“Hi, my name’s Jo, and I’m a Google-a-holic…

…And yes, my hand is somewhat in the air when I say that!

Because, if there was such a thing, I’d have all my stripes as a fully-fledged member of ‘Googlers Anonymous’!

I received a diagnosis for Generalised Anxiety Disorder in 2014. Before that, I suffered for two years with unknown symptoms, sleepless nights, and a lot of stress and worry.

As you’d expect, this led to a spectacular crash and burn.

Part of the problem, for me, was my relationship with Google.

I was constantly glued to Google. I asked all sorts of weird and wonderful questions but I never got any answers. But I did get more scarier-than-I-had-before questions.

As I’d start to calm down, the cortisol would kick back in and off I’d go again. Re-searching the same old questions. ‘Do I have anxiety?’, ‘what does my headache mean?’, ‘what are the symptoms of cancer?’.

One morning, as it all came to a head, I realised I needed to get some serious help.

Google had convinced me that I was having a heart attack, kidney failure, and a stroke (thankfully, just a minor one!), before I’d even got to work!

“But how does that relate to Anxiety Buddy?” I hear you ask.

Well, I went on from this stage to get a medical diagnosis for Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I got the treatment I needed to manage and live with my symptoms. I now lead a very happy, healthy, and fulfilled life, with anxiety as part of that.

And I know I’m not the only ‘Googler’ among anxiety sufferers.

During this stage I learnt that through my Google searching, I wasn’t looking to find out what was wrong with me. I was looking for someone, anyone, to tell me it was all going to be OK.

I was searching for understanding and connection. And Anxiety Buddy provides that connection.

Whatever hour of the day or night, members of the Anxiety Buddy Facebook group can communicate with someone who understands them. Instead of communicating with Google where there are no holds barred for the information it can turn up.

Google is a dangerous place when you’re not in a good headspace. Anxiety Buddy is safe, positive, support from people who know what you’re going through. And you don’t even have to move from the spot anxiety has paralysed you to to get it.

I’m currently in Google recovery. I know that when my searching gets out of control, that’s the first sign my anxiety is on its way back.

Health-related Google searches now lead me straight back to my anxiety management strategies.

I want Anxiety Buddy to be at the top of Google. I want all anxiety sufferers to know they’re not alone and that help is available.

I look forward to connecting with you.”

 Jo Robinson – Anxiety Buddy Founder