Since I began this blog almost a year ago now, I have been trying to self-help my anxiety. Recently, after yet another panic attack, I've decided to get help. Monday I visited a psychologist in my area for the second time in my life. After that meeting I realized the first psychologist was not helping me in the ways that I wanted to be helped. I wanted someone to give me something to do and be interactive with me while helping me manage my anxiety. I didn't want someone to listen to my problems or ask me "how does that make you feel?" I wanted to know why? Why are you asking me how I feel and what is your thought process behind it? I didn't want to be manipulated into realization, I wanted someone to give me straight forward knowledge or resources to what they think helps people like me.
I had a positive visit with this therapist and although our talk wasn't long, she sent me home with homework and I like that. I'm an interactive learner, so homework and activities is the only thing that will keep me motivated. I bought a couple of books and they involve activities and tools to help me understand my thought process better. In the meantime, I am back on maintenance medication to help better regulate the panic. The therapist referred me to a physicians office that would be understanding of my situation. I really enjoyed their medical knowledge and explanation of the medical side of things.
It is time to stop trying to "control the situation", but rather try to understand the situation. This is a life-long adventure for myself and I would never wish this upon my worst enemy. Anxiety, panic, or worry is difficult to deal with for anyone, but is worse for those that let it control and take over their lives. There are plenty of people that spend their whole lives not knowing what their anxiety is and never getting help. I want to spread knowledge about this and let others know that they are not alone. I also want to give people light at the end of the tunnel. It doesn't have to be something you have to hide from or manipulate your life around. This is something that can be changed with the right help.
Do you know someone that:
- Avoids social situations, is shy around others, or acts awkward when around other people?
- Is terribly afraid of something in particular whether it be snakes, spiders, planes, dogs, etc?
- Has left suddenly without explaining themselves and then when confronted, denies that anything is wrong?
Any of these questions that were answered yes may be someone that is suffering inside, but doesn't want anyone to know. Pay attention to those close to you and read into their emotions. What would you want someone to do if they were in your shoes. Anxiety is a VERY REAL thing for a lot of people and is more prevalent in current times. With the support of another, anything is possible.
Until next time.