Poems About Living Life With Anxiety

Published: March 2019

Anxiety Poems - Poems About Struggling With Anxiety

The struggle with anxiety can be raw, scary, and debilitating. These poems about anxiety give a glimpse into the difficult struggle.

As you read through these poems, you will be taken through the often overwhelming feelings associated with anxiety. From feelings of desand uncertainty to the search for release and understanding, these poems provide a window into the personal experiences of those who have struggled with anxiety. We hope that by reading these poems, you will feel less alone in your own struggles and find comfort and solace in the words of others who are facing similar challenges.

21 Anxiety Poems - Poems About Struggling With Anxiety

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  1. 1. The Monster

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Dear Anxiety,

    When they ask me what I am afraid of,
    I lie.

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    I am a person with worry, fear, doubt, and with grace. I worry for those who will be hurt by me, those who will be disappointed in me, those who will care for me but leave me, and those who I...

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  2. 2. Breathe

    • By Tiffaney L. Ganci
    • Published: April 2018

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Panic, worry, darkness closing in around me.
    These are some of the words I could use to describe my anxiety,
    but nothing I can say could speak of its entirety,
    as I cry internally thinking I've lost my sanity.

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    Anything triggers my anxiety, I have had it for so many years I have actually gotten worse to the point of terrible chest pain. I have had 4 attacks within 4 months. I'm so worried I have...

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  4. 3. Signed, Your Mind

    • By Emma
    • Published: December 2015

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Get dressed, love.
    You're going to be late.
    You look at yourself in the mirror,
    The one you really hate.

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    I'm a 15-year-old female who was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder and severe depression two years ago. I love the way this poem expresses how I feel almost every day. It's hard to get...

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  5. 4. Mysterious Pain

    in Mental Illness Poems

    With her head hung low
    and nowhere to go,

    she can't explain

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    No one understands what I am suffering from. My new doctor has decided I am taking a far too dangerous drug, so he is weaning me off. I must suffer again for the length of this weaning...

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  7. 5. Silent Screams

    • By Aaron
    • Published: September 2019

    in Depression Poems

    Can't you hear my silent screams?
    They are so loud they echo in my dreams.

    Behind this face that carries a smile

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    As long as you still have family and friends. I once did, long ago, until they all got tired of my depression, my anxiety, my "moods" when I couldn't motivate myself to leave my home and join...

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  8. 6. Struggling To Breathe

    • By Sima
    • Published: April 15, 2021

    in Mental Illness Poems

    I'm feeling so scared,
    I can't breathe but I must.
    Thinking so many thoughts,
    Trying so hard to trust.

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    I'm almost 58 & feel this way daily! I have severe PTSD from a life of every kind of abuse you can think of & many you can't. Have had chronic pain since 1998 (24/7!), Fibromyalgia, severe...

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  9. 7. Where Am I?

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Is there anyone there
    to help me see,
    help me remember,
    remember to be me?

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    I am 13 years old and I have anxiety and depression. Being a teenage girl is scary enough. Imagine sitting in bed every night rethinking your whole life and worrying about things that don't...

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  10. 8. My Repossessed Hope

    • By Evangeline King
    • Published: January 16, 2023

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Gasping for air
    I cling, I cling
    to whatever's left
    to anything

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    • Votes 5
    • Rating 4.40
  11. 9. Darkness

    • By Evangeline King
    • Published: January 16, 2023

    in Dark Poems

    No moon tonight
    Darkness creeps in
    Into my soul
    Into my heart

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    • Votes 3
    • Rating 4.33
  12. 10. Panic Disorder

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Tightness in my chest.
    I can't breathe.
    The only time I can escape
    is when I fall asleep.

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    • Rating 4.51
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    I am 13 years old, but I've gone through so much, well I believe I have at least. All my life I've grown up with harsh punishments, including intense beatings using belts, bamboo, and my...

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  13. 11. Another Trigger

    • By Jim D. Prime
    • Published: December 2020

    in Mental Illness Poems

    A storm is coming, my chest is tightening and it's hard to breathe.
    Like a giant noose, life is smothering me.
    I would do anything to not feel this pain.
    Make it stop, I want to laugh again.

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    • Votes 77
    • Rating 4.44
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  14. 12. The Fire

    in Mental Illness Poems

    The fire that rages
    from within my rib cage is
    weakening the bones
    that should make me strong.

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  15. 13. Take A Step Back

    in Courage Poems

    Take a step back,
    Learn how to breathe.
    Take a step back
    And just be.

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    This was a beautiful poem about taking control. I deeply enjoyed this, especially because at the moment, I am going under quite a large amount of stress. There is a huge exam that includes...

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  16. 14. Panic

    • By Evangeline King
    • Published: January 3, 2023

    in Mental Illness Poems

    One thousands beats per second
    It hammers ‘gainst my chest
    I feel it in my temples
    Tonight there’ll be no rest

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    • Stories 0
    • Shares 13
    • Favorited 0
    • Votes 4
    • Rating 4.25
  17. 15. Anxiety

    • By Jade .S. Aka Shane
    • Published: March 2015

    in Bullying Poems

    Chest tightens,
    Gets hard to breathe.
    My only escape
    Is when I drug myself to sleep.

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    I started having depression when I was only 5 through right now, but this teacher told me I am still able to make new steps, so I'm here to thank him.

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  18. 16. Dad

    in Mental Illness Poems

    I know you may not think so,
    But I'm trying really hard.
    I don't do it on purpose.
    I did not pick this card.

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    My father is the type of person who does not "believe" in mental illnesses. I have always looked for help from an adult, but he always shoots it down. I deal with very critical anxiety and...

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  19. 17. The Night Is The Hardest

    • By Jessica Sturgeon
    • Published: October 2018

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Feelings of unrelenting sorrow and fear wash over me like a wave crashing on a shore,
    Painful nostalgia for younger days and panic for the ones to come,
    Reminiscing on days and feelings I can never get back,
    Needing to feel close to someone to pull me back from this ledge,

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    • Stories 0
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    • Rating 4.50
  20. 18. Worry Is The Game

    • By Tiff W
    • Published: April 2015

    in Mental Illness Poems

    I sit here and feel so alone.
    Things in my mind broken.
    Home doesn't feel like home.

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    • Stories 3
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    • Votes 186
    • Rating 4.45
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    This hit deeply. I suffer from so many mental health problems. I seem to be declining now. I'm lower than I have ever been. This poem put it in perspective and words I can't figure out that I...

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  21. 19. Music Of Wakefulness

    in Mental Illness Poems

    It is in the dark of night
    When insomnia sings me awake
    To the tune of lullabies
    And the rhythm of mindful blight.

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    • Stories 4
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    • Rating 4.20
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    I love the intimacy between the poet and these "hindrances." The relationship between nature, insomnia and anxiety around the poet at first is inviting, and calming. It isn't until daylight,...

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  22. 20. Every Day Is A Fight With Anxiety

    • By Alisha M. Davies
    • Published: March 2018

    in Mental Illness Poems

    Anxiety grabs me by the throat,
    Almost like grabbing a man's balls.
    It hurts deep into your stomach,
    Churning your belly down.

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    • Stories 3
    • Shares 342
    • Favorited 35
    • Votes 71
    • Rating 4.55
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    Hi! My name is Jun. I've also been struggling with anxiety since I was 10. Sometimes I find it hard to express how I felt back them. Reading this poem of yours has made me feel more grateful...

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