In SA many people have experienced abnormal levels of loss and trauma, whether it be financial, through losing their jobs or emotional, due to violent crime.
Anxiety involves extreme fear that interferes with a person’s daily life.
Things people suffering from anxiety want to tell their friends and family, but can’t:
You expect the worst outcome in every situation
Because of your negative thought patterns resulting from your traumatic experiences, the anxiety starts to build until it affects your sleep and everything you do. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.
You are afraid that people will notice your fearfulness
You think about it so much that you experience physical symptoms like sweaty palms, shortness of breath, and trembling hands.
You suffer from mental exhaustion
You struggle to quiet your mind. Your anxiety leaves you completely drained physically and mentally. You can’t sleep because you are wired from the stress and the speed of the thoughts running through your mind.
You overthink everything
You obsess about what you said or didn’t and what you should have said or done. You over analyse everything.
You think it will never change
Because of your anxiety, the future seems hopeless. You know that your thoughts and fears are irrational, but you continue to feel this way.
You worry all the time
You spend a lot of time worrying about everything. Fear and mental agony are common themes of your days.
You can get help
Very few people understand the agony and trauma that anxious people experience every day. Because they hide what they are going through, the people around them are often completely in the dark about their situation.
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) may be able to help.