There’s such a stigma about what people who suffer from anxiety, it’s no wonder myths were born. People who don’t have it will never truly understand. They may even judge others with anxiety in order to mask their ignorance. During my teen years on Klonopin, I experienced a lot of this ridicule. It didn’t help matters that I was being medicated as well. And even into adulthood, many people had misconceptions about my anxiety and why I had trouble giving up the drug cold turkey.
Common Myths About Anxiety
Just Avoid What Triggers You
Many people will tell anxiety sufferers to avoid the things that trigger your anxiety. The problem they fail to realize is sometimes we don’t know what will trigger us. We could only be walking down the street and suddenly fear that an elephant is going to come running down the road and trample us to death. Sometimes triggers are so random and so bizarre that there’s no way to prepare and avoid them truly.
Just Have A Few Drinks To Take The Edge Off
Encouraging someone with anxiety to use alcohol to escape is the worst thing to do. Using alcohol to escape your fears and worries can sometimes make things worse. Many times, it can be the start of an addiction to alcohol. Best to avoid it before you have another problem on your hands.
It’s All In Your Head
Too many times to count, those who don’t have any sort of mental illness will tell people with anxiety that there’s nothing wrong. “It’s all in your head.”
Mental illness is a real issue, and just because there aren’t always physical symptoms doesn’t mean it isn’t severe. In fact, most people suffering from a panic attack find that they can’t breathe. Being in panic mode a lot can also increase the heart rate and elevate blood pressure.
Just Calm Down
When stuck in the terror of a panic attack, many people are fully aware that their fears are irrational. Unfortunately, their body still reacts as if the fears are real. This can be highly frustrating for people with anxiety because they want to calm down but can’t. Telling someone having a panic attack to “calm down” is not helpful and will only cause them to feel worse about the situation.
Instead, find ways to get them out of their head and in the here and now. Discuss coping mechanisms with them so that when an attack occurs, you’ll be able to help them ease out of it.