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Offline dogboy122

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I've had terrible anxiety all my life and the topic of my anxiety changes every time, sometimes it's more serious than other times. But now I can't stand it anymore, the paranoia of every little noise, the stomach aches and nausea. The horrifying feeling that I will somehow lose my family, or do so bad in school I won't get a job. Or that when I grow up I will be sent to prison because of a mistake. My birthday is in a few days and I will be 15 then, I want my life to be over. I can't put up with this anymore, medicine does not help, the only things that seem to help are crying and time, BUT IT WILL ALWAYS COME BACK. Nothing helps, when I have these periods of anxiety I can't eat because of stomach aches, I spend all my time away from everybody worrying constantly and I pick my toenails until they are bleeding and raw. The idea of ***** has become comforting to me, because I always remember that no matter how bad things get, there is always a way out, the only things stopping me are how my family would be devastated me and how I wish I was had more courage so I could do it now. I feel like a burden to everyone around me, how can I make it stop? is there another way out besides *****? I am so sick of everything, death seems so comforting and inviting. Nothing to worry about ever again, I don't see what could be better.
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Offline Cuchculan

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Number 1, you are still young. There is plenty of time to learn and overcome this anxiety. Number 2, forget about thoughts of ending things. That is what help is out there for. I have no idea what sort of help you get right now. But there is loads of help out there. Anxiety is something that can be beaten. But in order to do so it requires a lot of fighting by us. The answers don't just fall on our laps. We have to learn the right things to do. What works for us. What doesn't work for us. Then we draw up a plan of what we need to do. It won't be easy at all. It never is. You might feel worse before you ever begin to feel better. All the fears you have are very common with anxiety. Losing loved ones. Been a failure in life. We have all had the same thoughts. Very easy to think that way when you are feeling down. But you have to try and learn to change those thoughts around. More positive thinking. Start looking around for things you are good at in life. Bring them into your life as you work towards getting better. No matter how bad it may seem, there is always a road back. You just have to find it and start believing in yourself.
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 :action-smiley-065:Do something. Anything is better than sittning down being in a state of severe anxiety. You need to learn Coping strategies: it's like going to a school for anxiety students. You didn't know how to ride a nike before you tried to master it - give your anxiety a chance to improve. Go to your school nurse/counselor and seek help. You need to practise not letting your thoughts getting the better of you. You can do it. Tell your parents about how you feel, maybe they can help. If you don't tell them, they can't.
Best wishes and report on your action plab :yes:
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Offline dogboy122

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I can't do it anymore, life feels like I'm being crushed by anxiety at every turn. How do people make it? :traurig001:
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They just hang  in there. They learn to cope bytaking baby steps.
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dogboy,

I'm so sorry you're going through this hard time. I know how scary and overwhelming it is to feel these things and feel like a prisoner in your own head. What sort of support system do you have around you? Friends? Family? What others have said so far is very true. In order to beat anxiety, we have to do the work. Even taking medication isn't going to solve the problem. It simply puts a band aid on it to take the edge off. But we must still work at facing those anxieties and re-training our brains. My first recommendation is counseling, especially if you're having suicidal thoughts. My next suggestion is to find a support system (other than here) that can help you feel safe. Beating anxiety is hard work, but even harder if you're doing it alone.

You can do this. Don't give up.
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Offline dogboy122

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dogboy,

I'm so sorry you're going through this hard time. I know how scary and overwhelming it is to feel these things and feel like a prisoner in your own head. What sort of support system do you have around you? Friends? Family? What others have said so far is very true. In order to beat anxiety, we have to do the work. Even taking medication isn't going to solve the problem. It simply puts a band aid on it to take the edge off. But we must still work at facing those anxieties and re-training our brains. My first recommendation is counseling, especially if you're having suicidal thoughts. My next suggestion is to find a support system (other than here) that can help you feel safe. Beating anxiety is hard work, but even harder if you're doing it alone.

You can do this. Don't give up.

My family is aware of my anxiety and I have been to a doctor several times. One thing I've noticed that helps is scolding myself out loud when I worry about ridiculous things, It seems weird but it works some.
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Hello Mate,

I can totally relate to you, I was once your age with the same feelings. I just wanted to say a few short words.

I wanted to give up at the time, but I didnt and you know what, life got better and better. I saw things I would never of seen and experienced life again. Sure I had my bad moments as you most likely will, but what no-one ever tells you is that life isnt straightforward.

Right now your quite near the bottom of your hope, always keep going because once your at the bottom, the only way is up my friend. Keep talking on here and know your not alone!
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Man, can I relate or can I relate? Seriously. You've hit the anxiety nail right on the head, buddy.  When I was your age I experienced (like others in this forum) exactly what you're going through right now. What helped me BIG TIME was to just simply realize and acknowledge that I was experiencing an anxiety episode and nothing else. Just accept the fact that you're brain is farting and sooner than later you'll be able to cope with it much easier. It gets better, way better - just stay strong.

Best of luck, kid!

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Offline sarahsmith

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I have a 12 yr old daughter who feels the same as you.  I go from being understanding and super nice and kind to her, to frustrated with her when I try my best to be so nice but she lashes out at me with such extreme anger.  I wish I can take her pain away.  We tried Xanax, and even at high doses it did not help.  While this is unusual, it's not unheard of that Xanax does not work for some people.  So now she is on Lexapro but have not seen relief after 5 weeks.  We have a doc appt today, and maybe he will increase the dose from 15 mg to 20 mg.  That being said, I have read that some meds work for many, but not for all, and that it may take several trials of meds to find the one that works.  And this med sometimes take 8 weeks to see results.  It's such a long wait!  So that is our journey, and I urge you to hang on.  I would be devastated if my daughter gave up, if fact, never would be happy again.  Please keep trying different meds until you find the one that works, and when you find some relief, do CBT therapy as this combo of meds and CBT is found most effective in studies. 
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