Friday, 23 Jan 2015
Anxiety - it CAN go away.
By Jemma Joel
If you suffer from anxiety, then you know what a horrible experience it is. The sweating palms, the shaking; even thoughts that you may die. But to all of you out there who suffer with this disorder – it is treatable and it will go away. It’s one of the most easily treated disorders out there, but most are too worried to take the first step and ask for help.
There are different levels of anxiety: it may be anxiety that arises on certain occasions i.e. when getting onto public transport – or it may be anxiety that lingers with you 24/7. Whichever category you fall into, you can get help; all you need to do is ask. As a previous sufferer of anxiety and anxiety attacks, I found that a mixture of practising helpful tips and taking anxiety medication helped an awful lot. The helpful tips include noticing how your mind and body act as a whole and that your mind can play tricks on you. For example, if I were on a train and I could feel a panic attack coming on, I would begin to shake, have a dry mouth and be profusely sweating, as well as feeling like I was going to vomit. Of course, these were all physical symptoms that arose from my negative thought process – thoughts of being scared that nobody would help me, that I couldn’t get off the train and that I might even pass out. Gradually I learnt to control my thought process and whenever I was on public transport and could feel an anxiety attack coming along, I would tell myself that everything would be OK and that if worst came to worst, someone would help me. Eventually this way of positive thinking actually began to work, but training yourself to think in a positive manner when you suffer from anxiety can be extremely difficult. It is a process in which takes time and is certainly doable, all you have to do is try. One year on from my anxiety attacks and I feel like a new person – the anxiety does arise now and again but once you realise that you’re the one in control, it becomes much easier to handle.
CBT therapy can be a great way to help with your anxiety and if you are considering therapy, you can book in for a free consultation on our website where we can find the right help for you.