5 Feelings Anxiety Sufferers Can Relate To
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5 Feelings Anxiety Sufferers Can Relate To

Almost constant mental state of "multiple tabs open".

5 Feelings Anxiety Sufferers Can Relate To
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I must first start off with a disclaimer. I am not a certified medical professional and can not diagnose anxiety in a person, and this article is, by no means, attempting to diagnose anxiety to anyone. I'm merely attempting to explain feelings I've encountered with my struggle with anxiety with the hope that there are people who can relate to a couple or some or even all the feelings I'm about to explain. There are many feelings I've experienced, so this list is not conclusive, by any means. Enjoy.

1. Almost constant mental state of "multiple tabs open":

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This feeling is similar to when often have too many "tabs" open and we have to find the one that's playing music. It gets overwhelming and frustrating when too many things that's going on and we feel like we can't breathe.

2. Worry to the point of paranoia

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I'm quite familiar with this feeling, but sometimes I still realize too late and I end up curled into a shaking ball. Worry to anxiety sufferers is like the domino effect where thought leads to another one and so on until it snowballs.

3. Always needing to be in motion

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These can be referred to as "nervous habits" but are not limited to them. For me it's jiggling either leg up and down, picking at my lips, or even doing anything to avoid being "calm". Being constantly moving gives us something to focus our pent up energy on.

4. Suddenly not feeling motivated to doing anything

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This isn't an excuse for laziness. This is when there's a disconnect between our minds and our bodies. We know we need to move but our bodies don't do anything. It's a role reversal. Our bodies not responding when usually they are hyper-aware of what's going on around them.

5. Closing within ourselves

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We tie ourselves into a knot to the point to can not function and end up closing within ourselves, letting it take over our body.

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