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Does having anxiety make me a weak person?

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Last Updated: 07/13/2020 at 3:46am
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August 4th, 2015 7:09am
It most certainly does not. Having anxiety does not make you any less of a person than someone without it. It might make you feel like you aren't as awesomsauce as you really are, but the fact that you're fighting through it proves that you're just as strong as the next person.
September 21st, 2015 5:14pm
No. Having anxiety makes you a person who suffers from anxiety. No more, no less. Don't let those stereotyped negative thoughts that seem to float around our society get to you: you are not less, you are not weak. You are just you, as good as everybody else.
December 8th, 2015 6:06pm
No, anxiety is a serious condition, but you are not your condition, you are not weak. Everyone shows strength in their own ways!
December 28th, 2015 5:55pm
No, it proves you are a human being. Anxiety can be controlled and it's important to develop a few techniques if you want to overcome it. Distracting yourself in the moment anxiety takes a grip and telling yourself it is a temporary chemical anomaly are good first steps. Talking to a health care provider or a counsellor will also help.
February 1st, 2016 7:26am
Having anxiety makes you a strong person, because every day you are fighting the urge to let it all out, and that takes a lot out of you. You are fighting every day to keep your head above water, and your struggle is a fight that only you can do. Some days you will hardly be able to hold up your sword, and some days you can hardly fend off the anxiety with a shield... but what you don't know is that every anxiety you are able to actually push aside or away, your strength grows. It's a long, hard and tedious road... but so many have gone down it and come out with more empathy, compassion and understanding than your typical every day Joe :)
February 8th, 2016 2:18am
Having anxiety does not make anyone a weak person, anxiety can be a part of ones human experience or it can be an ailment that one can seek medical help for. Either way it does not make us weak, it may not be how everyone feels but everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way. When I was struggling with this same question I use to remind myself where anxiety came from, which was from the beginning of times, anxiety gave our body a signal to get out of a dangerous situation. If we think of this it is simply part of being a human being, and almost everyone I know has experienced some form of anxiety in their lifetime. You are not weak, YOU are strong, YOU are important, and YOU are loved.
April 25th, 2016 7:01pm
No, humans have evolved to have anxiety in certain situations to help achieve goals that benefit you. When i was studying medicine in university, i would get anxious around exam times and that drove me to study continuously to pass and KEEP on doing whats best for me. Anxiety at a certain level is a way for your brain to manage stress you face everyday.
May 2nd, 2016 10:55pm
No, it does not. If anything it makes you stronger. You are going through a very difficult thing and you are fighting and doing your best. I think that that just shows how strong and brave you are.
May 16th, 2016 9:27am
No it doesn't, having anxiety is just like going to the gym, it's not because your weak, but just because you should train for something better ❤️
July 12th, 2016 3:45am
Having anxiety isn't uncommon, and many people who suffer from it go on to do great things. It doesn't make you any weaker than anyone else, in fact, it takes great strength to persevere through it. If anything, you are stronger as a result.
August 29th, 2016 1:38am
No it does not make you a weak person if anything managing with your condition every day makes you stronger. You may feel weak but pushing forward and find ways to manage your anxiety make you very strong.
September 20th, 2016 12:04am
Having anxiety makes you a more sensitive person, more delicate towards certain events or situations. If you are aware of your anxiety, and try to cope with it and control it when possible, then this defiantly is not weakness. On the contrary it shows your inner strength, your determination into wanting to get to know this aspect of your personality better and work on it. Anxiety is not a weakness, it's just one of the many variations of the different reactions all of us might have.
July 4th, 2017 12:36am
Having anxiety doesn't make you weak. If you can come onto this website and try to get help and ask questions about it that just proves how strong you are as a person.
July 2nd, 2018 3:31pm
i think it makes us coward not weak, i see anxiety as a rope of thoughts tying us, preventing us from enjoying the present. and i think we should see it as an enemy that we have to get rid of, instead of being distracted from it by anything, we should face it and tell ourselves that all those thoughts are not true, they are only in our mind. because 90% of the times I was anxious at, the reality was much easier than it was in my mind. and the only thing i lost was the happiness and the feeling of peacefulness.
September 2nd, 2019 1:37am
No, it is not a weakness. Anxiety can affect the strongest person, it does not discriminate. By recognizing perceived weaknesses, we can become better and stronger. What is important is to manage it in order to help you live a better life. Whether through therapy, support groups, books, music, mediation or any helpful tool, you can find a way to help yourself manage life. Anxiety can, unfortunately be a part of life sometimes. That doesn't mean it has to be the only part of your life. We build upon our experiences and if we desire it, we can create the best version of ourselves.
April 28th, 2020 7:08pm
Everyone feels anxiety at one point or more in their lives. I have found that many are really good at masking this or just do not feel comfortable disclosing, and that is okay. Being open about your anxiety does not make you any less strong than the person who prefers to mask it. Allowing yourself to express this actually helps you to work towards overcoming your triggers, and working through your anxiety so it does not continue to take a toll on you the way that it has. It is important for you to understand your value as well as all you have to offer for yourself and others. Anxiety is very hard to deal with and move past but not impossible!
May 25th, 2020 7:00am
Having anxiety and being willing to admit that you have it makes you a strong person. Inherent in the very idea of anxiety lies the tendency to want to sweep away those things about yourself that people might perceive as “bad,” (those of us who are anxious almost always care what others think of us all the time. Most of us suffer that anxiety in silence and it slowly but steadily eats away at our self esteem...having the ability to name it, take ownership of it, bring the monster out into to sunlight means it can be battled more effectively, but also means one is willing to lay oneself bare. Terrifying, but it makes one stronger.
June 22nd, 2020 6:16pm
Having anxiety is not a sign of weakness. Anxiety is caused by a variety of factors. Anxiety can be triggered by stressful situations as perceived by an individual. Anxiety can be managed through relaxation techniques and other types of support. Some relaxation techniques are breathing techniques to disrupt that fight or flight response. Recognizing that you are anxious will allow the individual to utilize calming techniques. When anxiety is diminished, it allows the individual to think through the situation, identify the negative thoughts are work through them. Once the negative thoughts are identified and challenged, the individual can replace these anxiety-provoking thoughts and work towards an objective goal.
July 13th, 2020 3:46am
Yeah! I'm an anxious person. With every new starts i go deep inside my anxiety. Its hard to live with that sometimes. People makes you feel that you are not worthy and if they talk to you it will be awaste of time. But if you control your anxiety at a certain level its healthy. Anxiety with no falsely thought or no pain attack with straight to convince yourself that "hey this will be ok! It will turn out to be good" This makes life easy to be lived. trust me things have started getting better for me now. Now i know how to manage my anxiety. All i did was just convinced myself to much of being anxiety will lead you no where you have work. So please try to help yourself first then you can do it for others.