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.


My relationship helped me recover from anxiety and depression

I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety in late 2012 after being sexually assaulted by a friend. Prior to this, it had taken me two years to come to terms with what had actually happened and accept the fact that I needed help. I confided in family and applied to see a counsellor.

It's time to talk about mental health in the workplace

3 years ago, I fell ill.  I was suffering from vomiting sensations, and thinking no more about it I went to my GP and began a course of medication to treat this as a physical issue.  At the time I didn't link it to anything mental; why would I?  It just wasn't anything in my sphere of thinking at the time.

Fellow students being open gave me hope that stigma can be broken

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an anxious perfectionist. When I was 3, that centred around using up too many stickers or colouring outside the lines; at 5 it was a fear of dying; at 8 it was a paralysing fear of lifts and at 16 it was the incessant worry of not getting 100% in everything at school. For years, I dismissed these feelings as normal parts of life, necessary sacrifices for success, things that everyone had to deal with.

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