“If your still breathing you’re the lucky ones, because most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs” by Daughter. This quote directly describes an anxiety disorder, most people don’t know what it is like to experience a panic attack, but the people that have experienced it know how horrifying it really is. Anxiety is hard to overcome, but add things like school, sports, jobs and even relationships makes it harder to handle and control. The simplest tasks can be hard to do, like walking into class late or ordering your food at a restaurant can trigger an attack.
An attack or “panic attack” is a symptom of an anxiety disorder. Common symptoms of an anxiety attack are racing or pounding heart, sweating, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, muscle tension, chest feeling tight and heavy. All these can come on at once or slowly one by one. Experiencing any of these would be scary though, for me, its starts with my heart racing, my hands get sweaty, I get hot, my chest gets super tight like I’m being sat on and I feel like I can’t breathe. Symptoms can last for minutes or a few hours.
Most people get anxious about flying, taking a big test or going into a haunted house. But for me, it’s different; I feel this every day. When I wake up, when I go to bed and even just walking into the commons. I’m constantly on edge like there is always someone standing there judging me and watching me. With this constant anxiety I always feel like I’m doing something wrong, always overthinking and criticizing everything I do. Most days I wake up feeling sick because I went to bed having an anxiety attack.
Anxiety can be caused by many things or be the symptoms of other problems. For instance, there’s generalized anxiety disorder which a person is stressed and anxious about multiple things this can occur for a period of six months or more. There’s also social or specific phobia. Social phobia is occurring when a person has a fear of being confronted, humiliated, or embarrassed and…