I suffer from depression but apart from the less serious anxiety this can bring I don't think I've had anxiety per se, so I probably just don't understand it.
I have replied to a lot of anxiety posts in an effort to help and generally get thanks or likes, but not always. What I don't understand about 90% of the posts in this section is that nearly all are concerned about the posters health and almost never show anxiety for others ; family, friends, loved ones or for other worries in life ; finance , bereavement ,redundancy etc. etc .Is this self preoccupation a symptom of anxiety and does it always seem to accompany hypochondria ? Would a concentration on others problems and less self preoccupation pay dividends in relieving anxiety ? Probably but is it possible ?
I just don't know but it does strike me in a month when we have remembered the hardest day in the Battle of Britain it does pay to remember that 18 year olds were taking off daily aware of the poor odds of survival (even worse in Bomber Command ). It does help to keep some sense of perspective to remember that being shot several times and then possibly burned alive in the ensuing crash was not a lot of fun. As "The Unforgiven " script had it 'When you kill a man you take away his wife, his house,his children etc."
In other words the 18 year old heroes of the B of B lost everything.
While I'm at it I also don't understand why anxiety sufferers (and sometimes depression sufferers ) seem sometimes reluctant to approach the health professionals. I am losing count of the number of times we advise "see your GP". Anxiety and depression are so difficult to fight without medical help and this plus unburdening on this site, should be the first port of call.
I don't mean to be unfeeling and will obviously continue to help, if I can not just depression sufferers but also those suffering anxieties , which at its worst sounds more awful than depression (and I don't like that much ).
Hoping for enlightenment. Olderal