You told her it wasn’t her fault. You told her it was all you. But how can she believe that now?
If a friend takes too long to answer a text, you think they hate you.
The usual go-to response to admitting you have social anxiety is something along the lines of: “Calm down, you’re fine.” But you aren’t. These are ways to handle your social anxiety in a productive and self-accepting manner, that will ease your stress in the moment and make even anticipating the feeling much more manageable.
In 2018, I will try my best to follow my dreams instead of using anxiety as a reason to settle.
We are girls with anxiety whose favorite word is I’m sorry.
When I was stoned, I Googled anxiety and the Internet did that thing where it said yes, yes, you have anxiety. I didn’t believe the Internet.
God I pray that you take my pounding heart, my clammy hands, my brain that’s continually over-thinking and give me peace.
If someone has never experienced an intense trauma which can trigger panic attacks after the fact, chances are they won’t fully understand the importance of trigger warnings on potentially damaging content. This is the number one thing I want people to learn about PTSD and triggers – they’re real, and dismissing them is dangerous.
After all, we’re only human and we are completely entitled to our own feelings.
She leaned toward me, gently, silently, her gaze nurturing and nonjudgmental. Her silence spoke volumes.