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.


People don't understand how hard it is to live with anxiety

I've had anxiety since I was thirteen. It's never been diagnosed. To question whether you have a disorder and to be told by someone else are two different things. I'm scared of taking that step, it's too definite. I don't want to be told that I could have this for the rest of my life. I want to think there is always the possibility I will wake up and my anxiety has disappeared. This is a thought I want to hold on to.

Lucy Spraggan talks about her experiences with mental illness

Lucy Spraggan's latest song, "Dear You",  is a moving look at the issues of mental health problems and suicide that affect so many of us. Lucy spoke with Time to Change about her own experiences with mental illness, and the vital support she found in friends and family. 

Being able to talk about my mental health made it easier to cope

I’ve always found it difficult to talk about my feelings and thoughts. Words don’t seem to do justice the depth and intensity of these emotions. My automatic response is to say I’m fine. I’m trying to change this because as John Keating says Dead Poets Society “you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all”. Until a couple of years ago I took these thoughts at face value. Having anxiety was my normal.

Being a man and talking about anxiety

Anxiety is a strange thing.

It affects so many people on so many different levels, but as a man in his 30s, it's exceptionally hard to admit and talk about.

Us men can handle anything. We don't cry and we certainly don't talk about our feelings. That's how I was brought up. Take all mental and physical problems on the chin and walk on by.

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