Hi guys, I'm Ellie. I'm 19 years old and I've been suffering from GAD for 3 years now, although I have been dealing with it my whole life. I just wasn't diagnosed or treated for it until maybe 2011?
I was in therapy until senior year of high school but since the psychiatrist I saw was under pediatric care and because I turned 18, I couldn't be there anymore. My college health center did not provide the services and we'd meant to look for an adult psychiatrist but there hasn't been time. I've also been on prozac, but not at the moment.
My anxiety basically keeps me from doing things, like going out with friends, doing the most in school, and I have a very hard time eating because not only do I have stomach problems already, but the anxiety makes it worse, and this is probably one of the biggest problems I have. It's a struggle for me to leave the house even with family and friends, and I've lost some friends due to this. I just feel like I'm walking on eggshells all the time, my fear of something bad happening is so overwhelming. I have a hard time enjoying vacations because I dread its end. And with most anxiety sufferers, I've also lost a lot of motivation and I'm tired and fatigued most of the time.
I had some hobbies before hand, but now it's just mostly arts and crafts and writing, as it helps me deal with it. I'm learning how to crochet and I write a lot. I also do some collecting.
I decided to join here because I wanted to be able to talk to people who are going through the same thing, as it can be isolating.