I want to discuss something that is near and dear to my heart.
For the longest time I have experienced severe anxiety but have just realized that this is what it was. I used to look at other people, sometimes even students of mine and wonder, “Why don’t’ they just get over it?” or “If they just realize that everything will be ok and have hope they will be fine”.
This was all until I realized what was crippling me all this time, making it hard to face new things, make decisions, even get out of bed sometimes was an anxiety disorder. That was when I realized how debilitating anxiety can be and how no matter how much hope one can have that things will be ok, the lack of control of the present can cause one to spiral into despair.
Anxiety can murder your creativity, suffocate your productivity, and violate your hopes and dreams or worse ultimately take away your life.
I’m speaking to everyone reading this blog.
If you as a parent or your child is experiencing symptoms of anxiety it is important to take it seriously. You may want to focus first on what anxiety looks like, how it manifests, engage in stories or accounts of those who experience this disorder so that you yourself can understand.
That step is important to what you do next.
The next step is determining the appropriate treatment. That may be a lot easier when you partner up with a psychologist or psychiatrist…I know I may have lost some people here but hear me out. These DOCTORS treat mental health just like your PCP (primary care physician) treats your body.
Both are extremely important because being mentally unhealthy can often lead to physical ailment.
I have found it helpful to focus on the positive things in my life and all the things going right. As a Christian, I pray and try to exercise trust that everything is in God’s hands. I’m reading publications that show me how to redirect my anxiety into something more positive.
Below are some good resources, if you are interested. But most importantly coming to terms with this in your own life or your child’s life, and finding a personalized plan of care for you or your child.
I hope this blog can help at least one person facing this real and pressing issue.