once you really come to terms with your anxiety, its almost like having a superpower.
i live in such a state of heightened awareness and fear that i've had to learn to think through those racing, ordinarily time stopping "blank page" surges of panic that when there is actually a real emergency to handle, i'm usually the first to respond. like bro stand back, i know what to do. i have thought through ten thousand ways this toaster could kill us and how to disarm it, lessGO
this has happened three times in my life btw. a toaster trying to kill me and my family.
don't ask me whats for dinner tho, i cannot make a mundane decision to actually save my life.
also don't compare where i'm at with my anxiety with where you may be at.
i'm 31 and started having anxiety and panic attacks when i was 10. i've have a long ass time to figure things out, its just time.
@glitter i did active shooter trainings a few times because like, working in public buildings, and i remember at one of them the trainer was talking about how everyone has a fight/flight/freeze reaction but it's impossible to know how you'll react until you face actual danger
and i was just sitting there thinking my dude, i've had those instincts kick in like three times *this morning,* the danger might not be real but my brain sure thinks it is
@ebeth oh man, yeah. the 4F response is a trip. i'm sitting around vibing to music and playing gems of war with not a damn thing wrong in the world and will rapidly cycle between three of the four responses, just playing a gem matching game lmao
anxiety is wild.
@glitter this was me and my parents during the wildfires. I had sat down and made Plans and got shit together and was ready to go in like five minutes post-evac notice and then I was sitting in the car for a goddamn hour with the cat while my Mom woke up, got dressed, and tried to find her keys c: which she apparently had thrown into some random bag she'd packed
hypervigilance def has its uses when you're *actually* in danger
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