As stated in the introductory post about my personal battle with anxiety, there isn’t a clear cut reason as to why I should become a voice for this issue. As a matter of fact, there are a couple of reasons why I should not:
- I don’t have a psychology degree.
- I haven’t suffered from this condition for years.
- What has worked well for me so far may not work well for you.
However there is one reason why maybe everyone should at least give what I have to say a try: I am literally figuring this out as a go along. Just like many of you. And I am ready to try ANYTHING to help, and to share my experiences with you.
And if you are going to start this journey with me, the best place to start is the beginning.
The First Step:
The first step in improving your quality of life when living with any variety of anxiety disorder, is to explore the root, or causation, of your condition.
As I said for me, my condition is biological in nature. My brain either has a very hard time recognizing its own serotonin (happy chemical), or it either just has a very naturally low or non existent production of this in the first place.
With a biological-based condition like mine, sometimes you can only be offered this “Chicken or the Egg” scenario.
This scenario more often leads to clinical depression in people, but others, like myself, develop an anxiety disorder.
Biological based conditions may also be hereditary in nature. Both of my parents have struggled with on-and-off depression, and I may have had an underlying predisposition for mental health problems my whole life. Ask yourself if either of your parents have had struggles with any type of mental health problems in the past. If so this may be the beginning of your first step.
Anxiety disorders and other mental health problems can be brought on by traumatic or life changing experiences. If you fall into this category, I’m sure you can clearly recall the incident that may have started you down this path of having mental health problems. But your first step is to ask yourself why this event was so traumatic to you. How did it make you feel? Did you feel vulnerable, not in control of the situation, scared, or in danger? Did this event happen once or multiple times, and are you being put into this situation in the present time? The key here is to dig deeper into your own thoughts and emotions about the situation. This is your first step.
It is also very important to note that many disorders are rooted in a combination of biological and situational factors.
Your first step may take you many places, but one of them should be to talk to a doctor.
They are professionals and didn’t go to school for 8+ years to not learn how to help their patients! A family doctor may be able to help you if your anxiety is biological in nature, and a psychiatrist may be able to help those whose anxiety is rooted through something else.
Taking the medication my doctor prescribed to me is exactly what I needed to take the edge off of my anxiety, and to give me the motivation to help myself even more beyond taking pills.
I can’t wait to share the rest of my journey with you. (It gets a lot more fun from this point forward, but you know, serious stuff first).
Hugs and Positive Vibes,