Hi, hope you guys don't mind me droppin' by!
I've just today had my second, and final, counselling session for some longstanding anxiety problems. While I've not been diagnosed with anything (it's not so severe as to need medication, thank goodness) it was still troubling me enough to be thankful I got past the stigma and booked an appointment.
I mainly have social anxiety and exam anxiety. My social anxiety is to a level that I get a mental block when I make conversations, and barely talk to anyone at university, as I analyse all the small talk and beat myself up about mistakes I made in conversations. I'm only comfortable with one or two friends, my boyfriend and my family. My exam anxiety is a fair bit worse - I had a mock exam 6 weeks ago, and the night before I had what was probably very similar to a panic attack. I felt out-of-control, I couldn't sleep that night, and was shaking uncontrollably. It was such a frightening experience that it made me take my first step in seeing a counsellor.
What I'd say is that if you have these similar issues, don't hesitate to pursue talking therapies. Just two sessions has helped me to recognise my destructive thought patterns. It will take a while to feel good about myself, and hard work, but it's an excellent start. Ladies - do any of you have any tips and tricks to get past this 'wall' that comes up whenever you get anxious in social situations? Lotsa love xxx