Recently I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, (GAD). In all honesty, I did not know much of anything about it, so I began to do some research.
What surprised me the most, is that as I began to open up and tell people about it, I found out that more people than I would have realized also have an anxiety disorder.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” ― Brené Brown
At first I felt a lot of shame. I found out that this in part came from how I have heard people in the past that suffered from anxiety and depression being talked about. Secondly, I seem to think that I should be able to handle everything and be invincible!!
Here is an amazing blog post about anxiety I found. Here is a small excerpt about the way it works and what it can do.
Its methods of stopping you are varied and some of the common ones are: spinning thoughts, feeling disassociated, heavy breathing, and a racing heart. Whatever works so that you’ll finally pay attention, it will customize for you.
http://tinybuddha.com/ has some great articles to read about it and that it is sending a message that you are hurting.
For anyone that has followed my story from the beginning, you know what I have gone through so it may not be too much of a surprise to you that I have developed GAD. Looking back I can trace events back to my first major episode of anxiety.
As I have been seeing a therapist weekly working on processing my memories of when I was sexually abused as a young girl, then as a teen, I have been having memories come back that I am having a hard time dealing with.
I remember sitting on the floor trying to decide if I should tell my parents after being sexually abused, and the entire room was spinning around me and I was sick to my stomach. This memory came to me during one of my EMDR sessions, I had not remembered that for quite a few years. The similarity to that feeling of spinning and the spinning I have been experiencing for quite some time now astounds me.
“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”
― Brené Brown,
I came upon a facebook post last week that warned your brand will be harmed if you show any signs of weakness. The question came to me, Can a person in the middle of working through trauma, with PTSD symptoms, General Anxiety and stress have a podcast or a blog? What value could they possibly give when they are still working on their own direction, healing and life?
What I decided, is a community is the answer. I have joined many fantastic communities that have helped me to heal. There is always someone there to encourage you to keep going, keep trying and to never give up.
By sharing my story and asking you to join our community if you need support, I am confident we can get through this together. I am going to share my journey along the way and I would love if you share yours.
Please let me know what type of guests would help you most. I would love to interview the people who can make the biggest difference in your life.
- Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/generalized-anxiety-disorder/basics/symptoms/con-20024562
- Tiny Buddha http://tinybuddha.com/blog/the-gift-of-anxiety-7-ways-to-get-the-message-and-find-peace/
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