Until recently I thought I was dying or very seriously ill on a fairly regular basis. Now I know I have Health anxiety and the relief of knowing this and knowing that other people have this too is a liberating feeling. Since I started counselling and medication two months ago I have learnt so much about myself and the anxiety and depression that has been building up for a while. I have learnt to fight back and I have learnt to share. Two months ago no one knew what I was experiencing- I wore the mask (very well) but now I have told 10 people (so far) and although it hasn’t been easy for me to do so, it’s definitely helping.
My friends would say I’m a bit of a technophobe (I’m not even on Facebook!) but going online has really helped me to understand not only more about the anxiety and depression but by reading other people’s stories I know that I am not alone- I am part of the ‘we’.