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I am afflicted with an Anxiety Disorder and I believe people should be more aware of the problem.

Anxiety Disorder covers the areas of: OCD, Phobia and Panic Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental health problems. It is estimated that they affect approximately 1 in 10 people. They are more prevalent among women than among men, and they affect children as well as adults." - Canadian Mental Health Association

Read more about what Anxiety Disorders are at the CMHA site: [link]

Please support all those that have an Anxiety Disorder in the community by fav'ing this stamp or placing it in your journal.

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SuperCheesecakeArt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have an anxiety disorder, too.
Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in Him; 
and He shall bring it to pass."
-Psalm 37:5
creationcomplex Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you know that OCD, autism and ADHD affect the same area of the brain?

i hope everyone has a good day.
Yureitea Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
I've had it for my whole life, but I was professionally diagnosed at the age of 12.
glovannas Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Student Digital Artist
WorgenPrince Featured By Owner Edited Jul 27, 2015
Panic Disorder and OCD right here. Diagnosed by psychiatrists. 
AcitorianScoria Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Student Writer
I find it funny how EVERYONE in the comments self-diagnosed themselves with the disorder. I was actually diagnosed at 4.
I-Am-The-Cold Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think everyone has. Look, I know the internet is full of posers, but that doesn't mean you should generalize people. You don't know if they've seen a psychiatrist, you also don't know what goes on in their minds.

I'm not trying to sound rude, but with all due respect, observe before you assume.

Being diagnosed with anxiety at a later age does not mean it is fake. I've had anxious symptoms since I was 9, but it only got diagnosed when I was 12. Everyday, for no reason, I perspire like I'm in a desert; my throat will tighten, and my heart will pick up in speed; you wouldn't know this unless I told you like I did.

Making assumptions based off of social stereotypes is not admirable.
AcitorianScoria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student Writer
I meant how literally everyone in the comment section says they have like schizophrenia or something. Most people on the internet will self-diagnose and I find it disrespectful to the people actually going through the disorder to fake one just to get popularity.
I-Am-The-Cold Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
But just because it is rarely actually diagnosed doesn't mean that it is impossible for them to have it.

I agree that a lot of people self diagnose, and it is offensive to look at, however, it doesn't mean that absolutely EVERYONE will do it.

To really tell if someone has self-diagnosed, ask them about their symptoms and life experiences. If they seem way too exaggerated, then maybe they are self-diagnosing.

Age and wealth means nothing about mental-state.
AcitorianScoria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student Writer
Sorry, I guess I kind of jumped the gun, one of my former friends self diagnosed a lot. According to her she had SAD, OCD, GAD, Schizophrenia, autism, savant syndrome, and depression. And she over exaggerated all of it, thinking that if she had GAD (one of two illnesses that I was diagnosed with) you had to constantly be tapping and having panic attacks, even thought I was usually calm.

 If she was pretending to have OCD she would pretend like it was a big deal that her pencil broke. Again, I was diagnosed with this at age 4 and again, was usually okay with being a smidge unorganized.

Pretending to have depression:
Her: I'm going to cry when I get home, I didn't get mustard on my hamburger (yes this actually happened)
Me: Um... okay?

Pretending to have SAD:
Her: I-I don't know if-if I-I want to g-go to a party.
Me: Its okay, only 5 people will be there and you are friends with them all

Pretending to have autism/savant syndrome:
Her: I am sooooooooooooooooooooo asocial and I got an A+ on my exam!
Me: I got an A- I missed a few

And my favourite, pretending to have schizophrenia:
Me: And if we can, I'm going to help r-
Her: Did you hear that?
Me: No. I didn't.
Her: It was Larry again. Larry is that big burly guy inside my head. He is because of schizophrenia.
Me: Don't Schizophrenic people hear the voices-
I-Am-The-Cold Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's quite alright. When I was around 10, just hitting puberty, I'd self-diagnosed A LOT. I've grown out of that phase, knowing that I have real problems and they don't make me special.

OCD is more than just freaking out over a broken pencil. My cousin has OCD, and my dad told me that she wouldn't eat, wouldn't sleep, but just clean the house 24/7.

I visited my therapist about my own OCD like anxieties, but, to make me feel a little better, we took the "D" out of OCD.

Obsessions are annoying. Compulsions invade my sleep clock. Tell your friend that if she really had OCD, she would be able to notice every little imperfection in the room. Tell her that she wouldn't be able to sleep if the closet doors were open.

Yes, that is a real thing. It may be small, but goddamn, does it ever keep me up.

She'll grow out of it eventually. Everyone does when it comes to attention seeking behaviour.

Judging by what you say about her behaviour, she's looking for attention. Some people aren't even conscious about attention seeking.
AcitorianScoria Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student Writer
Yeah, pretty much. During the time I was friends with her I had just started taking medicine for panic attacks (I am off it now, it didn't help much) and when I told her I took medicine, she told me I was self diagnosing, and she took my medicine and had it herself.

She then got mildly sick the day after. It was actually kind of funny. And I feel bad that it was funny.

I have mostly gotten control of my OCD but there are a few things that show. Such as, I love cleaning and organizing. I don't know why and I know it is cliché but I just really like it. A few years ago, my OCD was somewhat mild (freaking out if I didn't spend the right amount of money that I earned)

Example: I get 50$ (my keyboard doesn't have the pound symbol... not the # symbol the pound one.)
I could spend 20 of it at the store.
I see something that is thirty at another store, and freak out. There's like a buzzing thing in my head

But now, I got it under control.

Yeah. Not to mention, she said if I didn't want to be her friend/companion, she would say that I abused her. Luckily she lost interest in anyone with a penis a few months back. Phew.
I-Am-The-Cold Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Pfft, your friend, with all due respect is acting like a brat.

It's one thing to fake a mental illness, but quite another to spite your friend for it.

I'm sorry that happened to you.
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Killuanatsume Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Thanks for this stamp
HimalayanHusky Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have terrible anxiety as well. I take medicine for it, but even that doesn't help. Thanks for making this stamp.
C-StarX Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
Thanks for this stamp. I'm currently being assessed by a psychologist for SAD, because I was having a lot of the symptoms very badly, and I can honestly say, it sucks. I have my final appointment at the end of this month, so I'll hopefully find out then.
da-amazin-mongoose11 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
high anxiety i have puked from it
Infinity-Bacon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i have had anxiety since i was 10 :(
after a really bad experience in fifth grade, i came home and my mom and her ex-fiancee were fighting (i think fiancee is they boy but im not sure)
either way, he just left on us. i was only 10.
so th enext day i was too afraid to go back to school. my mom and dad said i needed a therapist.
so i went.
but that ddn't really help.
i still was afraid that he would come back and hurt my mom, so i stayed home most days because i was afraid she would die.
and my anxiety even worse now when i'm 13, because my mom got really sick. she almost died.
i didn't wanna go to school the next day because i was afraid she would die in the hospital.
i freaking hate this.
i never wanna try and make friends because i'm afraid that they'll leave me. or hate me.
i have become very shy since the incident in 5th grade.
i only speak to people who speak to me.
RRBSPcreaturerox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
I have anxiety as well...
Can I ask something?.... is there anything you do to help it?
Because I can't find anything to help it (that does not include taking meds, personal belief on that..) and it's eating me up inside..... >.<
Killuanatsume Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
I have generalized anxiety disorder. Would you have some advices for me?
Lovely-BlueLiar Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Almost everything scares me, and I dwell on things that do. People don't seem to understand this, and they don't even believe me when I tell them about this problem. I have panic attacks almost every week, just out of the blue.
It's very hard when people say to calm down and get over it.
I had no idea that this was a thing until recently, and I personally feel very relieved to know that there is a name for what's wrong with me and that I'm not alone.
Mirria1 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my life. even if the littlest thing happens, like I lose my favourite pencil I lose my mind, or if I'm doing anything really. like reading something or anything. my "episodes" happen kinda frequently, so I gotta relax sometimes because it tires me out. and it's public. yay, I look crazy... I hate it, but I live with it and "try" to keep it cool.
animedisneyluver809 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
I've had Anxiety disorder since I was ten or eleven. I know how it feels. My episodes are spaced but I just got out of an episode. I prefer not telling my parents because I don't want to worry them. I deal with it better when I'm alone.
Bellstar Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014   Writer
thank you for making this, I used it on my front page- I also have gen and social ancxiety disorder all my life, I feel ya!
AmethystForge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
terrific stamp :nod:
JaqErant92 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too. I still have episodes, but I've for the most part overcome it. My family helped a lot, and making friends who understand.
BellaWolver Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
People always say "your making yourself have a panic attack!" 
Please. It's not just a switch I can flick off whenever! Or I would! Having an anxiety disorder SUCKS! 
I love this badge 💚❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
mydragonzeatyou Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Thanks for making this.

People just assume that since it's common and not something like bi polar disorder that it's not that bad and not that hard to deal with.

But it really is hard to deal with. Even when on the right meds, htere's still a lot of symptoms left to contend with.

GiantPurpleCat Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I have Social Anxiety Disorder; not an easy thing to deal with. :(
mydragonzeatyou Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I got diagnosed a few days ago.
Defect23 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how you feel. im not diagnosed, but I seem to have the symptoms, and ive been told I have some bad anxiety and stress. now that I think about it, I should really go see a doctor...
suqarbunny Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I have panic attacks around crowds of people..BIG CROWDS.
Must suit me.
Thank you for this!
Naked-toes Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What I've noticed is that anxiety disorders tend to be the ones people take less seriously. Like, a lot of people think OCD means you just like things a certain way and have no idea about what it actually is. And then they crack jokes about how they're 'OCD about [insert thing here]' and think I'm overreacting when I get my panic attacks. It seriously pisses me off.
CareerFromDistrict4 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I have an anxiety disorder and I am glad I am slowly getting better and learning to control my panic attacks :).
dracostarhome Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
When I was younger, I was seeing a psychiatrist for my parents divorce, and was told THEN that I have dysthymia.

Almost 20 years later and I still havn't had help.

Anxiety Disorder is a big part of my issue. -_-

I've been known to black out when under too much stress.
BoringBubbles Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think a lot of people don't understand that anxiety disorders are actually a mental illness, you can't just stop whenever you want. "Oh just calm down!!!"
HA HAH Aha no.
Snowieskye Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep,that's me. :/
AltoPhonse Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
It is a greatly misunderstood array of disorders, it's good to raise awareness, get people to realize that there's more to mental illness than just "getting over it." Because some people can't.
Lyrak Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wish more people understood that is really is a disease and not just "overreacting". There's a difference. For some people it's like... that's nice that you think I should "calm down", gee why didn't I think of that? And there are people who have thought I deliberately like, fake my nervous breakdowns to get attention. REALLY???? Gee, because the attention I want is TOTALLY to fall down and cry like a ninny and look like a giant toddler and embarass the crap out of myself until all I want to do is crawl in a hole and die. RIGHT.

Anxiety, depression, and vaguely diagnosed "adjustment disorder" involving among other things a ridiculously severe phobia of change (trying to look into seeing if it's something more, I seem to fit the profile for Asperger's WAY too well and the more I read the more it fits), and some tendencied toward OCD as well though that one has never been officially diagnosed.

And yet people accuse me of "throwing a tantrum" when I collapse. (Mind you, this is WITH medication).

Sorry for the rant... o.o;;;;;
Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've had my first panic attack when I was 13. At that time, I couldn't really explain to my parents, what was wrong with me - I simply felt numb, non-existent, so that is what I told my parents, but they thought that I was just messing around. Since then, I'm still having them, and I think I have agoraphobia as well - for some reason, a panic attack for me may occur in previously enjoyed shops and malls, social events (such as concerts and clubs) and even at home sometimes. They only get worse if I get ill (for example, when I have caught the seasonal flu) and I've tried to find a way to get rid of them...Hopeless. My life seems pretty bleak now - I don't visit clubs or other parties, after my lectures in academy I go straight home, while others are apparently having fun in the city, and because of these panic attacks, I sometimes experience a huge series of art blocks, too. God knows, how will I find a job to earn money, or a girlfriend - my older bro has already mockingly said to me that "fap 'till you're 40" phrase - I sometimes wonder, is such a life really worth living? Seems like plain existing to me, but that's, well, me. Parents are telling me to change, but I think it's just like saying "Stop having seizures, it looks stupid" to an epilepsy sufferer. :(
I really like this stamp - people should be more aware of all the panic, anxiety and other disorders as they can be just as dreadful as any other mental (and even physical) illnesses. :clap:
LolitheLeopard Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Support people with Mental Illness! Bitchslap an Emo kid!
Libertades Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Artist
KatrinWinner Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I tend to avoid stuff because of it like social events and tend to be alone and listen to music to drown out the insane thoughts. It sucks that it affects more women than men too.
I am getting better but I dont want to push myself
R3V0LUT10N4RI Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I feel like I can't tell people about my social anxiety disorder, because they'll wonder what kind of freak is afraid of people.
beliethebluebells Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
When I tell people about my anxiety problems they will nine times out of ten look skeptical, or respond in a way that makes it obvious they assume I'm over exaggerating to make my point. I wish I could tell people how much it destroys my life, and, indeed, SPREAD AWARENESS :D wonderful stamp ><
Gyzmo-Grim Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have anxiety disorder, but I found out how to cope with it and my imaginary friend helps me out a lot.
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