Patient Stories


Youth Anxiety Center

Advancing the Understanding and Treatment of Anxiety in Teens and Young Adults


woman looking in mirrorAll girls worry about what other people think of them, so for a long time I didn’t know my thoughts were any different from anyone else’s. I worry constantly about people judging me for the way I look, what I say, what I wear, whether I’m doing the right thing or if I will be successful enough in just the right way. I felt so lucky to have a boyfriend in college that even when he was not treating me the way I wanted; I was too worried about being alone again to say anything to him about it. I found partying in college was one escape to shut my mind off for a little while and feel more comfortable around other people. Except that often the next day I would start obsessing again about what I had said or done the night before, whether it was the right thing, and what others would think about the pictures that were posted online. I have no idea how to take care of myself after college and sometimes I start to feel so hopeless and overwhelmed that I think it would be easier if I were to just not wake up one day.