Hello! Another Friday which means the next instalment of the My Mental Health series! Today’s post focuses on Anxiety and you will be hearing about Erin’s experience with the condition.
What is your mental health condition?
I have anxiety
How did you come to find you had your condition?
I had a pretty bad car accident in 2014 and it elevated all of driving anxieties and elevated my general anxiety quite a bit.
Does it affect you in your daily life? If so, how?
Yes, it’s hard to go places without feeling like I might have a panic attack because of driving. It makes me fear for my loved ones every time they leave the house. It also makes me imagine every bad thing that could happen, even if it’s not likely to happen.
Was there a point when you got help for your condition? If so, how?
No, I haven’t received help.
If you didn’t or haven’t got help, why so?
Mostly because I didn’t want to deal with my problems. I didn’t want to talk about them, I just wanted them to go away. However, this year I plan on finally going to therapy.
Why do you think your condition isn’t really talked about?
I think people don’t want to deal with it. They want to just label people with anxiety as “crazy” or “overreacting.” There’s still a huge stigma around mental illness and getting help. It’s seen as weak or a waste. People don’t understand that anxiety, depression, etc aren’t just things you can turn off by saying so.
Overall, why do you think there is not enough money in the NHS for people with Mental Health Conditions?
I’m not really familiar with the NHS since I’m American, but I would guess that it has to do with people not taking mental health seriously. It’s such a worldwide topic, but no one wants to have the discussion to change things.
Do you have any advice for those with the same condition?
My advice would be to don’t give up. Its gonna get rough, but it’s gonna get better too. Lean on people you can trust and try to stay away from others who will make you feel worse. Take care of yourself and put yourself first, it’s not selfish to care about your mental wellbeing. I don’t care if it’s just an hour to have quiet time or a whole week. Make sure you take care of you. It will get better and you are so loved, always remember that.
Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this! Mental health is something I am extremely passionate about.
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