20 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Anxiety.”

  1. Tis was truly a lovely post. Thank you so much. I’m going to read it again later. Writing about illnesses (mental or otherwise) is brutal. It brings all those pains back to the surface so I really salute you.

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    1. Oh thank you so much Irina! 😀 in reality I did not feel any pain writing it (I was scared that I would) but having in mine that this post could help someone just made me feel hmm… Some kind of “joy”… It really is important to take your bad events and transform it in some kind of good (dunno if I’m being clear lolol)

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  2. This is a truly brave post of you to write. As some who experiences panic attacks himself at times it is always a very difficult subject to talk about. At times of stress or particular moments when I become very nervous about something, it still pops up from time to time. The good thing is though, now that I know what these attacks are, I can usually deal with them. There are so many people that experience these things but are afraid to talk about it, so posts like these certainly help,that’s for sure. Well done 😀

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    1. Thank you so much! Yeah my ideia is to help people understand how to control their panic attacks and anxiety in general, I think it’s super important and unfortanely not really talked much… I speak from my experience when I tried to find things to help me

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  3. Great post. Anxiety is awful, I’ve suffered with it for a long time, particularly social anxiety. It wasn’t until last year that I discovered it was connected with Asperger’s, and I kind of wish I’d found that out sooner as I might have made my life quite a bit easier over the course of the past few years if I’d known exactly why I was feeling the way I feel!

    If you’ll indulge me in a long comment for a moment, I’d like to just repost something on the subject that I put in a letter I sent to family and friends shortly after my diagnosis. Someone might find it helpful.

    Some context first. I’ve been suffering with… various mental health issues for the last few years, primarily depression and anxiety. I’ve been conscious of the fact that these issues — and possibly some things related to these two “biggies” — have been affecting my life negatively, both personally and professionally. So I wanted to understand myself a bit better.

    I wasn’t quite sure where to begin until I spoke with a friend who is fairly open about the fact that he has Asperger syndrome. Through his descriptions of how he thought, felt and interacted with people, I felt like I recognised a number of these things in myself, so, out of curiosity, I took a test: http://mindchecker.channel4.com/test-autism.html if you’re curious about the workings of your own mind — despite being themed around Channel 4’s notorious “shocking medicine” programme Embarrassing Bodies, the methodology used in the test is the same used as part of the actual diagnostic process for autism and Asperger’s.

    The test by itself isn’t a strict diagnostic tool, but it can provide an indicator of roughly where you stand and inform your decisions from that point onwards. The score I got on the test indicated that it might be a good idea to talk to a medical professional and see if a more conclusive diagnosis could be made (or not, as the case may be). So I made an appointment with my doctor and asked her about it. Given that she had been helping me with the depression and anxiety through medication and suggestions of other therapies such as counselling (which I’m yet to get around to taking up, but probably will once I have a better idea of what a “typical week” looks like) she had no hesitation in listening to my concerns and referring me to the local specialists; being a GP, this sort of thing was getting towards the limits of her particular expertise, but she understood and respected the fact that I wanted to find out more about what made me tick.

    It was some months later before the local specialists got in touch with me and invited me in for a consultation. Said consultation was a long, in-depth interview in which I was asked a number of questions about my early life, development and personal history. The things I ended up talking about were all things that I was aware of, but getting them all “out in the open” in conversation with a professional like this proved to be extremely helpful in organising my thoughts. As such, even if nothing ended up coming of this consultation in terms of a diagnosis or treatment, it was a valuable process in itself that I found hugely beneficial to engage with.

    A few weeks later, I received a letter from the specialist I had the consultation with inviting me in to discuss “the team’s decision”. From the tone of the letter, it was clear that there was going to be some sort of diagnosis made — you don’t warn the recipient that “some people react rather emotionally” if there isn’t something to, well, react to, and I don’t really see many people responding “rather emotionally” to the news “you don’t have autism!”

    That meeting was today. I’d kept the whole thing quiet from everyone because I didn’t want to worry anyone and also didn’t want to make a big deal over it all if it ended up being nothing. I did, however, finally explain the situation to my wife Andie the other night, and she came along with me to the meeting today. To cut an already long story slightly shorter, I am now the proud recipient of an Asperger syndrome diagnosis, as you may have already guessed.

    Since that initial conversation with my friend, I had been suspicious that this specific condition might be the underlying cause of many of my personal issues, particularly with regard to social interactions with others, but it’s kind of… I guess “a relief” is the right description here. To put it another way, it’s good to know that there’s a reason for why I am the way I am in many situations, and the fact that I’m far from the only person in the world to have this condition means that there’s plenty of advice and other resources out there on how to manage it. It’s not something you can cure, of course, since it’s not a physical issue you can just fling some medicine at until it goes away, but it is something for which you can make suitable adjustments to your life, or just be aware of when planning out how you want to go about things in future. It’s also something you can explain to family and friends, and (hopefully) they will understand and be able to handle things accordingly. So hi, family and friends; I have Asperger’s.

    This diagnosis doesn’t change who I am, of course. I’m still the same person; I just now have a slightly better understanding of why I am this person. I’m sure there’s still a long journey ahead to understand how best to live as this person, but there’s plenty of time for that, and today felt like an important first step in that process, in more ways than one.

    Onward to a happier future!

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    1. Thank you for posting your letter really! It was really brave of you and it’s really important to show that there isn’t a need to make a stigma out of it. We are who we are and we have the problems we have! I think that with this coment probably more people will follow your steps and start to get treated! So I’m really really thankful for this! And well done! It must have been hell and scary to go through all that without telling anyone but you were able to do it!

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  4. Honestly this was a great post in more ways than one.
    Since Rin-san and Rai-san both stole the words out of my mouth, I suppose I’ll just have to say thank you for this heartfelt post Art-san.

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  5. I’m so glad you’ve found ways to manage your anxiety, because I know from personal experience how hard it is to deal with. Not knowing you have a mental illness is the worst part, but even when you know what you’re suffering it’s still really tough to handle because you’re living with it all the time, even though most won’t see it. You’ve just gotta keep up the brave work in fighting through it!

    Keep doing what you’re doing and I know you’ll be fine 😊 Blogging is a brilliant outlet, and writing about my anxiety and getting so much positive feedback about my work in general has helped massively. I feel like a different person to who I was before littleanimeblog, so I owe so much of my current wellbeing to all my aniblogger friends 💕

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    1. I’m really happy that my anxiety levels are low / non-existent… It was really a difficult war to battle and it makes REALLY happy to see that I’ve won… At least so far… It’s the thing about anxiety you never know when she might just kick in again.
      The thing that scared me the most was the feel of not having any sort of control (at least when I was in constant high level of anxiety). I have also experienced depression and it was easier to handle that than anxiety… Although that is probably depending the person and the state of anxiety/depression.
      I’m really happy to know that littleanimeblog helped you! 🙂 I’m glad you are healthier now and you can manage your anxiety better.
      Also, thank you for your “testemonial”! I think that it is really important to show to the people who are suffering from any mental illness that they are NOT alone! There are and have been many people with anxiety and when you see that, I think you at least feel more confident and more eager to fight!

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  6. This is a great post and I’m like reading this series backwards, aren’t I? lol I really like how you opened up publicly. I don’t think I’d be able to do that, it’s hard just writing stuff down and to then let people see it…I get paranoid

    Idk if I have anxiety. I haven’t ever gone to the doctors and with how aggressive ppl can be about being diagnosed with something, i hate saying i’m depressed or i have anxiety bc i don’t actually know. and i don’t want ppl to harass me. but i get a lot of the things you’ve written in the three posts i’ve read so far and i never knew the crying thing was also anxiety? i just thought i was tired

    anyways, i’ll be following this series of yours 🙂

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    1. Oh thank you so much 🙂 And yes you are reading backwards ahahah but no problem at all! I decided to address from the most anxious to less because normally people who are suffering from anxiety more need help sooner xD

      Well, you should not take my words and self diagnose yourself! 🙂 As I said, I’m no doctor, but if you relate yourself it’s better to go to a doctor and let’s face no one has to know if you feel that you will be harassed because of it (which is just stupid -.-) However, it is possible that it can be because of you being tired. Brain is a organ and if you don’t let him rest it’s just normal that you feel emotional easier, such as more depressing, anxious and eventually crying and yeah… When I say emotional it’s always the bad ones not the good ones! But, what I want to say with this rumble is that even if you are healthy, if you don’t rest enough it’s possible for you to have that kind of reaction! I would say that you should first try to rest well for a time and see if you get better or not. Non the less, you should rest because even if you are healthy at the moment, if you don’t rest your brain can start developing anxiety or depression because of that!
      Hope this comment helped xP
      Thank you so much 🙂 I only have one more post for now though! Gonna speak about the level of anxiety that I am at this moment which is low to non-existant 😛

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