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Chris_B Forums etiquette: give support to receive support
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Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newb... View more

Hi everyone, particularly any new members who may be reading. From time to time, we get contacted by members who are unhappy that they haven’t received a lot of replies to their posts. Our community champions work very hard to make sure that all newbies are welcomed when they first post, and we understand that it’s a big step to post for the first time on a forum like this, especially if you aren’t feeling great. It’s important to remember, though, that these forums are a community of real people, just like you, not a one-on-one support environment like going to see your psychologist. To get the best out of being here, one of the best tips we can offer is give support to receive support. Being a good community member means: participating in different threads (not just your own), replying to people who have taken the time to reply to you (even if it’s just to say thank you), and... posting words of emotional support and encouragement when you see others who are hurting and reaching out. You don’t have to feel obliged to solve the problems of others: that’s not what we’re here for. But you can offer empathy and what you’ve learned from your own life experiences, even if it’s just a line or two, eg. “I don't know what to say, but I want to give you my support and tell you I care about what is happening to you and hope life will get better soon.” Try to develop an interest in the journeys of others here on the forums. You may be surprised at how good being an active, caring member here can make you feel. For those of you who have had good experiences giving support here on the forums, please post in this thread here and let us know how it has helped you on your journey.

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Moopong Struggling with being repetitive
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Is there anyone else out there who has been diagnosed with OCD? If so, have you had to struggle with asking questions repeatedly and have frequent conversations about the same things? Does this annoy others? if so how do you deal with it?

Is there anyone else out there who has been diagnosed with OCD? If so, have you had to struggle with asking questions repeatedly and have frequent conversations about the same things? Does this annoy others? if so how do you deal with it?

Heidi Family
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My husbands siblings have organised a holiday together without even asking us, it’s made me really upset. I feel bad for my husband as he’s such a nice guy and would never want to leave anyone out. It’s now hard to act like everything is normal aroun... View more

My husbands siblings have organised a holiday together without even asking us, it’s made me really upset. I feel bad for my husband as he’s such a nice guy and would never want to leave anyone out. It’s now hard to act like everything is normal around them, I just don’t know what to do. I feel like distancing myself but is that the right thing to do? Sounds like a small issue but I don’t know why it’s made me upset.

affctnn Exercise and anxiety heart palpitations
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I had a anxiety attack last night and since then i've been having heart palpitations + shortness of breath. would exercising such as jogging help with this? or should i try to minimalize any movement?

I had a anxiety attack last night and since then i've been having heart palpitations + shortness of breath. would exercising such as jogging help with this? or should i try to minimalize any movement?

Lostkey_ Not worthy
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I already feel guilty that I’m writing this while ignoring my daughter.I wake everyday feeing anxious about the day, I have zero confidence as an adult. I wake most nights and cry uncontrollably I don’t feel worthy of this life I have never achieved ... View more

I already feel guilty that I’m writing this while ignoring my daughter.I wake everyday feeing anxious about the day, I have zero confidence as an adult. I wake most nights and cry uncontrollably I don’t feel worthy of this life I have never achieved anything or have any skills I should have a bit of a career by now but I dontI have everything anyone could want yet I feel I dont deserve iti am extremely lucky but I go to sleep feeing guilty Regret that I can’t restart while fearing of failure I’m jealous of everyone I’m letting my partner and my children downi dont socialise because of the anxiety that I have nothing interesting to talk about and honestly I don’t have the energy to listen to other people I can’t find the right helpIve been navigating my whole life with anxiety and depression and I’m exhausted Ive had enoughCan I get better? Or is this just who I am a part of me?

Guest_02338444 Why do I feel / How do I stop feeling really unhappy when someone I don't really know unfriends me
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Hello, I'm coming here because I couldn't really find anything else, and this happens pretty much every time something like this happens. I'll just be looking at messages/gc's and sometimes I'll see that someone's unfriended me. I think all of the ca... View more

Hello, I'm coming here because I couldn't really find anything else, and this happens pretty much every time something like this happens. I'll just be looking at messages/gc's and sometimes I'll see that someone's unfriended me. I think all of the cases have been people I don't really know all too well, but it makes me feel awful. I question all of my past interactions with the person trying to just understand why, like if I did something wrong I'd wanna apologise because that wouldn't have been my intention! I know that usually it's for some other reason and that the person probably doesn't spitefully hate me, but like it really wears on me, and I usually can't sleep for ages or even do other things. I guess what I'm asking is there anything I can tell myself or any ways to stop thinking about this, since it ultimately doesn't matter but yeah...

Proto000 people think of me as something i'm not and i hate it i dont know what to do
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I dont know what to do honestly, its been two years and im still anxious and paranoid, people know my real name and face and they harassed me with it two years ago and im still anxious about it because they called me a pedo for liking anime girls, i ... View more

I dont know what to do honestly, its been two years and im still anxious and paranoid, people know my real name and face and they harassed me with it two years ago and im still anxious about it because they called me a pedo for liking anime girls, i was 16, i couldnt of been at all, and it just.. stuffs with my mind so much, I'm not anything they say I am but it bleeds into everything i think about, they got my name and my face on that discord server and who knows what they're saying now about me, it's like a herpes virus it just infects everything i see and i cant take it anymore, i'm lucky a few friends in that community helped me and defended me but i dont know, i feel like i dont deserve anything nice at all, everyday i wake up and i think about what they think of me, i'm only just 18 and i feel like my life is ruined.

Guest_38211803 University resulting in anxiety!
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Hi! Does anyone else feel so anxious about uni, I feel as though I’m not good enough, not smart enough! I have poor time management skills and my anxiety causes me to procrastinate! Leaving assignments late and therefore I stress!! I know this is a c... View more

Hi! Does anyone else feel so anxious about uni, I feel as though I’m not good enough, not smart enough! I have poor time management skills and my anxiety causes me to procrastinate! Leaving assignments late and therefore I stress!! I know this is a common feeling but if any of you have anxiety and also study let me know of any tips that help you feel motivate and strive! I’m really feeling the stress right now being mid semester and all. Comparing myself to other students and doubting myself a lot…. I need advice on how to overcome my negative thoughts. Thank you!

Guest_2496 Diabetes T2
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Have been living with anxiety for many years though I can go for long periods without it really being a problem. Recently diagnosed with diabetes T2 and anxiety has really ramped up ever since. Tried different meds, side effects, just getting my head... View more

Have been living with anxiety for many years though I can go for long periods without it really being a problem. Recently diagnosed with diabetes T2 and anxiety has really ramped up ever since. Tried different meds, side effects, just getting my head around the diagnosis itself, and new and old weird body sensations. Just so sad and anxious…

7879 Anxiety from a change in job
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HiI'm feeling very anxious due to a change in my life from changing to a new job and moving from the country to city after covid forced me to move to country....Have some good feelings but my mind wanders to what I have left behind.. coming back home... View more

HiI'm feeling very anxious due to a change in my life from changing to a new job and moving from the country to city after covid forced me to move to country....Have some good feelings but my mind wanders to what I have left behind.. coming back home to the city.. sleep very lightly and wake up 3am with a wandering mind

Code05 Obsessive Cleaning - Please help!
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Hi everyone! This morning I had a breakdown, the feeling of a ‘dirty’ house got the best of me. If I see a small piece of dust, toothpaste on the sink, footprint on the floor or even a smear on the kitchen sink I get an urge to fully clean by entire ... View more

Hi everyone! This morning I had a breakdown, the feeling of a ‘dirty’ house got the best of me. If I see a small piece of dust, toothpaste on the sink, footprint on the floor or even a smear on the kitchen sink I get an urge to fully clean by entire house. This morning, I tried to let it go. My husband was wanting to go out and as I was doing my hair I noticed how desperately the basin in the ensuite needed a wipe. Then I noticed the dust on the window sill, the basket of dirty washing. As I walked to the kitchen I noticed the coffee cup on the sink I’d just cleaned, then the floor the needed a vacuum. I tried to let it go, but I had a hot flush, my hands started shaking, legs feeling weak and my mind racing. I said to my husband that I couldn’t go, I needed to clean the house. Not just wanted to.. needed to. I can’t relax or enjoy life until I know my house is clean. I could tell he was annoyed, he can’t see what I see. He tells me the house is spotless and continues to leave. But I can’t, I can’t be calm and happy until the house is clean. And not just tidy, clean, not one bit of dust. Everyone comments on how clean our home is. I think this contributes to my need to uphold this reputation. please, any advice or help on this would be greatly appreciated. I haven’t seen a professional about this or received any kind of diagnosis.