• Anxiety & Stress Parts 1 - 8,  Mental Quirks

    Anxiety & Counselling Part 1

    I attended my very first counselling session last night for the treatment and hopefully recovery of my anxiety and panic. It is based on a self referral made by myself though the NHS. I’ve waited to start for about 6 weeks, which I feel is a pretty long time, however the amount of people suffering with this, by the amount that attended, is highlighted with the length of time for the courses to begin. They are very popular and free, so I cannot complain. I am to attend the next 6 or 7 sessions, and I feel it would be a good idea to give an overview of what’s covered…

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    6 Ways to Control a Panic Attack

    I have been off the radar for a time and have not even written a post for the last 5 weeks, mainly because I’ve been quite poorly. My depression got real bad, with numerous panic attacks and anxiety. It’s been a pretty hellish time for me, and it hasn’t helped not having much work, therefore, I’ve been at home ruminating on worrying thoughts, which is incredibly unhealthy and non-productive. I’ve been given advice on upping my dose of medication, which has kind of worked, but I always feel that it’s like putting a plaster over a wound. It seals it for the time being but doesn’t quite get to the…

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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…