If you think you have anxiety or any other illness like it: DON’T PANIC (to shamelessly rip off The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy). There’s help out there, and lots of it if you go to the right place.
- Find someone to talk to. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friend, a parent, a teacher, anyone. Just tell someone who you trust and you’re halfway there.
- Speak to a professional. My issues got worse and worse until I finally found the courage to see a doctor. If you’re at school, the counsellor is a good person to go to. If you live in the UK and are under the age of 18, speaking to a GP will probably get you referred to CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services). They are a fantastic organisation, and it was my year of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with a CAMHS nurse that helped me improve to the point where I can manage to lead a normal life.
- The internet is your friend. Anxiety and it’s related disorders are incredibly common, and it’s often a comfort to know that there are others out there who feel just like you do.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to speak to me about anything (it doesn’t have to be anxiety-related) and I’ll do my best to help.