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41, London/Wales
Anxiety has cropped up a few times in my life, particularly at times of change, stress and emotional strain. The time I felt it worst was in my early 20s, when I first moved to London. Money, debt, and unresolved problems with my family from childhood combined to make life feel very scary and unsafe. I found it hard to make decisions, to concentrate, I had panic attacks, lost weight, and put on weight, and would often not be able to sleep. I would end up drinking too much to overcompensate, and got trapped in a vicious cycle. To the outside world though I think I looked ok, I don't think anyone noticed - but on the inside it felt torturous, and began to impact on my opportunities - I was scared to do so many things my life began to get smaller. I didn't know I was suffering from anxiety, I kept googling symptoms and thought it was something much worse, which increased my anxiety.
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