Anxiety disorders: blogs and stories

The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of anxiety. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.


We all need to do a better job of opening up to mental health

I first experienced mental health problems at age nine, but I didn’t really know what was happening. My parents just thought I was scared of everything and that I was a nervous little girl. At around the age of 14 I went to see a young person’s counsellor because my anxiety had got worse. I’d got to the point where I couldn’t sleep alone any more – I had to share a room with my sister.

Being able to talk openly about mental health is a blessing

The guy in the photo, yes, the one who’s smiling back at you looking like he has no cares in the world, that’s me. I was inspired to share this picture after reading an excellent blog which deeply connected with me, written by Lily and entitled ‘Losing friends due to a mental illness just doesn't seem fair to me’, where she highlights just how looks can be deceiving.

Talking about anxiety took the weight off my shoulders

Reducing stigma comes from the frontline, from education and most of all from being brave enough to admit when you’re not feeling well. In short, it’s about talking. But a lot of people still don’t feel able to talk about their mental health, so it’s up to all of us to break the silence and start those conversations.

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