Skip to content
in this discussion +25 following Follow this discussion

Can anxiety go away on it's own??

I finally had the courage to go to see my doctor today...until I got outside the building. I sat outside for half an hour before giving up and walking away.

I see now that I am not going to be able to do it, I have tried.

How am I supposed to get the help that I need if I can't even force myself through the door?

I'm too scared to sit there in front of my GP. And to anyone thinking that I am just being negative..yes, I am. That's the problem I guess.

I have spent the rest of the day either crying, or staring blankly at nothing. I feel like I am just going to have to deal with it and be like this forever.

My partner tells me that going to the doctors is stupid anyway, because I am just very shy. I am pretty sure that it's more than that, but if he's not concerned then should I be??

Can anxiety go away on it's own? Because the thought of feeling like this forever is just too much.

Report this

31 Replies

  • meteor63 tiffyx

    Hi tiffy

    I'm sorry you are going through this.

    this may not be a popular opinion but I'm glad in a way you didn't see your doctor because the chance are, he would have put you on an ssri and, given my bad experiences with ssris, I'm glad that hasn't happened.

    1 Report this reply to meteor63

  • jmcg2014 tiffyx

    I'm sorry to say that no generally anxiety won't go on its own. If life factors are causing it and those change then it may subside. I agree meds aren't always the answer, but therapy could be. Anx untreated really isn't the best idea, any sufferer will tell you, the soonest is best for treatment whichever route you take

    0 Report this reply to jmcg2014

  • meteor63 tiffyx

    We delete content if it doesn’t meet the requirements in our Terms & Conditions.

  • diana28874 tiffyx

    Hi Tiffy, I wouldn't recommend you to see a doctor , I've been in your place so i know how it feels, and I am glad that you can acknowledge having anxiety. I believe you need to start to look at your life style, do you do any sport? I advice you to start with yoga . If you are intrested I can even recommend you what I had .


    0 Report this reply to diana28874

    • tiffyx diana28874

      Hi, I used to do body balance (yoga + Pilates) and body pump at the gym, but then I got worse and couldn't face going. I felt really self conscious. I do a bit of stuff on the Wii Fit Plus and take my dog for walks, cycle etc but am open to suggestions! I'd rather do ANYTHING than face a doctor haha! X

      0 Report this reply to tiffyx

  • athol91131 tiffyx

    Anxiety can go away by itself. I have experienced this. The more attention you give to it, the worse it gets. If you get to the point where you can just ignore it and give it no time, it willgo away completely. The more you try to fix it, make it go away, try to find a magic pill, think about it, try to sort it out etc. the more attention you are giving it. It only lives by our attention to it. Do nothing to get rid of it. For the moment, just accept it and it will slowly dissolve. Leave it alone and it will go away all by itself.

    8 Report this reply to athol91131

  • lisa54358 tiffyx

    Hey girl i was reading you post i have anxiety and panic attacks its so hard and scary because your mind is every where it feels like your heart is coming out your chess you feel like you can't breath you can sleep you then that's when the fears kick in.i've had it for .... four years i had to deal with this i had no choice to get on medication

    3 Report this reply to lisa54358

  • lisalisa67 tiffyx

    You can self learn cbt, many online courses. You do need to readjust how your body responds to stress. People go to the doctors to get a clear bill of health so that they can focus on the anxiety issues. Medication for anxiety is a choice. A doctor can write up a script for it but that doesn't mean you have to use it.its the full exam with bloodwork you want. That should be done  yearly by way with or without anxiety. If ignoring it all worked wed all be in tip,top shape. You noted this is a year already. Id say learn the cbt. I also believe in the uk theres a waiting for cbt with a soecialist so you can at least get your physical and get in the waiting list too. A good back up plan right?

    0 Report this reply to lisalisa67

  • torrin70633 tiffyx

    I am quite concerned that most of these comments tell u not to bother with docs or medication :-/ doctors are there to help u! I've got two young children and I suffer with social anxiety and ocd paranoia, it started when I was under a lot of stress at work 2 years ago, ive tried therapy but then got pregnant so decided to stop, but since having my baby I'm on waiting list to go back, ive also tried quite a few medications that I've had to stop as they made to unwell to look after my children, I fear the doctors ect but I have to get this sorted I refuse to live like this for the rest of my life, I haven't found anything that has helped yet, but I'm hopeful I will :-) and u will too!! U just need to make that first step n go to docs! (I too have an unsupportive bf who don't understand) do u not have a friend, sister close relative that could go with u? I also find a morning app would be more easier as it's less quite and there's not much waiting around to scare u off!! Please go to the doctor, don't suffer on ur own, they are there to help!!!

    1 Report this reply to torrin70633

  • Lovebug tiffyx

    Hi i have anxiety as well to be honest i didnt know i had anxiety i thought it was just stress and my bodh reacting that way. So i went to the doctors its hard to hear that you have anxiety. So they are two routes therapy or medication right away. I was very skeptical about anxiety medication but since therapy wasnt working what did i have to loose. The doctor explained when i asked exactly how does the medication work and how does it affect my brain. Its not has bad you think i had to try just one to get to the right one although it can take more. Basically what anxiety medication does is it blocks certain endorphins your brain may over produce like serotonin dopamine etx. Dont be afraid youll be fine just think postive surround yourself with good thoughts no matter how bad it gets. You arent alone explore all the options there is i was skeptical at first and in denial.

    Wish you the best!

    0 Report this reply to Lovebug

  • wai58301 tiffyx

    Hi Tiffy,

    I hope you got better by now. But i used to be a self proclaimed "expert" on anxiety as i had it so bad. I had it so bad that i wake up every 3am with a panic attack nearly everyday for over a year, ,bedridden on my back for over a year, gritting my teeth, as i cannot breath but also immense physical pain like my brain is all swelled up, with immense headache like my brain was going to explode, my intestine stomach muscles hurt really bad too all tensed up nearly 24/7 for a year that's why i grit my teeth mainly because of that pain and my brain swelling feeling pain like my brain is trying to explode, also mentally i had horror nightmares running through my head awake and even when im asleep. Really i have been through a lot it literally was like torture and hurt really really really bad mentally and physically. I seen like 7 doctors(1 local gp, 2 private doctors, 2 of them A and E hospital doctors and 2 chinese medicine doctors). Most people's comments here are correct, I personally think doctors do not help in terms of the medication they give you, they gave me valium(happy drug) and wanted me on some type of tranquilisers, I tried it but it does not work well, it only slightly tries to ease the symptoms(not effective in my case) and not going after the main cause. The only good thing about the doctors is them actually telling me i have anxiety, I did deny it vigorously saying no it must be something more serious like cancer! The pain i feel! But after i came to my senses I eventually believed them and accepted it is 100% anxiety and panic attacks(a really bad case of it). You 100% have anxiety and it is NOT NOT NOT just shyness, i once thought i couldn’t talk to people because of that but no it was because of panic attacks i couldn’t not shyness.

    The Good news is it is absolutely curable. I am testament to that. The bad news is(in my case anyways) is it will take time. Not a day, not a month but more like 1 year if you have it bad. After 1 year i was 75% better, after 2 years I was 95% better. I really do believe that no one has had it as bad as me(yes this is a self claim too but it’s just to emphasise how bad i was!). To answer your question whether it will go away by itself, the answer would be no unless you are actively doing something about it. Now for the fun part, how i got rid of it - I used mind diversion techniques. When bad thoughts come into your mind, immediately think of something else, something happy. Like going to the beach or for my case playing football with my friends, or playing some funky music i heard of in my head to divert my attention to something else. Reason for this is you are trying to unlearn your anxiety, and by diverting your attention when you get those bad feels your brain will learn to try and “forget” anxiety. This is what worked for me. Btw I am thinking of starting an anxiety blog maybe called anxiety away or something to share my knowledge of what i have. As i feel this condition is torture and worse that all other conditions combined. Hope I have helped you.

    0 Report this reply to wai58301

    • wai58301 leanJisoo

      Hi leanJisoo,

      We can talk here or I could give you my email. But I'm not someone that's a medical expert but just someone that has gone through it and fixed it in my own way. Anxiety could be possibly different for every person but my personal case is I think i had it bad for 2 years

      0 Report this reply to wai58301

    • leanJisoo wai58301

      Thanks for your reply everyday i feel like im going to die when i feel something bad or aching on my body my heart starting to beat so fast and i feel weak everyday i feel that 😞 im doing your advice to think something happy but im still worrying

      0 Report this reply to leanJisoo

    • amy08203 wai58301

      Ive been struggling with anxiety and panic attacks for about 2 years and I am 43. I can understand the first year cause I was withdrawing from marijuana, I smoked so much that I started have anxiety here and there. Till I finally quit smoking cold turkey but it was so difficult. Everyday I had anxiety and panic attacks I mean everyday. I suffer from PTSD I had a very bad childhood and lets just say I finally decided to not be numb anymore and live and that is the most difficult thing ever I'm not use to normal all I know is chaos. The normality of life is the scariest to me because I'm so use to bad I'm just waiting because it. I do go to therapy every week I am on the lowest dosage of an antidepressant, I am on a very low dosage of buspar which is for anxiety but because I'm finally dealing with indepth pain from childhood that I still a have them. When I have them I feel like i'm going to die, get light headed, vision is off a little, chest is tight, feel like i'm going to die. Just please tell that there is hope that one day I'll go back to normal

      0 Report this reply to amy08203

  • Psychostein tiffyx

    I recovered from anxiety in total of 9 months 2 years ago I actually forgot I had so it was a back burner thing all my mental and psychical symptoms left, it only came back 3.5 months ago because i smoked a good strain and it was the biggest regret of my life I'm about 99% recovered as I speak no meds.



    0 Report this reply to Psychostein

    • julio42427 Psychostein

      What did you do to recover from anxiety it seems like there a tons of posts of people going thru this but not enough of people beating it . I wish they would start posting to help us who are still suffering have hope and tips on how to start moving forward

      0 Report this reply to julio42427

    • Nancylexus julio42427

      Well it's been awhile sense I wrote this. I'm feeling a lot better. I was put on 25mg then 50 of Zoloft. It did take it away but then got side effects from this drug. Couldn't sleep and palpitations bad during day. I have got me back to cymbata 20mg . I was on it for 7 years and never had anxiety. I went off of it last year and it came back, so I guess I'll stay on this. Also I listen to relaxing music on YouTube every night before bed. And I pray and talk to god, so those 3 things have me my life back. Heart rate is way down. I don't like taking meds. But what I have learn. Is feeling better is well worth being on it. On YouTube type in abide Christian meditation . Try that, it's great. Let me know how your doing. Be glad to help

      0 Report this reply to Nancylexus

  • Nancylexus tiffyx

    I have read your Post. I'm 59 I do have anxiety. I also have heart palpitations , had them for 9 years. I was taking cymbata for 6 years 20 mg. Felt good , then I said to my self I'm going to go off. It's the only drug I have been on . So I weaned myself off for two months this summer of 16 went pretty good till right before Christmas I woke up panicking sweating and fear . I quickly went to my doctor and I ask her should I go back on the Cymbalta and she agreed because it was anxiety I believe but I also have these heart palpations and every time I get one it throws me into anxiety . I started therapy for eggs ID which the doctor she's not into medicine which is kind of nice but for right now I'm going to take the medicine and I do take Ativan in between times because sometimes my heart rate shoots up and makes me nervous . I wish to God there was something that I can do because I really don't want on the drug and I can't tell if the drugs making me have more anxiety . I'm to the point where I don't want to go anywhere because I'll get heart palpitation and then that makes me nervous and then give me anxiety .

    1 Report this reply to Nancylexus

Back to top

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

Already approved

You can't report this, it's already been approved by a moderator.

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.