Don’t Have a Panic Attack in the Arby’s Drive-Through

I woke up shaking—third time that week. Getting out of bed was painful and I was nauseous on the first sip of my breakfast shake. Anxiety normally only hits me really bad two, maybe three times a year; lately, it’s been almost every day for over two months. And every day is like this.

Generalized anxiety is bad on its own, with the irrational fears and brain fog, but the physical symptoms have been awful. I’m so anxious I can’t sleep, so I’m tired pretty much all of the time. My heart’s racing and my breaths are shallow, so I constantly feel like I just ran a few miles (in a bad way). Nausea is common. Cooking is hard because I’m constantly worried I’ll forget something and burn the house down.

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