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I would want them to be aware of how internal anxiety can be. How many people with anxiety disorders can walk around with a smile on their face and look 100% healthy yet can be suffering so much on the inside. So many people I know do not take anxiety seriously because they see me as looking very healthy- yet I suffer so much on the inside and it's that internal pain and torture that people without anxiety disorders don't seem to understand or take seriously.
I would want people to be aware that anxiety sufferers are not alone. Whilst we all feel like we are dying and very unwell there is always someone worse off than us. Share your experiences and remember that we all have different ways of coping...
Great question Greenlydia! It really is very hard to give just one answer. I agree with everything posted here. I would like to add that I wish some people did not think we were weak. Just the opposite many times. We have to be very strong to be able to deal with anxiety and everything that goes along with it.
Just a quick "off topic" point I'd really like to make. More than likely, people will be asked to chose a "Best Answer" on this thread. This is not a contest and there is no BEST ANSWER. These are our own, personal thoughts that we are sharing............ALL OF THEM ARE THE BEST!
I want people to understand that even though they may not understand anxiety or how to help us or how to live with us we are people who cannot do this alone and it requires their help and even if it may strain a relationship or friendship please continue to support us even if all you can do is listen. Sometimes doctors and therapists can't even understand and they have degrees so I want people to know that even with meds and therapy our minds have been broken in some cases and we need supportive people in our lives to help us recover and it's a long road at times and we may need a cheering squad even if it's just one person and with the much needed support we will be able to be better people to all of those who care and love us and we can move forward.
Yes, to confirm how the Best Answer works, the original poster will receive an e-mail, asking him/her to choose a "Best Answer" to their question. But we agree, given this is the Question of the Month every answer is a wonderful reply and we appreciate all the thoughts your anxiety community shares on this thread.
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Sorry, folks -- been pointed out to me it sounds like I don't get the point. I was actually trying to be slightly humorous and saying the best thing I can offer is to not get the disorder in the first place.
I wish I could control whether or not I or anyone else "got" the disorder.
I would want people to know that we're not crazy! There's a stigma with mental illness I think. It's that "OH, you take THAT medicine?" or "You have a MENTAL illness?" ... a lot of people suffer. I am constantly frustrated for being denied insurance coverage and benefits for my anxiety.
I've also been surprised by how many people I run into that are on medication for anxiety - ESPECIALLY in my age group. It seems almost everyone that I know around my age suffers.
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