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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2014, 11:24:17 AM »
It's really great to read these posts- to know that other people have the same problems that I do in deciding who to tell. I agree we need to be as open as possible about it - as a previous post says, it is a disease and most people are very open about non-mental health conditions. I have never had a negative reaction, but I have to confess that I do limit who I tell to close friends, medical profesionals, and a select number of work colleagues. I'm careful about who I tell at work in case it makes them think I'm less capable than they percieve me to be without that knowledge.

What I could do with is a famous male public or historical figure to point to and say, look this man's a hero, or whatever, and he suffered from anxiety. Depression is littered with well known sufferers, some of whom are very highly regarded. But anxiety still seems to be seen as something men shouldn't suffer from. Any ideas?
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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #21 on: July 04, 2014, 01:15:51 AM »
Unfortunately I have never been very good at hiding my anxiety problems. I honeslty dont know how I could hide a panic attack. Thankfully I come from a long line of worriers who understand me well.
I live in the same way... my dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, grand parents, friends, doctors, and cat know that I have anxiety... My cat comes to kneed into me or sleep in my lap when I have anxiety, or better she will let me put her into my sweater and take her on a walk, my cat is the purrfect thing for my anxiety... I'm on vacation without her and I have tosay that that is one of the reason that my anxiety is so high.  :laugh3:+ :traurig001:
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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2014, 01:50:29 PM »
When my anxiety first started I only talked with my parents and doctor about it. I wouldn't tell my best friend about it. Then one day I was talking to a friend I have had for a long time and he told me that he had anxiety issues. Since then I have been open and honest about it to almost anyone!!
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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2014, 04:32:45 PM »
Not that many. For years it was only my doc that knew. I'd make up excuses like Migraines or my kids were sick if I didn't want to get in a situation that caused me anxiety. Recently the last few months I've been having a hard time again with my anxiety. I have told some of my best friends. One of them is actually in the same boat. She's having panic attacks and feeling crippled by them. I am glad to have someone who understands!
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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2014, 12:28:54 PM »
 I was really embarrassed to tell anyone....now I find it refreshing to talk about. I don't run up to people in the street and announce it but if it comes up it comes up. If someone judges you based on that..you don't need them in your life. As previously mentioned, You wouldn't believe how many people have the same or similar issues.
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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #25 on: July 12, 2014, 07:25:05 PM »
I, too, feel afraid to be judged for a problem that may sound so irrelevant or superficial to "normal" people... I don't expect people to understand, so I have not told anyone about my anxiety. It stays in me and it has for a very long time... I tried telling my long term partner only once, but I didn't feel like it was something they wanted to hear, nor did it feel like it was something they are willing to support if need be. So I keep it to myself. I am a very secretive person by nature, i don't open up to anyone anyway...
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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #26 on: July 14, 2014, 04:55:16 AM »
Almost everyone I know.
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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2014, 07:51:09 AM »
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the majority of my family know now ever since i was in hospital; a lot of my friends know and some teachers, as they have to know in case i have an attack in school times and also my boyfriend
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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2014, 10:55:41 AM »
I hid it for pretty much my whole life, but I opened up a few months ago to my boss because I didn't want to risk being seen as lazy for missing work too often. After I opened up I found so many other coworkers who have similar issues, and they provide a lot of support for me. I know that I can make it to work in the morning because I have several women I can talk to and they will understand and commiserate. They can also give advice since they have gone through the same thing.
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Re: How many people know about your anxiety?
« Reply #29 on: July 19, 2014, 05:56:55 PM »
I've told most of my friends, my brother, and my father. I try to tell my mother and the rest of my friends but they always end up saying stuff like "What are you so anxious about?" or "Well just quit worrying so much!" Which is obviously no help at all and makes me a little angry. So I have to be careful who I share it with.
I agree, its pretty hard to explain to someone that hasn`t a clue what they are talking about.....How about when they mud sling those words in a disagreement ....that pushes my away fast and is very insulting.  I either attack or leave, no neutral ground when that happens ....
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