Hi, thank you for sharing. It can’t be easy to open up but it’s one of the best things to do for your health. I’ve Had depression and anxiety and covid has exacerbated the anxiety/ ocd I was previously managing. Panic attacks suck, I remember when it first happened I thought I was ill. I didn’t really understand what anxiety was until I was staring it in the face. Unable to travel and feeling like I might pass out when I was out at the supermarket. As others have said here I found speaking to a psychologist was the most help. I also am grateful for my support network. I have found a small group of people who really understand and do not judge. I’ve found out along the way that some people just don’t get it and they almost think it’s a state of mind, which makes me so angry because why would I choose to feel so anxious that I was curled up in a ball. I just learnt that that was ok. I found others and surrounded myself with supportive people, I also found talking to people who had anxiety at work, I was amazed that a lot of people are secretly battling or have been down that path themselves.
when I mentioned the psychologist before, it took me a while to find the right fit, don’t stress if they’re not really connecting, sometimes it takes a while but when you find one that is really good for you and it clicks into place it just feels like you are having a chat with a friend, except that the advice they give will be positive and productive, also they won’t change the topic or story top. Have a lovely day.