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Overcoming Fear & Anxiety

If you had said to me this time last year that I would be walking down the road on my own, going to a fitness class & driving again, I would never have believed you. For years I'd suffered with severe and crippling anxiety. Not really realising just how bad things had got, I was "happy" and felt safe in my own little bubble. Going out on my own was just something that I never ever did - I would always have my "safety net" of my husband to make me feel secure. Social occasions and interacting with other people filled me with abject horror & fear.

It was only when I decided to start counselling for health anxiety that it beame clear that my main issue was social anxiety which in turn was causing other anxieties to come to the fore. When I started my therapy sessions I honestly couldn't see how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) would help. But I was so wrong. It teaches you to see things in different, more positive, ways and to learn that avoidance is the worst thing you can possibly do.

I'd missed out on so much over the years by avoiding practically everything and letting my fear take over. I still have some way to go but, 12 weeks after starting, I no longer need to have therapy as I'm armed with all the tools to help my recovery & I know all the warning signs of a relapse.

I'd say to anyone out there who has let fear & anxiety rule their lives, go and seek help - go to your GP and get him/her to refer you to the Mental Health Team. In this day & age of mental awareness, it's nothing to be ashamed about.

As the quote says, "Don't let your fear of what could happen, make nothing happen".

Article submitted by Tina Harknett