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Anxiety has kept me from living my life for over 40 years. I'm 52 and I feel that I will always be alone.

My anxiety keeps me from living a fulfilling life. I can't meet people. I can't go the the polls to vote. I just don't want to leave the house. I just feel like I would be better off dead away from all the pain and sorrow.
Category: Anxiety 4 years ago
reynoldsdavid
Asked 4 years ago

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Hey david. The first thing I have to say, is im glad that you took the first step to getting help. Its not an easy one, and the older you are the more difficult it becomes it seems. Theres a point that you come to where you look at your life, and understand just how much whats afflicting you affects your everyday life. For me, That came when I was almost fired for a third time. When you come to that point, you have an option. For you right now, it seems like you either came to that point, or close to it. Theres a shift you take, from "Im suffering from this" to "I can;t stand it anymore, Im going to change this." I was forced to do a lot of things that previously I never thought Id ever consider, or things that I thought were beneath me, because my desperation drove me to that point. I decided that the only thing standing in my way for recovery is me. My Pride. There was once a time where I let my pride define everything about my life. So it was inconceivable for me to sacrifice that to get better. . There will be a lot of stuff that you would have to re-learn, stuff that people normally learn in their teen years throughout school. It will definitely be like a grown man going to kindergarten. It was a shocking experience for me, but one I took that was necessary. . My advice is to look at yourself, and sometimes that can be hard. Look at yourself, and ask "Are you prepared to sacrifice who you are, for what you will become." If you can answer that question, thats the first step. If you say that you can, thats the second, and from there you develop the mindset to start doing things that will put you on that path to recovery. This isnt something that you can take lightly, and you need people around you, who support you, who understand what you're going through. Im just a 24 year old man, learning how to socialize all over again. To get over my crippling fear that everyone will reject me and who I am. If you would be willing to take advice from me, it would make this young man very happy. You are welcome to message me at any time.
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Answered 4 years ago
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kapuel
Answered 4 years ago
kapuel

I wonder if it would help you to meet someone who has anxiety as well. If you are home bound and it has paralyzed you more or less. PErhaps you could try to search for addictive video games. Addictive video games could potentially distract you. Hey, if you can get a certain quality of life with say video games, why not. I know it's not sex ... but imagine it started you down a path of lowering your anxiety... it's a thought. We all know that part of the solution for anxiety is distraction but I know better than anyone how difficult that can be. But once the ball gets rolling down distraction hill, it's a really nice feeling. :)
Lefebvre
Answered 4 years ago
Lefebvre

I started suffering myself when I was in my 20's and now I'm 63. I still suffer from anxiety while depression has eased. My shaking is so bad at times, that friends asked my wife if I had Parkinson's. It even got my drink heavily for many years nut I now have 18 years of sobriety. I just joined this group and will also be looking for help. I also have had that polling problem as well as supermarkets. Anytime I need to go out, its on my mind for hours. I wish you luck and easing the demons we are both living with.
mlarkins
Answered 4 years ago
mlarkins

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