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  1. #1
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    Apr 2018
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    Default How do you tell if it's illness or anxiety?

    I've got better at this over the years but sometimes I really can't tell if my n* is being caused by anxiety or by 'the real thing'

    Some ways I try to tell if I'm actually ill or just anxious:

    - I think about the likelihood of me having a bug.. have I been exposed? Are we in summer or winter? Do I have any other symptoms?

    - I think about the likelihood of FP... have I eaten anything that wasn't safe? Do I have stomach ache or D*? Does my boyfriend feel ill?

    - Is the n* coming from my throat or stomach? If the n* is coming from my throat then it's probably anxiety

    - Are my safety behaviours (nibbling crackers and sipping water) making the n* worse or better?

    - How long have I been feeling n*? If I were going to v* would it have happened by now?


    How do you guys tell what is causing your n*?

  2. #2

    Default Re: How do you tell if it's illness or anxiety?

    My main indicator is thinking of my fave food and if my stomach is repelled, I know its real. But my anxiety with breakups and arguments and exams have almost caused me to want to v* so it just makes it that bit harder.. quite often if an "incident" occurs which is caused by stress, I will quite soon go off EVERYTHING. I did a performance last week (I'm a pianist) and it was quite a big event and I am only just beginning to eat "properly" as the whole day I had zero appetite due to nerves.
    Hunger is criminal for trolling us too - soooo many times I have woken up, looked forward to a good breakfast but left it a little too long only to be scared to eat cos of the hunger n*...
    Last edited by thecheesecake17; 06-03-2018 at 12:44 PM.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Moses Lake, WA
    Posts
    586

    Default Re: How do you tell if it's illness or anxiety?

    Omg if I donít eat my stomach burns so bad like itís on fire! If I get to that point I have to slowly eat

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Near Seattle Washington
    Posts
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    Default Re: How do you tell if it's illness or anxiety?

    My suggestion would be, rather than overthinking all the possibilities - just tell yourself that it IS anxiety and do your best to calm yourself down. For us emets, it's anxiety 99% of the time, so it's counterproductive to needlessly worry about the things that aren't going to happen. I know, I know, that's what we do, but I can tell you from experience that after almost 53 years of not v*ing (and that's not a typo), eventually you will be able to convince yourself that you're fine. Really.

  5. #5

    Default Re: How do you tell if it's illness or anxiety?

    I can tell you from experience that after almost 53 years of not v*ing (and that's not a typo), eventually you will be able to convince yourself that you're fine. Really.[/QUOTE]

    Oh my gosh! That is incredible - are you male or female? Only asking as us girls are blessed with more triggers for v* due to hormones etc... Also do you think you've ever used willpower to not v*?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2008
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    Near Seattle Washington
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    Default Re: How do you tell if it's illness or anxiety?

    Oh my gosh! That is incredible - are you male or female? Only asking as us girls are blessed with more triggers for v* due to hormones etc... Also do you think you've ever used willpower to not v*?[/QUOTE]

    I'm female, and yes absolutely - I made another post about "mind over matter". I'm a true believer.

 

 

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