5 Myths about Anxiety

I’ve suffered with anxiety since I was a teenager, it seems to come in waves, it’ll pretty much disappear for months, even years and then BAM! it’s back with a vengeance. It’s something that I’d like to talk about in more detail at some point but I find it very hard to talk about. I thought I’d start by debunking a few myths first, as a way of easing myself into talking about the subject of anxiety.

1. Once you have it, you’ll always have it.

Anxiety is different for everyone, you might experience anxiety for just a short time in your life and never again, or you might struggle with it for many years. It isn’t one size fits all. For me, it comes and goes.

2. You need medication to overcome it.

Again, everyone is different. Medication might work well for some, and not for others. I was given medication for anxiety years ago but I didn’t like how it made me feel so I came straight off it, I’ve been trying to manage my anxiety without medication ever since. There is also cognitive-behavioral therapy which can be very helpful and something which I plan to look into.

3. I’ve never seen you have a panic attack, you can’t have anxiety.

Firstly, panic attacks don’t necessarily happen how they do on TV, chest pain, hyperventilating etc. The panic attacks I’ve had have never been like that. Admittedly, I’ve only had a few panic attacks but I’ve always tried to get myself away from people so that nobody would see me. Secondly, even if you’ve never had a panic attack that doesn’t mean that you can’t be suffering with anxiety, there are no rules!

4. A panic attack might lead to a heart attack.

Although it’s very common for people to feel like they are having a heart attack during a panic attack it is highly unlikely that you will actually have one.

5. It is triggered by an event.

There is some truth to this, anxiety can be triggered by a stressful event and in my case it sometimes has been. However, this is not the case for everyone, it can effect anyone, at any time, and sometimes for no reason at all.

Thanks for reading.


 

27 Comments

  1. May 20, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Great points. #5 is huge, but is really hard to explain to anyone who doesn’t deal with anxiety. The first question asked is “What happened” or “Whats wrong” and no one seems to be satisfied with “I don’t really know”. Thanks for putting it out there.

    • May 20, 2016 / 11:19 am

      Thanks. It is so frustrating when people think that there should be a reason for it x

  2. May 20, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    I’m very glad you wrote this! Thank you

  3. May 20, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Great post, my teenage sisters suffer with anxiety so I have some experience but it still something that I think is hard to understand from the outside. The most important thing is that people talk about it I think, well done xx

  4. May 20, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Great post and number 5 is very true. It relates to depression and anxiety. Sometimes there just is no reason for why you feel anxious or down. X

  5. May 20, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Great post and number 5 is very true. It relates to depression and anxiety. Sometimes there just is no reason for why you feel anxious or down. X

  6. May 21, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I think all of these apply to depression as well. I hope to read more. Thanks for sharing.

    • May 22, 2016 / 6:57 am

      Yes, they definitely do and many other mental health problems too x

  7. May 21, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I think all of these apply to depression as well. I hope to read more. Thanks for sharing.

    • May 22, 2016 / 6:57 am

      Yes, they definitely do and many other mental health problems too x

  8. May 25, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Anxiety sucks! I too have it coming and going and have done since my teens. I’ve also had a few panic attacks and they majorly suck! I can be fine for months, sometimes years even, and then I’ll feel that familiar tight chest and heightened alert-ness and worry about things that I know are irrational and I’ll realise it’s back! Does it sound weird if I say that I look forward to reading more of your posts about it? I don’t mean it in a weird way but it’s always noce to know you’re not alone. #bigpinklink

    • May 25, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      It’s horrible isn’t it? I find it so hard to talk about but really want to try and open up about it more x x

  9. May 25, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Anxiety sucks! I too have it coming and going and have done since my teens. I’ve also had a few panic attacks and they majorly suck! I can be fine for months, sometimes years even, and then I’ll feel that familiar tight chest and heightened alert-ness and worry about things that I know are irrational and I’ll realise it’s back! Does it sound weird if I say that I look forward to reading more of your posts about it? I don’t mean it in a weird way but it’s always noce to know you’re not alone. #bigpinklink

    • May 25, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      It’s horrible isn’t it? I find it so hard to talk about but really want to try and open up about it more x x

  10. May 28, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Thanks for sharing this – some really important myths busted here. I blog about anxiety and PND and I’d never experienced it until my son was born. I had no idea how dibilitating it could be. I didn’t have a lot of “traditional” panic attacks but instead mine was characterised by derealisation, insomnia and terrifying intrusive thoughts about hurting myself and my baby. And believe me, that was just as bad as panic attacks and even led to thoughts of suicide. I don’t think people realise how serious anxiety can be.

    Through therapy, meds and self-help I don’t feel like I have anxiety at the moment, but that’s not to say I won’t again in the future. Thanks for sharing this really important post X #coolmumclub

    • May 28, 2016 / 7:34 am

      It’s horrible isn’t it. I even got to a point where I didn’t want to leave the house at all! Thanks for reading xx

  11. May 28, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Thanks for sharing this – some really important myths busted here. I blog about anxiety and PND and I’d never experienced it until my son was born. I had no idea how dibilitating it could be. I didn’t have a lot of “traditional” panic attacks but instead mine was characterised by derealisation, insomnia and terrifying intrusive thoughts about hurting myself and my baby. And believe me, that was just as bad as panic attacks and even led to thoughts of suicide. I don’t think people realise how serious anxiety can be.

    Through therapy, meds and self-help I don’t feel like I have anxiety at the moment, but that’s not to say I won’t again in the future. Thanks for sharing this really important post X #coolmumclub

    • May 28, 2016 / 7:34 am

      It’s horrible isn’t it. I even got to a point where I didn’t want to leave the house at all! Thanks for reading xx

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