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Letter to Anxiety
« on: March 03, 2011, 09:24:57 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to be posting this in but it says "writing" so I figured it would fit here and would give everyone with any type of anxiety a chance to let out their frustrations. So this sounds kind of silly but I wrote a letter to my anxiety down on paper a few days ago out of frustration and it really helped. I encourage you to write and share your letter on this post! It can be optimistic, angry, and doesn't even have to make sense to anyone but you. I'll start the first one.
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"Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet, I have just one day - today, and I'm going to be happy in it." -Groucho Marx

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Re: Letter to Anxiety
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2011, 09:29:30 PM »
Dear Health Anxiety,
You have brought me 3 years of fear and frustration, especially in this last year. With my parents divorce, my dogs passing, and the struggles through first semester of college you were always there to hold me back from getting back on my two feet. You were always there to knock me down and make me scared. I wish you weren't around, I wish that you would not be here. Why me? Growing up I was so full of life, I felt as if I was indestructible and invincible but you came along and shattered the person that I once was. You have made me isolated and selfish. You make me worry about myself way too much, and hold me back from caring about others. You make me worry about my physical health, when I really should be concerned about my mental and emotional health. I want you to leave. I want to be happy again. It's hard to hold onto optimism when you're constantly there. I want to be able to go out with my friends and not be anxious and I want to.. I want to live.
Sincerely, Reality 
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Re: Letter to Anxiety
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2011, 03:25:20 PM »
That's a great idea! I will write one and post it later.

Great letter, btw.
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Re: Letter to Anxiety
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2011, 09:22:28 PM »
Thank reality this is great.

Dear Anxiety,

I'd like to be free again.  You began so suddenly and haunt my relationship.  You ended one and have followed me to the next.  I want to be free of you so that I can love like I used to, carefree and youthful.  Now I worry, I'm constantly concerned, and I do not trust myself.  These men are not the problem, it is you.  You hold me behind walls and rarely let me see light, when will you end?  What do I need to do to stamp you out forever?  I have been discouraged by you so much that I have convinced myself I can spend my life alone and be alright.  This is not me; the romantic, the lover, the carefree girl I used to be.  I want you to go away.

Kay
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Re: Letter to Anxiety
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2011, 09:37:50 PM »
Dear Health Anxiety,
You have brought me 3 years of fear and frustration, especially in this last year. With my parents divorce, my dogs passing, and the struggles through first semester of college you were always there to hold me back from getting back on my two feet. You were always there to knock me down and make me scared. I wish you weren't around, I wish that you would not be here. Why me? Growing up I was so full of life, I felt as if I was indestructible and invincible but you came along and shattered the person that I once was. You have made me isolated and selfish. You make me worry about myself way too much, and hold me back from caring about others. You make me worry about my physical health, when I really should be concerned about my mental and emotional health. I want you to leave. I want to be happy again. It's hard to hold onto optimism when you're constantly there. I want to be able to go out with my friends and not be anxious and I want to.. I want to live.
Sincerely, Reality


This is an element of CBT, as I understand the protocol ---except it glosses over an essential element that you may want to consider: refutation, writing out in unequivocal terms why your negative thoughts are wrong, contradicting yourself. 
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Re: Letter to Anxiety
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011, 07:52:29 PM »
Could you put that into simple terms? I don't see as to how I've contradicted myself but I also don't know if I read your response right.
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Re: Letter to Anxiety
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011, 08:55:19 PM »
Hi reality :action-smiley-065:

Thanks for sharing your letter - very powerful! The same to you as well Kay!

Remember that you can beat your anxiety, one step at a time. Therapy, meds, exercise, a hobby, social support, friends and family, volunteering, a passion,  journaling, whatever it takes, you CAN do it!

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Re: Letter to Anxiety
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011, 09:21:21 PM »
Could you put that into simple terms? I don't see as to how I've contradicted myself but I also don't know if I read your response right.


You make me worry about myself way too much, [Refutation: No, I am the one who allows that to happen.]and hold me back from caring about others. [Refutation: No, I do care about others and anxiety shouldn't stop me.] You make me worry about my physical health, when I really should be concerned about my mental and emotional health. [Refutation: No, that's wrong. I shouldn't worry about any of those things because I am okay and worrying won't help. I want you to leave. I want to be happy again. [Refutation: Anxiety is not a person to leave; I allow it to exist by thinking this way and I should stop.] It's hard to hold onto optimism when you're constantly there. [Refutation: Some anxiety is normal and it does not prevent optimism.] I want to be able to go out with my friends and not be anxious and I want to.. I want to live. [Refutation: Nothing is stopping me but myself, not anxiety; I can do these things even if I am anxious.]
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Re: Letter to Anxiety
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2011, 10:14:42 PM »
Thank you! That really did help me and I can see as to how you would think my letter is contradicting.
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Re: Letter to Anxiety
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2011, 10:29:02 PM »
Thank you! That really did help me and I can see as to how you would think my letter is contradicting.

Your letter was not contradictory but in a sense "incomplete".  "Contradict" or "refute" your negative thoughts; that's what I meant.
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