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As someone who has dealt with anxiety all my life, even participating in an online group is a big step for me. I look forward to learning from others and hope you know that your input is helping me, too. Groups, whether online or in person, are scary for me, and I have other triggers for anxiety, too.
I’m 47, single & share a home with my mom. I worked for a large insurance company for 18 years before the economy tanked. I have been wrestling with SSDI for nearly 4 years now. I have various chronic health problems, & could not survive without the support of my family.
As a coleader of the anxiety group I want to encourage all members to join in supporting and sharing with one another.
I have experienced varying levels of anxiety for most of my life ranging from what I would describe as unbearable to barely noticeable at times.
I don't claim to have all the answers and see real value in members supporting one another through their own experiences.
Sometimes just sharing thoughts and feelings and getting feedback from others can be helpful. So post away!
About me: I'm a 45 year old married mother of 4. I worked 20 years as a nurse and due to my health I am currently a stay at home mom.
Hello! I'm Patrick. I've lived with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and panic disorder since I was around 16. This was managed fairly well with the help of medication and I was able to ''get on'' with my life. I moved to University and studied psychology and law. I'm an empath and always wanted to help others. It was my calling. Unfortunately, it wasn't in the cards. At least now how I thought it would be. I became sick and was diagnosed with Gastroparesis. This is a paralysis of the stomach. I am always mildly nauseated and go through phases where my nausea is bad. I may even wind out in the ER to be fed by tube. I also experience the pain symptoms of Gastroparesis (GP). Ask any of us who get this symptom and we will tell you how painful and debilitating it is. I figured that with all of this, it would be done but once again I was wrong. There has been more nerve degeneration (most likely stemming from my stomach). I have Chronic Pain Disorder & Fibromyalgia. I have pain in my nerves and in my musculo-skeletal system and constantly. Then came the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am always tired and can sleep for days on end. I wake up tired still... I had to quit working because of all of this and apply for Disability Benefits. My life has changed drastically and I became depressed. I felt alone and worthless. Then I came about MDJ. Here, I have met people who know how I feel. They not only empathize, but they truly feel my pain. It's nice to be able to connect with others who truly ''get'' you! I try to give back to the community here that has given me so much by giving back in the ways that I can. I manage the Medical Marijuana group under the always watchful eye of our great leader, Roy (whom I'd like to thank so much for making this community and getting the NEED for it). I am also helping to manage the Anxiety forums. I'm very chatty and approachable. If you need anything, feel free to contact me on the forums or by a private message. I am usually a night owl and you will see a lot of activity from me on EST. night time. Looking forward to meeting you!
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