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coping mechanism? - December 3rd 2016, 10:43 PM

I noticed that when I get intrusive thoughts, I tend to move my hands. I either clap them, rub them together, or wiggle them around, and I don't always realise what I'm doing. I mean, sometimes I realise that I'm doing it as soon as I start doing it, but most times it takes a while. It's getting pretty out of hand, to be honest: not that someone has caught me randomly wriggling my hands, but I'm afraid somebody could - even because I don't always realise what I'm doing.
I think this could be a coping mechanism, mainly because I noticed I only do it when I get intrusive thoughts. I also know that some people shake their legs when they're nervous, which I happen to do as well.
Could this actually be a weird coping mechanism? How do I get rid of it?


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Re: coping mechanism? - December 3rd 2016, 11:53 PM

I don't know how if I've I would even call this a coping mechanism because I think a coping mechanism is a set of behaviour so of actions to deal, like using homour, exercise, cleaning or venting, or alcohol. what your describing sounds more like physical expressions of your anxiety, and not the things you do to manage it. Semantics though.

If you're feeling like it is intrusive, it might be a good idea to start seeking out therapy to find way s to work through these issues and find the underlying causes.

Also, don't fear people finding out. I know it's easy to have this fear and I a man still pretty scared that people will find out I have an anxiety disorder, but it gets better when you own it. Like I'll still have an anxiety disorder even if someone wants to be Ancient asshole about it, and I'd rather have to stand up for my existence than feel like i have to live without this thing AND live with the shame at the same time, don't let other people make you feel like you have to hide.




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