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What's Your Anxiety Story?
Sharing Your Experience With Others

Sound-Mind.org is an interactive website. This means people from all over the world can participate in this website by sharing their experiences and their personal stories with others.

When it comes to stress, anxiety, panic and other related issues, we all have a story to tell!

There is so much benefit in learning from each other. As different as we are, one thing we have in common is our human condition.

Why participate in this website?

By helping others, you are helping yourself!

Believe it or not, your experience is important and you have the amazing ability to make a big difference in someone else's life. When you reach out and share your experience, people can see they are not alone in their journey.

Whether your story is educating, encouraging, or just motivating, it is valuable to someone.

I'd love to hear about your experiences, struggles and successes!

Not sure what to write about? Maybe some of these will spark something in you!

...or if you have a general story to share that does not fit into the categories above, use form below to share it. Simply scroll down and use the form at the bottom of this page. Once it is received, it will be added here along with the other stories below.

What's Your Story?

From the initial onset of your anxiety to your first panic attack, or maybe it is depression that you struggle with....everyone has a story to tell. What's Yours?

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The Downfall 
It hit hard like a stampede of elephants I was young and I knew it I knew that this isn’t the way life is supposed to be. Blades, blood, cuts and …

Painting in color 
Emotions are the color in which we paint our personality. Having the CHOICE of what colors we paint ourselves is a choice I took for granted, until the …

My Relationship Anxiety 
It all started when I was 17 years old. I was in my first ever 'serious' relationship, but I always felt a sense of discomfort when I was not with my man. …

Anxiety in the Mornings 
I am a 60 year old male, to make it short I have been on a anxiety roller coaster for 10 years now Dr.s just want to medicate and forget. Lately it seems …

High pitched piercing scream noise in my head 
Hi, I'm only 13 years old and I am struggling hard with anxiety right now. I drank wayyyy to much caffine one day and my head hurt, my mind started racing …

Still battling with anxiety. 
From a young age, I was a worrier. I would worry about everything. I'd worry about other peoples problems that they weren't even worried about. I'd worry …

Time To Change 
I remember a time when spontaneity was one of the many things that drew people to me, my boyish, bubbly and loud personality was something I favoured about …

Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depersonalization, Derealization, Depression. 
Hi my name is Scott. I'm a 21 year old male and first I want to say bless the strong women who created this website. Its good to see someone who cares …

Anxiety With a New Fear 
Hello, I'm rob, I'm 31. I am an anxiety sufferer since I was 12 - got worse as I grew older but I was doing very good for the past 4 years and all of sudden …

After 30+ years of anxiety...I'm losing hope. 
I just want to be normal. To be able to do the things that most people can do without batting an eye. Actually to most I probably do seem normal. They …

Derealization Due to Drugs 
Hi, my name is Sefton and I am 16 years old. I have been struggling with derealization for 3 years. When I was in grade 7 I started to experiment with …

My Crazy Life. 
I am a military spouse, my husband just got out of the Airforce and joined the Air National Guard. We moved from Illinois where we had lots of friends, …

Panic Attacks, Anxiety, Depression from the age of 16 
I was only 16 years old when I became a victim to panic attacks and anxiety. My life crumbled to pieces from that day onward. I was away from home doing …

My story thus far... 
Hello all, I just came across this site and I can definitely relate with how many of you feel. I have had anxiety and panic attacks since I was 12 years …

Anxiety, Depression, Scary Obsessive Thoughts..It's all in your head. 
My name is Stephanie, I am 24 years old. I've had anxiety since my first day of school. I was bullied all the way through school and it led to depression …

Anxiety - It's Taking Over My Life 
Hello. I am a 38 year old female whom has recently started having anxiety, or at least that's what they think. I have had a really bad year; my uncle …

Life Changing Experiences  
Hi there my name is Mariana. I'm 36 years old and live in South Africa. It all started just over a year ago when I left a position of a Restaurant …

My struggle with my anxiety disorder and OCD 
My name is Katie. I am 14 and have been living with bad anxiety since I was 9. It started when I was in the hospital and had multiple asthma attacks and …

Struggles with Anxiety 
Battling Stress It has been almost 4 years since my battle with anxiety began. The first terrifying 6 weeks was the greatest obstacle of my life. It …

Escape from a Vicious Circle 
2 years ago I was at work (very busy, dealing with the public face to face and on the phone, had the usual red faced, heart pounding, high blood pressure …

Angela's Intrusive Thoughts 
WARNING! Read At Your Own Risk: The following story contains someone else's scary thoughts - if you do not think you can handle them, you should not participate …

Jessie's Story 
"It all started after I had my third child. I was diagnosed with P.P.D. (post partum depression) Actually I was then re diagnosed with anxiety. It started …

Isolation Anxiety 
Anxiety is for me ... The constant fear that something will be lost The crawling away avoiding others at all cost The unexplanible guilt eating …

Anxiety and Me 
Well, where do I start with this? Do I go back to the beginning, to when I was once happy or do I go right to where this all started with me? I can sit …

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I'm not me anymore 
For four years now I have not been me. I'm not the first to think that and I will not be the last. For four years my family and friends have expressed …

Fear of People 
I have always seemed to be afraid of people. Even as a child, I would avoid groups of people. I only had a few close friends growing up, but they were …

Dealing with Anxiety 
I've been dealing with anxiety all my life and at first, it wasn't too bad and I barely noticed it. Now that I'm 19, I notice it everyday and this is my …

Moving to the new country, generalised anxiety and very important life lessons learnt from it 
Two years ago, I have decided to move from Serbia (Eastern europe) to Australia for Good. Just before i came here (Melbourne), everyone around me looked …

Anxiety: Healing, Letting Go, and the Power of Belief 
Healing is letting go. Letting go of all the negative thoughts, emotions, and memories. it's living in the moment, not the past. If you truly want to find …

My Anxiety 
My name is Larisa and I am 18 years old. Throughout my childhood and teen years, I have suffered with generalised anxiety. Panic attacks in the car …

Soaking  
I wanted to share some free writing poetry I wrote about what anxiety feels like to me. Im 21 years old and anxiety runs in my family. Although I've been …

A long way to go  
At a very young age I was aware my silly fears that were irrational were becoming so much more. There was a long time period in my past where abuse and …

Looking for help 
Hi everyone, My name is Heather and I'm a Navy wife. It's hard being married but living alone- and it definitely doesn't make dealing with my anxiety …

Enjoying Life With Anxiety  
I'm 17 years old and have had anxiety for close to a year and have been going to counseling for 6 months. The counseling has helped greatly I am now at …

Rewriting the Narrative: An Exercise in the Reclamation of Power 
Would you testify in court, reliving the trauma of the experience just to watch your rapist walk free? According to Safeline.org, survivors say that …

Dating Depression 
My boyfriend has been struggling with depression for about two years. The first year I was sort of blinded to see how extreme it had gotten, but at the …

Finally realising my mental state was in need of help.  
So it all started around 7 years ago.. I became very worried and paranoid about what people thought of me and it got worse and worse over the years. …

Is it a Blessing or a Curse?  
My name is Filopateer I'm 17 years old and Today is my 1025th day challenging my anxiety .. Started suffering from the so called Social anxiety disorder …

Asian family conflicts 
I have a problem with on going family conflicts. Basically, my situation is that my childhood has been very difficult, my parents both have mental health …

How climbing Kilimanjaro helped me to get my life back... 
Squatting down behind a bush in the middle of Tanzania. That's where my story starts. It's not the most romantic or endearing setting I know; but it is …

'Just chill' 
One of the worst things about having anxiety or depression is that people cannot see it. It's not a visible or physical health problem so people find it …

The Torture of my Anxiety Disorder 
I was 16 years old, a junior in high school when I had my first "anxiety/panic episode." I've had anxiety my entire life, remembering having my first panic …

Indian girl worried about life after marriage... 
Hi to all members of Depression. I am one among you. I have been suffering from depression since 2006. I have accepted it but sometimes I become anxious …

My story 
My issues started back on 2 Nov 14, I had been smoking weed for about 6 months to help sleep, my wife and I had just returned home from a Miami Dolphins …

How I Overcame General Anxiety Disorder, OCD, Depression  
My whole life I have been always sort of a worrier and an over thinker, but it wasn't until I was 19 years old that I was partying and getting high that …

Kenna ' s anxiety story 
My name is Kenna. I'm 12 years old and I have anxiety and depression. I was diagnosed when I was 10 and it will get better. So it all started in the …

I need help! 
My story hasnt finished yet. I suffer from severe anxiety and now recently panic attacks. It started when I had just started year 10 (age 14 almost 15). …

Anxiety from age 11 
Hi everyone. I'm Kat, I'm 18 and I have been suffering from anxiety since I was about 11. I'm not really sure how to do this, I just found this website …

Sucks 
Hello. I'm a 34 year old man who suffers from this crap. It all started 3 years ago when I decided to leave my old job and finally make some decent money …

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My Story That Is Still Not Finished 
I have had Anxiety since I was in daycare, mainly because that is where my demon had sprung up. I was traumatized by my sitter and the other children, …

The Usual... 
I was always a worrisome kid. I would worry about robbers and murders coming into the house at night, I would worry about not getting to do things. This …

What It's Like  
People have very skewed perceptions of what is really means to be depressed. Depression is not just sadness and it is not just the endless stream of tears …

It's all in your head, I hope this erases your bad thoughts. 
When you suffer from any kind of problem in life, the thought of being alone, kills. Once you discover the fact that you are not alone, you suddenly have …

Explaining the Unexplainable 
Having to explain how you feel, when you barely know yourself, is a reoccurring event in my day to day life. It’s a constant battle to see if I will win …

Battling from Below 
This is not going to be a success story, not for now anyway as I haven't gained my success yet. I was always shy as a child, I didn't want to participate …

Healing anxiety and stress.. by Eva Juliette Tortora 
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Looking Inside You: My Battle Against Anxiety 
"Anxiety, it just stops your life..." - Amanda Seyfried Most of you wouldn't want to read this but please, I want you to take time to read this …

what a beautiful day rain makes....Eva Tortora 
everyday is special, we learn so much everyday sometimes, before bed i think of all the things i learned that day. I try to keep a journal, but i …

Eliminating Stress....by Eva Tortora 
Don't you dislike stress so much? Every little bit of self-help counts. I read every book on the shelf in self help. I read so many I know what …

Anxiety 
I'm 15 and I was down at the beach and had breathing problems. My mom took me to the doctor and there was nothing wrong but they gave me a medication - …

Eliminating Anxiety 
Surround yourself by the most positive people and friends. Sing! Garden, paint, make candles, bake, write, read, pray, love... Say " I can succeed. …

From Childhood 
My story starts from childhood. My mom was a negative person. She never kissed us or said nice things. I suffered my first panic attack at age five one …

My Fears and Phobias 
It struck when I was seventeen years old. Out of the blue with no warning at all came a horrible fear of becoming sick to my stomach and getting ill. I'll …

Thoughts That Change You 
Well nothing in life is permanent and the most tragic effects of having anxiety and agoraphobia is silly thoughts like...'I will never get out of this’, …

My Anxiety Story 
Last year at the end of my grade 11 year, my life was going great. That is until I went through the rollercoaster of my life... I had a great group of …

I'm in jail in my own mind! 
Hello I am Anita and I am suffering from OCD, depression, bipolar and have all of the disorders from anxiety, panic attacks the list goes on. When it hit …

I'm a Super Mum not Superwoman. 
Having five kids aged from 26 to 11, I was very busy putting them first and myself last. This meant always trying to solve their problems and making them …

Using Metaphors for OCD 
If you feel that your OCD is trying to tempt you into doing something that you DO NOT want to do, you can try using ideas that you hear on TV--ideas that …

My Story  
I'm 35-years-old and 4-years ago, I had a nervous breakdown. I was a successful TV producer/director and newlywed, when in short order: I got married, …

Panic Attacks and ROCD 
Hi, I am a 19 year old female and I have just learned what my problem might be in my recent panic attacks. I have had panic attacks many different times …

MY ANXIETY STORY: MY NIGHTMARE! 
Hi, well first I am Arabic person from middle east-Kuwait, 21 years old, male, born June 1st, 1990. note: my English is not that good but I will try …

My fight 
In 2000 I started to have Panic Attacks that led to a constant anxiety, I had all the effects of severe anxiety, unreality, constantly scared, lack of …

A visit from an old [not so friendly] friend 
This last summer was looking like the best summer of my life in years. I had plans to take a road trip to Canada just to take pictures and site see. I …

The grass is greener on the other side! 
I can remember as far back as a little child, waking up every night wondering where my father was. I was so young that I just figured that he was at work. …

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Yolanda's Story 
"After reading Jessie's story, I thought to myself "That is me." Since the birth of my son 4 years ago, I have had issues with anxiety and "paranoid thoughts." …

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