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    Panic Attacks and Relax

    Over Christmas I had two panic attacks; horrible ones. The first occurred in Cambridge out of the blue. I was in the hotel room in the morning, just about to go to breakfast and something in my mind triggered it. I sat on the edge of the bed, my head went dizzy and I sweated profusely. My friend was aware that I had this, gave me a towel to wipe off the perspiration, which was coming off me in torrents, and left me alone to calm down. My friend was still in the room but knew I needed space to be totally alone to try and focus on my anxiety…

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    Health Anxiety

    Health anxiety is a condition that is sometimes seen as similar to OCD.  Those affected by this condition have a preoccupation with their health and that they are suffering with a serious illness. The most common anxieties tend to centre on AIDs, Cancer, heart disease and illnesses that could be life threatening. In a sense. it’s like a phobia where a person fixates on an aspect of their body that they feel is a serious health problem, yet often it is harmless. They can self-diagnose and spend hours searching the internet or books about the perceived illness until it becomes tiring and debilitating. If a person has chest pains, they…

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    6 Week Respite as an Ooompah Loompah

    Today I reached the end of my 6 week respite from work. The annual summer term break, when all the UK schools shut down for 6 weeks to give the teachers a well needed break and to give the students a chance to lay in bed till 3pm, eat pizza and play on the ps4 until 4 in the morning. As you may be aware I work for an education supply agency. I work on a day to day basis by having calls the night before booking me in somewhere for the following day, or calls at 7.30 in the morning, telling me to get my arse into gear and…

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    The Stigma of Anxiety and Depression

    As you are probably now aware, if you’ve read my blog for a while, I have been quite open about the depression and anxiety I sometimes suffer with. I feel it’s important to break down the barriers to this debilitating condition, because that’s what it is, by talking more about it. There needs to be more written about an anxiety sufferers’ condition, by it being highlighted in the media etc. It’s really difficult to explain to someone that has never experienced what it feels like to have depression if that person has never felt the effects of it. The symptoms can be numerous with constant tiredness, irritability and guilt, for feeling…

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    Do Not Rely on Someone Else for your Happiness!

    Do you think those words are harsh? I was in a discussion with a friend a while back who was quite adamant about this proposal and at the time I thought it seemed a very hard thing to achieve and a very abrupt thing to say. And then, after much thought, I came to the conclusion that in fact, the statement was correct; up to a point. I was reading a book a few weeks ago called ‘What would Freud do? How the greatest psychotherapists would solve your everyday problems’ by Sarah Tomley. I’m a bit wary of theories and suggestions by people that attempt to unravel the human mind.…

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    Living with Anxiety

    Somebody asked me the other day what it’s like to live with anxiety. The fortunate ones among us who have never experienced this debilitating condition are baffled by the word anxiety and the meaning of it. It is also difficult to explain the condition to someone that’s never been affected by it. The definition in the Oxford English Dictionary describes it as.. ‘A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome’. I’m going to write this post, in question and answer form, to try and simplify how anxiety makes me feel. This is actually a true scenario because a trusted friend of mine did ask me…