The constant crippling feeling that every person in your life that matters is against you.
The worry that something terrible is going to happen and it would be your fault.
Your mind going into overload because of something someone said to you and you overthink what they meant by it.
Thinking that if you expect something bad to happen, it won’t happen – and genuinely believing it.
Imagining an entire scenario in your head, when you haven’t even left your house.
Declining any invites to going out, even if you want to because of the fear of going out or doing something to make others not like you.
Constantly trying to please others, smiling too much or being overly nice just because you’re worried they will dislike you.
Constantly replaying a traumatic memory over and over again until you want to scream.
Frightened of doing usual activity, such as driving or crossing the road.
The fear of losing someone you love and being over protective because of it.
Being too hard on yourself for something you have said and not letting the thought go.
Because of the thoughts you are having, you feel like you are going crazy which makes you feel even more different.
If you are suffering from anxiety, you are not alone. You are not crazy, nor unlikable. You are a human being who has a purpose in this world. Just because people do not understand anxiety does not mean it should not be addressed and taken seriously. Here are some things that may help.
- Talk to someone you trust, it honestly helps!
Whether its a parent, sibling, friend, mentor or doctor getting feelings off your chest may help you feel better
- Cognitive behavioural therapy – seeing a councillor really helps. CBT encourages exposure therapy which basically makes you feel the fear and do it anyway. The more you do what you are fearful of, the easier it becomes and soon, it becomes part of your daily routine again.
- Mindfulness – practicing mindfulness helps you to relax and let go of negative thoughts. Download the headspace app to your phone and give it a try!