Tuesday 28 February 2012


Okay, so, i said i would do a post on anxiety, and this is it.
I've always been shy and was quiet at school, but i started having anxiety problems when i was 9 or 10 years old. I remember having my first panic attack when i was 10. I was at a summer fate, and it was hot. There were lots of people, sounds, smells and voices. People hustling and bustling all around me. I was sweating, and the crowds became too much for me.
Anxiety is scary. Especially when it is new and you don't know why you are feeling this way.

Anxiety is the displeasing feeling of fear and concern. Anxiety is considered to be a normal reaction to most people. A lot of people become anxious before an exam or test, but when you are anxious all the time, about everything. That is when you know you have a anxiety disorder or problem. When anxiety becomes excessive, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is a generalised mood that can occur for no reason.
The physical effects of anxiety may include heart palpitations, tachycardia, muscle weakness and tension, fatigue, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches, or headaches. As the body prepares to deal with a threat, blood pressure, heart rate, perspiration, blood flow to the major muscle groups are increased, while immune and digestive functions are inhibited (the fight or flight response). External signs of anxiety may include pallor, sweating, trembling, and pupillary dilation. Someone who has anxiety might also experience it subjectively as a sense of dread or panic.
Although panic attacks are not experienced by every person who has anxiety, they are a common symptom. Panic attacks usually come without warning and although the fear is generally irrational, the subjective perception of danger is very real. A person experiencing a panic attack will often feel as if he or she is about to die or lose consciousness. Between panic attacks, people with panic disorder tend to suffer from anticipated anxiety- a fear of having a panic attack may lead to the development of phobias.
The emotional effects of anxiety may include "feelings of apprehension or dread, trouble concentrating, feeling tense or jumpy, anticipating the worst, irritability, restlessness, watching (and waiting) for signs (and occurrences) of danger, and, feeling like your mind's gone blank" as well as "nightmares/bad dreams, obsessions about sensations, deja vu, a trapped in your mind feeling, and feeling like everything is scary."
The cognitive effects of anxiety may include thoughts about suspected dangers, such as fear of dying. "You may... fear that the chest pains are a deadly heart attack or that the shooting pains in your head are the result of a tumor or something serious!!. You feel an intense fear when you think of dying, or you may think of it more often than normal, or can’t get it out of your mind."
There is loads of help out there for people with anxiety problems. There are various books, websites, and you can also see your GP about it too. One common treatment for anxiety, is for the patient to take anti-depressants. I am not sure why they called them that because they are given to just as many anxiety patients as they are, to depressed patients. I am currently taking Sertraline for my anxiety. Your GP can also refer you to a councillor or mental health specialist. 'Mental Health' sounds really bad. It sounds like they are implying that you have gone mad of something, but don't worry! I see a doctor at CAMHS, which is the Child and Adolescent Metal Health Service. They haven't been very helpful to me but they do help some people :)

Anyway, i think that's enough for now!
Goodnight xx

P>S no idea why some of it is unlined and it wouldnt let me type a full stop then either! Computer gone wrong! Will fix it when i can!


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