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Being addicted to "anxiety"

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by Kyler, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. Kyler

    Kyler Active Contributor

    This might sound weird. I have had an addiction to "anxiety", it kind of keeps me in my comfort zone. Whenever I would do a driving test, or do something new, get out there and try a new experience, sometimes I feel really afraid and I would remain anxious because I "fear" the feeling of not being anxious because I got too used to anxiety, ugh.

    What do I do honestly? Did anybody else struggle with what I did, or am I not normal?
  2. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    I think a lot of people feel strange about trying something new. I really try to learn more about anything that I'm not use to doing to make myself more comfortable. I don't think you should dwell on things too much if they make you uncomfortable, just don't deal with things until you feel comfortable about it. I think a good way to come out of your comfort zone is to remain cautious at the same time.
  3. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    I think being addicted to anxiety must be a really uncomfortable feeling. Many years ago when I was taking the birth control pill, and was in a bad marriage to boot. I had anxiety attacks. It was a really miserable feeling, and I felt like I was having a heart attack. Once I stopped the pill, I also stopped the attacks, but I can get anxious at times, but it is just over things that would make anyone anxious really.
  4. Vinaya

    Vinaya Community Champion

    I don't think you are addicted to anxiety, you are addicted to the thought "I am anxious." You need to charge yourself and believe "I am not afraid, I am cool." Many people have fear, however, if you continue to brood on fear thought you anxiety will grip you.
  5. Kyler

    Kyler Active Contributor

    Thank you for your response. I want to ask you more to do with it because it seems that I can get through it. So basically, if I am having anxiety or think "I am anxious" I should immediately change my thoughts and say no I am not afraid, I am cool?
  6. explorerx7

    explorerx7 Senior Contributor

    Yes, I have some anxiety issues too. I may have something important to do, however, I may keep delaying because of a fear that it won't work out the way I would wish it to. Sometimes it really takes to effort to snap out of that state. Most times I have to reassure myself that I have to do it and face the outcome comes what may
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  7. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Oftentimes the things we conjure up in our mind are much worse than what would really happen if we take the stated action. There is a book that was popular a number of years ago. It was called "Feel the Fear and Do it anyway." It was basically about reaching out of your comfort zone. The thing I hate though, as when I do that, it often doesn't have a positive result!
  8. morgoodie

    morgoodie Senior Contributor

    I have issues with anxiety and I can say that I am definitely not addicted to the feeling. I have known people to be addicted to the adrenaline rush of doing new things but not from the fear of it. I try to avoid situations that make me anxious so I do not have to feel that way. Everyone is different though. I do not know what you could do for that though.
  9. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I think it is not yet an addiction cause it was just "sometimes" and just when you are trying something new. Maybe that is just normal to have fear on something new but not to the point of having a phobia.
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