone to depression, but it’s been more pronounced since my wife told me about 5 years ago that she didn’t think she ever loved me (even though we’d been married 21 years at that time, and we had 2 kids with the 1st one after we’d been married for 4 years). And like you, I’ve been able to function socially, but most through strength of will and being a good “actor”. My wife filed for divorce in October,… Read more »

Cas
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Cas

My anxiety stems from relationships and it’s almost like PTSD. That’s the closest thing to anxiety to make anyone who hasn’t experienced it understand it that I have come up with. For me, what I’ve experienced from past relationships, if something remotely feels like I’m back there I panic. I’m not trying to get what I want but I don’t want to feel that way anymore. And the thoughts are overwhelming. But through my Faith in God it has got better, but I can easily slip back into it without a good night’s rest or just being overwhelmed with life,… Read more »

PTSD? YES
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PTSD? YES

Have you tried exposure therapy? It sounds like you had an abusive situation which can lead to PTSD and a body’s need for control/overcontrol. Been there. It gets better. Share with the husband. Face your fears. Ask for what you need, even if you don’t know if it will work. (I found I could say, “I need you to hug me like it could break me” because compression is so comforting. Weird at 1st, but it is now our normal.)

Judy
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Judy

Great point about asking for what we need. I don’t get social anxiety as much anymore, but one thing that really helps me is to have a friend by my side. In a mixer I may ask a friend just to stick with me. This assures me a safe place. I have been in a situation before where I tried to join in a conversation and was treated like an unwelcome guest, leaving me wanting to crawl away. Analyzing this I could trace it back to a bully in my childhood who let me know I was not welcome in… Read more »

Beth
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Beth

It can also be caused by medical conditions – like issues with your heart or thyroid conditions. It also can just be a part of your personality – I’m an INFJ and need a lot of time by myself and need to pray every time I spend time with other people for God to relieve me of the burden of their issues as I have a tendency to pick up on their stuff. I’m not weird, I don’t have a problem, its the way God created me and He helps me with it every day.

Hallie
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Hallie

Anxiety can be sitting in the Church parking lot because for some reason walking in is scary today. It’s having a panic attack because the grocery store moved things around and now you don’t know where the Ketchup is and you just can’t ask someone. Casting all my cares and worries on Him helps get through the moment, but a low dose medication and counseling helps keep me evened out for the most part. I also have an amazing group of friends that I can call and help me rationalize things during those times. What I wish people knew is… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

They are so bad sometimes that you do not want to be in the same area where it happened the last time. You can even get anxious because you are worried that you will have it again.

Linda S Paul
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Linda S Paul

I would love to have it known that we are not crazy even though we may look that way. These come on suddenly, for no known reason. I feel like I’m blowing steam out my ears, ready to explode, can’t talk, can’t get away fast enough & need space, calm, & air.
When trying to talk to friends they say it’s not possible, had to be underlying cause, that didn’t happen or what are you talking about. It is easier to become a recluse.

Tiffany T
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Tiffany T

I wish people knew that there is no shame in having anxiety and getting help. This can be a gateway to severe depression and suicide. Don’t hold it in! Get help!

Tina
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Tina

I want people to know that we can be fine one day and wake up the next in full blown anxiety. This can last for hours, days, weeks and even months. We have no control of when it will happen. I have dealt with debilitating anxiety and panic for years now. Have been to many doctors who have all sorts of ideas of why and have been of many different medications to no avail. I pray daily for relief when I’m in it and for it to sty away when I’m feeling good. Just talking to God about it helps… Read more »

Cindy
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Cindy

You can’t just turn it off – there is so much more to it than just “clicking a button” and making it go away!

Emily
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Emily

Anxiety keeps me isolated. I avoid large crowds and it sometimes keeps me from even going to church.

Hollie
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Hollie

Anxiety has never been a part of my life until my son was in the 5th grade. He has the anxiety and my husband and I have had to learn a lot about something that we can not truly understand. I think what really makes it hard is that at age 12 he does not understand what is going on therefore he can’t explain things to me.

Jessica
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Jessica

This was me as a kid. Super into school until one day I wasn’t. Really good tester until suddenly test anxiety hit. Super social until I wrecked my friendships by being the weird kid. I graduated a year early, but it was to escape. I didn’t realise the problem was internal. I had a lot of toxic escape routes. Please stay involved, even OVER involved. Don’t let him wallow in his room. Encourage writing. Read his journals if he shares them (an unlocked Word doc is how I used to let my dad in). They’re usually more telling than verbal… Read more »

Debbie
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What i want others to know is even though they are finding out some of the people doing horrible things like shootings etc . Does not mean all of us have those thoughts and feelings The mind is an amazing part of our bodies created by Father God. It works in so many different ways. Like someone else stated if diabetics and other illnesses can be respected why cannot anxiety or panic attacks. Non of us wants this. I am grateful that the Great Physician has given other doctors the knowledge and medicines to help those of us that suffer… Read more »

Jesseca
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Jesseca

I’m not over reacting, it’s not something that I can just “get over”. Anxiety can be paralyzing. Very few people know the depths of my anxiety because of the stigma around it. As a strong Christian, people do not expect you to have any type of mental illness. Typically I’m told I don’t have faith in my Father or I am being attacked and need to just pray. Those things can be very hurtful, even when they are meant to help. I am completely in love with my Creator and pray continually. I wish people wouldn’t just assume things.

Beverly Soileau
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Beverly Soileau

Last Christmas we were in a local store that some groups take kids for shop with a ______ (Viking, Cop, Wildcat are just a few). The store was crowded, including a news crew. We were in there to look for just one little thing. My 19 year old who suffers with anxiety attacks had one, as she doesn’t deal well with unexpected very large groups like that. Dad walked out with her and took time to listen to her to try to understand what she goes through. He had no ideal the panic that sets in. Growing up as a… Read more »

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Anxiety is real and is nothing to ashamed of. It can be a matter of a chemical imbalance or it can be much more complex. Don’t be afraid to seek treatment.

Rebecca Christensen
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Rebecca Christensen

Gosh. There’s so much in our society, culture, country, the world that is harrowing – “stressful” doesn’t even come close. I recently had to retire from Law Enforcement after 20 years. I had a total breakdown – panic attacks and anxiety can be absolutely debilitating, paralyzing. You’re almost afraid to breathe. It’s frightening for people to think about and deal with because it has to do with the “grey area,” the brain – and the heart. Anxiety, depression, all of that isolate us within ourselves – and that makes us easy prey for the enemy. I counter all that with… Read more »

Rebecca Christensen
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Rebecca Christensen

Gosh. There’s so much in our society, culture, country, the world that is harrowing – “stressful” doesn’t even come close. I recently had to retire from Law Enforcement after 20 years. I had a total breakdown – panic attacks and anxiety can be absolutely debilitating, paralyzing. You’re almost afraid to breathe. It’s frightening for people to think about and deal with because it has to do with the “grey area,” the brain – and the heart. Anxiety, depression, all of that isolate us within ourselves – and that makes us easy prey for the enemy. I counter all that with… Read more »

Insomniac
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Insomniac

Any emotional wave lasts about 20 minutes at its max, so if I can ride the wave for 20 minutes, alone, yet with you nearby “just in case,” it is more helpful than telling me to calm down. Anxiety is often co-existing with other issues, yet sometimes it strikes out of nowhere. I could have a non-flare day and suddenly be anxious, or have a terrible flare up and not be fearful. There is no logic to it. It feels like being in a bad dream and not being able to wake up, no matter how many times you mentally… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

The best way I can describe panic is “debilitating fear”. The best way to help someone is to hold them and help them feel safe. We can’t just snap out of it. Professional help and medication have helped me. Prayers to all who suffer from this!

Emily W
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Emily W

It’s like people think snapping your fingers or a one-time prayer or encouragement is going to solve everything. Anxiety is an ongoing issue, not just that you’re troubled with something. It’s not just something you can “release.” It’s hard to be a Christian in this because apparently you don’t have enough faith if you don’t always experience “perfect peace.” It’s not our fault. If we could stop we could. Trust me. It’s not an attention thing. Would you jump in a hole and bury yourself alive? Obviously not. So why do other people act like you’re doing it on purpose… Read more »

Rockerenee
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Rockerenee

I am sure so many others have said this, but I get so frustrated when people say, “what do you have to be stressed about?” It’s not about what I have to be stressed about. I have had some of my worst episodes when life was going great and not had as much problem at times that seemed hopeless. They’ll say, “I’ll teach you how to be healthy and you won’t have to be on that medicine,” *rolling eyes* I remember having attacks since I was in the 3rd grade (at the time, everyone thought I was having an asthma… Read more »

Colleen
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Colleen

Anxiety can branch to all areas of your life. I struggle with social Anxiety, and find it difficult to introduce myself to people and strike up even just a small conversation. Large crowds, especially at a social event, subconsciously make me uncomfortable and I stay as far away from the center of the room if I can. Ordering food at a restaurant is an endeavour within itself, and I stutter and my mind goes blank and I completely forget what I was going to order at times. Panic attacks feel like an out of body experience. Your mind is racing… Read more »

Dakota
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Dakota

I wish people knew that anxiety isn’t rational an it makes you feel like all control over your life is taken away. I know God should be in control over most aspects in our life’s, but anxiety takes away the aspects you do have control over. Like how much sleep you get, how often you spend time with others. Anxiety is a weight on your chest that makes you feel like you’re drowning above water.

Dave Kennedy
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Dave Kennedy

This is what I love about our WAY family. We encourage each other with our honesty & our hope. It’s good to know that no one is stuck being alone – both with people like you and with our Lord Jesus Christ. I just finished reading a book by Sarah E Ball, entitled Fearless in 21 Days. She talks about how she was able to emerge out of her crippling anxiety. Sarah speaks about the importance of understanding this battle from the physical, emotional, and spiritual perspectives. Don’t get me wrong … Sarah’s journey didn’t end in 21 days, but… Read more »

Kathryn
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Kathryn

What I wish people knew about anxiety is:” I know my fear/anxiety is unrealistic but my body does not”

wayfmlistener
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wayfmlistener

I wish that people knew that anxiety is different from day to day. As someone who is in therapy for takes medicine for and has been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I have had both days. One day you can do anything and are great, then the next you can’t leave your house. I also wish that people knew that to take medicine and or go to therapy for anxiety does not mean you are broken.

Nicole
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Nicole

I wish people knew how much people who have anxiety wish they did not have it. Keep talking about it. The thoughts can be so heavy on a person that they don’t feel secure opening up to someone about it. Medication isn’t for everyone and God is the only strength and healer for such an awful illness.

Tracy Whitlock
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Tracy Whitlock

It is so real and I am still learning to deal with panic attacks. How can others understand when I don’t understand myself?

Kelly
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Kelly

Anxiety isn’t always due to circumstances. My first series of panic attacks happened when everything was going well. No major stress in my life. For me it was a pattern of thoughts that I couldn’t shut off, and then my body responded in panic attacks. My doctor prescribed a low dose medication when it wouldn’t resolve on its own, but the greatest help was talking about it with my husband. Unfortunately, I waited years to fully admit what those thoughts were. I have found as I share my story with others, that I am not alone. We need to be… Read more »