Anxiety by Matthew
I’ve always had an anxious personality, but when I started college a couple of years ago it turned into a real problem. I don’t know how it started, but I began to feel more and more uncomfortable in public situations. I had panic attacks sometimes, and I was afraid that if I had an attack in front of other people, I wouldcompletely embarrass myself. This stopped me from doing the things I should have been doing, like going to classes and meeting with friends. I was afraid to talk about this problem, even with the people I trusted most.
Once I had to meet with my tutor in college to discuss repeating a year. I felt very jittery during the couple of hours before the meeting. I felt ashamed about my anxiety problems, and about needing to repeat the year at all. On my way to my tutor’s office, I noticed that my hands were shaking, and this completely freaked me out. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I started thinking that all this would be really noticeable, and was worried about how my tutor would react if I had a panic attack in his office. In the end I just couldn’t face it, and went home. I ended up putting off that meeting for a long time.
My anxiety problems eventually became too obvious to hide, and I was surprised how much better I felt when I finally talked about everything with some close friends. I followed their advice to seek help from a professional, and soon found a psychiatrist who I’m very satisfied with. A few months after that I also joined a support group. Talking about my problems with people who had experienced something similar was really helpful.
- Find someone you can talk to about your worries
- If you think you might have a problem with anxiety, don’t wait until it gets serious before you seek help
- If a problem seems too big to solve, try to break it down into smaller parts and work on the bits you can do
- Try not to let things escalate in your head