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Megan Lynne Ferrero shares exactly what it is like to live with anxiety….

Megan shared on her Facebook page a very honest post that soon went viral, attracting nearly 190,000 shares and over 73,000 reactions.

“Anxiety isn’t just chest pains, crying, and the inability to relax.

It’s biting your nails until they bleed, then picking off the skin on your fingers once you’re out of nails to bite.

It’s driving to the store only to sit in the parking lot for 20 minutes before turning back around, without even going inside.

It’s getting a text message and forgetting to respond promptly, so instead of responding explaining you were busy, you leave the notification there for days, weeks, even months, getting a knot in your stomach every time you scroll past it or every time that person’s name comes up.

It’s hearing a noise and planning in your mind where you’ll hide, what doors you’ll lock, and how you’ll secretly call for help if someone broke into your house.

It’s asking your partner several times a day if they love you, partially kidding, but mostly needing to hear it because you find it so hard to love yourself in that moment.

It’s putting off washing the dishes until there’s no dishes left, but then feeling overwhelmed by how many dishes there are to wash, so you just leave them another day.

It’s understanding that what you’re worrying about is often irrational and not as extreme as your reaction warrants, but not being able to control your response. Often times, it even means you CAN’T understand that what you’re worrying about is irrational or not as extreme as your reaction warrants.

Anxiety isn’t just chest pains, crying, and the inability to relax. It’s taking everyday parts of life and intensifying the excitement or fear they result in times a thousand, to the point that they seem impossible to face. Some days are more manageable than others, and it’s on those days I try to remind myself that I CAN get through whatever anxiety throws my way.

It’s hard for me to share this and a little embarrassing to include this picture, but if even one person finds comfort in knowing they’re not alone in this, then I’m going to push past my comfort zones to do that.”

I can SO relate to this.

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Via Facebook: Megan Lynne Ferrero

  • This was an interesting read as my daughter has just been diagnosed with anxiety and ocd, it’s tough

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  • When I am suffering from anxiety/stress I have a birth mark on my chest that I scratch. I have made it bleed a few times. The skin on it is no longer smooth and it annoys me even more if I’m having anxiety issues.

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  • Anxiety is a terrible thing. I only have a mild case where I can’t go to someone’s house on my own. I need someone to go with me. I’m so sorry you are going through this. Wish there was some way to help but can only wish you all the best.

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  • Anxiety impacts on so many people and it is brave to share this story.

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  • I hope your world turns around for the better soon.

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  • It’s so debilitating, yet it is so misunderstood.

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  • I can relate to some of these points, Anxiety is truly AWFUL.

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  • Wow, this is so honest and raw. I never considered myself as someone who is anxious – stressed, and borderline depressed recently with family issues – but, some of these points really hit home with me. And the fingernails/wicks – that is me. My hubby is always telling me off for doing it and I never know what triggers it. I actually do it without realising it. Talk! Talk! Talk! Sharing is caring and helps us all know we’re not alone.

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  • I know exactly how you feel. People see me and think I do not suffer anxiety, I seem so happy (which I actually am) but that does not mean I don’t suffer anxiety. It can be hidden so well, even our loved ones don’t know we suffer from it-we suffer in silence.

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  • Anxiety is a terrible curse and affects so many people in so many ways.

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  • Every one is a bit different with their anxiety. Once I used to pick at my skin on the back of my thighs or upper arms. That way I could cover it up and avoid judgement and questions.
    I don’t pick at myself anymore but the anxiety is still there, eating away at me from the inside.

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  • Oh, sweetie. I know what anxiety is. It can be so debilitating. :-(

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