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Jul 29

Overcoming Anxiety

Posted By iamincontrol | July 29, 2014

By Rachel

I have had severe anxiety since I started junior high school. Stomach aches and panic attacks were issues that I had to face daily. Even going to school or the store caused me extreme anxiety. I understand how it feels to be scared of daily events, and I never want anyone to have to feel the way I did. That’s why I want to write this blog and help anyone who has feelings like these. You are never alone, even though it may feel like it.

I remember my anxiety started to show the day my mother left to go on a trip without me. My mom dropped me off for school like normal, and after school I was to stay with my sister for a week. I had never spent that much time away from my mom, and I was terrified that something was going to happen to her. Right after I got to school, I felt extremely sick and I asked my mom to stay home with me. She of course couldn’t, and I was distraught. I went and stayed with the counselor for the rest of the day because I couldn’t get my anxiety under control.

Even after my mom returned, my anxiety progressed. I began to rely on talking to the counselor every day, and I begin experiencing social anxiety. I couldn’t eat in the lunchroom with my friends because crowds made me feel dizzy and nauseous. My anxiety went up every time I became dizzy and nauseous because I was scared of becoming ill. Going to class was extremely hard, and I found my self-focusing less on class and more on how nervous I was. I was anxious about my anxiety… kind of counter productive right?

After many weeks of feeling this way, my mother decided to call in the professionals. I went to a therapist multiple times, and I was prescribed medications to try to ease these feelings. Some people may tell you differently, but the medicine helped me A LOT. If this is something you may be interested in, talk to your parent or guardian about contacting your doctor about different medication options. After just a few weeks of taking it, I felt a lot more at ease and didn’t have to go to my therapist or counselor quite as often because of it. I’m not saying it’s a cure for anxiety but it helps make a life with anxiety much more bearable.

As time went by, I began to feel more comfortable in my skin and realized that my anxiety couldn’t stop me from the things I wanted to do. I think my anxiety really started getting better when I decided that it was something that I needed to overcome. It was a very difficult thing to grasp but with time I think anyone can manage his or her anxiety in order to live a healthy and happy lifestyle. Your anxiety may always be there, but there are definitely ways in which you can make it easier to live with.