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Dear 16-year-old me. You’re going to get an anxiety disorder as an adult…there are some things you should know first.
Dear 16-year-old me, You don't know you're going to develop an anxiety disorder in your 30's yet, and there's nothing I can say to you that will stop that from coming. Everything is already in place; the seeds of your disorder have been planted. All I can tell you now...read more
Have you ever been going about your day and suddenly felt the physical urge to run? As fear washes over you, you know you're in danger and you have to escape. Adrenaline surges through your body, your heart starts racing, your breath becomes shallow, the panic sets...read more
Anxiety is just like a schoolyard bully. Physically and emotionally hurting you day after day, filling you with fear that it will strike at any moment. It leaves you on edge, never knowing when you're going to receive its next painful punch. It’ll tell you you're...read more
Anxiety insomnia is just another one of those all-too-familiar vicious cycles. Anxiety leads to lack of sleep, and lack of sleep leads to anxiety. Every morning your alarm clock goes off and, with a fuzzy head from the two minutes that you did manage to close your...read more
Like most anxiety sufferers, I didn't just wake up one day with an anxiety disorder. From my first anxiety attack, it was over two years later that the pieces were all put together. I endured two years of fear, confusion, loneliness and exhaustion before I was...read more
Between 2012 and 2014, anxiety headaches took over my life. Staples in my diet were processed foods, lots of wine, and Nurofen. My anxiety has always surrounded my health, but after a friend developed a brain tumour in 2012, my brain had my body believe that I was...read more
CBT for an anxiety disorder is daunting, scary, but most of all, rewarding. At the time of my first session, I was just coming off the back of two years' worth of unexplained anxiety. While I'd been offered medication to ‘take the edge off', I have a very analytical...read more
Anxiety attack? Signs and symptoms to look out for. I carried my anxiety around with me for at least two years before I received a medical diagnosis. For one of those years, I had a vague idea of what was wrong with me. For the other, no clue. Zip. Zero. Zilch. And...read more