Extreme AnxietyFeelingsExtreme Anxiety<div class="ExternalClassC4F740E81C7E47FBB3AEDACC769B96E7"><p>​<span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">I suffer from extreme anxiety every day all day, some hours it gets worse than others where I lose all control over myself, I have constant issues with my family and my relationship day in and day out, I'm trying really hard to figure out a way so that I can be a functional person at work and in school but I just cant anymore. I'm worried all the time, I have anxiety attacks more than once a day, I'm desperate to get away from everything and I can't. I feel like I cant make anyone one happy and that I never will.  </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass7F6D773E4E9F4968A83F2D2DBE44A6C2"><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">We are glad you have discovered our website and are reaching out tonight.  It is the brave and wise thing to do when we are feeling overwhelmed.  A certain level of anxiety is a normal, human response for us in times where we feel stress or risk.  Sometimes though, we can exaggerate the risk in a situation and the anxiety levels seem to get out of control.  There is no shame in this, it is just the way our brains perceive a particular situation.  </span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">When you feel your anxiety level starting to rise, it is important to keep breathing.  Often, during times of stress and anxiety, we hold our breaths or breathe in a shallow fashion.  That increases the stress and anxiety.  As you notice the anxiety and short breaths,  stop:</span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Take a long deep breath in, hold it for a few seconds.  </span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Then, exhale long and completely.  Hold that for a second or two.  </span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">As you repeat the deep breathing process several times, tell yourself you are safe. </span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3"> Let your shoulders sag a little.  Your body wants to relax, you just need to help it out.  </span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Take note of your breathing several times a day.  You can breathe deeply anywhere.  You can do it quietly without drawing attention to yourself.</span> </p><p> <em class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Based on your email and the impact anxiety is having on your life, we would also suggest you contact your doctor for assistance as well.  </em> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">It is also important to keep reaching out, and avoid the urge to withdraw totally into yourself.  I want you to know we are here for you.  We suggest reviewing the tips and tools in our Anxiety Topic: </span><a href="/Pages/anxiety.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/anxiety.aspx</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3"> </span> <br class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3"></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Continue to reach out as you need to talk.<br></span></p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">We look forward to hearing from you again.</span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Sincerely,</span> </p><p> <span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Larry – Counselor</span><br></p></div>20

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