Mental Illness Poem

Poem About Social Anxiety

I'm 20 years old and have been suffering from anxiety and social anxiety for seven years. It has affected my life in such a way that I cannot make friends, drive, or have a job. I graduated home school in 2012 because public school was just too much for me. Every day I struggle to date, I struggle to breathe, I struggle to have a life beyond the bed and couch. I take Prozac, and I see a therapist, but sometimes even their motivation isn't enough.

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I actually struggle with minor social anxiety and this really is how it is. I have scars on my arm from where I scratched it off in a panic attack about people looking at me. To be honest,...

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Anxiety

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Published by Family Friend Poems September 2015 with permission of the author.

Anxiety,
I'm miserable because of you,
making plans and not following through.

You have me feeling as though I am alone.
I don't feel safe unless I'm at home.

I see a stranger on the street,
want to say hi but too scared to speak.

What are they staring at?
Something must be wrong...
Is there a stain on my shirt?
Is my nose too long?

I'm shaking, find an exit, I must retreat!
Here they come! Here they come!
Quick, I must flee!

People keep telling me that I am fine
but I am not,
not in my mind.

A lump in my throat makes it so hard to swallow.
Pains in my chest consume me with sorrow.
I lay awake, restless, hoping maybe,
just maybe this will all be gone
tomorrow.

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  • Brianna Dawson by Brianna Dawson
  • 1 year ago

I actually struggle with minor social anxiety and this really is how it is. I have scars on my arm from where I scratched it off in a panic attack about people looking at me. To be honest, it's really scary. It's kind of nice knowing I'm not the only one.

  • Amber J by Amber J
  • 5 years ago

I love this poem but wished it were longer and it was actually like you were having a conversation with anxiety. Nevertheless, this is an amazing poem and so relatable.

  • Nicole by Nicole
  • 5 years ago

I find this poem to be so inspirational and so true to what I have gone through! I like where it said I must find an exit quick that's how I feel at school when I panic. Thank You for sharing this:)

Expression of feelings in poems by someone suffering from anxiety is helpful in coping up with the same and I am sure medication will help the writer get well soon. I too suffered from the complications of this menace but once the problem was identified it was possible to manage it with appropriate medical help and pass a normal life with certain changes particularly through the control of unbridled personal ambitions. I encourage the writer to write more poems about his feelings and tell him that he is not alone.

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