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Does anxiety ever go away?

I'm just wondering, does anxiety ever go away? Is it something that can be "cured" or is it something I will always struggle with, maybe more at certain times then others? Has a pandora's box been opened now that I have GAD and will I never be normal, whatever that may mean, again?

I'm just confused by the whole thing. I'm hoping that it's something I can learn to deal with and it will eventually be nonexistent, but I suppose it could pop up at any time if I'm not careful. I just don't know. Has anyone successfully overcome anxiety, or at least gone without it for a significant amount of time?

I'm just looking for some light at the end of this horrible tunnel.
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I am sure it can go away if you get the right kind of help and you find things work well for you. I think a lot of people have setbacks. They are doing great. Then ' wham '. And it is this that throws them. They think ' here we go again '. Were really they should see it as just a setback and get on with things. Like most things it depends on the person. Some are stronger willed than others. Some have the fight within them. Some don't. So you will read stories of people having anxiety for decades. But you will also see the few who have gotten over it. Depends on if you are a fighter or not. And believe that you can beat it. The state of mind. It helps. To see yourself as winning. To want to face up to your fears knowing it will be hard but the end result will be a life again.
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I am sure it can go away if you get the right kind of help and you find things work well for you. I think a lot of people have setbacks. They are doing great. Then ' wham '. And it is this that throws them. They think ' here we go again '. Were really they should see it as just a setback and get on with things. Like most things it depends on the person. Some are stronger willed than others. Some have the fight within them. Some don't. So you will read stories of people having anxiety for decades. But you will also see the few who have gotten over it. Depends on if you are a fighter or not. And believe that you can beat it. The state of mind. It helps. To see yourself as winning. To want to face up to your fears knowing it will be hard but the end result will be a life again.
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anxtys are a symptom of underlying problems phiscal or in the mental state..i have them to9o.on xanax 5 yrs..but when anxtys messes with ur daily function then this requires a dockter..ive had anxtys all my life..also bi polar and ocd gad sad and pantic..hang in there!!
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I think anxiety is something that can alway come back if you slip back in to bad habbit's after you learn better coping method's.

Anxiety is caused by allowing your thoughts to get out of control. Something my phycologist has been trying to explain in the last fue session with me is that, when I feel uncomfortable(anxiety) I need to let the anxiety just peak and come down and not look for an answer as to what is causing it. By looking for answer I'm just making a stronger connection for the next time I have to deal with the same or simular situation.

I've always logicly understood how anxiety happens but I never been able to not look for that magic answer as to why I feel uncomfortable. I'm prety good at not letting my brain connect more things to my anxiety but I still struggle with the trigger I have had for a long time. Undoing a trigger is harder than stopping new one from being created once you understand how they are created.
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Any human being can have anxiety but not everyone has an anxiety disorder! If you are looking to never have anxiety again, that is in unrealistic.I used to have full blown panic attacks day and night for years! Anxiety was pretty much 24/7. I was told I was a very severe case. It's been a long hard road and I am way better but I still deal with it. You have to deal with your body as well as your mind and emotions. Get on the right meds, learn relaxation techniques, distraction techniques and  definately watch where you let your thoughts go. Have a therapist or good counselor to talk to. Deal with your stuff. Always tell yourself the truth, for ex." I won't die from this"and so on. I talk to myself alot to encourage myself and remind myself what is true. There is nothing easy about dealing with an anxiety disorder, but you can definately get better. I am living proof of that. With compassion, Studchick
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the one person you cant run away from is your self. I tryed lol in 2005 I realised I was vertually agrophobic and now in 2010 I'm really thinking about getting a full time job for the first time ever (apart from my kids) I went back to school to get my cert 2 in community service work and I've applied for cert 3 in disabilties. While I get my cert 3 I want to volenteer at a speical school that I recently did a week of work experiance at and loved it. I'm still scared of everything I do prety much every day. and keeping the positive thoughts going can be very tireing. I have to be my OWN best friend no one can do this for me.

I can slide back at any time with any of my fears if I give in to the feeling of my anxiety and walk away from the situation that make me feel uncomfortable. When I feel my self sliding back wards I force my self to confront it to stay in control.
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I began having issues with anxiety when I was a child; and it suck as well all know.
My childhood was disrupted by this, as were my early 20s.  In my early 30s I began to consciously take control of my mind by meditating and also exercizing on a regular basis.  Also, no drugs and very little drinking.
I am now pushing 50, and have to say that I have not had an anxiety or panic attact in almost 20 years; and the last time a panic attact started, in the middle of JC Penneys of all places. I stopped it by standing there and facing it.  When it was over, and I was still alive and well, and still in Penneys I might add, I had the most powerful feeling of self control.  And that was it, not since.
If I had to give you any advise I would say this.  Beleive in yourself and that you can overcome this.  From there, just start living a healthy and positive life.  What do they say, "Fake it till you make it".  And never let yourself get discouraged if there are setbacks, there will be for sure.  However those are just opportunities to learn something about yourself.
I wish you the best.
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You can get over panic attacks for sure to say you'll be over anxiety 100% for the rest of your life is little bit like saying I'm alcoholic but one drink will be ok. there is always going to be a change you will slip back wards. As long as you are awear of that you can chalange the anxiety when it trys to sneak back in to your life.
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Thank you so much everyone for the feedback. I think I've resigned myself to the fact that anxiety will always be a part of me, but hopefully I'll get a good handle on it so that I barely notice it, if at all. I'm really thankful for this forum and for everyone that takes the time to read and answer questions, it really means a lot to me to hear different opinions and know I'm not alone.
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That's good.

As much as I know anxiety will proberly be something I have to always keep in mind in order to stay in control of it. I still have bad day's that make me feel depressed a want to give up but then I get back up and remember I've grown stronger over time and it really is easier to cope with anxiety as I learn what works best.
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Can you guys please take the time to read my journal entry and give me some advice please /.\
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Can you guys please take the time to read my journal entry and give me some advice please /.\
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Do you also have chest pains during the day an some what tension head aches
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