I have recently been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I have been suffering with the symptoms for about 18 months. I have been on and off anti-depressants over the past year and I am now having cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I suffer with panic attacks as a result of the anxiety which are exhausting. It has changed my life in many different ways, from social life, work and relationships with my family.
There are many different triggers to my panic attacks and things that cause anxiety within me. It as always been related to health issues, for example, I suffered many panic attacks when swine flu came into the country. I was convinced I would catch it and die. If the stroke awareness advert comes on the TV, I spend the next 3 days thinking I have had or having a stroke. If any family member are ill, it heightens my anxiety. In fact, there isn’t one day that I don’t feel anxious about health. If I have a headache, I believe I have a tumor or hemorrhage. If I have a stomach ache, It goes through my head that I have bowel cancer.
I would like to share my experiences during my therapy and I know that I will come out the other end without this life changing disorder.
I have had two therapy sessions alrready. The first was an assessment to find the level of anxiety I had and the other was a full on CBT session. I have also been given some self CBT to work through.