I follow an awesome blogger called Robyn who writes her own blog called ‘Phases of Robyn’ (http://www.phasesofrobyn.com). Although predominantly a fashion blog Robyn recently wrote a post on her struggles with anxiety and is encouraging others to join in the conversation with the tag #LetsTalkAnxiety.
So here is my take on the subject. I’ve really struggled with anxiety a lot in the past and have only recently over the past couple of years started to get slowly better. At secondary school I had counselling and would also regularly go at visit the schools SENCO (special needs dept) and sit and cry during break and lunchtimes as I was so overwhelmed with my SPD and huge levels of anxiety. I have had a long few months of CAMHS counselling (children and adolescent mental health service) NHS counselling and NHS CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) but both, in my case, made my anxiety much worse (however you must remember I have SPD in conjunction with this). My anxiety was so bad I wouldn’t pick up my family home telephone. I would hate going out anywhere even if it was the local co-op. I hated meeting up with friends or doing anything spontaneous.
Im much better now. Working part-time at the weekends keeps me distracted and continues to help me be more social and outgoing. I’ve been on anti-depressant prescription medicine for a few years now which I think helped me at my worst and continues to help me today. Anxiety is something I always hid throughout my life and I suffered in silence – none of my friends knew my troubles, only my family and a handful of people at my school/therapists.
So lets talk about anxiety. Why should anyone have to hide it? I had to deal with awful anxiety that was crippling when it came to my social life and my sensory processing disorder only made it more complex. But I’m better than I was and even if I have bad days I’m managing. You aren’t alone – so lets talk! 🙂