Dear Anxiety

By: Devin Riggs, Regular Contributor

I’ve never been able to explain you to others, how you flood my thoughts and infest my mood with deep dark paralysis and overwhelming despair. The control you have over me leaves me speechless. The words always tangle on my tongue in a knot tied by fear and rejection and misunderstanding and hopelessness. Even when I manage to break the restraints, no one can fully emphasize. Some try, and I love them for it, but it never fills me up completely. Because of you, I still don’t know what it feels like to be whole.

I’ve let you steal hours, days, weeks, even months from me. Every day I struggle with your constant knocking; your persistent and overwhelming presence. You are always here sitting beside me, sleeping in my bed, laughing quietly amongst my friends. You never truly leave. I’m always aware of your presence, catlike and mischievous, smirking at me from across the room, taunting my resolve to resist you. You mark me with subtlety, so it’s hard to prove that you really do exist. Just because you haven’t left any scars doesn’t mean that you haven’t hurt me.

I crave other people to distract me from you but feel inept and out of touch in a crowded room. I find myself exhausted in my effort to push against your onslaught or merely ignore you. I am so tired from fighting you. Sometimes I wonder why I don’t just give up.

I’m still learning the intricacies of forgiving myself for that.

For a long time I was too scared to face you, too scared to speak up, too ashamed for letting you win for so long. I can finally admit that you have beaten me far more often than I have beaten you. I have lost so much to you, and I refuse to let you take anymore.

I am ready to fight.


There will be no hiding places. No excuses. No rest days. I will come at you with everything I have. I will not sink to your level of trickery but face you head on with my shoulders back and my heart open.

I am rallying the troops.

I will hold nothing back. Everyone is going to know what you’ve done. I will tell them of your weaknesses. I will tell them of your illusions. We will be prepared. They will gather at the frontline, fierce and unyielding to prove we are not your toys to play with.

I am taking back my moments. I am taking back my life.

So this is your final warning. Get out now. Get out quick. I am coming for you, determined to not just survive, but to thrive.

This is my battle cry.

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About Devin

DEVIN_RIGGS.jpgDevin has a degree in education with a focus in English. She is working to publish her first collection of poetry while also learning the art of patience. Her passions include Doctor Who, penguins, hats and scarves, potatoes, dancing, photography, and making people happy. She believes in the healing powers of music, spending time in the great outdoors, and a good night sleep.



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  • commented 2015-11-08 17:42:05 -0800
    I have been battling social anxiety for more than 6 months now and this nails it on the head. I’ve gotten it under control now but I still remember the awful nights spent feeling lower than low. Thank you for sharing and giving a bit of insight into what goes on in the mind of someone with anxiety. Very cool to read.
  • commented 2015-04-14 13:39:42 -0700
    Wow, immpresive. !! Is like reading my life story. I am speechless. Thank from my heart to yours for making it real ; D
  • commented 2015-04-12 03:06:54 -0700
    Anxiety causes my heart to beat fast and I feel like Alice in wonderland. Everything is what it isn’t and isn’t what it is. It causes doubt, discontent, anger and exhaustion. Sometime isolation so I don’t infect others wth its negativity. I overcome it it by reading Gods truth and exercise when I can. Life doesn’t stop but anxiety tried to stop me living it. I’m finally am learning to acknowledge it and call it out – mock it a little ‘is that all you got’ or ‘ya you’re causing a disconnect but you have no place here’ – it seems to work for me. I dint want to keep fighting it – I will defeat it.
  • commented 2015-04-11 18:54:22 -0700
    for me i drive to the water and breathe in the fresh air and listen to the melodic sound of the waves. i’m also an avid runner and so lacing up my trainers and pounding the pavement helps me fight
  • commented 2015-04-11 16:57:49 -0700
    Brenee Brown, has done TEDTALK and written books about shame, guilt, vulnerability……really helped me with my anxiety…
  • commented 2015-04-11 16:42:49 -0700
    Oh how i can identify with this!! Anxiety has been apart of me for years now and i am constantly fighting against it!!

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