To all of you anxiety/depression sufferers out there,
It makes me so upset to see how many of us struggle with this horrible condition that we have no control over. I have been an anxiety sufferer for about 5 years now and i am appalled at the lack of help that is out there.
I believe mental health is overlooked and there really isn't sufficient help available to us sufferers. I want to do something about it and wanted to ask you all, What in your opinion would help you with treating anxiety? What do you want to see happen? Is there anything specifically that you think would aid you in getting better, no matter how silly it might sound (I used to want someone to look after me all the time, sort of like a carer) i want to hear your views and opinions. I want to know what helps each of you to cope with it, as i'm aware that anxiety differs from person to person.
I am getting increasingly sick and tired of SOME doctors acting as if it isn't a big deal, they overlook your condition and with my recent visit said to me 'do some exercise' - this is not helpful to someone who already exercises and has been suffering for 5 years. I have never personally had a good experience with an NHS doctor to date, (although some of you may have) i've had to go through private healthcare which sadly isn't an option for most.
Mental health conditions are continuously taking lives, people give up, people don't know how to cope anymore. This needs to stop. It makes me upset to see regular posts of pleading for help on this website, i want to sit down and reply to you all but realistically this can't be done.
Please let me know of anything that you think would help you, and what you want to see change. I want to gather as much research as possible, this is something i feel very strongly towards and i've been inspired by a recent talk i attended to get up and do something about it. I want to help and i want to improve mental health care for us all.
I want to hear everyone's stories to gain a better understanding on how different this condition can be for us all. Have you shared any similar experiences with doctors? Good, or Bad? Who has ever given you the best advice?