Anxiety Awarenes

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Along with being bipolar I also suffer from anxiety. I know plenty of people who suffer from anxiety. There is no cure, there really isn’t even a quick fix, yes there are medications that help but sometimes the feelings rush over you so fast and so hard that nothing helps!

Anxiety often goes hand in had with depression, I know mine does. I have specific triggers sometimes and others it just floods over me. I have to take medication for my depression and anxiety to stay stable but I also have learned a lot of great tricks to get you through a panic attack. Deep breathing is a great one, I even practice it at night to help shut down my brain. I count backwards from 100 focusing on my deep breathing which generally helps me fall asleep.

There is still a stigma on anxiety and depression but you aren’t alone, there is help out there you just got to find it and find things that work for you. Recently I feel the weight of the world resting on my shoulders. With everything that has been going on with my family I feel like I have to be the strong one to help see others through. Times like that my anxiety shoots up.

Signs and types to look for if you think you suffer from anxiety:

Panic disorder:

People with this condition have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (unusually strong or irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking. It can feel like you’re having a heart attack or “going crazy.”

Social anxiety disorder:

Also called social phobia, this involves overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. The worry often centers on a fear of being judged by others, or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or lead to ridicule.

Specific phobias:

These are intense fears of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and may cause you to avoid common, everyday situations.

Generalized anxiety disorder:

This is excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, even if there’s little or nothing to provoke the anxiety.

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders?

It depends on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include:

Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness

Problems sleeping

Cold or sweaty hands or feet

Shortness of breath

Heart palpitations

Not being able to be still and calm

Dry mouth

Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

Nausea

Muscle tension

Dizziness

If you can’t get into a doctor right away which I strongly recommend not seeing your PCP but reaching out to a psychiatrist or a counselor sometimes both are needed for proper care, there is still help out there until you can get in to see someone.

Samaritans Crisis Response Hotline

When You Need Someone to Talk To

(212) 673-3000

Free, immediately accessible 24-hour emotional support

24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anonymous. Confidential.

Teen Health & Welness:

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, are in danger, or are feeling suicidal, call 911 immediately.

Suicide Hotline: 800-784-2433
Immediate Medical Assistance: 911
Crisis Call Center: 800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863

For more information on Anxiety click here!

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