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Stealthybeef

526d

Hey guys, new to the app. You can call me Bri/Brianna. Been dealing with anxiety/depression for a good chunk of my life. I feel like part of the reason I have/had it is due to abuse/neglect as a child, as well as just a rough upbringing. Due to a lot of trauma, a lot of things tend to trigger my anxiety, and makes me a a walking ball of stress and worry. It's so bad, it's weird not being anxious so I'll find ways to become anxious at times. Anyway, my anxiety has escalated to a point where I'm having paranoia regularly. Was wondering how you all deal with that, because for me it can be hard to get out of. Start questioning reality itself in those moments, so my logic is distorted, so it can be hard to snap out of. Advice?

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    • Stealthybeef

      526d

      Thanks for responding! Can definitely relate to health paranoia. At one point I thought I had Schizoaffective disorder due to one counselor saying it was a possibility. To the point I even imagined symptoms, horrible times. But yes, I've found distractions tend to be the best way of dealing with it short term. I've also learned that Grounding can also help quite a bit. A technique used to kinda bring you back to reality. An example can be associating an item with reality, such as a rock, stuffed animal, momento, or something of the like. I have a stuffed animal that really helps me out, was a gift from my little sister some years ago. She's no longer around, so it really helps having that piece of her around. One thing I can definitely take away from this is true to get back into writing. I used to write a lot of poetry and short stories, but sadly I had a writers block for a while and never got back into it. This inspired me to give it another try, so thank you!

    • Stealthybeef

      526d

      Thanks for responding! Can definitely relate to health paranoia. At one point I thought I had Schizoaffective disorder due to one counselor saying it was a possibility. To the point I even imagined symptoms, horrible times. But yes, I've found distractions tend to be the best way of dealing with it short term. I've also learned that Grounding can also help quite a bit. A technique used to kinda bring you back to reality. An example can be associating an item with reality, such as a rock, stuffed animal, momento, or something of the like. I have a stuffed animal that really helps me out, was a gift from my little sister some years ago. She's no longer around, so it really helps having that piece of her around. One thing I can definitely take away from this is true to get back into writing. I used to write a lot of poetry and short stories, but sadly I had a writers block for a while and never got back into it. This inspired me to give it another try, so thank you!

    • Cam99

      526d

      Hi Bri welcome to the app! I would say that the way I deal with it depends on what kind of paranoia I have at any given time. For example one of the things I suffer from most often is health anxiety and paranoia. If I have a minor headache I'll start to think I'm having a Brian aneurysm. I know logic tends to fail to make me feel better In Those situations too. I've found that a good short term solution is distraction. Find something you love for escapism, whether it be art, or music or movies or anything really, and just totally bury yourself in it for a little while to get your mind off things. Of course this solution is short term, for more lasting fixes professional help, introspection, and medication can help, but i know those things can be hard for many people myself included. I hope I helped in someway! Always feel free to dm me if you need to talk about anything 😊

    • NervousDepresso

      526d

      Hey Bri, I left you a message in your DMs. If you ever wanna talk about anything, I'll be here for you.

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