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Old 02-18-2019, 04:48 PM #1
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How can you tell the difference? I know I have anxieties but sometimes it feels like a bad case of nerves.I know there is a difference.Anxieties are much worse then being nervous but how do you tell someone what is the difference.
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I don't know the answer to this. I know, in my case, I seem to have quite a bad case of nerves. But I don't have anything to be anxious about. What I've concluded is that, after a lifetime of running on my nerves & struggling with anxiety over one thing after another, my body simply no longer knows how to be any other way. I do also think age plays a role as well. I think as people age they often have more difficulty with nerves in general. Perhaps the difference is that anxiety is a reaction to something such as an upcoming potentially difficult event or situation (either real or perceived) while "nerves" simply exist independent of anything in particular that's going on? At least that's my thinking with regard to your post.
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I don't know the answer to this. I know, in my case, I seem to have quite a bad case of nerves. But I don't have anything to be anxious about. What I've concluded is that, after a lifetime of running on my nerves & struggling with anxiety over one thing after another, my body simply no longer knows how to be any other way. I do also think age plays a role as well. I think as people age they often have more difficulty with nerves in general. Perhaps the difference is that anxiety is a reaction to something such as an upcoming potentially difficult event or situation (either real or perceived) while "nerves" simply exist independent of anything in particular that's going on? At least that's my thinking with regard to your post.
Oh boy do I ever get anxieties just about everything and anxieties can make you sick when nerves well not that bad.ALthough I do have a nervous stomach.I have what they call anticipatory anxieties really bad.I cannot relax until something is taken care of.
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I think people downplay both "nerves" and anxieties as if the name of something makes it any less difficult. I have seen people who get terribly nervous so that they feel crippled and I have seen people that have a low level of anxiety that affects them everyday. I hope you do not feel like yours is something you are at fault over. Both can be devastating.
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That's a very important and wise question, xmascarol. I believe the difference is that anxiety is so overwhelming that you just can't go on with your day. You don't feel like doing anything because you're too anxious about that thing. Feeling nervous is actually pretty normal, I believe, and everyone does feel nervous about something, but as long as it doesn't get too overwhelming I wouldn't worry too much about it. That's just my opinion, though. I may be completely wrong. I'd suggest to talk to your Pdoc about this and see how it goes from there. Hopefully he/she will be able to help you. Perhaps you could ask him/her what the difference is. I'm so sorry, I know it's hard. Please don't give up. I hope you'll feel better soon. Remember that we're here for you if you need it. Feel free to PM me anytime. Let me know if I can do something to help you. Wish you good luck! Let us know how it goes. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this
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I would think nervousness is related to a specific event and would pass when the event is over. It can even be a positive event that makes you nervous. Anxiety for me is an underlying ugly and unsettling feeling that I just can’t shake. It may or may not be related to any particular event. I sometimes feel anxious about going to work for no other reason than because I’ve been carrying a heavy workload that is wearing me out or I’ve been dealing with difficult coworkers. I usually get nervous about giving a presentation but that passes when the presentation is over. Unless I feel embarrassed or upset over how the presentation went and then I’m anxious about it....
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Good question! I love language. I had to look it up.

“Nervousness is a sensible reaction to a potentially scary situation. Anxiety has a physical component. A panic attack is often mistaken for a heart attack—you get real, intense, sometimes overwhelming and sudden physical symptoms”
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I think people downplay both "nerves" and anxieties as if the name of something makes it any less difficult. I have seen people who get terribly nervous so that they feel crippled and I have seen people that have a low level of anxiety that affects them everyday. I hope you do not feel like yours is something you are at fault over. Both can be devastating.
I suffer every single day with anxieties today it is really bad my legs are tingling I feel like I am on pins and needles.I do feel like my illness is my fault on the other hand I didnt asks for this nobody did.
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Good question! I love language. I had to look it up.

“Nervousness is a sensible reaction to a potentially scary situation. Anxiety has a physical component. A panic attack is often mistaken for a heart attack—you get real, intense, sometimes overwhelming and sudden physical symptoms”
So true today I am so anxious my legs are tingling.I feel like I want to jump out of my own skin.
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I would think nervousness is related to a specific event and would pass when the event is over. It can even be a positive event that makes you nervous. Anxiety for me is an underlying ugly and unsettling feeling that I just can’t shake. It may or may not be related to any particular event. I sometimes feel anxious about going to work for no other reason than because I’ve been carrying a heavy workload that is wearing me out or I’ve been dealing with difficult coworkers. I usually get nervous about giving a presentation but that passes when the presentation is over. Unless I feel embarrassed or upset over how the presentation went and then I’m anxious about it....
With me I get anxieties and nervous when I have to go to see my doctor.It never fails.The car ride actually scares me
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