I'm 23 and from New Zealand. I have struggled with anxiety in varying degrees throughout my whole life.
I had panic attacks when I was a kid. Most of it was school related. I had both social anxiety and a severe fear of failure.
Then when I was 14 I developed other mental health issues that took me out of regular schooling. Since then I've pretty much struggled continuously from one thing to the next, yet anxiety has been a feature that has remained. As of now, according to my psychologist, it seems to be presenting itself as a "nervous smorgasbord". I never really go anywhere apart from work and the supermarket. I really want to see Cirque De Soleil while they're here but the thought terrifies me. Nevertheless, I've purchased the tickets so what choice do I have?
I recently started attending an anxiety management group based around CBT. Even going to that for the first time had me in a cold sweat. I'm hoping the next time it will be easier but I somehow doubt it.
Anyway, I'm unsure how to finish this off. I guess this is it. Hi.