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I completely relate. I am in my early 50s, and have suffered from anxiety and obsessive thoughts from my early 20s. What I can say definitively is that IT WILL GET BETTER. I can't comment on what type of treatment you should seek, but like Michael949, don't give up on finding one.

My anxiety manifests itself in insomnia, or the 3 a.m. freakout, as I call it. When I was your age, it felt like the walls were closing in, and I would never get better. I worried about my health, my job, my finances, my family, and every small thing would explode into a giant issue that seemed to threaten my life. For instance, thinking that I said the wrong thing to someone at work when I hadn't, or making a mistake -- I obsessed over these things in the middle of the night, heart racing, teeth gritted, sometimes screaming into my pillow. I never thought it would end.

Like you, I tried many different approaches until I found a medication that stuck, and a therapist who "got me." I won't lie and say that I just popped a pill or opened myself up to the therapist, and the anxiety was gone. It's taken a lot of hard work, and I've had setbacks along the way.

Nor will I say to say that this isn't still a problem (I've been suffering for the past week). But it's not like before when it seemed like there was no hope, and I thought it would never end -- it will.

Anxiety does not define you; you are not your anxiety. Stay strong.





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