Friday, 12 April 2019

The Reality Of A Panic Attack

Anxiety is a term a lot of people use lightly in todays society, sadly becoming more common than people may think. People associate anxiety with hyperventilating or not being able to control your breathing when you are anxious and though yes that is technically what anxiety is to some people, I have learnt that anxiety is a lot more complex than people may initially think.

For some it is becoming quiet and withdrawn in a conversation because it simply becomes too much to interact with.

For others it is biting their nails uncontrollably, fiddling with something or pulling at their hair without even realising it.

It may be becoming agitative or blunt because they don't know how to cope with it.

Or having to abandon a situation because it is too busy or loud.

For me it is breaking down in uncontrollable sobs until I can calm down or anxiously biting my nails in social situations or when I feel uneasy. I get anxious when I feel like I am losing control of a certain situation. Anxiety for me comes in many forms, it comes in waves and goes. Sometimes it is worse, other times it is easier, but there are ways to manage it.

What can help
Going for a walk
Listening to music
Take deep breaths
Put on a good movie
Surround yourself with people that you are comfortable with
Removing yourself from the situation that is making you feel uneasy
Do not be to harsh on yourself

Anxiety comes in many forms it is not a clear diagnosis or a clear symptom. The stigma surrounding someone saying they have anxiety is meaning people are going unnoticed, being told they are just 'being silly' and to just 'calm down', but for most it is not that simple.

Anxiety is not something to go unnoticed and it can be managed.

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