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How could I not know I had anxiety?

I recently discovered, very recenty, that I have anxiety. I don't know if this is the right way to say this, but I didn't know what anxiety was. My physical symptoms: pain( neck, rib, spine ), restlessness, tingling, and lethargy. Are linked to my mental symptoms: dread, panic, forgetfulness, tiredness, fear, etc. But, I've, until recently, not know what anxiety was. Anxiety is such a encompassing part of my day to day, and a contributing part of my personality, I never thought that something was wrong.

I'm suffering from a breakdown in communication, a gap in knowledge. I've been described as shy, but I don't agree with that. I enjoy talking with people, but most of the time I can't, I don't know why, but I can't. I've never learned to drive, because I can't. I can't do many things, just because I can't. This has always bothered me, but I've never had the words to explain myself. Many times my brother has begged me to do something, and even if I want to, I can't. He'd plead for explanation. All I'd be able to muster, "I can't". My body would shuts down, and I cry uncontrollably.

I remember my psychiatrist asking me if I had anxiety, and I said no. That was about 6 years ago. I remember describing an inexplicable feeling, that I've always felt. I described it as resentment without direction. I know the word anxiety, I could describe it to you. I remember reading about it on Wikipedia. But for some unknown reason, I was unable to connect the dots. I feel so foolish it's painful.

But, now that I know that I have anxiety, I can get some help.
Category: Anxiety 5 years ago
Asked 5 years ago

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I remember a psichiatrist I ve been a few years ago for my IBS pains prescribing me some strong medicine, alltough I told her I am happy with my life she told be that I am too young to realize it now. After many years I realized she was right. I have now the same symptoms as I had on medicine on those days. I still do not know exactly what I have, but I think I have social anxiety and all this came out after I had a burn out from working too much. After two years of not working, I finally cleared my mind, I still think I canĀ“t, as you do, but now I also say now that I will try. Hope you will get better soon, SniperSmiley!
Answered 5 years ago

I didn't know until recently that I had anxiety either. I've had anxiety pretty much all my life but I just learned about it last year. I always thought I was just being shy. I didn't see it as much of a problem. You know, I had the same life as most teens. Small group of close friends, hate school, nervous with public speaking. I didn't realize that the people around me didn't feel these symptoms when doing things like public speaking, or meeting someone new, etc. I didn't really know what anxiety was either. I remember in movies I used to watch characters would use the word anxious to describe when they were excited. There's no need to feel foolish. I guarantee we aren't the only ones in the world who didn't know we had anxiety. There could be someone out there right at this moment with anxiety who doesn't even know it.
Answered 5 years ago

i didn't realize it till recently until i took a training and we learn more about depression , substance abuse , and anxiety at work. When my boss was talking about anxiety i was telling myself i have every symptom of this my whole life. anxiety is pushed off as shy most of the time.
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