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Hi all, it's nice to finally find a forum with likeminded people! 

I have been suffering from variating degrees of anxiety for about 3 years  now. It started after a break-up and has continued on and off since. I go through periods where I managed to block it out (for example when I'm super busy or at an event I've been looking forward to for a while) I used to have weeks where I was anxiety free (usually when I was happy in a relationship). I then went through another horrible breakup and decided to move house and  job and since then I've really struggled. Although I now have a lovely new job and flat the anxiety is worse than ever. For years I have been convinced that there was something wrong with my brain. My main symptoms are as follows - Constant dizziness / light headedness (same sort of feeling after having a glass of wine!) 

- Difficulty concentrating (especially when I'm working on the computer at work) 

- Getting my words muddled, confusion 

- Sudden nervy tummy, sweaty palms and racing heart

- Feeling that I'm going to faint or fall over when walking - particularly in the supermarket and busy places 

I had an echo recently as there is a family history of mital valve prolapse although I knew when I had it that my heart was probably fine. In the last days I have finally come to the realisation that I have full blown anxiety which I plan to tackle head on. 

Joining this his forum has made me realise that so many of you have exactly the same symptoms and that I am NOT alone. This has really helped me so thank you! 

I would be be really interested to hear your experiences and anything that had helped you cope - the contestant dizziness has been the hardest part to deal with for me as this is everyday and it takes it out of me! 

Thank you for reading and I wish you all luck with your own battles smile Laura (28)


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    Hi Laura!

    I'm 23 but Ive suffered with anxiety for years but seemed to be free of it when I was in a relationship like you! As soon as we broke up and I moved back to my home town my anxiety started creeping back and has been the worse its ever been the last few months! 

    As soon as I'm anxious I feel physically sick and have awful stomach pains which makes me avoid leaving the house if I can! I also get so irritable and can't concentrate at work, like you!

    I've recently been put on Citalopram and waiting for my CBT appointments. 

    Being on this site is so beneficial though - sometimes reading other people's stories makes me feel more anxious but other times its nice to see people are coping/how they're coping! 

    I hope everything works out for you and you're anxiety free soon! :-) x

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      Hi Carla,

      Thanks for your reply - it's lovely to see so many young people on here! I think anxiety is becoming more and more common in our generation. 

      Do let me know how your medication and CBT goes. I am considering my options at the moment so it would be really interesting to see how you get on! Xx

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      Hi Christine,

      Thank you for your reply - I think all you can do is stay strong and tell yourself you can make out out the other side! I'm always saying to myself "pull yourself together" and although that may sound silly it does sometimes help! smile 

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