Mental Illness Poem

Poem About Anxious Thoughts

This is a poem that I never finished writing. It was written during an episode of intense anxiety. I thank God that it passed, so I never finished writing it. I'm a religious teenage girl, so I reference God in most of my poems. If anyone can relate to any feelings that I've had, I hope this helps them.

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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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Struggling To Breathe


Published by Family Friend Poems April 2021 with permission of the Author.

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

These fears are irrational,
But I can't make them stop.
I just wish that they'd leave,
That my heart rate would drop.

I can't catch my breath,
My heart's running a race,
Against my emotions,
Struggling to keep pace.

I struggle to breathe,
But each sound makes it worse.
My world seems so dark,
I'm trying to reverse.

Away from the triggers,
Away from the pain,
All my muscles are tense,
Why can't it be explained?

There is no good reason,
But I can't press pause.
I don't think this is normal,
I can't find the cause.

God, I need you,
I can't live on my own
You're the only one who knows
Where my fears are sewn.

Why do they come?
What's the cause of this pain?
I want to let go,
But I can't just the same.

I try to calm down,
But my fears just won't quit.
I can't find air to breathe.
I'm stuck in this pit.


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  • Faustina Emechebe by Faustina Emechebe
  • 1 year ago

My name is Faustina Emechebe. I am at middle school, and I am a pretty lonely and independent person. I've tried a lot to get along with people to no avail. After reading this poem, it gave me a reboost that all hope is not lost and that I will surely get to the person who was created for me. I believe in that now again!

  • A.AmericanWoman by A.AmericanWoman
  • 1 year ago

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 depression, ADD - & am the SOLE caregiver of 2 elderly parents (for 6 horrific years!) who BOTH have different dementias. I also married an older man 18 years ago & he's just turned 81! I have no joy, no fun, my only joy was my sweet Shih Tzu, my last dog, killed by 4 HUGE neighbor's dogs (Rottweiler, 2 German Shepherds, a Doberman). Their son opened the gate between our 1-acre properties. My little love didn't stand a chance! Maid was here, and I was inside busy with her. EVERY time she comes, my PTSD is BAD. Makeup table in our bathroom sits in front of window that looks out where my dog/best friend was killed, so I keep curtains closed 24/7. Woke last night at 2am (maid coming today) sobbing, picturing her being SO scared, being punctured! She had PTSD too & was SO SWEET! Can't get over it!

  • Katie Frantz by Katie Frantz
  • 3 years ago

I am a 13-year-old girl. I am in middle school and all I think about is my anxiety and making sure no one knows. I don't want anyone to see it because they might treat me different, but I want to talk about it. but I don't want it to think it won. Anxiety is a battle. Talk about it or you might lose the battle then lose your life. I have anxiety and depression. Don't let it define who you are because fighting yourself isn't a battle you can win.

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