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Old 02-13-2012, 04:09 PM
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This is why first meeting me is awkward LOL.

Seriously, I have a meetup planned with a few members on here, and we figure it'll be super awkward cause we all fail at social settings
Glad we could both be anxious and awkward together

Adrienne, I feel the same way about this thread.

I hate it, but anxiety is definitely something real that I've had to deal with all of my life. I WISH it was something that I was making up. I don't think it's so far fetched to think that a good handful of people on a) an online forum and b) a pet forum at that, have anxiety.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:15 PM
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Errr - where did I say people are making it up? I made a clear POINT of ensuring people didn't interpret it that way.

I am commenting on an observation. If people don't feel comfortable answering the question don't answer.

I ask people intimate questions every day in my life, it's not awkward to me to make social observations and ask about them.... you know, because I'm curious. I could have sat here wondering, or I could make a thread and ask.

In fact, 99% of the people who replied on this thread have been happy to explain their experiences, which I have read each and every one.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:16 PM
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Glad we could both be anxious and awkward together

Adrienne, I feel the same way about this thread.

I hate it, but anxiety is definitely something real that I've had to deal with all of my life. I WISH it was something that I was making up. I don't think it's so far fetched to think that a good handful of people on a) an online forum and b) a pet forum at that, have anxiety.
Oh I don't disagree, I have seen these threads before and they tend to be entertaining one way or the other. You have a ton of people on both ends, the "you're all full of it, suck it up" and the excessively dramatic havers of anxiety.

Like I said.. interesting.
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Dizzy, I don't believe my entertainment nor anyone else's has anything to do with what has been posted thus far, more so having to do with the expectation of what is to come.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:25 PM
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Dizzy, I don't believe my entertainment nor anyone else's has anything to do with what has been posted thus far, more so having to do with the expectation of what is to come.
Now it may be inevitable as it has been predicted... Fate or has a seed been planted?

We'll never know!

Regardless, I posted the thread because I noticed a lot of people talking about their anxiety (over many years of observation) and I wondered about how many people here feel they have a daily problem as it seems disproportional to "real life". I know dogs are particularly therapeutic so perhaps there was a correlation.

I meet more people with depression than anxiety. But then I imagine that sort of goes with the territory of having anxiety or social anxiety
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:28 PM
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Then he started going to a psychologist for some general anxiety issues about school and some depression, he got on anti-anxiety/depression meds and the stomach issues disappeared.
Been there done that didn't work.



I agree with Taqroy that it's not unreasonable to assume a correlation... Years ago I used to hang out in an online chat regularly. This discussion took place, I dunno, it's been over a decade at this point. A large number of people in the chat were horribly bullied when they were in school. Really horribly bullied. I had a few incidents of bullying when I was in school, I think every kid does, but I was never targeted, seriously, and daily, like these people were. I thought it seemed really weird at first. But when I thought about it, it kinda made sense. The internet wasn't as common back when this discussion was taking place, so the existing pool of people who were likely to BE in that discussion were, for lack of a better word, nerds. Who tend to get targeted. So yeah... people with social anxiety more likely to hang out regularly online... not exactly unreasonable to assume.
As for the dog thing, I dunno. I don't think that factors in... think that's more of a coincidence and you would find this same sort of thing just about anywhere online no matter the subject. I can think of a few places where you aren't likely to find it (or find it discussed openly) but I think on the whole it would be an Internet Thing rather than a Dog Thing?

I also think you are more likely to get people to discuss this sort of thing through the "safety" of the internet rather than in real life. =P
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:30 PM
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One of the reasons i am so thankful for Sheena is that she has enabled me to do some things that though they are still very difficult i can now do more easily. When i enter any social situation instead of feeling overwhelmed that i was being watched/judged, i know sheena is the one being watched more closely. She not only has made social situations possible but she is also a great way to start a social interaction with a stranger which was painfully hard to do before. Now we are on a dart team in busy bars every week. Something i never would have considered before. It is still very difficult but with her it is managgeable.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:31 PM
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I think there is a difference/divide among what people think the term/phrase "I have anxiety" means.

For example, according to my psychiatrist, I am ACROPHOBIC lol which basically just means I am scared of heights.
I get vertigo, start breathing heavily, sweating and just freaking out in general. It's totally irrational and have been that way since I was little.

Now, this gives ME anxiety of course, but anxiety is ITSELF is just a normal reaction to stress. I don't like being high up/looking down, I am scared of falling.. my body reacts to that stress more dramatically then people who aren't scared.
So it's not an anxiety disorder.. it's just.. how my body gets anxious when I get stressed over heights.

"The term anxiety covers four aspects of experiences an individual may have: mental apprehension, physical tension, physical symptoms and dissociative anxiety
Anxiety disorder is divided into generalized anxiety disorder, phobic disorder, and panic disorder; each has its own characteristics and symptoms and they require different treatment"

"Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life.

An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling."

I think that basically covers it
People with anxiety disorders have CONSTANT and OVERWHELMING feelings that affect their day to day lives.
not just general sometimes I get anxious sometimes kind of feelings.

Feel free to correct me, I have no idea.. I just figured it would be useful if I found a definition and just grabbed a few online.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:35 PM
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It's probably more physically demanding than a lot of other ailments I think. I know when I feel particularly stressed, I can't sleep, my heart pounds.

I just wonder if it is becoming more common as a chronic illness, or if Chaz is over represented.
That sounds like me, this past month has been insanely stressful for me with worse than usual stressors in my work life, personal life and our business, I deal with that kind if stress quite regular individually but not all at once... So it's been a bit worse than normal....

I would not call it life affecting other than a bit moodier than normal, I do get "down" and Extremley homesick for NS when my life is a bit overwhelming, I Di get those butterfly, can't sleep type anxiety issues at times, but not enough to say it affects my life other than maybe for that day...
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:39 PM
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Diagnosed anxiety disorder here.
Presently it manifests itself in the form of agoraphobia. Social anxiety has always been a problem for me, but it's gotten worse since moving to a new country. And in general, I get a lot of bad panic attacks. I can't see a doctor like I used to because I'm not covered by any health insurance, and can't afford to pay out of pocket for a GP, and a clinic won't take me.
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