The truth is, anxiety sucks. It’s best known for ruining things you enjoy, making your happy thoughts go into more sad and unwanted thoughts. You can also feel like there is no way out, no escape. Almost like you are in a locked room and no one has the key.
I thought I would share some Myths and misconceptions about anxiety. There are so many different things that people say about anxiety that it can be hard to know what to believe. So here are 5 myths all about anxiety.
Anxiety is all in your head, It is not a real illness
We have all heard this. This is a very common myth about anxiety. Anxiety is a real illness, its not just ‘All in your head’. The symptoms of anxiety start physically hurting such as tightness in the chest, stomach ache, headache and you may begin to sweat, feel dizzy. These symptoms are very real and affect you physically and mentally.
You can faint due to a panic attack
Feeling faint or dizzy or even feeling sick are common symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks but these symptoms do not commonly occur. These would only take place in extreme situations. If you are helping someone whilst they are having a panic attack, it is best to ensure them they will not faint or be sick because the thought of those symptoms appearing may make them feel worse.
Anxiety disorders are noticeable
Anxiety feels very real and it is very real, however 99% of the time no one will know you are feeling anxious. For example if you are sitting on a bus and your starting to get anxious , its reassuring that no one will notice. Everyone else is not really paying attention, although you may feel that all eyes are on you, let me reassure you, they are not. People with anxiety often have techniques which they know will help them , therefore they often manage their anxiety before it turns into a panic attack.
Medication is the only way
This could not be any more false! In-fact I want to tell you a bit about my journey with therapy and medication.
I went about 6 years with no medication, at the age of 16 it was offered to me, however i really didn’t want to take anything because i wanted to see if anything else could help me escape from my anxiety. Therapy did wonders for me and yes I am on medication now but this is only temporary, a few other events caused me to worsen therefore I then felt medication was necessary. if those events did not happen I doubt very much that I would be on medication.
Just because medication may be offered, does not mean you have to say yes.
I am a big believer that you should try other things first and use medication as the last resort. I also believe medication on its own will not work to the best, it should be used alongside therapy or counselling sessions, however this is just my opinion and what has worked for me.
Generalised Anxiety disorder is not common (GAD)
It is a known fact that 1 in 6 people suffer from a mental health problem. Anxiety disorder is very very common. It is common everywhere. It is common in the workplace, at home, in school, it is common in adults, teenagers and younger children.
People need to know that they are not alone, it is very common and if you feel you need some further help, talk to your GP.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post, I hope it was of some help to you.
Until next time….