Anxiety By Any Other Name
Posted by walkingwithanxiety
26th Feb 2016

I have been writing my blog for nearly three months now and in that time I have encountered many things about other people's anxiety that I didn't realise before. In many ways, it has given e a great deal of acceptance and understanding to feel that I really am not alone.

One of the things that has interested me is that quite a lot of people suffering from mental health problems give their 'attacks' a name. I have heard many call their anxiety a cloud, opponent, wave and even friend. I myself have a name for my anxiety, I call it my shadow. It is interesting to hear why people give their illness a name or description, especially because it is often a very unpleasant experience.

I have never heard anyone giving a name to a physical injury like they do mental health problems, maybe it is a way of the mind dealing with a conflict within itself. I chose the shadow because I always felt as though it was following me and casting its shadow over everything I did.

I must admit that there are times I wonder what my life would be like without anxiety. Would there be a perverse sense of mourning for my silent partner? Would I feel like there was something missing?

It is difficult to say, but I am determined to rid myself of the shadow and stand in the light.

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