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My life with anxiety and what it feels like

by Amber Holly Byrd
(Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA)

I was just recently diagnosed with anxiety and depression. My doctor told me that I might have PTSD because of what I've been through lately. Its been hard without my grandmother who also had PTSD and depression and bipolar. She passed away in 2011, I think that's when I got my PTSD. I was close to my grandmother. My mom also has PTSD. But my step dad doesn't. And yesterday (Mothers day) I went to see my grandmothers grave and I got really upset. I listen to music to help my through my day. So I asked my mom to turn on the radio and my step dad said, "Why do you always need music on." And I told him that it helps my anxiety and he said, "That's just all in your head." And when you have anxiety that's the last thing you want to hear. When you have anxiety you need more support than any other person because your life changes when you have anxiety. If you have anxiety like me, I have panic attacks in crowds and at school. Some people don't understand, other people understand more than others because someone in their family has it. If you have anxiety just remember that your not alone. There are people there for you and they will listen to problems you have.

Thank you for letting me share my story.

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