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21 Secrets All Anxious People Know To Be True

Don't say it will "all be OK," because that just makes it definitely NOT OK.

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Everyone experiences anxiety differently, but whether you have an anxiety disorder or just overthink everything, you're probably in on some of these secrets...

1. When you're home and hear a noise, any noise, you know that someone has broken in and is ready to murder you.

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That's why you keep the old knife by the bed! ...wait, what if they get to the knife first?!

2. You've double-, triple-, and quadruple-checked that a door is locked.

Maybe it didn't FULLY lock, ya know?
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Maybe it didn't FULLY lock, ya know?

3. If a friend gives you the job of figuring out where you all should eat, this is an accurate representation of how you feel:

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What if everyone hates what I pick though?!

4. If someone says they're not feeling well, you automatically realize that you too aren't feeling well.

If they're sick and standing near me, then surely I've caught it by now. Likely the plague.
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If they're sick and standing near me, then surely I've caught it by now. Likely the plague.

5. You've called the doctor because your stomach hurt and, sure, you ate a lot, but it's definitely more than that. Definitely.

Don't google anything ever.
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Don't google anything ever.

6. When you're talking to new people, all you're thinking about is whether or not what you just said was stupid.

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FML.

7. When you're put on the spot, you do a damn good job of appearing calm, even though you're quietly dying inside.

Please don't do this to me. 😢
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Please don't do this to me. 😢

8. If someone puts up a passive-aggressive post on Facebook, you know it's probably about you.

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Oh Mylanta, why the vaguebook?!

9. And when you text someone and they don't immediately text back, you assume they hate you.

Well, now I have to think about what I did to ruin our friendship for the next million years.
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Well, now I have to think about what I did to ruin our friendship for the next million years.

10. When you need to be somewhere on time you get there about 20 minutes early, because you map everything out and add a big cushion in case something goes wrong.

You can never be too early, can you?!
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You can never be too early, can you?!

11. When you run into someone you know unexpectedly, you actively avoid acknowledging them.

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12. Because you basically work under the assumption that most people hate you at all times, and you're pretty sure you're right.

Again, FML.

13. You've canceled plans many times because you weren't sure who exactly would be there, and that made you...anxious.

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14. It takes you a very long time to fall asleep, because of everything you're stressing about.

3 a.m.? Cool, who needs sleep?
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3 a.m.? Cool, who needs sleep?

15. And when someone tells you it will all be "OK," that actually makes everything not OK.

Just stop, please.
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Just stop, please.

16. Because every time you have a moment of "Everything's OK," your anxiety pops back up to remind you that it's probably not OK.

I'm definitely forgetting something. Shit.
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I'm definitely forgetting something. Shit.

17. If your roommate invites people you don't know over, you're gonna be in your room no matter what.

HATE. SURPRISES.
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HATE. SURPRISES.

18. You think about how to end a conversation as soon as one starts.

And it never really works out.
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And it never really works out.

19. And when you can't 100% control a situation, you damn near lose your shit.

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Not knowing what will happen next = Not knowing if I'll lose my shit

20. Even though it often feels like your entire life is consumed by how anxious you can get...

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21. ...it's good to know that you're not alone in this.

Seriously, we're all in this together! And to learn more about anxiety, check out the resources at the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
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Seriously, we're all in this together! And to learn more about anxiety, check out the resources at the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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