As someone who has suffered from anxiety, depression and panic attacks on and off for about 20 years, I know how difficult life can be at times. Just to get up in the morning, leave the house for your 9-5 job, deal with public transport or not in my case as I drove everywhere to avoid public transport which is common practice of anxiety sufferers – avoidance. Anxiety and depression can be crippling.
I don’t want this to be a ‘woe is me’ post – as on the whole I am able to control the anxiety and have not had a panic attack in about 12 months. I know that I will never be fully ‘cured’ and it could come back at anytime – I think people learn to understand themselves and to manage the signs, there is no cure.
I have never taken medication but have had all sorts of therapy from CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to Hypnosis. Some more successful than others. I would certainly recommend Hypnosis!
My reason for this blog is because I believe that anxiety and depression is hardest on your loved ones. Unless you have suffered from these illnesses it is the most difficult thing to understand. I know my husband only ever wanted to help, he tried everything from trying to make me laugh, make me smile, distract me and take me away from situations (as a few examples). Sometimes though there was just nothing he nor anyone else could have done. That is heartbreaking for a loved one to see you so low, so depressed, so anxious but helpless to help you.
I don’t want to go into the ins and outs of what happened to me, why they happened or what I did to get out of it – if you need help go to your GP, go to a hypnotherapist, a counsellor, just don’t ever think you are alone.
The picture below was one I found that made me giggle but also I thought was extremely powerful, it shows loved ones how difficult mundane ordinary tasks can be.