When I took my first psychology class as a junior in high school, I remember hurrying to the computer lab to look up “General Anxiety Disorder” and “Social Anxiety Disorder” because I was pretty sure I had some form of something. Nevermind actual counselors or psychological tests – I recently came across this list on Tumblr, and it is law!
Totally kidding. This is, by no means, a comprehensive or even slightly scientific list. But it does cover a lot of things that make me go “eeeeeaaaaahhhh” on the inside, things that as a child I thought everyone experienced as horrible until I realized they’re mostly, like, no big deal to a lot of people. So here’s a list of things that scare anxious people, and I’ve bolded the ones that resonated with me. I also interjected thoughts or stories that I wanted to share.