26 Problems Only Anxious People Will Understand

Hearing someone say, “Everything will be OK” just makes things worse. #thestruggle

1. If you hear any kind of noise in your house whatsoever, you become convinced that you’re about to be murdered.

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2. Even if you checked roughly seven times, you’re never ever really sure if you locked a door.

Did you lock the door?

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3. If someone takes more than five minutes to accept your Facebook friend request, it means they hate you.


Did they accept my request?! No?! What are they waiting for?!

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4. And whenever someone tells you that you have to wait and be patient, this is how you’d like to respond:

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Of course, you’d never respond that way, because then you’d feel anxious about their reaction.

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5. You know the answer to this question, and just seeing it makes you anxious:

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6. People often call you a pessimist, and it irks you that they’re so very right.

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7. You overthink everything, in general.

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8. People always try to make you feel better, but their concern only makes things much worse.

Why are they so worried about me? Should I be worried? Now I’m really worried.

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9. Spontaneity isn’t your thing. At. All.


And anyone who suggests an impromptu adventure is dead to you.

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10. You have a checklist of things you’re SURE you forgot to do, even though you probably didn’t.

But now that I’m thinking about it… Did I really turn the lights off in the house this morning? FML.

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11. Sending a text and not hearing back IMMEDIATELY can make you feel like the world is ending.

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12. But when they finally respond, it’s like all of the angels are singing just to you.

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It is magical and it is heavenly and OH THANK THE LORDS.

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13. The idea of meeting new people should be fun, but it isn’t.

Will they like me? What is my hair doing? Why are they staring at me like that?!

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14. And seeing someone you weren’t expecting to see will damn near give you a nervous breakdown.

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15. Even small things, like checking the mail, seem to fill you with dread, because…WHAT IF!

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16. Going to the doctor is always fun, because even if there’s nothing wrong, you’ll find something…


You always do.

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17. Missing a call from an unknown number will fill you with dread for the rest of the day.

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18. When your boss asks to see you in their office, it’s obviously because they’re about to fire you.

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19. If you’re asked to make a speech, you will stress about it before, during, and after.


Did they like it? No one seemed to laugh…

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20. If your car makes a weird noise, you take it in immediately, because it’s ABOUT TO EXPLODE.


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21. Certain TV shows are basically off limits, because you tend to relate them to yourself.

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The elimination round of America’s Next Top Model makes me break out in a sweat. And forget trying to watch an episode of The Doctors… I have all of the things they’re talking about.

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22. When you hear that someone else was super successful by the time they were younger than you, it makes you question everything about your life choices.

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23. You automatically assume that other people’s passive-aggressive tweets are about you.

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24. You know that you spend too much time stressing about things, and so does everyone else around you.

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25. And even though it sometimes feels like all of your anxiety is going to make you explode someday…

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26. …at least you know this to be true:

YOU WILL BE OK!!! EVERYTHING IS OK… But you better double check, just in case it’s not.

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