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Old Yesterday, 09:27 AM
Location: Southwest Washington State
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In my experience, caffeine intensifies latent anxiety. And yes, I have felt some anxiety all my life. I recommend taking deep breaths and talking yourself through the experience. Many times I’ve reminded myself about my mental discomfort, “It’s just anxiety.”
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Old Yesterday, 08:20 PM
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For me florescent lights and caffeine played a big part in anxiety. There were several older stores with old fashioned style florescent lights that I just could not tolerate for more than 5 minutes. Taking Vitamin D daily has helped tremendously.
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Old Today, 07:51 AM
Location: SoCal again
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Originally Posted by 1000Calories View Post
Recently, I've realized that certain environments cause anxiety for me, but with uncertainty as to how it gets triggered. It drives me crazy and find myself wanting to leave.

Example A: at a crowded bar with friends, but with lots of noise and movement. At a certain point, I find myself wanting to go outside for a while to stop the racing heart, but sometimes happens during a chatting moment.

Example B: girlfriend gets sick, but her temporary illness and living space sometimes causes anxiety for me (trying to figure this out) and find myself wanting to leave because it gets me nervous and depressed.

Example C: Airplanes and Subways make me really uneasy due to noise, people and fast movement overall.

Is this a behavioral issue? Social anxiety? I don't know if something in my childhood caused a switch or it's genetic. Not sure if cognitive behavioral therapy would help fix this. Sometimes I feel heartless if I walk away from someone I care about that is in need or that went out of their way to do something for me but getting driven out by but anxiety. I hate to be the odd one out and feel alone on it but only someone who has it would understand.
I don't find this very unusual. Maybe a breathing or other relaxing technique would help you. Something you can do while you are in this situation
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Old Today, 10:15 AM
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I've focused on breathing but it really doesn't help it go away. If I can't walk away from the environment due to whatever the situation is, then it's hopeless. I rely on 2 supplements but only helps with light/mild anxiety. If something I know will really trigger an overwhelming feeling, it's just a point of no return. I have to find something to cope with it. Music helps but it's not like I carry my earbuds on me. "Excuse me while I act like a weirdo and walk away to listen to music."
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