If anyone tells you they've never experienced Anxiety before, I'd take some deep breaths instead of rolling my eyes, which would be my big ineffective urge. I'd also be doing fact checking on just about anything else they share ... and then feel the intense need to inform them what Anxiety actually looks like. It can look like many day to day encounters we may not recognize as Anxiety.
It can be being obsessed with being excessively early to appointments, practices, sessions, dinners, lunches, you name it. If you are 20-30 min early for everything ... then You my friend are experiencing Anxiety.
Do you find yourself avoiding people, places or things? Are these things you are avoiding have to's or important relationships or a something that can move you forward in life in any way ... then You my friend are experiencing Anxiety.
Do you not answer calls, texts or say you will call someone back with no intention of doing so hence sabotaging another relationship feeling like you can't help it? Then, You my friend are experiencing Anxiety.
Do you frequently text multiple questions to friends, colleagues or family members on info you can obtain yourself, or could find out over time, or is your worried thoughts of not having control over the situation (all the what ifs seeping out)? Then You my friend are experiencing Anxiety.
Keeping relationships going with people who have intense Anxiety can be a challenge. However people with anxiety are just as wonderful as people who may have it more in check.
Lots of people get upset with them by misreading what is actually going on. They are not doubting you or your ability. They don't want to not be your friend, in fact they generally so wish they could be there, show up, call you back and hang out. They have anxiety and it sometimes does the walking and talking for them. It gets in the way, establishing fear where there is no need. Living in the Fight, Flight or Freeze mode is no picnic. Lets try learning more about Anxiety so we can understand the masses who are suffering from it. We live in an Anxiety riddled world right now. Showing more understanding, compassion and kindness is needed. It will ease all of us once we allow for it to have its own space. So call it out for what it is and not something it isn't. You got This!