anxiety

selfie anxiety

 

When I first realised that I had GAD (generalised anxiety disorder), I hopped straight onto Google. Obviously. The symptoms were like reading my own list of GP visits so I was pretty convinced. Here’s the list from NHS Choices:

  • restlessness
  • a sense of dread
  • feeling constantly “on edge”
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irritability
  • withdrawal from social contact
  • time off sick
  • lack of self-esteem
  • dizziness
  • tiredness
  • a noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • muscle aches and tension
  • trembling or shaking
  • dry mouth
  • excessive sweating
  • shortness of breath
  • stomach ache
  • feeling sick
  • headaches
  • pins and needles
  • difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)
  • development of coping mechanisms

Sounds like a blast doesn’t it?! Well I know that a lot of these things are common, so don’t jump to any conclusions – it only becomes Anxiety with a capital A when it effects your life in a significant and negative way.

I remember I’d been searching each of the individual symptoms for months now, and remember seeing anxiety as a cause of most of them and brushed it off. Only now that I was looking at the specific list was I willing to accept that the cause of all of my troubles may well be mental.

Suddenly I started to have flashbacks to childhood memories that now made sense! I’d been having panic attacks and bursts of anxiety for a long, long, long, long, time. And some of them are pretty hilarious. Although not at the time!

 

I’m going to start sharing some of these experiences as and when I think of them. Feel free to join in!

Use #stuffmyanxietymademedo on instagram or twitter and I’ll find you! (Don’t forget to follow me too!)

Amy

 

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