Talking about mental health is never easy. In 2019 mental health is still a ‘taboo’ subject that not many people like to talk about, and one that is generally only spoken about when a celebrity loses their battle with the illness, we need to change that.
Did you know, mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people? That means that 25% of the worlds population suffer and it we still don’t recognise it as we should. I have been quite open about my anxiety for a few months now, and I find that talking about it actually helps rather than bottling everything in, as I have done in the past. I first started to suffer with anxiety as a teenager, maybe aged 14 or 15, only mildly – but it was still there. In March, I was made redundant and that’s when my mental health started to really spiral and I was having upto 15 panic attacks DAILY. I was a complete wreck. After about five weeks of intense pain and crying I finally sought help and was prescribed sertraline; an antidepressant commonly prescribed to help ease, or even stop panic attacks. In my case, it almost stopped my panic attacks entirely, I only rarely have episodes suffering from chest pain and shortness of breath, and even then it is manageable.
I choose to embrace my anxiety because I find that if I am open about my thoughts and feelings, I don’t feel as alone – anxiety will not define me. Since being open about my anxiety, I have discovered that a lot of my friends actually suffer and have been suffering in silence, I’m amazed at just how many people refuse to open up until someone opens up to them. Anxiety can be consuming and make you feel like the whole world is against you, but when you look past that, you realise everyone is infact WITH you.
Again, I don’t know where this post is going or why I wrote it, but it just felt right. I finally feel more myself and I am happier! Talking was the best thing I ever did.