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    Explanation for earlier behavior
    An_255948 posted:
    I spent my early years drinking to access in trying to escape from the anxiety (GAD) that was present every moment of my life. I eventually, almost 18 years ago ,stopped that bad behavior and started facing the problem of anxiety straight on. Recently I retired and found that retirement doesn't necessarily make the anxiety go away.
    My Yoga that I started helps. My intake of good food, drink and exercise and sleep helps everyday. My courage to do new things helps. It helps to talk to people that don't say "ahhhh, just get over it!" but to talk with people that are positive and know that it takes everyday to find peace.
    I wish there was a black and white answer to solving GAD but its unique to everyone.
    I spent the first 64 years not knowing that I had it. I thought it was normal to think obsessively about every upcoming event and think negatively about everything in the past. Performance anxiety is standard in my life so I'm use to it and the tremors it puts on my right side of my face. I can do a beta-blocker to help with that but the normal anxiety takes courage.
    The other symptoms that occur all of the time are dealt with exercise, talking to other people, doing new things and doing tasks.
    I wish good things and positive vibes for all of you who have various forms of anxiety. Action is important, don't wait for it to go away. Seek help.
    rohvannyn responded:
    I appreciate reading your perspective. Your sentence "I thought it was normal to think obsessively about every upcoming event and think negatively about everything in the past" really hit home. Thank you for the reminder that this problem doesn't have to be forever, and also for reminding me that I'm not alone in having to work at it every day. It's so easy to forget that other people who seem to be normal and successful have struggles too that I will never be aware of. I wish you the best!

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