Okey dokey I want to start off by letting you know 3 facts about anxiety to help explain.
- You can be anxious without having anxiety.
- It is a serious subject.
- It should not be taken as a joke.
Anxiety can be a feeling of nervousness but if you are it doesn’t necessarilly mean you have Anxiety. The difference between being anxious anxiety is that anxiety is not something everyone has. Being scared or worried to…. lets say swim with sharks is very normal however worrying about going somewhere because people will judge you for what you are wearing is not as normal. I get worried or scared about wearing some of the clothes I have around certain people.
A panic attack is a sudden feeling of intense anxiety. They can last anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes. You can have different symptoms but I usually get a dry mouth, headache, feeling like I’m going to be sick, shaky hands,difficulty breathing, dizziness, and feeling tense or stiff etc. Here is a full list of anxiety symptoms:
- “Racing” heart
- Feeling weak, faint, or dizzy
- Tingling or numbness in the hands and fingers
- Sense of terror, or impending doom or death
- Feeling sweaty or having chills
- Chest pains
- Breathing difficulties
- Feeling a loss of control
What you should NOT say
I hate when people tell me I’m lying or think I’m pretending when i have a panic attack. You don’t know if someone has anxiety because you cannot tell by looking at them.
What you (the panic attack victim) should do
I usually start by telling myself that it’s not real as well as drinking some water. I then try and calm my breathing and move my arms and legs around in effort of trying to be less tense. I then just sit down and wait while distracting myself with something like youtube. Just do your best to calm down and distract your self however if it gets so bad you should call someone.
What you (the by-stander) should do
The by-stander could be anyone a family member, a friend or even a stranger. Start of by getting them to sit down and drink some water. Let them know that they are going to be ok. And if you think it’s necessary give them a hug but remember if you think they need space give them space.
Your anxiety can be triggered by anything like stress, an ’emotional bump’, or just being worried. My first panic attack was on a school field trip to france.
People had said some really mean things to me about it. Someone said to me that I was faking it just because Zoella (a youtuber) had it.
I hope you’ve learned something wether you have anxiety or not. Just know you are NOT alone.