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    How long have you had anxiety for?

    Is it something you have had all your life??

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    As long as I can remember - it's just me, I don't remember not having it but I also didn't know it was anxiety. I never realised that everyone didn't feel that way for a long time.
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    My whole life. I just didnt know there was a name for it until the fall of 2004. I thought I was just defective.
    "You can never really know a person and if you think you can, you're living in a fucking dream world!" David Fisher, Six Feet Under

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    The first time I remember it affected me I was 9, but it has only affect me severely since I was 16, so I'd say 8 years.

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    I've had GAD for about 14 years, but its severity fluctuates a lot. I've had legitimately debilitating SA for only 3 years.

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    Ive been shy my whole life but my social anxiety became a serious problem in middle school then it was just downhill from there

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    Some anxiety my whole life but didn't develop severe SA until I was 23.

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    I don't think I've had it all my life. I was diagnosed age 12, but I think I had it before that, I dunno though, my parents didn't take me to see a pdoc to get help until the school insisted.
    I'M GONNA FIGHT 'EM ALL
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    Since childhood. Clinical SA at 15.

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    Very young.

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    I have always been very hypersensitive, even as a child. I would say my SA started to really manifest itself in grade school. When I was going through puberty and the beginning of high school. At the time, I knew nothing of anxiety disorders. So, I thought it was depression. Which, I have as a co-morbid illness. I developed GAD over a longer period of time.

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    My whole life. I always thought I was just hyper-sensitive and/or crazy. I wasn't diagnosed until a I was about 30 yrs old.
    Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved. ~Iris Murdoch

    Your girlfriend's silence might be her loudest scream.

    If you still have more dreams than regrets, congratulations. You haven't gotten old yet.

    Spend every moment like it's your last. Hug her, kiss her, hold her, like it's the last time that you ever will. Because it might be.

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    Part of me has had it since about age 5, but with me, it's hard to tell if it was truly anxiety from within or whether I was just reacting to my environment.
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    I've had it since I was little, I just never knew what it was. The end of high school/ going into college is when my social anxiety got really bad and a doctor confirmed that I had it.

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    I was diagnosed in November, but I've had it my whole life. I guess when I was a kid people just called it 'shyness', but looking back, it definitely was much more than that. I have had very few friends my whole life.

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