Has anxiety been taken advantage of?
Anxiety has been exploited.
Wouldn’t you agree?
I’m writing this mainly because I have felt misunderstood for so long. One thing a lot of you may not know about me is that I struggle with anxiety, OCD, and panic attacks. It’s been my normal since I was a young girl and my life has just become accustomed to it.
Too many mis or un diagnosed people are walking around looking for a cure to something they don’t even have when the answer can really be so simple.
It took me a long time and a lot of health related ordeals in my life to realize how much our mind, body and soul really do work together.
We wonder why our body never heals, or why we get sick all of the time. or why you never sleep, (or maybe you sleep too much.) Some of us eat too much or not enough,.. all of these things that obviously cause other health related issues.
Then to solve it, doctors are treating these completely invisible diseases that aren’t even there in the first place, they are just a result of something bigger and more complex rather than really getting to figure out whats really wrong.
Therapy has played the biggest role in my healing journey. I will all day every day advocate for therapy.
Maybe that’s in the from if confronting your past like it was for me. Confronting the things you have been in denial of. Accepting the hurt and being thankful for it can take you so much further then you think possible.
And It all starts with grace.
Grace for yourself most importantly.
The term anxiety has been extremely abused over the years. Leaving hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering afraid to say or do anything about it.
You don’t want to be mocked or made fun of. I know, because I have been.
We don’t want anyone to feel sorry for us. or to believe we aren’t happy. It’s easy to pretend like nothing has never harmed us before; but the truth is that we are all suffering. Every second of every day. but in ways that no one else understands.
I often wonder if more of us felt like we weren’t alone, if we could actually acknowledge these things without fear of being shamed for them. Maybe living in this world full of anxiety might be an easier one.
Our society has become so sensitized to every little thing that it’s hard for anyone to be real anymore.
People lie too easily these days anymore, whether it be to protect themselves or someone else they love. It sometimes feels like no one has any accountability anymore.
People tend to ignore those with scars that are hurting because they are in fear of confronting their own.
The truth is that we are all going to have to face reality someday and whether or not you already have, you start to realize that nothing in life that’s worth being grateful for is never easy. Facing a harsh reality is hard for some of us to believe and maybe it’s so hard because we don’t want to believe it. but we have to.
I hope these truths help you as much as they have helped me. Remember: its all about your mindset.
- You can’t change your past or the hurtful things that have been done to you.
- You are who you surround yourself with.
- And the world owes you absolutely nothing.
- Smiling is contagious, but so is anger.
- Don’t ever think your struggle is worse than someone else’s.
- Take charge of the amount of your worry.
We were all given our own story to learn and live from and it won’t ever be the same for anyone. You were given this story because you were strong enough to not only live and read it but to share it in a way that inspires someone else.
The world needs you, and your story.
I know that it’s scary but I really encourage any one reading this that feels like they may need help to actually seek out help. Don’t just ask your doctors either unless you trust them enough to not just medicate you right away and cover up the problem.
If you are already taking an SSRI and you believe you aren’t depressed, I strongly urge you to look into tapering off of them and trying other options. (Obviously under your doctors supervision for your safety). Do a simple google search on someone who specializes with anxiety in your area. And ask about EMDR!
It took me years in finding the right therapist for me.
Heck, it took me almost my whole life to realize that my problems were real problems and to feel the need to talk about them.
Don’t feel bad about interviewing a therapist when you meet one for the first time yourself to make sure it’s a good fit for you.
Be firm and strong for yourself as you are the only one that will care for and love yourself as much as you will.