These days it seems like every other person have some kind of mental health problem such as anxiety, depression, etc. Unfortunately, this makes it a little difficult for the people to be around us who don’t have these problems. It’s so important for them to understand what we’re feeling even though we can’t always express it ourselves.
When it comes to anxiety, or any disorder, people have to realize we can’t always control it. Yes, there are meds and different coping mechanisms, but they don’t always work. It’s in moments like these that we need the people, who love and care about us, to try and understand what we’re feeling. It’s something that’s so hard to explain. It feels like something is attacking your body and you have no idea how to stop it. It leaves you short of breath, gasping for air. Your heart starts racing, and chest gets so tight that it feels you’re having a heart attack. It is so incredibly scary that you start to hyperventilate, which leads to numbness throughout your whole body.
The entire time you’re having one of these episodes is like an eternity in your mind, and it’s one of the worst feelings anyone can ever experience. You never know when it’s going to end, and once it finally does, you’re constantly worrying about it coming back. Your mind plays tricks on your mind. You try to calm yourself down, and you think you pretty much have things under control. But then, just kidding!, The anxiety comes back full force, and you go through the whole thing all over again.
It’s no wonder that people who don’t have this disorder doesn’t understand how bad it can be for us. We can try to control it as much as possible, but sometimes it’s to no avail.
However, in times like these; for those of you who don’t have anxiety; don’t sit there and mock our disability. It just makes matters worse. It builds a wall of distrust, and we’ll suffer from it even more. Instead, hold us. Tell us you love us. We need that sense of comfort, of belonging. Even though you might not understand everything that’s going on with us, just being there to reassure us that everything is going to be okay helps tremendously.