You have anxiety? ..So you’re just shy, right?

…Not exactly. Anxiety can come in many different forms and have a multitude of symptoms associated with them that can vary from person to person. Some of the more common forms anxiety include social anxiety, generalized anxiety , obsessive-complusive disorder and PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).

So What is it like to suffer with Anxiety?

 

Well, all of the above mentioned conditions share a common value in that they are all considered an irrational response of fear or anxiousness towards typically mundane situations. Let me give you an example. The London underground can see upwards of 5 million passenger journeys each day! Most of those people consider the journey to be just a minor inconvenience to their busy schedule. But for the few who suffer with, social anxiety for example, a ride on London tubes is nothing short of hell (trust me, I know). Who would have thought that sitting next to strangers on public transport could trigger;

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Knowledge is Power

When it comes to anxiety, arming yourself with the tools needed to succeed involves lots of research because…Knowledge is Power!

Back when I was around 16 and first had my experiences of social anxiety in high school I had no clue what anxiety even was, yet alone that it was something I was living with each day. I was completely naive as to what I was going through, I did not know if it was normal or if it was something other people had experienced before, This meant I had no idea what to tell my parents, my GP or my teachers. I vividly remember telling the doctor “I feel sick all the time’ resulting in a course of medicine targeting suspected acid reflux.

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