“I have had one form of anxiety or another for as far back as I can remember. I was a chronic worrier from the age of around 5 or 6. I was then diagnosed at 14 with OCD and over the years have been in and out of anxious episodes and obsessive thinking patterns.
The last 7 years were pretty constant with what I guess is a generalized anxiety state. I suffered panic attacks and anxiety fairly constantly for those years. It was the bane of my existence! I also suffered terrible derealisation, which I’m very happy to say is gone! HURRAH!”
It’s a horribly underestimated pain in the backside for all sufferers, but so hard to explain that most of us keep quiet about it. IT DOES GO AWAY….I promise! In the last 2 years I have been on a journey that has taken me to a place where I finally feel the best I have done in many years. Having tried every therapy, fad and crazy so called solution, it all came back to good old CBT and meditation.
I was able to conquer my OCD very easily as a young girl with CBT and I have made a huge difference to reducing the level of anxiety in the same way, but with Mindfulness Meditation included. I believe that I will always be an anxious person, but these days I choose (mostly!) to look at the situation as just that…a situation….and how I respond to that situation, will determine how much anxiety I in fact…bring upon myself. This comes from learning to meditate.
Of course I have bad days, but they are so few and far between. I have the skills to look at the situation very differently these days and anyone suffering can also learn to do the same. You can change the way you feel in a split second if you know how to do it.
Being an actress can have its challenges for an anxiety sufferer, but it can also be a wonderful way to face your anxiety head on and overcome it by doing so. Avoidance will never lead you anywhere helpful….no matter how tempting it seems. I was always told that the only reason we have anxiety is because we are highly intelligent people, who have the creativity and the depth to look so deeply into things…..not to say that all non-sufferers are dull as dishwater of course! They are just lucky
But take that wonderful, creative personality, and intelligence that you surely have, and put it to good use, by recovering and living a beautiful, contented life. Just like I’m doing now. If I can overcome anxiety….anyone can. Don’t give up, you WILL NOT fail! Good luck everyone xxx”