I am brand new at this so excuse any mistakes. I am 38 years old. I have long history of bipolar and anxiety disorder. I've been great and I've been very ill. So, recently I've been great. But I also have let my life get rather small to protect myself. In an attempt to open myself up I've been reaching out in small ways. So here I am. I have been very anxious this summer because I am going through many changes. I am going to be student teaching. And while it is awesome that I have risked myself enough to go back to school and have new experiences....I have to have new experiences! I have been driving myself crazy trying to control the future and reverting back to some problem behaviors and telling myself all kinds of mean things. I would like the support of like minded people. I am embarrassed of my anxiety and I hide my supposed weaknesses which cause problems. It would be great to see how everyone else deals with anxiety when they have to deal with new situations and people.