What is anxiety?

Like most people I spent a lot of my life not knowing that I had anxiety. It was only after a series of panic attacks and counselling sessions which made me realise that anxiety has been a part of me for a long time.

I should have recognised the symptoms sooner but anxiety wasn’t spoken about at school, on tv, there weren’t any posters or enough public awareness. If I knew more about it when I was a kid then maybe it would have helped me deal with my emotions better when it came to relationship break ups and family deaths. I would have been able to deal with awkward situations better, I could have sought help sooner. Thankfully I now know how to manage my anxiety better. I now want to help others do the same.

First of all, what is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.

Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.

So yes everybody will feel anxious at some point in their lives however in a lot of cases anxiety is more of a day to day thing. For example I constantly check my time because I worry about being late for things, when I say all the time I mean every five minutes or so. I worry about opening public doors in case I get it wrong when someone doesn’t reply to a message I get nervous.

There are lots of symptoms, these may appear normal but imagine having these symptoms almost every day:

anxiety-symptoms

http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml

Now you may not be experiencing all of these symptoms so please do not panic but you may be experiencing a combined collection of the above. One thing for sure is that you are not alone.

It all may seem scary but it can all be managed over time. It will always be there like a scar but over time scars fade. If you feel like you are experiencing these symptoms please do not be afraid to speak to your doctor or a counsellor or both. It can be hard and you may feel defeated but it will actually make you stronger. They can provide medication or tips on how to manage the symptoms. Also feel free to read mental health blogs like mine to find out how people manage on a daily basis. You can always direct message me on Twitter or email me if you need any help.

Below I will list some useful resources and links to my videos which may be able to help. I hope you have found this useful.

Useful links:

http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Anxiety/Pages/Introduction.aspx

https://www.samaritans.org/

Videos:

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  1. I have both Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder (plus Bipolar) as far as mental health goes. This is an awesome post. I hope that people needing help are encouraged by this and seek the help they need. Thank you!

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