Let's Start A Conversation: Anxiety

After reading a post by one of my favourite bloggers Charly Cox of Style the Natives, I've been meaning to make this post for a while. Since this week is coincidently Mental Health week I thought it might perfect timing to start this conversation with you.

So hello, my name is Claudia and I was diagnosed with anxiety about 3 years ago. In topics today anxiety has been seen more as a common thing to throw around in conversation such as Depression and Obsessive Compulsive disorder. I'm sorry to be the one to break it to you self-diagnosers out there but more than half of you have never experienced Anxiety, Depression, or OCD. I am very surprised on how many people say things along the line of "Oh em geeeee I just have anxiety right now because this cute boy is talking to me" Unfortunately, thats not how it works.

Anxiety: a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks.

When I first experienced my first panic or "anxiety attack" I thought I was on the verge of death and believe me I wish that was an exaggeration. Honestly, I can not remember what all happened that night but I can recall the emotions I felt. At first it was a little worry that started in the back of my mind which then the pessimistic and disquiet thoughts seemed to flood my whole brain like a tidal wave overtaking a small village.
I proceeded to call my friends but when they answered for some reason I couldn't speak, nothing was coming out of my mouth. After a while I could articulate the words "I can't breathe" and "Help me" which was a miracle they could understand me between the massive whale sounds of me sobbing amid each word. I laid down on the floor gasping for air, which seemed to me about 5-6 minutes, was actually about 45 minutes as my friends who lived farther away already were knocking on my door. After that I do not really remember much so I kind of just need to thank those two friends which I probably would have not survived that without them.
Since then I haven't really had many attacks but anxiety is more than just a one time thing. Everyday is a constant worry about anything and everything plus all of the effects it has on my body.

SO,
This is me starting a conversation with you. Have you ever experienced an attack like this? Do you have another disorder that needs to be addressed?
Open up! There are people who want to hear your story, and its also a good weight lifted from your shoulders.
You are not crazy. You are not the only one going through these things. If you don't want to post a blog post or comment for people to see (like myself) there are always other people to talk to and hotlines to call such as the Teen Health & Wellness Hotline.

START A CONVERSATION.

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