It never occurred to me that I could suffer from anxiety. Like most people, I always thought of anxiety as something that only effects those people who have a naturally highly strung disposition. It wasn’t until I understood a little bit more about it that I realised how many different signs and symptoms there are and how many different ways it can effect people.
My Experience With Anxiety
The first time I realised I needed to see a Doctor was when I had what could only be described as a panic attack. At the time, I obviously had no clue that it actually was a panic attack, and it wasn’t until days after I realised what it was and knew I needed to get help. I found it really hard to deal with losing my Nan, so a few months later when we were due to go to an elderly neighbours funeral, I became short of breath, sweaty, shaky and had severe chest pains, which I now know is what is classed as a panic or an anxiety attack.
When my Doctor diagnosed me, he put me on Citalopram at a low dose. SSRI’s are one of the most common forms of anti-depressant and it took a while to get the dosage right, but they really did help me when I needed it most. After being on them for about a year, I got a new job, cut out some stressful people and situations in my life and decided to come off of them. I’ve now been off of antidepressants for just over six months, and although you cannot ever say you are ‘cured’ if you have a mental health issue, I would certainly say I am better.
Signs And Symptoms I Experience
One of the worst things about anxiety is that sometimes you can have no clue that what you are experiencing actually is anxiety. The signs and symptoms can be completely different from person to person, but I find my main ones are:
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