I have suffered from anxiety for many years, over 20 years. I have General Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety and OCD. Yes...what a real mixture!
I have read many anxiety self help and awareness books, counsellors, medication, you name it i have tried it. Some things work, others don't. I always find myself relapsing into a spiral of anxieties.
The one thing that has started to ease my journey is being able yo talk to other sufferes, it doesn't fix it but it takes the edge off, something about feeling not so alone, weird , outcast or unusual.
I had some recent events that really set off some physical symptoms, twitching....yes twitching. As crazy as it is, no matter how much our health anxiety makes us feel we have underlying sinister diseases( and yes sometimes in life it can be a bad disease or symptom) , anxiety i have come to learn is a forceful symptom that activates out stress response.
If anyone has ever read about the stress response, chronic anxiety really does a number on our bodies. Anxiety is not just a bad thought or a panic here and there...it can be debiitating. It puts so much strain on the human mind or body, i think we at times need to not be so harsh on our selves.
We are warriors together, nagivating our journey through anxiety. You are not alone in this, i too know how anxiety can wreak havoc on our lives.