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Anxious

panic button manI am feeling very anxious.

It was hard to stop washing my hands after one go ’round. It felt so good I wanted to do it again and again and again. I can wash my hands 30 times in a row. But with each turn, my anxiety heightens because I can’t stop. It is no longer a decision. It is a compulsion.

It’s the same with counting and with cutting.

There is a tightness in my chest. Fidgeting hands. Wiggling of my leg. But what’s a girl to do? I’ve reached out to my support system and what are they supposed to do anyway?

I just have to remember that this feeling – this horrible dread – will go as sure as it came. I must try to distract myself from all the compulsions I feel the need to act out. I need to remember to breathe.

Anxious


Elaina J. Martin


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Martin, E. (2014). Anxious. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 25, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/being-bipolar/2014/07/08/anxious/

 

Last updated: 8 Jul 2014
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