Before I begin, please keep in mind that I am not qualified in any way, so please don’t take what I say as gospel. These are just my thoughts/responses as a person who has years of experience with varying types and intensities of anxiety.
Before asking me any of these questions:
- What kind of anxiety do I have/ how did I know I had a real anxiety disorder?
- Have you taken the Myers-Briggs personality test? If so, what is your type?
- Do you have any other mental disorders?
- Can you REALLY have anxiety without having panic attacks?
- What is the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack?
- How do you know if you have anxiety or if you’re just too stressed?
- How do you tell a teacher/parent/friend you have anxiety?
- How do you get a friend to see a psychologist or get help?
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What kind of anxiety do I have/ how did I know I had a real anxiety disorder?
I didn’t know I had any kind of anxiety by myself, no one had ever talked to me about my behaviour and I basically had no idea that the way I acted wasn’t normal/ that anxiety disorders even existed. I was seeing a councillor for depression and she figured it out and then told me about it. That’s how I knew.
As for my experience with it. I have a few different causes for my anxiety, so the different types bring on different symptoms. To be honest some of this is very personal, and I ultimately don’t think that it will be of any use to you as everyone’s experience is different and I don’t want anyone to read my version and think that it’s the only way one can experience anxiety. I’m a small pea in a big pot of soup.
Have you taken the Myers-Briggs personality test? If so, what is your type?
No I haven’t, if I find a free version and do it I’ll let you know.
Do you have any other mental disorders?
Yes, however I’m not going to go there for two reasons. One, because it’s too personal. Two, because I am at a place with my anxiety in which I actually feel I can be of use to other people, whereas I am still struggling in other areas myself, so there’s no point me bringing it up if it’s going to be of no help.
Can you REALLY have anxiety without having panic attacks?
Please remember I’m not qualified. If you’re asking me though, my answer will be yes of course you can. Everyone is different, everyone’s anxiety is different, and to enforce a rule of thumb like that would be very problematic. You don’t have to have a panic attack to be at a bad level of anxiousness.
What is the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack?
I’m actually not sure about this one as I think I use the two names to describe the same thing. Apologies!
How do you know if you have anxiety or if you’re just too stressed?
Difficult question. Remember: everyone has a healthy level of anxiety that helps them to live life, and anxiety levels can fluctuate during a difficult period. Yet I would say that if your anxiety is frequent and stopping you from functioning normally in your day, then yes you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. If you really feel that you can’t manage, I would suggest making an appointment with a counsellor, or your doctor, or calling a help line for your area. Reach out.
How do you tell a teacher/parent/friend you have anxiety?
Do it in a way that feels most comfortable to you. If you want to write it out instead, do that. If you want to explain via interpretive dance, do that. Just make sure you’re honest. Trust that you are doing yourself a service and that you deserve to be understood. If you think the person may not understand what you’re trying to say, try printing off some info about your type of anxiety for them to mull over, or have them come in to talk to your psychologist with you or something like that. Make sure you’re as comfortable as you can be and always try to employ understanding re: the other person’s reaction if you need to. And remember how brave you are for telling them!
How do you get a friend to see a psychologist or get help?
You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink. Do your best to offer support and give them contacts, however you can’t do it for them. You can help a person as much as you like, yet it will be ineffective until they decide to help themselves as well. Tough lesson to learn at times. Everyone is responsible for their own actions.
Okay, hope some of this is helpful.
~~Anxiety Cat xx.
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