“Anxiety is not something that is within your control.”

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2. Anxiety doesn't always manifest in obviously-anxious ways. It's not always shaking, sweating, or heavy breathing. Personally, when I am experiencing an episode, I tend to become grouchy. I am quicker to criticise people and just become a huge grump. If the situation persists, it can escalate into angry yelling. But I'm really just concerned about what's going on and the effect it will have on either me or my loved ones.

— Taylor H, via email

3. I wish that I could help my more extroverted and less anxious friends understand that I will of course be at their parties, but if I don't want to "loosen up" or I want to leave early, it's not because I don't love them. It's because I feel like the world is closing in on me and there's nothing I can do to stop it.

— Melanie B, via email


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