Anxiety is one of the leading and aggravating symptoms of PTSD. My daughter-in-law posted a link to an awesome article on anxiety. Not everyone with PTSD experiences anxiety. Not everyone with anxiety has PTSD. However, I believe this article can help people understand what she experiences with anxiety. She did label it with trigger warnings. Talking about anxiety can be a trigger by itself. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gina-decicco/what-i-mean-when-i-say-i-have-anxiety_b_9176808.html
My own experience with anxiety was more confusing. Dissociation at an extreme level added a complexity of not understanding that there was a connection to my feelings of anxiety and events in my life. I felt a disconnect. Sometimes anxiety would explode all over the place and I sound like a raving lunatic. Other times I quietly imploded and slipped away into shivering unconsciousness. Until I entered counseling I had no idea that anxiety was a major part of my life. I masked it. Hid it from myself. Denied its existence. I fought with my counselor denying that what I felt was anxiety. I couldn’t identify an emotion if it smacked me in the face. I used anger to hide my anxiety. I felt shame that I was so strung out over seemingly unimportant issues. Counseling helped me recognize, name, accept, and learn different coping skills for my anxiety. I agree with the Gina Decicco, I wish I didn’t have it. Wishing doesn’t help with coping. Art, breathing, exercise, computer games, and most importantly counseling gave me an arsenal of tools to help me day-to-day.