Attending a support group for the first time is always going to be difficult, but for someone with an anxiety disorder, even just the logistics of getting there can be a challenge in itself.
Bé reluctantly steps into the bathroom. He feels overwhelmed. To him, the bathroom is untidy. Unclean. His chest tightens and he reminds himself to breathe.
He approaches the basin with caution. As warm water runs from the tap he puts soap onto his hands and begins to wash them. [Read more…]
We all have unwanted, intrusive thoughts. A tiny smudge on the mirror that only you took notice? A picture hanging slightly askew that’s bothering you? A desire to have all of your pens neatly lined up? These are intrusive thoughts.
One of the most difficult and confusing things about dealing with mental health issues is not knowing how to start getting help. Regardless of whether you, your friend, a work colleague, a classmate or a family member has noticed that something is not right – when it is time to ask for help you want to make sure you are going to the right people.
The media plays a crucial roll in creating more awareness, understanding and compassion about Anxiety Disorders and other mental illnesses.