Being diagnosed just before my 14th birthday was very traumatic for me and my parents, however, I suppressed the fear and avoided talking about this experience as much as possible for many years, and last year the negative coping mechanism caught up to me. My anxiety went from minor worrying to panic attacks last November. I am 27 and have been speaking with counsellors and a psychologist, and this is helping immensely on my journey to overcoming my anxiety, retraining my negative thoughts to positive ones, and to gradually overcome my fears. I am not afraid to tell my story, and do not become so emotional when talking to others now.
Some other coping strategies for Anxiety that I have found helpful are reading books by Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, campell’s soup: positive thinking. Also, I found two helpful apps on my cell phone (android) called CALM (for meditation), one for progressive muscle relaxation, and one called the 21 day Gratitude challenge. I hope this can also help others who battle anxiety.