Will Anxiety Last Forever?

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Asked by Nikkisweet

Will Anxiety Last Forever?

Hi, im 18, since the age of 7, iv suffered severe anxiety and its ruingin my life! I know what started the anxiety, but since then, its gotten worse everytime i go to start a relationship. I cant really describe my anxiety, but v taken 4 overdoses just because i feel asif im gong mad when i start feeling anxious!Its like i have a voice inside my head, andits an effort to smile or even talk to people, i try t tell myself il be ok, but i never am. Its worse in the mornngs, i wake up shakng with stomach cramps, at night just before i sleep is the only time feel peaceful. Im overcome with a big heavy weight of guilt that it makes me physically sick, and it goes on for months, Pleas tell me how i can sort this!?

Answer

Some good information from Eileen which I'm sure will help. My perspective is somewhat similar but I want to focus on a particular issue which is the cause of your anxiety. You haven't disclosed this for personal reasons but anxiety can have different forms and be treated in different ways. The reason I say this is because I'm speculating you may have a form of post-traumatic anxiety that may have been touched on by your useful counseling but then interrupted. This would suggest a return to therapy might be useful.

Anxiety is a natural part of the human condition. If you are able to master its more extreme nature there is every reason for you to be optimistic about the future.

Answered by Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS