When I first had an anxiety attack, I was in seventh grade, outside of the school, and in my mom’s car. I had a supply of endless tears and my breathing was harsh. That was the first time this had happened to me, but it wasn’t the last.
I know what it’s like to be crippled with anxiety and depression. It’s like having a dark cloud over your head that never stops raining. Having anxiety prevents you from doing things in your daily life. I can name a number of times where I missed out on events because of all the scenarios I came up with in my head.
For years, I’ve been attempting to visit counselors and therapists with no luck. It wasn’t until this past year that I finally met with a therapist that I liked and one that could prescribe me medicine. I’m not ashamed of my diagnosis. I found strength when I admitted I needed help. There is nothing weak in asking for help.
So, here are some of my steps for defeating anxiety.
#1) Admit You Have a Problem
If you feel as though your mind is ruling over you, and your thoughts are too overwhelming, you might need to focus on your mental health. By admitting this to yourself, it can help you learn how to deal with your anxiety on your own, and, eventually, confiding in your parents. Once you do this, it will be easier to find a solution, and try and work your way out of it. If your parents, or anybody else you confide in, don’t believe you, try explaining your feelings in detail and how much they impact your daily life. This is by far the most important step in moving on from a hindrance.
#2) Be Patient With Yourself
Once you admit your complications to yourself, it might be difficult to want to be open with others. You–like me–might also find it hard to connect to a therapist or counselor. It may take time for you to find someone that you can trust and built a relationship with. Also, it’s important to forgive yourself and realize that just because you have a problem doesn’t mean that your worth less than someone else.
#3) Don’t Be Ashamed
You shouldn’t be ashamed that you have problems in your life; everyone has problems. In order to move on, you need to realize that your illness doesn’t define you. And, if you decide to get medicinal help, don’t feel embarrassed about it. Those who love you won’t make you feel any worse fro having mental health issues. Although, it doesn’t help that there continues to be a stigma about mental illness in our society. Just know that there are many of others that suffer through the same things you do.
Anxiety can’t be beaten overnight. It’s a process that will stretch your whole lifespan. If you strive to fight day by day, it will soon get easier. Patience is very important when conquering a mental illness.
If you have a mental illness, know that you are not alone and there is help out there.
- Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: (801)-373-7393
- Salt Lake County: (801)-261-1442
- Statewide Crisis Line: (801)-587-3000
- SafeUT: found on App Store and Google Play