Recently, I had a moment of anxiety. It has been something that I have dealt with before and for the most part I have been able to keep it under control and to a minimum. I know the triggers and I have been able to manage them well over the years.
However, recently, I was faced with quite the panic attack. It has been quite some time since I have felt anxiety like that. My heart was racing, I was scared, worried, I could stop thinking about the worse case scenario, I was short of breath. It’s been a while since it got to this point. To the point where I was having difficulty calming myself down.
I wouldn’t go into the details of what lead to this. But it was scary to find myself in this situation once again. Just like everyone who has ever dealt with anxiety, I didn’t like being faced with an anxiety attack. It’s not a feeling I would wish on anyone. Unfortunately so many people do go through moments of anxiety.
Now, I’m not writing this looking for sympathy, or for attention, or anything like that. It’s not the point that I wish to make.
The reason I’m bringing this issue up is because I feel that the issue of mental health is something that we should talk about. We do need to address anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, ADHD, bipolar disorder, and so many other issues. These are all issues that we need to address and bring awareness too.
If we take time to learn about things such as this, we are in a better position to end the stigma and maybe even help those around us, who may be dealing with one or more of these issues. We are in a better position to listen and not judge. We may not know exactly how they’re feeling or what they’re thinking. But we may be able to understand it and be able to help them.
So, take the time to listen and not judge. Be compassionate.
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