Sim's post regarding his schizophrenia has compelled me to post about the second psychological condition I have. If you recall an earlier thread on EndWinterRomance, I have been diagnosed with Bipolar II, which is the typical mild type of the condition. However, I have a very distinct anxiety disorder that is wholly separate from my bipolarism. It first manifested at the age of six with Separation Anxiety Disorder. This tends to be a first major sign that someone has what is medically classified as anxiety. While this can be a fear of separation of anything (often, some kind of security blanket) for me, it was my mother. I missed quite a lot of school, couldn't properly interact with my peers, got chronic nausea. From this, I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which general manifests itself most prominently in social situations, for which I take buspar, which, unlike other medications like Zoloft (the other main anxiety medication), isn't addictive. Minus a gap of a few years in middle school, I have taken buspar for about ten years, with no side effects. Anxiety disorders are very common, and effect both introverts and extroverts. I am not 'shy', while I am an introvert I love to interact with others. My symptoms still manifest: last-minute decisions to avoid social activities, sweaty palms, blushing. However, I don't have anything terrible like panic attacks, hyperventilation, or the like. I'm sure we have at least a view people with some kind of anxiety condition. Let's talk about it!