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Anxious about Anxiety

Post: #1
06-26-2012, 01:39 PM
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Anxious about Anxiety

I have a MSW in Social Work and have previously worked in jobs which required me to diagnose others with anxiety and depression. I am relatively certain that I would be diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder if I were to seek treatment from my problem, but I'm afraid to seek out a professional because of the stigma as a mental health provider who requires mental health treatment.

I received medication for depression when I was younger, but have eased off all of that now. I do have prescription for Ativan which I make myself use infrequently because anything but the absolute worst attacks of anxiety are worth suffering through to avoid having to go back to the doctor.

Anyone anxious about the stigma? Anyone have experience working in the mental health field while suffering from mental health disorders yourself?



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Post: #2
06-27-2012, 05:48 PM
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I think everyone who has suffered from a mental health problem of some kind is bothered by the stigma associated with mental illness. I first experienced mental health issues when I was a teenager, the stigma is even stronger when you are that age, and I imagine it is similar for someone who works in mental health.

I'm sure many mental health professionals have experienced the same, nobody is immune to mental illness, as you will know.



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Post: #3
07-01-2012, 01:45 PM
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I think that it is possible for someone like you to actually be in a better position to help someone who is dealing with anxiety because you will certainly understand what it is that the patient is going through. Of course, your issues are not something that should be shared with a patient because the focus should be kept on the patient. I don't think I would share with co-workers or my boss that I was struggling with anxiety. That is a little different situation. Employer's don't want to hear about your problems!

I used to have severe anxiety/panic attacks, etc. so I can relate to you. My only concern is that if you are looking out for the patient and trying to help them, then who is looking out for you and trying to help you? You need to have the help you need to overcome your anxiety so don't leave that out of the equation. Confidentiality is to be given to all patients, so if you seek help, then anyone you work with to resolves your issues should not be passing that private information on to anyone else.



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Post: #4
03-04-2013, 04:32 PM
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I know you are concerned about the repercusions if your health condition is made public so if you are not ready to do this yet then maybe reaching out to informal online counseling sessions given by organizations for free could be an option for you. Another is trying to manage it without medications to start. Exercising for at least 20 minutes daily helps relieve anxiety,



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Post: #5
03-19-2013, 08:15 PM
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I have at times thought about getting into social work and helping people with mental health issues. But I have second guessed it, since I struggle with my own anxiety and depression issues. But I think it can actually help better equip you to help others. I think it can also make you more relate-able and accessible to those seeking your help. I find I can be much more open and honest about my feelings when I'm talking to those who have gone through similar experiences as well. I also think you getting the help you need, will only further allow you to be even better at your job.



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Post: #6
06-27-2013, 07:07 AM
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In my opinion the huge problem of the world in general and the west in pariticular is anxiety and overweight people. In order to stay healthy one needs to be aware of anxiety and factor that causes anxiety.



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Post: #7
07-10-2013, 06:26 PM
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i am planning to go into the mental health profession ( currently working on my BA in psych, then will get my MSW) I have struggled for years now with depression, anxiety and though undiagnosed, I am sure PTSD. I have been nervous from the start about being a counselor when I am the one who needs counseling. After taking my first counseling course and learning that helpers need to be mentally able to help, I questioned my career goals. I spent hours talking with my therapist as well as with psych professors and my academic advisors. I was told that I should not let my anxiety about having anxiety and depression stop me from pursuing my dreams.

Like Monique said, and my professors as well, having a history of mental illness will help me to connect more to my clients and be able to understand them better. Though of course I am still anxious about my future, I think we need more compassionate and understanding peopleas mental health professionals, and often those are the ones who have struggled themselves.



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Post: #8
09-04-2013, 07:48 AM
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Oneof the very problem of the people of today across the globe face equally is depression and anxiety . There have been countless researches conducted on the reasons behindthis issue, the effects they cause and the ways to recuperate and counter them



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Post: #9
04-22-2015, 02:53 AM
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I was diagnosed several years ago with Bipolar and major anxiety. I have taken several medications for both, but now I have been given the proper medications, Zoloft and Geodon. I have also learned some relaxation techniques which has kept me calm when under pressure or stressed. There has been cases where people have done some extreme things when faced with a sever case of anxiety. We need to have more research on how to best treat this serious episode alone with other disorders.



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Post: #10
05-05-2015, 05:33 PM
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I completely understand your concern about what people will think of you if they find out you have anxiety. But honestly someone like you who is helping others try to overcome their anxiety shouldn't have to go without help. You deserve to feel better too. Everyone's anxiety is different, and what you are going through isn't the same as anyone that you are treating, so it doesn't make you any less capable of helping someone else.



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