Does anyone like having anxiety?

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   Posted 1/4/2010 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, so I know that this seems like a crazy question! Who could possibly like having anxiety? The thing is is that being I worry all the time about everything, I am always on top of everything!!! I think of every possible bad thing that could happen and prepared for them to come my way. Also I feel like I get way more excited for things than other people!! Which I love my excitment! But I am not sure if my excitment is actually even a part of anxiety?

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   Posted 1/4/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, excitement is a form of anxiety but it's not really what we talk about when we speak about "anxiety disorder". I don't think anyone likes having anxiety disorder. But everyone likes to be excited! Unfortunately if you have the disorder sometimes you start out excited but then it gets twisted around into a negative form of anxiety, which blows.

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   Posted 1/4/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Your heart races, palms sweat, mouth gets dry, thoughts of gloom and doom loom, chest feels tight, can’t sit still must keep “moving” or “doing” and much, much more.

Nope I cannot believe anyone would like having anxiety, JMHO.


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   Posted 1/4/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I TOO think of every possible thing that could go wrong but i had a Lady hmm hmm...that kept telling me to stay in the moment and i have been doing alot of that....i shake..rattle ..roll..cry at the drop of a hat when in bad shape,,NO i so do not believe ppl actually like having this .....i too am on top of everything or was totally OCD..Everything from matching balanced nic nacs to hospital bed corners on our beds...never a dish in the sink....vaccuumed at least 2wice daily n mopped countless times..if i didnt i would worry what friends of daughters mine or ex would think of i lv a dish in sink dont vaccuum everyday and guess what life goes on ...Anticipatory anxiety is with many members here and we have to learn ways to cope with it...Have you looked at COGNITIVE behavioural Therapy..FREE ONLINE......IN ALL honesty my anxiety was made worse by my thoughts and my ocd..yes its great to hv a clean house but i now no longer hv that at top of sounds like your getting alot of energy from ythr anxiety or am i way off base.......i will say this to you no matter how much you prepare for the worst thing to happen...there will be things you cannot be prepared for imho.....stay with us and let us know how you are doing,,,lyn
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   Posted 1/4/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Have to disagree with the first two responses because i think it is possible to like anxiety. Alot of people resist treatment at times because they like it. In fact it speaks of this in a book I recently got called when panic attacks. It's not that the poeple don't hate it too though. Some patients feel that they get special treatment and that the worries are good for them to have even though it's so freightening. Generally these people believe their thoughts are 100% justified and have great purpose, but that it sucks. I would suggest CBT(cognitive behavor therapy) or something along those lines to turn your thoughts around if that's the case. Or make a list of pros and cons of anxiety. I personally find NO
pros with my anxiety but that doesn't mean others don't find alot of pros. Don't feel that you are alone in that. Also it is adrenaline in a sort, so even for people who hate it when it's gone they can somewhat "miss" the feeling, because they don't like change.

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   Posted 1/4/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm... I am not really sure what to say! Maybe? Two people were talking about the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy so I looked it up and saw something on how these people have anxiety based on their own thoughts. Not by events that happen just things they come up with themselves basically. So I thought about this and first decided that this doesn't sound like me at all but then I realized maybe it does!?! I have a really bad past with alot of abuse in it. However, alot of times it bothers me just because I feel like it has to bother me. I don't know if this makes sense. But like if I didn't think about it at all then I would be fine; however, whenever I read stories or hear about people similar to me I see that they are so affected by it and feel like I should be too. Let me know if you understand what I am saying?

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   Posted 1/5/2010 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   

First of all, does it really bother you? Or is it that you only feel as if you have to let it bother you. Many people can move on from abuse, and that is the ultimare goal for people with anxiety caused from abuse. It may also only bother you to a small extent, but it's not necessarily a "disorder". I would think someone with abuse, it would be post traumatic stress disorder, but perhaps not. I guess the main thing is if it really bothers you and intereferes with your quality of life often, or even at all, or does it just moderately bother you?

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   Posted 1/5/2010 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Nope can't think of a single thing I like about anxiety!

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   Posted 1/5/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   

I hate having anxiety and most days wish that anxiety did not affect my life so much. I can also recommend CBT


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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:12 AM (GMT -7)   
One time while having a session with my therapist, he asked me if I would like to try hypnosis.  I told him my husband was licensed in clinical hypnotherapy and I simply could not ' go under' due to my loss of control issues, and the hubby had tried several times.  The therapist started to talk, I 'woke up' an hour later, laying on his couch covered in a blanket.  I felt sooo relaxed it was unbelievable.  Drove home somehow, took my coat off and then was hit with the worst anxiety attack I ever had in my life.
Do I like having anxiety...Hell no.  But my body does, obviously.  It perceived that wonderful relaxed state as being an enemy...something foreign and threatening...and let me have it.  I was very disappointed, mainly in myself, for allowing this beast to bring me to my knees like that.
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   Posted 1/8/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Allow me to share a bit if I may....

I had Anxiety / Panic disorder undiagnosed for 10 yrs. I thought it was PURE H*LL

Even when I found out (after ending up in the Hospital)... I went through the shame, guilt.. the "why me" stuff. I got on meds and thought I was "fine". I went panic free for 8 years. But I was still in the same old habits I was before.

And life changes.... I lost my job last year... and my depression got DEEP. I ended up having some severe Panic Attacks and ended up in the hospital again.

THIS time... I learned about the roots of my Anxiety and Depression.

I learned a LOT about being in control of my emotions... watching my diet... RELAXING...

I am working in counseling to deal with things in my past that I never knew still bothered me (past trauma, low self esteem, depression, negative self-talk; etc.) I learned that I have literally been so hard on myself my whole life needlessly.

In doing so... I have fundamentally began learning to change my way of thinking of myself and the world around me. I am getting better and better and the world looks brighter all the time.

In THAT sense... I am GLAD to have Panic Disorder...

I am being given a chance to better myself.....

I learning to love and respect myself truly for the the first time in my life.

Through this process... my life will be better than ever.

I now have hope and an inner strength that I never had before.

I am thankful for this opportunity.

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   Posted 1/9/2010 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Not glad at all to have anxiety and panic. . . Has taken more away from my life than it has brought to it :)
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